Location: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway Philadelphia PA 19130.
Michele, Tutor Delphia’s parent liaison, describes her recent visit to the Barnes and tells of the Barnes Foundation’s educational offering.
The Barnes Foundation is committed to Alfred Barnes’ mission to educate. They offer some opportunities for free admission (currently on the first Sunday of every month) and they offer periodic free programs for families, especially geared to children. They employ an educational support staff and offer an opportunity to take a docent led tour. The Barnes Foundation has a relationship with the School District of Philadelphia offering programs from first to eighth grade. Teacher training is also offered throughout the year to encourage and train teachers on how to bring art into their classrooms.
The free audio tour, which comes with admission, gives insight into seventy-five works of art in the various galleries. These audio presentations have commentaries from local university professors and other experts on individual works and on some art groupings. Using the audio presentation felt like stepping into a classroom for a brief moment. Since there are explanations available on such a small number of works, compared to the scope of the full collection, it left plenty of room for self interpretation and reflection.
One of the delights in the Barnes Collection, is that Dr. Barnes planned lessons on the walls. Craft furniture, functional metal arts, textiles, utilitarian objects, ancient African art and works from the tenth to sixteenth centuries are placed together with the Impressionist and Post Impressionist artworks that share common designs and themes. The art of these different time periods and media reflect on one another in their groupings and increased my awareness of their common designs.
This juxtaposition suggested to me that if I make myself more aware of design in my everyday environment there will be more for me to appreciate if I become more mindful. I plan to take away this lesson from Dr. Barnes.
Activity: The Museum Without Walls Audio Tour of Philadelphia
Age Group: We recommend this for students from 8th Grade to Adult.
Time Needed: Flexible
Location: Center City, Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Fairmount Park
The Museum Without Walls… allows us to become tourists in our own city.
Philadelphia has more outdoor sculptures than any other American city but for those of us who live here, public art often fades into the backdrop of a too-familiar landscape. There is the danger of these works becoming invisible. The Museum Without Walls audio tour seeks to cure that with a unique interactive experience that tells the story of the artwork and allows us to become tourists in our own city. (more…)
Chrystelle Browman, Tutor Delphia’s Content Manager reports in on her international experience. In addition to working for Tutor Delphia, Chrystelle is pursuing a career as a librarian and has been working overseas for the past few months.
At my workplace, I’ve heard over 20 languages being spoken. There is always at least 5 or more countries represented at every lunch table. You can imagine the different sounds as you move through the cafeteria – it is truly a symphony of awe and beauty. Watching and listening to people switch languages within a sentence will always be mesmerizing to me. (more…)
Keep your brain in shape this summer and flex those academic muscles. Summer programs specifically tailored to high school students are available all around the Philadelphia metropolitan area, specializing in everything from computing to communications. Programs range from one week academic boot camps to month long courses. So whether you’re looking to get ahead academically before entering college, or just want to expand your knowledge base, summer studies can pave the way forward.
1. For computer whizzes
Are you passionate about programming? At Drexel University, located in the heart of Philadelphia, high school students can attend a 5-week course about information technology and computing. What’s more, students that successfully complete the program receive a $3,000 scholarship to Drexel. Students also get the chance to work with facility on digital and computing projects. Taking place from June 23 to July 27, the program immerses students in subjects like robotics, game design, social media, and web development. The course, known formally as the Drexel University Computing Academy (DUCA), is for rising juniors and seniors. The application deadline is May 31. In order to be considered for the program, students must provide PSAT/SAT scores, an essay, a letter of recommendation, and grade reports. Tuition totals $4,500, but financial aid is available to eligible students.
2. Music Making
Drexel runs a week intensive that focuses squarely on the music industry, from recording technology to marketing and promotion. Students learn both analog and digital audio recording skills, from setting up microphones to editing, while also cutting their teeth on the nuances of promotional marketing. The course, which takes place from July 14-19, accepts students on a rolling admission basis. Students interested are asked to submit a high school transcript and a 300-word personal statement. Tuition: $1,300.
3. Interior Design
For the serious interior designer, Drexel also runs a pre-college course from July 7-20 that includes seminars, projects and field trips to fantastically designed interior spaces within Philadelphia. Students learn the basics of sketching and blueprinting, and get career advice. Students also learn how to make digital design models of interior spaces. To apply, you must be at least 16 years old. Tuition: $3,000.
4. Liberal Arts and Science Classes at Penn
For students looking for a hearty dose of traditional academics, look no further than University of Pennsylvania’s Academy programs. Running a little over a week, from June 30 to July 27, these programs prep students for a diverse array of college subjects.
Art history gets a decidedly Philly twist in the Art in the City Academy. Recruiting students in grades 9-12, this is an art history course focusing on creative expression as seen in downtown Philadelphia. Students go on field trips to exhibits, historical sites, murals and public sculptures in addition to completing multimedia history projects. Sites studied include the Institute for Contemporary Art, the Philadelphia Magic Gardens, and Independence Hall.
If biology or medicine is more your forté, Penn has a program for that too; the Biomedical Research Academy for students in grades 10-12. Guest lecturers range from academic scientists to clinicians working in the biomedical field. Afternoons are spent in the lab fiddling with biology projects and experiments. Students must have at least one year of high school under their belts to apply.
If you’re a social science buff, Penn also runs the Social Injustices Academy, which delves into social issues both past and present. Students hear from professors specializing in everything from economy to urban studies, who, together, paint a full picture of contemporary struggles for social justice through seminars and excursions. This will be great for students considering a career in law or in sociology.
The deadline to apply to Penn’s programs is June 1, and interested students should complete an application, as well as provide academic transcripts and a letter of recommendation. The Academies costs $7,899 for students that choose to reside on campus and $6,799 for commuters. Public school and charter school students maintaining at least a 3.3 GPA also have the chance to enter free of charge through the Penn Summer Scholars Program.
5. Paint the Summer Away
Temple University has a thriving visual arts program, and for budding high school artists, the Tyler Pre College Workshop offers several courses in intensive drawing, oil painting, and digital design using Adobe Photoshop. There are also sculpture and printmaking classes available. While working in studio space on a college campus, students get the chance to expand both their portfolios and their skills. The courses take place over the course of three sessions from June 24 to Aug. 2. To apply, students must fill out an application and in some cases provide work samples. One session costs $650, two costs $1200 and three sessions is $1650 in total.
6. The Art of Building
For students who want to learn about building design, Temple also runs an architecture camp from July 8 to July 19. The course includes lectures, architectural tours around Philadelphia, and sessions in an architectural studio. Students learn about both the traditional and emerging techniques in the field of architecture. During studio time, students create their own original 2 and 3-dimensional building mockups. The course takes place in Temple’s new state-of-the-art architecture studies building, which was completed in 2012. Tuition: $950.
7. Engineering Success
A program designed to encourage women in the engineering field, Temple’s WE2 summer program includes lectures from working engineers, many of them women, and the chance to participate in original engineering projects, group discussions and field trips to industry locations, such as a tour through NASA headquarters. The program takes place from July 8 to 13. Application deadline is June 15, and women in grades 10-12 with a GPA over 3.0 are encouraged to apply. Tuition is $500, and financial aid is also available.
8. Open Programs
Temple also offers teens between the ages of 13 and 17 several non credit summer camp sessions throughout the summer with tuition costs ranging from $200 to $400.
Want to learn how to win an argument? In the “Art of Arguing,” a 5-session course taking place August 5-9, students learn about debate and public speaking, and how to persuasively argue a point. Interested in working in television? From July 22-26, high schoolers can sign up for Temple’s Multimedia Camp for firsthand experience with audio, video, and web production. The class also spends a day browsing a real television studio and control room.
Finally, Temple also has something for budding creative writers looking to expand their knowledge of the craft; a creative writing course with open enrollment that takes place July 8-12. Students write their own short stories, poetry, personal essays, and other genre prose.
9. Portfolio work at University of the Art
Not only do artsy students have a plethora of options at Temple, but they can also choose from a wide range of summer courses at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, from creative writing and drama to the visual arts. Students get access to advice from real working professionals in their chosen field, participate in exhibits and workshops, and produce pieces for their portfolios. What’s more, students receive 3 college credits after completing these courses. Tuition costs range from $1,500 to $3,800, depending on the class type and residence status.
With such a diverse array of classes offered in Philly, there’s certainly something for everyone. Whether you want to paint your perfect masterpiece, or learn how to create the perfect simple machine, the Philadelphia metro area has you covered. In addition, university-level courses are also a great way for high school students to gain experience handling college level course loads. So what are you waiting for?
Thurs April 25th
Do you like computers as much as I do? Then you should make the effort to see Michael Dell, the Chairman and CEO of Dell, speak about the business side of innovation.
Another exciting event happening this day is Science Day at the Ball Park at the Phillies stadium. Check out several hands on activities and learn about the physics behind the baseball.
Ticket price varies.
Do you like cheese? Of course you do! But do you know about the microbiology behind the creation of cheese? I am guessing you do not – so make it a point to stop by at DiBruno Brothers to learn about fermentation, and of course, taste the cheese! cheese. Have some Fun with Fermentation: Kimcheese!
Fri April 26th
Friday night is all about astronomy. Attend Astronomy Night Cafe: Edge of the Universe before heading out across the city for Astronomy Night. The first event discusses theories like “big bounce” and the “big rip”. Paul Halpern will be discussing his book, Edge of the Universe: A Voyage to the Cosmic Horizon and Beyond, so don’t miss out on this fascinating discussion. We told you all about Astronomy Night in one of our last posts, so you have no excuse not to go!
Sat April 27th.
Ever dreamed about being a detective? Are you a SVU or CSI fan? If you are, then definitely make it over to Discovery Day: Be the Detective! This is a hands-on activity where you can dust for fingerprints and learn how DNA can help solve crime.
If solving crime ain’t your jam, there is another hands-on event, Discovery Day: Ciencia and Me. Unwrap the mystery of everyday materials, taste & smell. The best part is you get to eat the science experiments!
We’ve already told you about Iron Physicist. Try to make some time to check it out!
Sun April 28th.
Sadly all great things must come to an end. Sunday April 28th is the festival’s last day. There are four wonderful events to choose from. From Science at the Seaport to Science for Sinners you really can’t go wrong.
Because I want to encourage girls and women to enter into the field of science, I highly recommend bringing your family to Science Surprises: Vicki Cobb’s One Woman Science Show. To find out more about the woman behind the science you can check out her website or her blog.
If you have ever wondered what it takes to build an urban farm, attend Discovery Day: Urban Farming. You will learn the best ways to grow vegetables, how to test soil and you can sample the vegetables of an urban garden. Also, beekeeping!
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