First Annual Museum Store Sunday – Celebrating Artisan Craft

Sunday, Nov 26 | 10-5pm


Museum Store Sunday is the ideal day for holiday shopping but more importantly, it is the ideal time to focus attention, increase awareness and advocate the importance of museum stores to the institutions they represent. This annual international campaign, initiated by Museum Store Association members, helps to communicate to the world the value and importance…

Cynthia Gale New York Holiday Trunk Show

Sunday, Nov 26 and Monday, Nov 27
11am-5pm both days


A former model, cultured entrepreneur, and trendsetting designer from the start of her 20-year career, Cynthia Gale has combined her fast-paced, eclectic New York City lifestyle with her enduring love of the serene and tranquil beauty of the Far East to create exquisite sterling silver jewelry. For Cynthia, each piece reflects a personal expression of…

Terracotta Army 101

2 sessions: Tue, Dec 5 & 12 | 1-2:30pm Conference Suite
2 sessions: SOLD OUT Dec 9 & 16 Sat | 10:30 am–noon Reynolds Lecture Hall

This two-part class will provide insight into the special exhibition Terracotta Army: Legend of the First Emperor of China. One of the greatest archeological discoveries of the 20th century, the famed Terracotta Army was excavated in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, China. Buried in three separate pits, an army of thousands safeguarded the nearby mausoleum of the…

Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China

with Li Jian, E.Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art & Dr. Hou-Mei Sung, Curator of Asian Art, Cincinnati Art Museum

Fri, Dec 1 | 6:30–7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

In this lecture, the speakers and also exhibition curators, will review one of the most significant archaeological achievements of the 20th century – discovery of the terracotta warriors and horses in China. The lecture will introduce exhibition themes and highlights, providing a glimpse into the historical and cultural contributions of Qin people and the first…

Teacher Workshop: Weather, Seasons, and the Cycles of Life

with Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Workshop Educator

Sat, May 12, 2018
10 am - 3 pm

Pauley Center Historic Parlor and galleries

From thunderstorms on raging seas to sunny skies above pastures, artists have used weather phenomena to create mood, movement, and contrast in works of art. Designed especially for elementary art, science, and English teachers, this workshop includes art projects, children’s literature, and creative writing assignments that relate to the weather-related components of the Earth Patterns,…

Teacher Workshop: STEAM Time!

Sat, Apr 14, 2018
10 am - 3 pm

Pauley Center Historic Parlor and galleries

Come learn about applying the A(rts) in STEAM education with fidelity. Hands-on activities using Makey Makeys and other open-ended STEAM lessons will be featured. Don’t miss this chance to interact with Mike Gettings (Instructional Specialist, Visual Arts, Chesterfield County Public Schools) and his alter-ego—Lightman, whom you may have seen during InLight Richmond, an annual public…

Teacher Workshop: Learning to See: Drawing as an Investigation Strategy

with Melanie Nan, M.Ed, 4th Grade Teacher Researcher, Sabot at Stony Point School

Thurs, March 22, 2018
4:30 - 7 pm

Conference Room 1 and galleries

Drawing is not just for artists. How many times have you jotted down a quick sketch as an explanation? Explore the importance of observational drawing by slowing down and really seeing. Discuss works of art in the VMFA collection and use a variety of drawing materials and scientific tools to discover not only what things…

Teacher Workshop: What Does a Hero Look Like? Making Meaningful Portraits

with Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Workshop Educator and Rebecca Field, Art Teacher, Douglas Freeman High School.

Thurs, March 8, 2018
4:30-7 pm

Conference Room 1 and galleries

How do you decide who your heroes are? Why are there so many portraits of heroes from past eras? What do clothing, setting, and props tell us about a hero portrayed in a portrait? Do these portraits always look like the subject? What is a memory portrait? Participate in discussions about how to analyze portraits,…

Black-Figure Amphora, ca. 535 BCE, attributed to the Swing Painter, Greek (Attic), terracotta. Adolph D. and Wilkins C. Williams Fund, 62.1.2

Teacher Workshop: Horsing Around: The Horse in Ancient Greek Art

with Courtney Morano, Manager of Interpretation and Ancient Art Collection Educator

Thurs, Feb 22, 2018

4:30–7 pm

Conference Suite & Galleries

Discover equestrian life from the time of Homer to Alexander the Great! Explore the integral function the horse played in ancient Greek culture, from myth and legend, to warfare and transportation, to leisure, sports and Olympic competition. Participate in a variety of activities and delve into horse culture as represented on vases, coins, and sculpture.…

Teacher Workshop: Civil Rights in America: The Camera as Witness

with Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator, and Courtney Tkacz, VMFA Archivist

Thurs, Feb 8, 2018
4:30-7 pm

Conference Room 1 and galleries

Investigate the central role that photography played in effecting change during the Civil Rights Movement in America. Topics of discussion include W.E.B. Du Bois’s Exhibit of the American Negro at the Paris World’s Fair of 1900; James VanDerZee’s expressive documentation of African American life in New York City in the 1920s and 30s; Louis Draper,…