Teacher Programs

Statewide Teacher Workshops

Teacher Programs & Workshops at VMFA


2016 Teacher Open House: Inspired by Kehinde Wiley

Fri, Sep 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Marble Hall & Galleries

The 2016 Teacher Open House: Inspired by Kehinde Wiley provides teachers with an opportunity to gather information about VMFA programs and resources. Light refreshments will be offered as teachers join colleagues to snap Wiley-inspired selfies; enjoy selected gallery tours; and make Spirograph designs. Participants may also visit the VMFA special exhibition Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic (a limit of 100 FREE tickets available for pick-up in the Marble Hall for each of these times: 5:45, 6:00, 6:30, and 7:00 pm on a first-come, first-served basis). 

FREE for educators, tickets required!
Participants must present a hard-copy ticket or e-ticket at the check-in tables in the Atrium before joining the event in the Marble Hall. 

Sponsored by:


 and Toni Ritzenberg


Civil Rights in America: The Camera as Witness

Thu, Sep 22, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Suite & Galleries

This workshop explores the integral role that photography played in effecting change during the Civil Rights Movement in America. Topics of discussion include James Van De Zee’s expressive documentation of African American life in New York City in the 1920s and 30s and the VMFA exhibition Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott. Activities include a gallery exploration of this exhibition, as well as considerations of The Learning Tree, Park’s semi-autobiographical novel and the film he directed based on the book.

$20 (VMFA members $18)


Fabergé: From Russian Tsars to American Collectors

Thu, Oct 27, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Suite & Galleries

Have you missed VMFA’s Fabergé and Russian Decorative Arts gallery? After returning from a world tour, the objects in this collection will be back on view beginning in October 2016. The new, expanded installation features a number of objects that have rarely been on view, as well as a significant new acquisition. Resources for teaching history, economics, and humanities using VMFA’s collection and newly digitized archives are provided in this workshop. Discussions and activities address the great changes afoot in the world from the days of Russia’s last tsars through the Great Depression and World War II, when VMFA’s imperial eggs were being collected by Lillian Thomas Pratt.

$20 (VMFA members $18)


Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Reading Between the Lines

Thu, Dec 8, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Suite & Galleries

This workshop explores the numerous thematic and art-process connections between American painter and printmaker Jasper Johns and Norwegian painter and printmaker Edvard Munch. Participants will visit the VMFA special exhibition Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Cycle of Life and experiment with the use of line in their own works of art.

$20 (VMFA members $18)


Romanticism: Over There and Over Here

Thu, Jan 26, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Suite & Galleries

European Romanticism, a movement that took place from about 1800 to 1850, emphasized individualism, intense emotion, and the exaltation of nature and the pre-industrial past. This workshop begins by exploring these themes in European art and literature of the post-Napoleonic era—and then examines how Romanticism was transformed as the movement took root in the United States between 1830 and 1865. Activities include discussions of American landscape painting, Manifest Destiny, Transcendentalism, and new perspectives offered by women and African Americans.

$20 (VMFA members $18)


Egypt and China: Inventing, Writing, and Connectin

Thu, Mar 9, 4:30 – 7 pm | Conference Suite & Galleries

Are you a third grade teacher who will soon be adding Egypt and China to the ancient civilizations you teach? This workshop provides resources and strategies for helping students understand the contributions of the ancient Egyptians and ancient Chinese to today’s world. Topics include the Egyptian inventions of papyrus, the calendar, and the clock; the Chinese inventions of silk, fireworks, the compass, and the kite; and a look at Chinese characters and Egyptian hieroglyphs. Hands-on activities and gallery adventures involve Silk Road geography connections using maps and works of art from the VMFA collection.

$20 (VMFA members $18)