Woodmere’s educational programs are designed to introduce school age audiences to the world of art, art appreciation, and art-making. PhilaArtdelphia offers children a multitude of ways in which to explore their own artistic talents, develop critical thinking skills, experience Woodmere’s stellar collection, and celebrate the arts of Philadelphia.
A Museum Aesthetics Program
3rd grade and up
This popular program has become part of many classrooms’ curriculum as it offers an in-depth writing, critical thinking, visual arts, and presentation experience. Students visit the museum three times. On the initial visit to Woodmere, museum educators give the students an in-depth tour of the Museum, introducing them to art elements, vocabulary, and techniques toward understanding the way an artwork works. Each student selects a work of art to become an expert on, researching the artist and the artwork. Finally, students present their knowledge to an audience.
Critical and Contextual Studies
Art History Independent Study
9-12 grade/ college
Students keen to undertake their own research into art and museum collections are introduced into methods of investigating artworks. Working independently and with museum staff, students will research the historical context and background of the artwork and artist, gain and understanding of media, materials, and techniques, and present a “highlight” tour of their findings.
1, 2, Rhythm and Blue
3rd grade and up
This seven session discovery program demonstrates the links between art, music, and math. The first visit is to Woodmere, remaining visits are Museum staff, artists, and musicians in the classroom. Students create art that explores rhythm, pattern, design, geometry, and compose a musical composition. A grand finale in the school auditorium includes a display of the children’s artwork and a performance of their music by Arpeggio Jazz Ensemble.
The Way I See It
An Arts and Literacy Program
Students from different neighborhoods read and write poetry, make postcard art, and exchange their postcards with another school. Using the power of art and writing, students begin to build bridges between themselves, their schools, and neighborhoods. This program includes six artist/poet visits to the classroom and a visit to Woodmere where the program ends with a celebratory event of poetry slams, music, and an opportunity for new friends to meet.
Jump for the Sun
This program provides young visitors a warm and inviting introduction to art and the museum. Educators come into the classroom and create works inspired by literature. Color and imagination are the emphases. A visit to Woodmere includes an exciting color seek and find, and an art activity.
Woodmere joins the Philadelphia Senior Center and WXPN’s Kids Corner in this annual celebration of intergenerational giving in which kids make gifts for seniors. These works will be on display in Woodmere’s Helen Millard Children’s Gallery. At the close of the exhibition, students’ artwork is wrapped and delivered as a holiday gift along with a home cooked meal.
Artists at Work
This magical art adventure exposes second grade students to art, art making, and a personal connection with working artists. Students tour Woodmere’s permanent collection and then meet four professional artists who have set up their studios in the Museum, demonstrating their work, de-mystifying the art process, and exposing students to new careers. Each artist is visited for about 20 minutes.
A Museum in Residence Program
Selected schools have a rare experience where art and museum programming is offered to an entire school in a sequential and sustained manner. Contact the education department for more information, 215-247-0948.
For all ages
Let us organize a lively gallery tour for your class. Each tour is adapted to your needs, student’s ages and abilities, and includes: directed looking, lively discussions and games. Each tour ends with a fun art activity. Tours are one hour in length. Fee is $5 per child. Busing may be available. Fine tune your visit. Your tour can focus on the following themes: Shapes and Patterns, The Museum as Treasure House, American History, Stories in Art, Yellow Fuzzy Sizzle Pop – an exploration of the senses, Art Treasure Hunt, and more. Call for info, 215-247-0948.
Helen Millard Children’s Gallery
Since 1986, Woodmere’s children’s gallery has exhibited work by and for young people. To apply for an art exhibition for your school contact the education department.
Summer Arts Community Project
This special opportunity allows children from around the city to work alongside artists in a real studio setting to create an amazing artwork installation which will be displayed on Woodmere’s expanse of lawn.
Children’s Studio Classes
Taught by artists and educators, Woodmere offers specialized studio classes for children throughout the year in our north light, George D. Widener studio. Scholarships available with teacher recommendation.
Tour Information / Reservations
To arrange a guided school group tour or participate in one of our PhilARTdelphia programs contact the education department at 215-247-0948.
Admission for guided tours is $5 per student. $5 for ArtTrak and for Artists At Work. Chaperones are free. Financial assistance is granted to schools based on financial need which may include transportation costs.
Woodmere for Kids: Guide and Game Book
Next time you visit the Museum pick up this interactive guide produced by 100 Philadelphia school students is guaranteed to enhance the Museum experience. Grades: 1-8
Throughout the year, the Education Department schedules and presents workshops about our collection, special exhibitions, and art production techniques to take back into the classroom. Act48 credit is available. Contact the Education Department.
Edward M. David Library
This great teacher resource is a general art historical reference library comprising 2000 books with a focus on local and regional artists and a section for young people. Appointments are necessary.
Contact the Education Department at 215-247-0948 for information on how you or your school can participate in these programs.