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Sample Resources

These are just a sampling of the many resources we have to offer!

Collection: American Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Gallery Guides & Hunts, Hands-On Activity, Lesson Concept

Topic Tour: Animals!

Collection: East Asian Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, South Asian Art

Culture/Region: China, East Asia, Europe, India

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Music, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Early Childhood

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Art Activty Videos, Hands-On Activity, Video

Creative Connection: Splish, Splash, & Swim

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Collection: Decorative Arts after 1890, Native American Art, Pre-Columbian Art

Culture/Region: America, Europe

Subject Area: Creative Thinking, Fine Arts, 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: 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

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

Subject Area: English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Collection: European Art, Impressionism

Culture/Region: Europe

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

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

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

Culture/Region: Virginia

Subject Area: History and Social Science

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

Activity Type: Engagement Activity

Writing to Learn: Haiku

Subject Area: English, Visual Arts

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

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: 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

Collection: East Asian Art

Culture/Region: China

Subject Area: Science, Visual Arts

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

Exhibition Resources

Collection: European Art

Culture/Region: Europe

Subject Area: Visual Arts

Grade Level: College, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Teacher Professional Development

Collection: American Art

Culture/Region: America, Virginia

Subject Area: African American, Communication, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, Teacher Professional Development

Collection: Ancient Art, Egyptian Art

Culture/Region: Egypt

Subject Area: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Fine Arts, History and Social Science, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Special Exhibition, Talks, Lectures & Additional Audio, Video

Sunken Cities: Opening Lecture

Collection: Ancient Art

Culture/Region: Egypt

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

Grade Level: Adult, College, Grades 9-12

Activity Type: Special Exhibition, Talks, Lectures & Additional Audio, Video

Sunken Cities Lecture Series: Egypt and Kush: Superpowers of the Nile Valley

Collection: Ancient Art

Culture/Region: Egypt

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

Grade Level: Adult, College, Grades 9-12

Collection: Modern and Contemporary Art, Photography

Subject Area: African American, Collaboration, Fine Arts, Photography, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Adult, College, Grades 9-12

Collection: Modern and Contemporary Art

Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Activity Type: Art in Depth, Special Exhibition

Layers of Louis

Collection: Modern and Contemporary Art

Culture/Region: America, Virginia

Subject Area: African American, History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Collection: African American Art, Modern and Contemporary Art

Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Collection: Modern and Contemporary Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts, Visual Arts, Women

Collection: South Asian Art

Culture/Region: India, South Asia

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Activity Type: Gallery Guides & Hunts, Special Exhibition

Gallery Guide: Art from the Congo in VMFA’s Collection

Collection: African Art

Culture/Region: Africa

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Hands-On Activity

Make a Community Mask

Collection: African Art

Culture/Region: Africa

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Early Childhood, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades K-2

Activity Type: Talks, Lectures & Additional Audio, Video

Howardena Pindell @ VMFA

Collection: Modern and Contemporary Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts, Science, Visual Arts, Women

Grade Level: Adult, College, Grades 9-12

Collection: European Art

Culture/Region: Europe

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

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

Activity Type: Gallery Guides & Hunts, Special Exhibition

Gallery Hunt: What Does Power Look Like?

Collection: African Art, Ancient Art, Decorative Arts after 1890

Culture/Region: Africa, Egypt, Greece, Rome

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

Collection: European Art

Culture/Region: Europe

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

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

Collection: European Art

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

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

Collection: European Art

Culture/Region: Europe

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

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

Activity Type: Special Exhibition, Talks, Lectures & Additional Audio

Napoleon: Opening Lecture

Collection: European Art

Culture/Region: Europe

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

Grade Level: Adult, College, Grades 9-12

Collection: European Art

Culture/Region: Europe

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

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

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

Collection: Ancient Art

Culture/Region: Greece

Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts

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

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

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

Mandala Sand Painting: Time Lapse
4:48

The Mystical Arts of Tibet, featuring the Tibetan Monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery, created this mandala with colored sand over the course of four days (May 2–5, 2019).

Kehinde Wiley @ VMFA
14:57

Produced to accompany the exhibition, "Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic," this video series features the artist himself discussing his background, work, process, philosophy, and art historical influences.

What’s the Story? Episode 1: Serapis with Peter Schertz
8:53

Join gallery educator Maggie McGurn as she visits with curator Peter Schertz to learn the story of one special object and examine its place in the museum collection. Along the way, gain some insight into how curators work, how galleries are designed, and how you can enjoy art in a museum setting.

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

This Art in Depth Resource highlights six printmaking methods used by artists in Britain at the turn of the 20th century. The selection of techniques are drawn from the body of work produced by Sir...

Explore VMFA's only period interior and learn more about its making, history, and owners. ...

Learn more about two works of art by artist Kehinde Wiley on view at VMFA! ...

In the 1920s and 30s, the phenomenon known as the Harlem Renaissance brought together a community of African American artists, writers, musicians, athletes, and religious leaders in the Harlem neig...

Situated in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley, the Natural Bridge is a naturally formed stone arch that measures a massive 215 feet high and 90 feet wide. The Monacan Indian Nation has a presence at the...

Explore objects from ancient China and learn about the daily life and beliefs of the Chinese. ...

Distance Learning at VMFA

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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