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beyond the field trip beyond the classroom

A trip to the Frick offers creative, hands-on, learning experiences that are designed not only to address academic standards, but also to broaden the student perspective. Our programs connect across the curriculum, integrating writing, science or even economics, inspiring students to use art and history as tools for understanding different cultures and context or to connect their contemporary experiences to those of the past.

The Frick Art & Historical Center – Encompassing Clayton (the historic home of the Henry Clay Frick family), The Frick Art Museum, the Car and Carriage Museum, and a working Greenhouse, the Frick is a unique learning environment, located on 5.5 acres of self-contained grounds and gardens in Pittsburgh’s East End. The diverse nature of our collection allows for endless opportunities to create new curricular connections for your students. Your program can include visits to:

  • Clayton, one of many mansions that once occupied Millionaire’s Row in the late 1800s. From a visit to Helen Clay Frick’s childhood bedroom to the dining room where Mr. Frick once hosted a luncheon for President Theodore Roosevelt to the kitchen where as many as six meals a day were prepared, your students will have many hands-on opportunities to learn about this important era in Pittsburgh history.

  • The Frick Art Museum, which features outstanding examples of Italian Renaissance paintings and 18th-century French painting, furniture and decorative arts. Programs for school students range from Chemistry of Colo , where students make their own paints from eggs, clay and charcoal to Joie de Vivre, which culminates in a “reenactment” of the French Revolution!

  • The Car and Carriage Museum, where students can see some of the first horseless carriages to have an impact on Pittsburgh and learn about Pittsburgh’s role in the developing automobile industry. Choose a program that gives your students an opportunity to participate in an assembly line or one that emphasizes teamwork and deductive reasoning through a series of compass-driven clues!

  • The Greenhouse, which offers mini-lessons on plant habitat and adaptation, the physics of how greenhouses work and the history of such structures in the 19th century. For younger students, sensory awareness, comparing/contrasting and a hunt for patterns, color and texture add a “green” touch to the Frick experience.

If one of our many interdisciplinary programs does not fit your needs, just give us a call to custom design one!

New Clayton Pre-Visits – New this year are several options for Clayton pre- or post-visit activities. Visit the Teacher Resource page on our website where you can download a 10-minute video tour of Clayton or a PowerPoint introduction to the Frick family, Clayton and the rest of the site. You will also find lesson plan suggestions related to the Homestead Steel Strike of 1892 or how to use historic photographs in your classroom. More activities will be coming through the school year, so check back often!

Seasons at the Frick – By now, many teachers know to call early to get their preferred spring or December program date, but did you know we offer discounts in our less popular months? If you cannot take advantage of the Back-to-School Special, consider taking advantage of our popular “Defeat-the-Doldrums Discount.” See page 15 for details.

For more information about these or any of our other programs, contact Caito Amorose at 412-205-2022 or education@TheFrickPittsburgh.org.


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