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Featured Resources

Activity Type: Hands-On Activity, Special Exhibition

Take & Make: Tangram Puzzle Horse & Warrior

Collection: East Asian Art

Culture/Region: China

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Math

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades K-2

Collection: Native American Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades K-2

Activity Type: Classroom Resource

Lesson Concept: Mosaic

Collection: Ancient Art

Culture/Region: Rome

Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades K-2

Activity Type: Classroom Resource, Resource Set

Global Exchange

Collection: African Art, Ancient Art, Decorative Arts after 1890, East Asian Art, Egyptian Art, European Art, Pre-Columbian Art, South Asian Art

Culture/Region: Africa, America, China, East Asia, Egypt, Europe, Greece, India, Rome, South Asia

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Subject Area: English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Grades K-2, Preschool

Collection: European Art

Culture/Region: Europe

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science

Grade Level: Adult, College, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Activity Type: Classroom Resource, Resource Set

Jamestown and Beyond: The World of 1607

Collection: African Art, American Art, European Art, Pre-Columbian Art, South Asian Art

Subject Area: History and Social Science

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Subject Area: English, Visual Arts

Grade Level: College, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Activity Type: Classroom Resource, Hands-On Activity

Activity: Hunter’s Shirt

Collection: African Art

Culture/Region: Africa

Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades K-2

Collection: Ancient Art

Culture/Region: Egypt

Subject Area: History and Social Science

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades K-2

Activity Type: Classroom Resource, Resource Set

Wealth & Trade

Collection: African Art

Culture/Region: Africa

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 3-5

Activity Type: Classroom Resource, Hands-On Activity

Activity: Make a Faux Jade Sculpture

Collection: East Asian Art

Culture/Region: China

Subject Area: Science, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades K-2, Preschool

Exhibition Resources

Collection: Ancient Art

Culture/Region: Greece

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Adult, College, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Grades K-2

Activity Type: Classroom Resource, Hands-On Activity

Lesson Concept: Greek Vase

Collection: Ancient Art

Culture/Region: Greece

Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades K-2

Activity Type: Classroom Resource, Special Exhibition

Terracotta Army: Educator Resource Guide

Collection: East Asian Art

Culture/Region: China

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Music, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Collection: East Asian Art

Culture/Region: China

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science

Grade Level: Adult, College, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

Activity Type: Hands-On Activity, Special Exhibition

Take & Make: Tangram Puzzle Horse & Warrior

Collection: East Asian Art

Culture/Region: China

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Math

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades K-2

Collection: East Asian Art

Culture/Region: China

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Activity Type: Classroom Resource, Special Exhibition

Chronological Listing of Chinese Dynasties

Collection: East Asian Art

Culture/Region: China, East Asia

Subject Area: History and Social Science

Grade Level: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Grades K-2

Collection: East Asian Art

Culture/Region: China

Subject Area: Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Resource Videos

Kehinde Wiley @ VMFA
14:57

In this 15-minute video, filmed onsite at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Kehinde Wiley discusses his work and his art historical influences.

Esther Mahlangu @ VMFA
10:12

South African Ndebele artist Esther Mahlangu discusses the early years of her paining practice, her designs and pigments, and the preservation of culture in this talk at VMFA. The conversation includes Esther Mahlangu, Marriam Mahlangu, Grace Masango, and Richard Woodward (Curator of African Art).

Ryan McGinness @ VMFA
3:58

Contemporary artist Ryan McGinness discusses his process in this artist talk at VMFA. He explores his inspiration, symbols in the collection, and authenticity.

Robert Pruitt @VMFA
3:50

American artist Robert Pruitt discusses his inspirations, his process, and elements of the absurd in this artist talk.

Hank Willis Thomas @VMFA
4:34

American artist Hank Willis Thomas discusses his work and the construction of black identity through popular culture.

The interview was conduced by John B. Ravenal (Syndey and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art), VMFA.

Kristin Baker @VMFA
3:46

American contemporary artist Kristin Baker discusses her work, process, and inspiration. She ends with a brief description of The Prig (2009), which resides in VMFA’s collection.

Radcliffe Bailey @ VMFA
5:14

Artist Radcliffe Bailey talks about his artistic process and what he hopes his art conveys. Come see "Vessel" in VMFA's permanent collection.

Art in Depth

Distance Learning at VMFA

Coming Soon! Video-conference with a museum educator for a facilitated experience in the galleries exploring on-view works of art.

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Distance Learning at VMFA

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