Kids + Families

Explore VMFA in person or at home! Take a closer look at art, get ideas for making
your own work, or get ready for a visit to the museum!

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Prepare for your Visit

These resources help you set the stage for inquiry and engagement with works of art.

Gallery Guide + Hunts

There is so much for families to see and do at VMFA! Discover ideas for exploring the galleries, creating an engaging gallery experience and sharing your own thoughts, to make the most out of your visit!

Collection: African Art, Ancient Art, Egyptian Art

Culture/Region: Africa, Egypt

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

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

Collection: African Art, American Art, Native American Art

Culture/Region: Africa, America, Europe

Subject Area: Creative Thinking, Fine Arts

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

Activity Type: Gallery Guides & Hunts

Build It! Gallery Hunt

Collection: American Art, European Art, Modern and Contemporary Art

Culture/Region: Africa, America, Europe

Subject Area: Creative Thinking, Fine Arts

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

Collection: African Art, American Art, Modern and Contemporary Art

Culture/Region: Africa, America

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

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

Collection: African Art, Ancient Art, Decorative Arts after 1890, European Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Native American Art, South Asian Art

Subject Area: Math, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Gallery Guides & Hunts

Gallery Hunt: Shape Up

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

Culture/Region: Africa, America, Rome

Subject Area: 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: American Art

Culture/Region: America

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

Activity Type: Gallery Guides & Hunts

Gallery Hunt: Style

Collection: African Art, American Art, Ancient Art, European Art, Modern and Contemporary Art

Culture/Region: Africa, America, Europe, Rome

Subject Area: African American, Fine Arts

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

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: Gallery Guides & Hunts

Get into Shape Gallery Hunt

Collection: African Art, American Art, Modern and Contemporary Art, Native American Art

Culture/Region: Africa, America

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

Activity Type: Gallery Guides & Hunts

Gallery Hunt: Egyptomania

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

Culture/Region: Africa, America, Egypt, Europe, Greece

Subject Area: Visual Arts

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

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

Culture/Region: Africa, America, Egypt, Europe, Greece

Subject Area: Spanish, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Gallery Guides & Hunts

Gallery Guide: Faberge

Collection: Decorative Arts after 1890, European Art

Culture/Region: Europe

Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts

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

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

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

Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Grades 9-12

Engagement Strategies

Pair Engage and Connect activity suggestions with objects of your choice. These activities can be done in the classroom or at VMFA.

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Interactive Exercise: Thought Ladder Sammy Baloji

Collection: African Art

Culture/Region: Africa

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

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

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity, Hands-On Activity

Interactive Exercise: Clay, Paper, Scissors!

Collection: American Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: Creative Thinking, Math, Visual Arts

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

Collection: Modern and Contemporary Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Interactive Exercise: Contemplation Exploration

Collection: South Asian Art

Culture/Region: India, South Asia

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

Grade Level: College, Grades 9-12

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Interactive Exercise: SIFT

Collection: American Art, Native American Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Visual Arts

Grade Level: College, Grades 9-12

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Interactive Exercise: Thought Ladder

Collection: South Asian Art

Culture/Region: South Asia

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

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

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Ejercicio interactivo: Sea el artista

Collection: Pre-Columbian Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: Communication, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Visual Arts, World Languages

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

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

Grade Level: Early Childhood

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Interactive Exercise: Before and After

Collection: American Art

Subject Area: Communication, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Interactive Exercise: Be the Artist

Collection: Pre-Columbian Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: Communication, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Interactive Exercise: Question into Monologue

Collection: African American Art

Culture/Region: America

Subject Area: African American, Communication, Creative Thinking, Critical Thinking, Theatre Arts, Visual Arts

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

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

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

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Spanish, Visual Arts, World Languages

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

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Spanish, Visual Arts, World Languages

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

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Spanish, Visual Arts, World Languages

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

Activity Type: Distance Learning, Engagement Activity

Visit Observation Tool

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

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

Subject Area: Visual Arts, World Languages

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

Subject Area: Spanish, Visual Arts, World Languages

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

Subject Area: Visual Arts, World Languages

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

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

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

Subject Area: English, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: English, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Activity Type: Engagement Activity

Writing to Learn: Haiku

Subject Area: English, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: English, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: English

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

Subject Area: English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: English, Visual Arts

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

Subject Area: English, Fine Arts, Visual Arts

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

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

Grade Level: College, Grades 3-5, 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

Subject Area: English, 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

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VMFA Programs
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