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"Tar Beach 2" Quilt
"Tar Beach 2" Quilt, 1990
Faith Ringgold, American
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K–12 Virtual Lessons

Engage K–12 students with art from the museum’s collection through close looking, guided discussions, and interactive activities. Museum educators facilitate virtual lessons via videoconferencing platforms.

Lesson Length

K–3rd grade: 30–45 minutes
4th–12th grade: 45–60 minutes


Philadelphia Public and Charter Schools: Free
All Other Schools: $125
Special Topic: $175

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A nonrefundable credit card deposit of $25 is required upon registration and will go toward your total fee. The balance is due by credit card payment one week prior to the lesson date.

Lesson Topics

  • Around the World (K–6th grade)

    How can we learn to see more when we look at art? This lesson leads students to become better observers of both art and the world around them through looking, describing, imagining, and responding. Students compare works of art and architecture to discover the common threads and unique qualities of a variety of cultures.
    Pre-Visit Guide
  • Art and Language Arts (4th–12th grade)

    During this lesson, students uncover the “stories” told by works of art as they experiment with the different tools that writers and artists use to make an engaging work. Activities encourage careful observation, analysis, and discussion, and include creative, persuasive, and descriptive writing and poetry. This lesson can be adapted for English-language learners.
    Pre-Visit Guide
  • Art Speaks (School District of Philadelphia 4th grade)

    Art Speaks is designed to help School District of Philadelphia fourth-grade students practice literacy skills while exploring artworks from the museum’s collection. Students take part in a variety of lively discussions and writing and drawing activities that foster slow looking and encourage them to use a variety of language-arts skills such as comparing, describing, interpreting, and expressing opinions. Teachers can extend the lesson with the Art Speaks online teaching resource.
  • Black Art, Black Voices: Identity, Activism, and Influence (4th–12th grade)

    Explore how Black artists, past and present, depict ideas integral to forge complex identities, challenge racism, and shape vibrant cultures in the United States and around the world. Students use inquiry and discussion to consider the perspectives of artists and reflect on various ways in which art can be a tool for social change.
  • Exploring Identity through Art

    Art can be a window onto an artist’s experiences, relationships, and history. Students will investigate how artists explore ideas about identity and use art as a prompt to reflect on their own sense of self.
  • Greek and Roman Mythology (4th–12th grade)

    The stories and characters of Greek and Roman mythology have fascinated artists from many different eras, just as they captivate kids today. In this lesson, students explore how artists have interpreted those ancient stories at different moments in time to express ideas, convey emotion, or relate them to current events.
  • Learning to Look (K–6th grade)

    How can we learn to see more when we look at art? This lesson leads students to become better observers of both art and the world around them through looking, describing, imagining, and responding. Drawing and writing activities are adapted for students’ grade level.
    Pre-Visit Guide
  • Modern and Contemporary Art (4th–12th grade)

    What is modern and contemporary art? What inspires artists to break with tradition and experiment with new ideas? How do artists respond to the world in which they live? These questions and others provide the basis for our exploration of the art of today and the recent past. This lesson encourages students to explore the diversity of modern and contemporary art through a number of different themes, such as current events, identity, the environment, social justice, and new media, among others.
    Pre-Visit Guide
  • Resistance and Resilience in United States History (4th–12th grade)

    Explore the history of the United States through works of art that tell untold stories from American history. Students will develop their historical thinking skills and analyze objects that represent multiple perspectives. This lesson approaches the study of our past through an antiracist lens.
  • Stories in Art (1st–3rd grade)

    Sometimes when art speaks, you want to talk back. Students join the conversation and discover a wealth of stories art can tell as they explore paintings, decorative arts, and sculptures through a variety of interactive looking, writing, and role-playing activities.
    Pre-Visit Guide

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580 or by e-mail at .