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Looking to Learn

Visual Learning for 4th through 12th Graders

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 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 quality and accessible experience with contemporary art!


  • critical looking, questioning and reflection
  • confident and collaborative participation
  • creativity and self-expression
  • art museum literacy
  • a meaningful, personal connection with at least one work of art for each participant

Program Design

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.

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.*

*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

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To book a group, contact or 617.879.7333.