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Teacher Programs & Workshops at VMFA


Teacher Workshop: African American Dreams: Poets, Painters, Singers,

Thu, Feb 19, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator, and Karen Getty, VMFA Docent Program Coordinator 
Delve into word and image in this consideration of the African American experience as represented by works in the VMFA American Art Galleries. Paintings and sculptures take on deeper meaning when coupled with primary sources, poems, essays, speeches, and song lyrics. The workshop explores authors including Phyllis Wheatley, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, as well as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Teacher Workshop: STEAMin' at VMFA

Sat, Feb 21, 10 am – 3 pm | Pauley Center Parlor
How can art energize STEM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math? Art is the perfect catalyst for producing energized reactions from your students. Art, which is both hands-on and cerebral, offers fascinating possibilities for inter-disciplinary learning. Learn how to use paintings, prints, vases, sculptures—and hands-on processes—to create group projects in your classroom. This workshop includes a resource packet with a CD of images, background information about works of art in the VMFA collection, resources for image analysis, lesson plans, and templates for hands-on activities.
$30 (VMFA members $27), includes a boxed lunch


Teacher Workshop: George Catlin and the American West

Thu, Mar 12, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
Jeffrey Allison, VMFA’s Manager of Statewide Programs and Exhibitions and the Paul Mellon Collection Educator 
George Catlin’s renderings of Indians were so powerful that they were said to hold great "medicine," a term denoting vast spiritual vitality. From his earliest known Indian portrait in 1827 until his death in 1872, Catlin was respected as an artist who possessed an anthropologist’s eye for cultural study supported by finely observed details. His works portraying traditional dances, rituals, and ceremonies exist today as the sole record of many aspects of Indian life. This workshop offers hands-on activities for examining art with a critical eye, treating pictures as windows into the past that have the power to yield unique insights.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Teacher Workshop: Workin’ the Flowers: Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, and Modern Visions

Thu, Apr 23, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Room 1 & Galleries
How did impressionist and post-impressionist painters radically transform the traditional French still life genre? How were their experimentations with paint application, composition, and color combinations connected with changes in science, commerce, and technology? Discover how their reinvention of artistic representation can inspire and challenge your students’ understanding of art-making in this workshop that combines gallery exploration with hands-on elements.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Teacher Workshop: The Art of Place! Geography Connections at VMFA

Sat, Mar 14, 10 am – 3 pm | Pauley Center Parlor
How does art illuminate geography? Let us count the ways! Ancient art, for example, was made at a particular time and place — from available materials. Were the materials local or did they come from far away? What types of land and water had to be crossed? Where were the stones, marbles, and other minerals obtained? How did the movement of human populations change the earth itself — and how do artifacts inform our answers? What do landscape paintings tell us about changes in landforms? In this interactive workshop, participants will investigate geographic topics and solve geography quests in VMFA galleries.
$30 (VMFA members $27); includes a boxed lunch