Pre-K - 8 School Field Trips

Pre- Kindergarten, Elementary & Middle School Programs

PAFA offers interactive, curriculum-based tours that are recommended for students in Pre-K – 8th grade.  All tours are led by art educators 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 currculum. Please scroll down for a list of tour topics in alphabetical order.


Museum Tours:

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The African American Experience: 

Observe and discuss the African American artists in PAFA’s permanent collection from early twentieth century painter Horace Pippin to contemporary mixed media artist, Kehinde Wiley.  This tour addresses themes in American history, race and gender identity, and social justice. (5th - 12th)  

PDF iconPortrayal- I am Lesson Plan K-6th Adaptable.pdf

PDF iconPortrayal- How we are scene Lesson Plan 3rd-8th Adaptable.pdf

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Highlights of the Permanent Collections:  

From the grand portraits of George Washington to the woodcut prints of Elizabeth Catlett, PAFA's permanent collection tells the story of American Art through many objects in its 212 year history. This multidisciplinary tour offers an overview of objects in a series of different time periods and artistic mediums.  Discussion bend towards art movements, Philadelphia history, and even science and engineering of the Historic Landmark Building.  (5th-12 grade, AP Art History)

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Let's Look: 

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 artmaking give students a variety of tools to engage with PAFA's collection. This tour is also recommended for children with diverse ranges of abilities and learning styles including those on the autism spectrum as well as those with varying physical, emotional, behavioral, and cognitive differences.  Tours provide multi-sensory and tactile opportunities in a safe environment.  (Pre-K to 1st, Special needs/ Autistic Support)

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Natural Wonders: 

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. Students engage with multi-sensory learning to fully engage with the environments they discover. (2 - 8th)

 PDF iconNatural Wonders Classroom Activity.pdf

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New Ideas, New Methods:

 Discover new ways artists use surprising materials and techniques, and enable students to exercise visual and cognitive skills as they develop confidence in their own arguments and interpretations. Learn how contemprary artist translate social issues like climate change, race relations, and gender. (4th - 8th) 

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Picturing America 1740 - 1900: 

Learn about our country’s history by discussing paintings of William Penn, George Washington, Charles Willson Peale and other early American icons. Learn about important symbols in American painting artists' used to emphasize our nations democratic values. Tour meets significant goals in the National Common Core curriculum standards. (2nd - 12th)

PDF iconPicturing America Teacher Resourse Guide.pdf 

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Telling Tales: 

Students will uncover the stories in paintings through comparing and contrasting, poetry writing, and drawing. Buidling descriptive language skills is emphasized through interactive discussions of objects. Students learn about the artist as an "author" and different points of view in a narrative. Tour meets significant goals in the National Common Core curriculum standards. (2 - 8th)

 

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Women in Art: 

From large ceramic sculpture to detailed pencil drawings, women artists in Linda Lee Alter’s Collection at PAFA’s reveal a diverse array of objects for students to explore. Tours examine work by the women artists of the19th century who pioneered the field all the way through contemporary artists working today and invite discussion about selfhood, social justice, environmentalism and motherhood. (5th - 8th)

PDF iconWomen in Art Resource Guide 2017-18 .pdf

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