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Featured Resources

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

Early Childhood Lesson Concept: Portraits!

Collection: American Art, Modern and Contemporary Art

Culture/Region: America, Europe

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Music, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Early Childhood

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

Early Childhood Lesson Concept: 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, Preschool

Collection: African Art

Culture/Region: Africa

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

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

Collection: Ancient Art

Culture/Region: Rome

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

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

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

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

Exhibition Resources

Collection: Modern and Contemporary Art

Subject Area: 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: Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades K-2, Preschool

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

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

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.

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

Explore this in depth illustrated timeline of Napoleon's rise and fall! ...

What can the visual arts tell us about an individual or a community? This resource explores the concept of identity in traditional African art and culture by focusing on twelve objects that speak t...

Learn all about Egyptian land, religion, writing, trade, and of course mummies! ...

This art-based adventure explores the African American experience in North America by pairing visual and written primary sources. The works of art have been chosen from the American Art collection ...

In 1967 the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts acquired a monumental statue of the Roman emperor Septimius Severus. Learn more about the statue, and the VMFA research and conservation effort. Lear...

Activity Type: Art in Depth

George Catlin

George Catlin traveled the North American continent from 1830 to 1838 chronicling native people and their ways of life in paintings and prints. His adventures resulted in more than six hundred port...

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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