VMFA on-site teacher workshops provide innovative ideas and activities for interdisciplinary learning. All VMFA workshops are aligned with Virginia’s Standards of Learning and model strategies for incorporating works of art into K-12 curricula. Multiple workshops constitute an interdisciplinary series and are suitable for recertification points. Workshop participants receive resource packets with background information, lesson concepts, access to images—and a boxed lunch or dinner during each session. Pre-registration is required.

Teacher Programs

Statewide Teacher Workshops

Teacher Programs & Workshops at VMFA


Make Art with What You Have! Methods and Materials during a Pandemic, Group 1

Tue, Oct 6 & Oct 27, 4:30–5:30 pm | Online 

This VMFA Teacher Minstitute, which is limited to 10 teachers, begins with a 60-minute ZOOM meeting in which participants will explore works of art in the VMFA collection made with unusual materials. We’ll investigate artists who had limited access to materials—or who created works using repurposed materials and found objects. After the initial session, teachers will have three weeks to explore the resources developed for the minstitute, working in pairs or small groups to produce lesson concepts related to the resources. Emphasis will be placed on materials to which all students have access. Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator, will be available for Zoom check-ins by appointment throughout the minstitute.

Registration required on a “pay if you can” basis. Payment options: $0; $3; $10


Make Art with What You Have! Methods and Materials during a Pandemic, Group 2

Thu, Oct 8 & Oct 29, 4:30–5:30 pm | Online 

This VMFA Teacher Minstitute, which is limited to 10 teachers, begins with a 60-minute ZOOM meeting in which participants will explore works of art in the VMFA collection made with unusual materials. We’ll investigate artists who had limited access to materials—or who created works using repurposed materials and found objects. After the initial session, teachers will have three weeks to explore the resources developed for the minstitute, working in pairs or small groups to produce lesson concepts related to the resources. Emphasis will be placed on materials to which all students have access. Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator, will be available for Zoom check-ins by appointment throughout the minstitute.

Registration required on a “pay if you can” basis. Payment options: $0; $3; $10


John Lewis and the Beloved Community, Group 1

Tue, Nov 3 & Dec 1, 4:30–5:30 pm | Online 

This VMFA Teacher Minstitute, which is limited to 10 teachers, begins with a 60-minute ZOOM meeting in which participants will explore works of art in the VMFA collection made with unusual materials. We’ll investigate artists who had limited access to materials—or who created works using repurposed materials and found objects. After the initial session, teachers will have three weeks to explore the resources developed for the minstitute, working in pairs or small groups to produce lesson concepts related to the resources. Emphasis will be placed on materials to which all students have access. Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator, will be available for Zoom check-ins by appointment throughout the minstitute.

 

Registration required on a “pay if you can” basis. Payment options: $0; $3; $10


John Lewis and the Beloved Community, Group 2

Thu, Nov 12 & Dec 3, 4:30–5:30 pm | Online 

This VMFA Teacher Minstitute, which is limited to 10 teachers, begins with a 60-minute ZOOM meeting in which participants will explore works of art in the VMFA collection made with unusual materials. We’ll investigate artists who had limited access to materials—or who created works using repurposed materials and found objects. After the initial session, teachers will have three weeks to explore the resources developed for the minstitute, working in pairs or small groups to produce lesson concepts related to the resources. Emphasis will be placed on materials to which all students have access. Twyla Kitts, VMFA Teacher Programs Educator, will be available for Zoom check-ins by appointment throughout the minstitute.

Registration required on a “pay if you can” basis. Payment options: $0; $3; $10


Dive into Sunken Cities: Treasures of Ancient Egypt

Thu, Oct 22, 4:30–5:30 pm | Online 

Join Courtney Morano, VMFA Manager of Interpretation, for this What’s Going On? Webinar for an inside look at the special exhibition Treasures of Ancient Egypt: Sunken Cities on view at VMFA through JANUARY 18, 2021.

Registration required on a “pay if you can” basis. Payment options: $0; $3; $10


Art, Monuments, and Memorials Revisited

TBD, 4:30–5:30 pm | Online 

Join Celeste Fetta, VMFA Director of Education, for this What’s Going On? Webinar that considers the relationship of art, monuments, and memorials.

Registration required on a “pay if you can” basis. Payment options: $0; $3; $10