Art Encounters for grades K-5
Fall 2023 schedule is coming soon!
Families and educators!
Join us for special programs filled with interactive art tours and lessons. Visit the first and oldest art museum and art school in the United States and explore its internationally known collections of American art during dedicated hours. Activities facilitated by professional museum educators are designed to serve homeschools, co-op groups, and individual families, as well as locally attending cyberschool students.
Each program offers an engaging theme and focuses on the enhancement of academic curriculum highlighting literacy, observation, critical thinking, communication, and social skill development. This program offers a great opportunity for interaction between different homeschool groups in a creative setting.
Space is limited to 20 participants; please register early.
Unavailable on the scheduled days at PAFA? Contact Lindsey Murphy, the K-12 Manager to discuss alternative reservation options.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 215 972-2022
Fall 2023 Schedule is coming soon!
Each session includes museum exploration and art activities.
Duration: 1pm- 2:30 pm
Runs selected Wednesdays and Thursdays, 1pm - 2:30 pm
$15 per session, includes Museum admission per child and one adult. Additional adults pay regular Museum admission.
Please read Youth and Family Programs Policies and Procedures | PAFA - Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, before you register.
Past Schedule Fall 2022-Spring 2023
1-1 Salon with a Twist
Discover how contemporary artists take traditional styles of artmaking and turn them into unique narratives by creating their own collections of objects and styles in surprising and new ways!
Still Life Narrative
Create a layered mixed media still life narrative inspired by the updated Salon Gallery at PAFA using a variety of materials and application techniques!
1-2 Grids, Lines, and the Mind
Explore how artists use math, science, and their minds to create inspiring works of art. Includes a visit to PAFA’s special exhibition Negotiating Grids.
Inspired by Nina Chanel Abney’s Potato, Potata work of art in Negotiating Grids, this art project will use symmetry and technology concepts to create a mixed media collage using lots of fun materials!
1-3. Who Are We?
In connection with the special exhibition Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976 and in collaboration with the Free Library, this tour will explore the genre of portrait making and looking at how portraits are created to express ideas and personalities. Includes a reading of the book Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring, by Nancy Churnin.
Art Lesson: Beautiful Shades!
Learn how to construct a portrait using colorful techniques in traditional and innovative ways. The lesson is taught by a current student of PAFA!
1-4. Music, Motion, and Art Making
Experience visual arts and music together by listening to music in the galleries! Participants will be immersed in a multi-sensory experience, while learning about different ways music impacted the artists in PAFA’s collection.
Create a musical sculpture using a variety of materials that can be played!
1-5. Season of Light Special
Inspired by the winter sky at night, holiday lights, and science, this art lesson will apply concepts of circuitry and different art mediums to create a piece of art that lights up!
2-1. Making American Artists
Tour the remarkable special exhibition Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976 and explore how traditional themes and genres of art making have changed through history. Includes sketching in the galleries and then a Q&A Session with a PAFA student – an artist in the making.
You’re an Artist!
Become the part of PAFA’s 1st Art Encounters exhibition! Participants of this lesson will have their artwork on display in the Community and Education Center.
Who gets to tell the story? This tour experience explores PAFA’s Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976 exhibition through comparing and contrasting activities, and how these artworks played a role in building the identity of a Nation.
Create a 2D paper art project that highlights the concept of contrasting views and opposites using artistic elements to highlight those views.
2-3. Rising Sun Encounters
Explore the unprecedented Rising Sun exhibition that will transform the Historic Landmark Building by contemporary artist and make observations and express opinions about these innovative and large-scale sculptures, paintings, digital art, and more.
Inspired by the art seen in the Rising Sun exhibition, create a work of art rendering your own interpretation of the “Rising Sun” concept utilizing artistic mosaic tiles and other materials.
2-4. Sculptural Explorations
This tour will focus on the many sculptural pieces commissioned by PAFA for the Rising Sun special exhibition. Participants will learn about the contemporary artist that created some of the works and investigate the science and techniques used to make the pieces.
This is a mixed media art lesson that will allow participants to create their own sculpture of a tree incorporating their wishes for the future within it.
2-5. Summer Celebration Special
Inspired by the warm weather and the beginning of summer, celebrate the end of the school year as you make a memorable artwork, reflecting on the time spent at PAFA.
PAFA offers programs for artists and art lovers of all ages and skill levels who want to learn about and make art.