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Welcome to Art Speaks!

Art Speaks is a museum visit program designed specifically for fourth-grade classrooms in Philadelphia public schools. The content is art and the wonderful ways we can learn about and respond to what artists create. The learning strategies are literacy based, and connect to The School District of Philadelphia’s fourth-grade language arts curriculum.

When your class visits one of the five participating art institutions (listed below), a Museum Guide will accompany your students and you through the galleries, introduce works of art, and lead students through literacy-based activities that promote discussion of and writing about art. Some of the ideas your students will address are:

What can art be? Who makes art? What is an art museum? How can I respond to art?

This site is full of a rich array of pre- and post-visit suggestions for extending the learning from your museum trip, with activity sheets, writing and discussion activities, connections to the fourth-grade literacy reader, and much more.

We hope that every Philadelphia public school fourth grader participates in Art Speaks and visits an art museum. We look forward to seeing your class at one of our institutions soon!

Your colleagues in educating our children,

Philadelphia Museum of Art

The Barnes Foundation

The Fabric Workshop and Museum

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

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