Teacher-directed Gallery Activity: Sensory Inventory – English

Teacher-directed Gallery Activity: Sensory Inventory – English

  • Collection: European Art
  • Culture/Region: Europe
  • Subject Area: English

Simply describing what a work of art looks like tells only part of the story. Try incorporating all of your senses! Put yourself into the work; think about what you might see, feel, hear, taste, or smell and respond. Take it further and have students write poems or short stories about a work of art that…

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Classroom Activity: Chinese New Year Lantern

Classroom Activity: Chinese New Year Lantern

  • Collection: East Asian Art
  • Culture/Region: China
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts
  • Grade Level: Elementary

The Lantern Festival is an event celebrated in Chinese culture on the 15th day of the first month in the lunar calendar. During the festival, paper lanterns are hung and illuminated at night. Students can decorate their own paper lantern with paint and ribbon!

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Classroom Activity: Make a Faux Jade Sculpture

Classroom Activity: Make a Faux Jade Sculpture

  • Collection: East Asian Art
  • Culture/Region: China
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts
  • Grade Level: Elementary

Learn about how jade was a material often found in sculptures that were discovered in ancient Chinese tombs. Students will understand the importance of animal symbolism and use of objects as offerings in ancient Chinese culture. This is also an exercise in fine motor skills to mold 3-D forms and create a representational animal such as…

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Classroom Activity: Make a Decorative Scroll

Classroom Activity: Make a Decorative Scroll

  • Collection: East Asian Art
  • Culture/Region: East Asia
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts
  • Grade Level: Elementary

Painting has been an important part of the Chinese culture for centuries. Learn about how scrolls were an artistic and scholarly form of expression highly valued in the Forbidden City, and assemble and paint a scroll of your own!

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Classroom Activity: Indian Architecture

Classroom Activity: Indian Architecture

  • Collection: South Asian Art
  • Culture/Region: India
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts
  • Grade Level: 1-4

Learn about the elements of architecture commonly found in India during the Mughal empire. Create your own cut-paper temple, mosque, or mausoleaum using these elements of architecture.

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Classroom Activity: Chinese Dragon Puppet

Classroom Activity: Chinese Dragon Puppet

  • Collection: East Asian Art
  • Culture/Region: China
  • Subject Area: Dance, Fine Arts, Music
  • Grade Level: K-5

Learn about the importance of the dragon in Chinese culture. Students will understand why dragon puppets were used at various festivals. They will also explore the tradition of the Chinese Dragon Dance by creating their own dragon puppet!

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Photographer Louis Draper

Photographer Louis Draper

  • Collection: African American Art, Mid to Late 20th-Century Art
  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: Visual Arts

Chiefly known as as a New York photographer, Louis Draper was first a Richmonder. His sister, Nell Draper Winston, talks about her brother’s ability to capture the character of everyday people.

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Japanese Tattoo: Kip Fulbeck @VMFA

Japanese Tattoo: Kip Fulbeck @VMFA

  • Collection: contemporary-art, japanese-art
  • Culture/Region: Japan
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts

Photographer and exhibition designer Kip Fulbeck discuss the culture and complex tradition of Japanese tattoo art.

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Little White Feather and the Hunter

Little White Feather and the Hunter

  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science

Following an encounter with a maverick Pocahontas enthusiast in Essex, England, artist Anna Lucas traveled around Virginia in the fall of 2007, using the local legendary female figure of Pocahontas as a virtual guide. Interweaving multiple accounts of the Pocahontas story gathered from amateurs and experts in England and Virginia, Lucas uses the iconic figure…

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Summer Self-Directed Tours

Summer Self-Directed Tours

  • Collection: African Art, African American Art, American Art, Egyptian Art, European Art, Pre-Columbian Art
  • Culture/Region: Africa, America, Egypt, Europe
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Enjoy this selection of resources to help you with your self-directed visit! Art and Music (gallery hunt) Art of the Flower (gallery hunt) Free Style! Celebrate African and African American Art (gallery hunt) Egyptomania (gallery hunt) Egypt Activity Guide (gallery activity) Art of Peru (gallery hunt) Sensory Inventory (Spanish) (gallery activity) These resources can be printed ahead of time and used…

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