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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Introduction to Japanese Motifs

Introduction to Japanese Motifs

  • Collection: japanese-art
  • Culture/Region: Japan
  • Subject Area: Visual Arts

Japanese cultural traditions are multifaceted and complex, with many tracing their lineage to the cultural iconography and mythologies of China and India. Changing and developing over centuries within Japan,these cultural legends, myths,stories, and belief systems continue to be affected by regional differences and historical context. And while there are many different approaches and interpretations to…

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Lesson Plan: Phillis Wheatley’s Words: Connecting with the Past

Lesson Plan: Phillis Wheatley’s Words: Connecting with the Past

  • Collection: American Art
  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: African American, English, History and Social Science, Women
  • Grade Level: 3-8
  • VASOL Tags: English: 3.3, 3.4.d-g, 3.5.e-j, 3.7, 3.8, 4.4; 5.1.a, 5.4, 5.5, 6.5, 7.5, 8.5 Visual Arts: 3.11, 3.13, 3.18, 4.19, 5.12, 6.14, 7.10, 8.12 History: USI.1.a&b&e, USI.5.d

Students will practice decoding vocabulary by exploring a poem by the first African American woman to publish a book. Inspired by a discussion of a painting from the VMFA collection and the life story of author Phillis Wheatley, they will practice close reading techniques to discover the meaning of a written primary source from an…

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Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Activity: Very Virginia

Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Activity: Very Virginia

  • Collection: American Art
  • Culture/Region: America
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 4

Based on images of two works of art from VMFA’s collection, these activities will provide students with background information before their visit and, afterwards, encourage them to use critical thinking skills to draw conclusions from what they saw. Tour Description Discover Virginia’s rich history through art! Students will discuss important people, places, and things that…

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Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Activity: Culture Cruise

Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Activity: Culture Cruise

  • Collection: Ancient American Art, European Art
  • Culture/Region: America, Europe
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 5

Based on images of two works of art from VMFA’s collection, these activities will provide students with background information before their visit and, afterwards, encourage them to use critical thinking skills to draw conclusions from what they saw. The works may or may not be shown on your guided tour, but they are related to…

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Gallery Hunt: Art of the Flower

Gallery Hunt: Art of the Flower

  • Collection: Art Deco & Art Nouveau, East Asian Art, English Silver, European Art, South Asian Art
  • Culture/Region: East Asia, Europe, South Asia
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts
  • Grade Level: k-12

Explore the museum’s permanent collection through the lens of the flower! Download the Family Gallery Hunt to accompany your visit or for some crossword fun at home.

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Outside and Out of the Box: A Guide to Impressionism

Outside and Out of the Box: A Guide to Impressionism

  • Collection: European Art
  • Culture/Region: Europe
  • Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science

Learn about the history and artistic style of the Impressionists in this teacher’s resource guide. Click through the pages below, or download the PDF! Outside and Out of the Box: A Guide to Impressionism: → The Shocking New Art Movement → Challenging the Establishment → A New Society of Artists → A City Under Construction, Artists…

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