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School Programs

Offer your students more than a virtual experience this year, and come to the Frick! Interdisciplinary experiences that only the Frick can offer are all in one hospitable place. Our hands-on learning programs are teacher-friendly, and connect across the curriculum, integrating writing, science and even economics to broaden student perspectives.

Download our School Programs Booklet

To see how each of the Frick’s school programs aligns with Pennsylvania academic standards, click here

Grade Level Experiences

Kids in Clayton or The Frick Art Museum?  Not a problem!  Younger students can enjoy a multidisciplinary morning designed just for them.  Lively interaction is the norm as students delve into the world of artists and their creations, compare and contrast modern childhood with that of Victorian boys and girls and imagine what travel would be like in the days of horse-drawn carriages and rickety Model Ts.  Games, rhymes, and hands-on projects make these visits to The Frick Art Museum, Clayton, and the Car and Carriage Museum memorable experiences for your students.

Students are challenged to use deductive reasoning, visual literacy and critical thinking skills as they experience the Frick.  Why is the queen in the painting without a crown? How did you charge an electric car in 1902?  What would it take to get a house ready for a visit from President Teddy Roosevelt?  And what in the world is an orchestrion? Whether making art in our studio, examining banana trees and cactus in the greenhouse, struggling to fasten shoes with a buttonhook or figuring out how to start a Model T, students will gain new perspectives as they interact with art and history through engaging, hands-on discovery.

As students look closely at sculpture or handle century-old household objects, learn the personal histories of chambermaids and countesses and even use math skills to solve perspective or convert nineteenth-century value into modern dollars, they can apply concepts learned in the classroom with a new context at the Frick.  Our programs communicate wide-ranging experiences, stories and emotions that make sense to today’s students.

Students explore a wide range of cultures and times at the Frick, including European history and Gilded Age America.  Themes of labor, aesthetics, economics, industrialization and human struggle can all be addressed in our inquiry-based tours and workshops.  Whether you are looking to help your students understand the formal properties of art or the impact of automobile design on society, we can help you find the right program to enhance your curriculum.

Scheduling your Visit

Call: 412-342-4087

Please include the following information:

  • Your name, phone number and school

  • When you'd like to visit

  • Which program(s) you are considering

  • Grade(s) and approximate number of students and chaperones

NOTE: Programs are subject to an eight-student minimum.

Things to know:

#1 Tip for booking- Book early!
  • Programs must be booked at least three weeks in advance

  • Certain times of the year fill quickly. For more information about seasons at the Frick, see the school programs booklet.

  • Not sure which program is best for you? We are happy to talk with you to customize a program to fit your classroom's needs.

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Teacher Membership

Did you know there’s a category of membership just for teachers and administrators? You can enjoy all the regular benefits of membership at the individual level, receive free admission for two to all lectures and discounts on Act 48 programs.

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The Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities

Each year, the Roy A. Hunt Foundation Award for Commitment to Education in the Arts and Humanities is presented to a teacher who has demonstrated a commitment to participating in the Frick’s education programs, and who has successfully integrated the arts and humanities into the students’ learning experience.

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