Bring VMFA Into Your Classroom

with Evans Distance Learning

Coming Soon! Video-conference with a museum educator for a facilitated experience in the galleries exploring on-view works of art. Piloting through May 2018. Available to all 6 - 12 and college classrooms beginning Summer 2018.

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Evans Distance Learning

The Basics

Pre & Post-Session Activities
Pre & Post-Session Activities

Most sessions are designed to include pre-visit preparation activities and post-visit classroom extensions.

Different Types of Sessions
Different Types of Sessions

Evans DLP sessions may be booked individually or as multiple-visit thematic units.

Video-Conferencing
 Requirements
Video-Conferencing
 Requirements

A robust internet connection, projector, computer, web cam, and an echo-canceling microphone are recommended.

Units and Sessions

Global Viewpoints

Students consider art through a global lens, applying concepts learned in the classroom to the interpretation of authentic art objects in the galleries. Emphasis is placed on an interactive experience that is inquiry-based and student-centered, providing the opportunity to sharpen critical and historical thinking skills.

Global Viewpoints has 11 sessions
Africa

Africa

Sub-Saharan and West Africa

Look at art from sub-Saharan and West Africa to explore points of interaction between indigenous and global cultures during the 19th and early 20th Century. ...

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America

America

Looking for 18th Century America

Students examine art from the new United States to expand their understanding of the political, social, and cultural context in which it was made. ...

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America

America

Looking for Modern America

As the United States entered the 20th Century, its changing population experienced the era through many lenses. Industrialization, immigration, and migration gave rise to a diversity of perspectives on American life that was captured in the art of the era. Students view and discuss examples of this work to expand their understanding of the United States at the turn of the 20th Century. ...

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America

America

The American Landscape

Visit with art from the 19th and early 20th centuries to explore how artists have chronicled the effects of human movement on the American continent. ...

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Ancient

Ancient

The Greco-Roman World

Analyze Ancient art as a primary source of insight into global exchange in the Greco-Roman world. ...

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China

China

Export Porcelain

Analyze Qing Dynasty export porcelain as primary source of insight into global exchange in the 18th century ...

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Europe

Europe

Between the Wars

Students examine and interpret art to expand their understanding of European culture between the two World Wars. ...

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Europe

Europe

Romanticism

Students examine and interpret art to expand their understanding of the Romantic Era. ...

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Europe

Europe

After the Reformation

Look at art European art of the 17th Century to make inferences about how northern and southern Europe experienced the impact of the Reformation. ...

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India

India

Mughal Art and Architecture

Look at Art from the Mughal Empire to explore the cultural contributions of Mughal leaders in India. ...

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India

India

Buddhism and Hinduism

Students examine early Buddhist and Hindu sculpture as a primary source of insight into the cultural landscape of India. ...

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Looking to Build Skills

Students hone creative, critical, and reflective thinking skills while looking at and engaging with art. Emphasis is placed on an interactive experience that is inquiry-based and student-centered. Most sessions can be customized to include art from any one of the VMFA's collections.

Looking to Build Skills has 5 sessions
From Observation to Inference

From Observation to Inference

Using Art to Practice Scientific or Rhetorical Thinking

Strong scientific and rhetorical thinkers observe, make inferences, and find evidence to present ideas and make claims. Students can practice these skills as they interpret and connect to works of art. ...

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From Analysis to Synthesis

From Analysis to Synthesis

Using Art to Practice Integrating Ideas

Using art as a catalyst, students practice examining, summarizing, and critiquing complex ideas. ...

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Research Readiness

Research Readiness

Using Art to Practice Developing Focus for Inquiry

Students look closely at art to practice questioning and investigating. They are challenged to look for ambiguity and puzzles, and use them to formulate and refine lines of inquiry. ...

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Empathy and Inspiration

Empathy and Inspiration

Using Art to Practice Empathy

Works of art inspire students to explore points of view, consider different perspectives, and access empathy. ...

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Creative Expression

Creative Expression

Using Art to Practice Creatively Expressing Ideas

Students explore artwork as inspiration for dramatic or written creative expression of ideas. ...

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Media and Visual Literacy

Students explore ideas about art making and communication. Emphasis is placed on an interactive experience that is inquiry-based and student-centered.

Media and Visual Literacy has 5 sessions
Visual and Verbal

Visual and Verbal

Pairing Messages in Art and the Written Word

Looking at art alongside contemporary examples of poetry and prose offers students the opportunity to enhance their experience and understanding of each. ...

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What’s the Big Idea?

What’s the Big Idea?

Finding Meaning in Art

Artists through time have come to their work with stories to tell, concepts to explore, and puzzles to work out. By looking at works of art with a curious and investigative eye, students connect with these artistic ideas and exercise critical, creative, and reflective thinking skills. ...

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Historic Messages and Modern Mixes

Historic Messages and Modern Mixes

Modern and contemporary artists often draw upon the visual vocabulary, ideas, and techniques of preceding cultures in their own works of art. Exploring examples of art that juxtaposes "historic" and "modern" elements, students practice creative, critical, and reflective thinking skills. ...

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Exploring Mediated Messages

Exploring Mediated Messages

In today's media rich world ideas are developed and shared across a myriad of visual platforms. Artist also utilize the capacity of specific media to visually broadcast ideas and concepts. Exploring works of art with a critical eye, students refine their media literacy skills. ...

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It’s Elemental

It’s Elemental

Line, Color, Shape, Form, Value, Space and Texture

By examining the interplay between the elements of art, students explore ideas about artistic process and intention while honing critical thinking skills. ...

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STEAM at VMFA

Students use art as a catalyst to practice scientific and mathematical thinking. Emphasis is placed on an interactive experience that is inquiry-based and student-centered.

STEAM at VMFA has 4 sessions
Technology and Techniques

Technology and Techniques

Exploring Art Making

Looking closely at art for clues about how it was made, students consider the intersection of creation and innovation. Sessions can be customized to include art from any one of the VMFA's collections. ...

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Artistry and Geometry

Artistry and Geometry

Exploring Geometric Concepts with Art

Artists all over the globe depend on mathematics to organize and convey ideas about the world in which they live. By considering how artists employ geometric concepts in their work, students are able to look at math from a different angle, and connect classroom learning to authentic objects. ...

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Innovation Exploration

Innovation Exploration

Design Thinking in the Decorative Arts

Focusing on the work of renowned artist designers, students explore the experimental mindset of design in which empathy, definition, ideation, prototyping, and testing all play a role. ...

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Art Up to Code

Art Up to Code

Algorithms, Loops, and Iteration in Art

Simple concepts that make coding a creative endeavor also have a home in the art world. Students explore the ideas behind algorithmic thinking, loops, and iteration by uncovering analog examples in the world of art. ...

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Request a Pilot Session

Thank you for your interest in Evans DLP.   Evans DLP session(s) should be scheduled at least three weeks in advance.

Because sessions are interactive, class-sized groups work better than large groups of combined classes.  When requesting sessions for classes with multiple sections, please indicate individual class meeting times.

All first-time Evans DLP users must schedule a test call when scheduling a session. We also recommend test calls for previous users who may have changes to the technical set-up in their classrooms.

Please submit the request form, and VMFA will contact you to schedule your visit(s) and a test call.

  • Student Group Participants:

  • About your Evans Distance Learning Session:

  • Contact Details

What Evans DLP looks like:

What you need for a test call and session:

Classrooms will speak to VMFA through Zoom, an online meeting software application.

  • To connect with Mac or Windows OS, go to zoom.us, click “join meeting” at the appointed test time. Enter the VMFA Meeting ID: 321-734-9978.
  • To connect via Chrome OS, download the Zoom app from the Chrome store. Use the VMFA Meeting ID: 321-734-9978 to connect to VMFA at appointed time.
  • To connect with iOS device: Download the Zoom app from the apple iTunes store. Use the VMFA Meeting ID: 321-734-9978 to connect to VMFA at appointed time.
Equipment you will need in the classroom:
  • An internet-connected computer or web-enabled device connected to a projector, monitor, or Smartboard
  • An external or built-in webcam positioned to see your group.
  • An external USB noise-cancelling conference microphone is ideal, but built-in microphones are ok as long as a group “spokesman” can repeat responses if needed.
  • Speakers loud enough for entire classroom to hear. Be sure speakers are pointing away from mic to prevent feedback.

NOTE: connectivity is enhanced when the fewest number of devices are connected to classroom internet. Please ask students to disconnect laptops, tablets or phones from the wifi during a session. We also recommend closing other programs and windows on the computer running Zoom for the session.

What to expect during a session:
  • Evans DLP sessions are designed to be student-centered and foster inquiry.
  • Students will be invited to participate in a casual, but meaningful conversation centered upon artworks that can enhance their understanding and provoke curiosity about topics they are studying in the classroom.
  • Students will need no more that a pencil and paper for interactive activities unless otherwise specified when you book your session. Please ask them to have these items on hand.
  • Students should not use laptops, tablets, or cellphones during an Evans DLP session.
Other tips:

Sound quality is best when classrooms have a noise-cancelling external microphone. If one is not available, keeping classroom noise and extra chatter to a minimum is very helpful, and allows our instructor to best hear student responses
and thoughts. Seeing the most number of students via your classroom camera helps our instructor to provide the best interactive experience for your class.