Teacher Workshop: Discover the Forbidden City in Chinese!

with Li Jian, E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art at VMFA

Thu, Dec 11, 4:30 – 7 pm

Conference Room 1 & galleries

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to enjoy a Chinese-language tour of the Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from Palace Museum, Beijing with Li Jian, VMFA’s curator of East Asian Art and the curator of this ground-breaking special exhibition. Participants will also enjoy a PowerPoint overview and discussion of aspects of the Forbidden City, and work in…

Teacher Workshop: The Forbidden City and the Son of Heaven

with Lulan Yu, VMFA Adult Programs Coordinator, Courtney Morano, VMFA School and Family Programs Manager, and Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator

Thu, Nov 13, 4:30 – 7 pm

Conference Room 1 & Galleries

The Forbidden City, the great walled enclave within the city of Beijing, was the residence of the Chinese imperial family and the center of Chinese government for more than 500 years. The palace complex, which served 24 Ming and Qing emperors, embodies the central components of Chinese culture though its location, structure, organization, decoration, and…

Chinese Silk Painting Workshop

with Mary Swezey

Sat, Nov 8, 10 am – 4 pm

Studio School, 2nd floor

After painting the background of a long, silk scarf, students draw images found in traditional Chinese art, like bamboo, fish, birds, and Chinese characters, using a liquid resist. Once the resist has dried, brilliant fabric paints are applied to complete the design. A materials fee of $15, payable to the instructor, will be collected at…

Chinese Seal Printing Workshop

with Mary Swezey

Sat, Oct 25, 10 am – 4 pm

Studio School, 1st floor

After a brief discussion about the significance of the Chinese Seal (or Chop), students translate their name into Chinese characters on paper, transfer to a soft printmaking block (Safety Kut), and cut out the characters using carving tools. The carved block is then inked with a brayer and printed on greeting cards to frame or…

Teacher Workshop: China: Silk, Dragons—and the Great Wall

with Mary Swezey, Fiber Artist, and Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator

Thu, Oct 30, 4:30 – 7 pm

Conference Room 1 & Forbidden City exhibition

This workshop focuses on connections with Chinese culture for the elementary classroom. Participants will investigate the Great Wall, silk and the life cycle of the silk worm, as well as the symbolism of dragons in Chinese culture; visit the special exhibition Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from Palace Museum, Beijing, and create painted silk wall decorations.

Young @ Art: The Emperor’s Palace

Tue, Dec 2, 9, 16 or Wed, Dec 3, 10, 17, 11 am – noon (no class Nov 4, 5, 25, 26)

Art Education Center

Diverse objects from imperial China will inspire your own extravagant creations.    

Inspired by China

with Mary Swezey

Sat, Nov 1, 1 – 4 pm

Art Education Center

After exploring hidden treasures from China, paint your own unique designs on silk, patterns on ceramics, and scenes on scrolls!    

VMFA UCI Richmond 2015 Activities

VMFA programming for the period September 17–27 in support of the UCI Bike Races. Richmond Regional Tourism’s mobile unit will be on location in the Mary Morton Parson’s Plaza both race weekends: Thu–Fri, 10 am–7 pm & Sat, 10 am–5 pm. Prior to the races RideRichmond & VMFA will present Bike Swap in conjunction with the opening of…

Emperor Qianlong Celebrating the New Year

An Imperial Imagination

Thu, Oct 30, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Join Dr. Nancy Berliner, Wu Tung Curator of Chinese Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, for a talk that explores the Forbidden City’s Qianlong Garden. Designed inside and out by the Qianlong Emperor, the garden contains 26 buildings and pavilions, and is a thrilling manifestation of this emperor’s visual imagination.  One of the world’s greatest…

Festival Pre-screening and Reception: Toussaint Louverture Documentary

Sat, Sep 6, 1 – 5 pm

Leslie Cheek Theater

Toussaint Louverture, a two-part, action-packed epic film, depicts the life of the Haitian leader who led the first successful slave revolt in world history, defeating Napoleon Bonaparte and winning independence for Haiti from France. Known for his military genius and political acumen, Louverture, and the success of the Haitian Revolution that he led, established Haiti as the first black…