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Preschool Groups

Museum Looks and Picture Books

This program is especially for preschool groups with students ages 3–5. The program introduces the Museum and art concepts to young children through developmentally appropriate activities. During the 1 1/2-hour program, students have a picture book read to them in the galleries, explore works of art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take home. Visiting schools receive preparatory materials, including the selected picture book to read to students and to become a permanent part of the school library.

Cost: $100 per class. Class size is limited to twenty students. Groups with more than twenty students must register for two classes. Two classes can be accommodated on one day. Please bring one chaperone for every five students. Classes run from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Fee includes art materials and instructional hour. To register, call 215-684-7580.

Books and Lessons for 2018/2019 School Year

  • October–November 2018
    Theme: Knights & Armor

    Book: The Tiny King by Taro Miura
    Museum Tour: Medieval Art and Armor
    Art Project: Marvelous Crowns
  • December 2018–January 2019
    Theme: People We Love

    Book: A Sick Day for Amos McGee by Phillip C. Stead
    Museum Tour: Portraits in the Collection
    Art Project: Mixed Media Portraits
  • February–March 2019
    Theme: Celebrations

    Book: Festival of Colors by Kabir & Surishtha Sehgal
    Museum Tour: Art of Asia
    Art Project: Sand Mandalas
  • April–May 2019
    Theme: Imaginative Worlds

    Book: Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler
    Museum Tour: Imaginative Worlds
    Art Project: Resist Paintings
  • June 2019
    Theme: Science & Art / STEAM

    Book: The Watermelon Seed by Greg Pizzoli
    Museum Tour: Artists and Nature
    Art Project: DIY Planter

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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