Pre- K through 12th grade Field Trips
PAFA offers interactive, curriculum-based tours that are recommended for students in all disciplines. All tours are led by art educators on staff and each visit includes three components: learning to look, discussion and response, and a hands-on project in response to the theme of the tour. Tours are adapted for particular grade levels based on each schools' needs. The school tour themes below list suggested grade levels according to themes and curriculum. Please scroll down for a list of tour topics.
Rina Banerjee: Make Me a Summary of the World
October 27, 2018 - March 31, 2019
PAFA welcomes Pre-K through 12th-grade audiences to join us for this colorful and compelling show. This exhibition is the first in-depth exploration of the contemporary practice of artist Rina Banerjee. Known for her large-scale sculptures and installations made from materials sourced throughout the world, Banerjee's work investigates the splintered experiences of identity, tradition, and culture prevalent in diasporic communities and raises questions about cultural appropriation, globalization, and feminism. Using a range of materials from African tribal jewelry to colorful feathers, light bulbs, and Murano glass, Banerjee's art celebrates diversity at a material level. Learn more about the exhibition here.
Available Museum Tours
Race, Gender, and Diversity in Art
Observe and discuss the diversity of American artists in PAFA’s collection. This tour addresses important themes such as American history, race,social justice, and gender, and how a museum challenges dominant narratives in our society.
Masterpieces of the Museum
PAFA’s permanent collection tells the story of American Art through many objects in its 213-year history. This multidisciplinary tour offers an overview of objects in a series of different time periods and artistic mediums. Discussions lean towards art movements, Philadelphia and American History, and artist’s motivation.
An introductory tour to an art museum for early learners. Students will learn about museum manners, look at works of art, and discuss elements of color, line, and shape. Storytelling, interactive activities, and art-making give students a variety of tools to engage with PAFA’s collection.(Pre-K to 1st Grade, Special Needs & Autistic Support classes)
Art, Science, and the Environment
Explore the American landscape through the eyes of artists and learn to draw elements of nature, explore weather patterns in paintings, and discuss environmental changes.
How to Talk about Contemporary Art
Discover the myriad ways artists use unique materials and techniques. Learn how contemporary artists translate important issues like social justice, race relations, and gender identity and expression into their art. Students will exercise visual and cognitive skills as they develop confidence in their own arguments and interpretations.
American History in Art
Learn about our country’s history by discussing paintings of William Penn, George Washington, Charles Wilson Peale and other early American icons.
Storytelling in Art
Through writing and discussion, students will explore narrative in works of art. Students will learn about the artist as an “author” and the different points of view in a story.
Women in Art
Women artists in Linda Lee Alter’s collection at PAFA reveal a diverse array of objects for students to explore. Tours examine work from the 19th century through contemporary artists and invite discussion about selfhood, social justice, environmentalism, and motherhood.