Teacher Programs Face-to-Face Fall 2021
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.

In keeping with current CDC guidelines, museum visitors, staff, and volunteers, vaccinated as well as unvaccinated, are strongly encouraged to wear masks when visiting VMFA and participating in programs. Disposable masks will remain available to visitors who choose to wear them but arrive without them. Please see the museum’s Covid-19 FAQ page for more information. Pre-registration is required. A boxed dinner may be added at an additional cost. Boxed dinners must be ordered the Monday before each Thursday workshop.

Fee: $7 each; $5 for Member; add a boxed dinner for an additional $15.

Workshops may be booked by calling 804.340.1405 or on-line at: http://vmfa.museum/programs/educators/teacher-workshops/at-vmfa/
Questions? E-mail Twyla.Kitts@vmfa.museum.

Teacher Programs

Statewide Teacher Workshops

Teacher Programs & Workshops at VMFA


Sir Frank Short: Master of Light and Shadow

Thu, Oct 28, 4:30–7 pm | Main Building, Conference Room 1

What can we learn from a civil engineer who earned a knighthood as a master printmaker and artist? While working on a government assessment of the pollution of the Thames River, Frank Short came across a print by J.M. W. Turner that inspired him to redirect his ambitions. He dedicated himself to mastering and passing on the fundamental techniques of printmaking, which were in great danger of being lost.

This workshop, inspired by the VMFA exhibition Sir Frank Short: Out of the Shadows includes a gallery session with exhibition curator—and printmaker—Dr. Colleen Yarger. Through examples from Short’s work, discover how he produced an impressive range of moods and lighting effects using the techniques of etching, drypoint, soft-ground etching, lithography, mezzotint, and aquatint. We’ll also consider how Short’s process of analyzing light and shadow might help students as they learn to use value, tone, texture, shape, contrast, and pattern in their own work.

$7 (VMFA members $5)

Add a boxed dinner for an additional $15 (must be ordered by Oct. 15). Choice of Turkey BLT, Pimiento Cheese Baguette (Vegetarian), or Mediterranean Plate (Vegan & GF). All options include bottled water and a dessert.



Preserving Our World through Image, Action—and Music!

Thu, Nov 4, 4:30–7 pm | Main Building, Conference Room 1

The name Ansel Adams brings to mind images of the natural world, from rocky terrains to the intricate veining of a maple leaf—but this workshop ventures beyond iconic images! For example, did you know that his strong interest in music enhanced his photographic talents? —or that his photographs prompted wilderness conservation and environmental activism? Don’t miss this opportunity to visit the VMFA Exhibition Ansel Adams: Compositions in Nature, with Dr. Chris Oliver, the exhibition curator.

We’ll also share ideas about how the life and legacy of Ansel Adams might help your students investigate today’s complex environmental challenges.

$7 (VMFA members $5)

Add a boxed dinner for an additional $15 (must be ordered by Nov. 1). Choice of Turkey BLT, Pimiento Cheese Baguette (Vegetarian), or Mediterranean Plate (Vegan & GF). All options include bottled water and a dessert.



The Return of the Impressionists!

Thu, Dec 2, 4:30–7 pm | Main Building, Conference Room 1

Have you missed seeing your favorite VMFA works by Manet, Monet, Renoir, Van Gogh—and many other Impressionist and Post-impressionist artists? These works have returned from their worldwide tour and will be on view beginning Oct. 20th in renovated and reimagined galleries. Don’t miss this opportunity to experience how Dr. Sylvain Cordier, VMFA’s Curator of European Art, has reconsidered “traditional codes of display and interpretation in order to reflect the diversity of the public and inspire greater understanding.”

$7 (VMFA members $5)

Add a boxed dinner for an additional $15 (must be ordered by Nov. 29). Choice of Turkey BLT, Pimiento Cheese Baguette (Vegetarian), or Mediterranean Plate (Vegan & GF). All options include bottled water and a dessert.