Looking to Learn

Visual Learning for 4th through 12th Graders

Looking to Learn gallery visit

Committed to excellence in art museum/gallery education, the Looking to Learn program uses contemporary art as a gateway to imagination, creative skill-building, and personal understanding for your students.

Through two visits with professional educators in the classroom and the galleries, each session offers art-making instruction and guided group-conversations to illuminate the themes of the exhibition(s) on view in the Bakalar & Paine Galleries.

Join us in offering your students a vivid and nurturing experience with contemporary art!

Looking to Learn's objectives

  • promote visual awareness
  • hone critical thinking
  • nurture confident participation
  • encourage curiosity and creativity
  • facilitate art museum literacy
  • inspire lifelong learning

Program design: a two-tiered approach

Visit 1: Orientation — 1 hour in your classroom

Educators from MassArt visit your classroom to introduce students to the College, the Bakalar & Paine Galleries and the featured exhibition. Using visual materials, educators introduce key concepts and ideas to prepare students for their follow-up visit to MassArt.

Looking to Learn classroom visit

Visit 2: Gallery visit — 1.5 hours at MassArt

During this interactive guided visit to the MassArt Bakalar & Paine Galleries, students explore ideas specific to the current exhibition. Subsidized transportation is available for eligible groups*.

L2L Gallery Visit

*We encourage participating schools to apply for Big Yellow School Bus grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, and/or Target Field Trip grants to offset the cost of transportation to and from MassArt. If your school is ineligible for these grants, please contact gallery.ed@massart.edu.



(617) 879-7924

Guidelines and Policies (PDF)

Current Exhibitions