Close Encounters is a free, virtual, six-session program developed by the Baltimore Museum of Art for fourth graders in Baltimore City Public Schools. Over three consecutive weeks, museum educators virtually visit school classrooms for three thematic tours of artworks from the BMA using high-resolution images.

Students will explore three topics: Portraits & Personalities, Stories in Art, and Moods & Feelings.

After each virtual tour, students will participate in facilitated Make & Share activities designed to promote social and emotional learning. Students strengthen their curiosity, creativity, critical thinking, and self-reflection through close observation of art, discussion, writing, and making.

Begun in 1982, Close Encounters supports Baltimore City Public Schools’ Visual Art curriculum for fourth graders.


Close Encounters is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the Maryland State Department of Education, Wilmington Trust, The Goldsmith Family Foundation, and The Howard C. and Marguerite E. Muller Charitable Foundation.

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