Many Looking Beyond the Surface sessions utilize VMFA’s Modern and Contemporary Art collection. Before your visit,  introduce your students to these galleries. Let them explore the space and imagine what they can find at VMFA.

Sydney and Francis Lewis Galleries Preview

Meet the Educator

VMFA Distance Learning sessions are designed to be student-centered explorations.  Use this video to introduce students to the Distance Learning Educator and the kind of interaction they will have during a session.

Video: What to Expect

Take a Closer Look

By taking time to look at a work of art with a curious and investigative eye, students can activate creative thinking to imagine and expand on the story it presents. This interactive exercise guides students as they examine a work by Roslyn Drexler, creatively document the ideas it presents to them, and consider how their thoughts connect with the artist’s own ideas and intentions.

Use this guided looking exercise to set the stage for a Distance Learning session, or for continued engagement after a visit.

Interactive Exercise

Document Your Visit

Formulation - Articulation I (Portfolio Title) by Josef Albers

Experiential learning can be an informal but valuable way for teachers to gauge student understanding of a topic under study. This tool may be used to document student ideas expressed during your museum visit or Evans Distance Learning session.

Visit Observation Tool for Teachers