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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

Collection Connection: 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

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

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: Modern and Contemporary Art

Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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: 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.

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 offers students, teachers—and parents and caregivers—ideas for how to use everyday items to make art! It features artists who have created amazing works of art with l...

Explore objects from Ancient Rome and discover how Romans portrayed themselves and wished to be remembered. You will also learn more about daily life and beliefs. ...

Why do we remember the glory that was Greece? This resource illustrates and investigates the countless ways that the art, literature, language, and traditions of ancient Greece have inspired and gu...

Why do we remember the grandeur that was Rome? This resource illustrates and investigates the countless ways that the art, literature, language, and traditions of ancient Rome have inspired and gui...

Activity Type: Art in Depth

It’s Egypt!

Ancient Egyptians believed that everything they knew and experienced was part of a cycle, from the annual flood of the Nile River that nourished their land to the daily rising and setting of the su...

Activity Type: Art in Depth, Special Exhibition

Layers of Louis

This digital resource was developed by Museum Leaders in Training (M.LiT) program participants to complement VMFA’s exhibition Working Together: Louis Draper and the Kamoinge Workshop. T...

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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