Teacher Programs

Statewide Teacher Workshops

Teacher Programs & Workshops at VMFA

Teacher Workshop: Art Exhibition Production

Thu, Oct 29, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
Come and learn from an expert how VMFA produces a wide variety of art exhibitions. Using numerous real-life examples, explore the nuts and bolts of creating traveling exhibitions, small gallery shows, educational panel shows designed for the classroom, and major special exhibitions. From selecting and preparing the works of art, to budget management, label writing and editing, and the mechanics of installation, this workshop provides hands-on experiences and resources for project-based learning. This workshop is designed for middle and high school level Art, History, and English classrooms.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Teacher Workshop: Art-Inspired Writing: Painting Verbal Pictures

Thu, Nov 5, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
Are you looking for innovative ways to inspire your students to use their writing skills? Join Katharine Herndon, executive director of James River Writers, for this VMFA adventure! Works of art provide fascinating visual opportunities for a wide variety of writing activities, from basic sensory descriptions to interpretations of the narrative—or abstract—qualities in paintings, drawings, sculptures, and decorative arts. You’ll take away suggestions for interactive writing assignments that tell stories, explain contexts, and persuade viewers to a particular point of view. You’ll also receive a resource packet that includes a CD of images, background information about works of art in the VMFA collection, and related resources for the English classroom.
$20 (VMFA members $18)

Teacher Workshop: Auguste Rodin: Ancient Visions and Modern Sculpture

Thu, Dec 3, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
Auguste Rodin was born in Paris and lived through the Second Empire, the Franco-Prussian War, the establishment of the Third Republic, and the Paris Commune before his death in 1917. His beautifully observed sculptures reflect the character of these turbulent times and the heyday of Romanticism and realism. Learn about Rodin, his sculptures, his era, his connections with writers, and his influence on art. This workshop includes a visit to the VMFA special exhibition Rodin: Evolution of a Genius, on view from November 21, 2015 through March 13, 2016.
$32 (VMFA members $18)

Teacher Workshop: Egypt and China: Inventing, Writing, and Connecting

Thu, Jan 21, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
Are you a third grade teacher who will soon be adding Egypt and China to the ancient civilizations you teach? This workshop will provide resources and strategies for helping students understand the contributions of the ancient Egyptians and ancient Chinese to today’s world. Topics will include the Egyptian inventions of papyrus, the calendar, and the clock, and the Chinese inventions of silk, gunpowder, the compass, and the kite, and as well as a comparison of Chinese characters and hieroglyphs. Hands-on activities and gallery adventures will include some Silk Road geography connections using maps and works of art from the VMFA collection.
$20 (VMFA members $18)

Teacher Workshop: VMFA’s Digital Teacher Toolboxes: Create Art Adventures for Your Students

Thu, Feb 18, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
Have you ever wanted to use museum images, documents, and archives creatively in your classroom? This workshop utilizes collection images and archival material to inspire outside-the-box lessons that blend art history, cultural studies, math, economics, museum studies, and much more! Digital Teacher Toolkits provide the raw materials from which you can create customized lesson plans and activities for your students. In this workshop, you may choose to create lesson prototypes for a gallery installation, mural planning, or art and economics. Each of these toolkits relates to math skills as well as to art historical and cultural knowledge.
$20 (VMFA members $18)

Teacher Workshop: Celebrate Shakespeare at VMFA!

Thu, Mar 3, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
Don’t miss VMFA’s workshop offering for the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative, a statewide celebration that will run from September 2015 to December 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616. How many of Shakespeare’s famous characters can you find in VMFA galleries? Find out when you join two experts for this interactive discussion and gallery experience that explores connections among art, writing, and performance. Workshop resources and materials relate to Hamlet, Macbeth, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, The Tempest, and other works by Shakespeare, the “wonder of our stage!”
$20 (VMFA members $18)

Teacher Workshop: Art in the Modern World: Connect

Thu, Apr 7, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
Robert Rauschenburg once commented “I think art is more like the real world when it’s made out of the real world.” In this workshop, you’ll explore this thought by considering how artists use found objects to transform materials as they pursue powerful new meanings. By looking closely at works by ground-breaking artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Joseph Cornell, Jim Dine, and Sonya Clark, you’ll analyze different methods of assemblage. Then, following a gallery walk with VMFA Modern and Contemporary Curator Dr. Sarah Eckhardt, you’ll use found materials to experiment with connecting meaning and material, and discuss how these ideas can translate into your classroom.
$20 (VMFA members $18)

Teacher Workshop: Encore! Art, VMFA, and STEAM

Sat, Mar 12, 10 am – 3 pm | Pauley Center Parlor, Studio B & Galleries
Art definitely adds power to STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math! There was great enthusiasm for last year’s STEAM workshop at VMFA. The brave teachers who made it through February’s ice and snow gave the experience glowing reviews. Note the date for this year’s version is in March—not February.

Art-making and museum practices offer great real-world examples for interdisciplinary projects and units. In this workshop you’ll explore how paintings, prints, vases, and sculptures can inspire fascinating hands-on investigations and project-based learning in your classroom. Workshop topics include the science and art of construction; linking math with art; and geology and art connections featuring resources from the University of Richmond’s Lora Robins Gallery of Design from Nature. You’ll also receive a workshop packet with a CD of useful images, background information, and lesson plan and project suggestions.
$30 (VMFA members $27)

Teacher Workshop: Exploring Art Conservation

Sat, Jan 23, 10 am – 3 pm | Pauley Center, Studio B
Conservators are responsible for the physical well-being of the objects in a museum collection. They apply scientific and technical analysis to discover an artist’s methods and examine and treat works of art in order to preserve them, restore them, keep them clean and/or prepare them for loan or exhibition. This workshop begins with a hands-on examination, documentation, and treatment of a material—an experience that emphasizes critical thinking and process skills. You’ll also locate a wide range of art materials in VMFA galleries; investigate VMFA conservation processes through the eyes of 40 teens; and identify, examine, and discuss a variety of textiles used in the arts.
$30 (VMFA members $27)