Looking to Learn

Visual Learning for 4th through 12th Graders

Looking to Learn gallery visit

Committed to excellence in gallery education, the Looking to Learn program uses contemporary art as a gateway to imagination, creative skill-building, and personal understanding. Through two visits with professional educators in the classroom and the galleries, each class offers art-making instruction and guided group conversation. Interactive activities illuminate the themes of each changing exhibition and touch on a variety of learning modalities. Join us in offering your students a vivid and nurturing contemporary art experience!

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: Classroom orientation — one hour
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 to offset the cost of transportation to and from MassArt. If your school has already received a Big Yellow School Bus grant for the current academic year, please contact gallery.ed@massart.edu.


(617) 879-7924

Guidelines and Policies (PDF)

Current Exhibitions