Student Group Visits

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We invite you to expand your knowledge by exploring the world of art! We offer interactive, multidisciplinary programs for students in grades Pre-K – 12 that complement the Standards of Learning for Virginia Public Schools. Come explore with us!

 

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Summer 2018 Student Group Tours

 Summer tours are offered Monday, June 18 – Sunday, August 12, 2018. All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance and are based on docent and gallery availability.

Please scroll down to the heading “2017-2018 School Year Tours” for a list of our SOL-Based tour offerings.

Permanent Collection Tours

Student tours of VMFA’ permanent collections are FREE and run 50 minutes each. Select tours are 90 minutes.

Offered the following days and times:
Mon, noon
Tue–Fri, 10 am, 11 am & noon
Sat–Sun, 11 am & noon

Later times during the day may be available upon request.  All tour capacities are based on docent and gallery availability. 

Guided tours will not be available on Wednesday, July 4, 2018.

Click to learn more about VMFA’s educational resources. 

Summer Tour Topics

Archaeological Adventure
Grades K–5 | Maximum 35 students
Become an archaeologist and dig up the past!  Trek through VMFA’s exciting collection of ancient artifacts.

From A to Zoo:  Animals in Art
Grades K–5 | Maximum 35 students
Find out how animals as subjects have captivated artists for thousands of years.  This cross-cultural adventure will take you all over the world!

Tell Me a Story
Grades K–5 | Maximum 35 students
Every work of art tells a story.  Investigate works of art by asking who, what, when, where, and why as you discover the stories behind the faces in the museum and the artists who documented them.

I AM: African Identity
Grades K–5 | Maximum 35 students
What can a work of art tell us about a person or community in Africa?  On this tour of African Art you will be introduced to a range of peoples from youth to elders, hunters to farmers, and judges to kings.

Student Highlights Tour
Grades K–12 | Maximum 60 students
Learn about VMFA and its extensive collection of art!  Students will see art that spans over 6000 years of history and represents many different cultures.

Sketch It!
Grades K–12 | Maximum 30 students
No sketching experience?  No problem!  Join this docent-facilitated gallery experience as you examine works of art through sketching exercises.  Through various prompts, students will hone observation skills, generate and communicate ideas, and reflect on what they are seeing.

Teachers, this program lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes (available at 10 am and Noon based on docent and gallery availability).  The success of this experience is based on student participation.  Please prepare your students for sketching and an open dialogue. 

The VMFA Experience
Grades 3–12 | Maximum 30 students
Engage with works of art in a new way in the galleries!  Facilitated by a docent guide, students will participate in a series of activities that will lead to observation, critical thinking, discussion, and discovery!  This gallery experience is guided by student reflection, group work, and imagination.

Teachers, this program lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes (available at 10 am and Noon based on docent and gallery availability).  The success of this experience is largely based on student participation.  Please prepare your students for an open dialogue.


2017 – 2018 School Year Tours

All tours must be booked at least three weeks in advance and are based on docent and gallery availability. Guided school tours end on May 13, 2018. Fall guided tours will begin on September 12, 2018.


SOL- Based Permanent Collection Tours for K-12

Student tours of VMFA’s permanent collection are FREE and run 50 minutes each.  Select tours are 90 minutes.

Offered the following days and times:
Mon – noon
Tues – Fri, 10 am, 11 am, noon
Sat – Sun 11 am, noon

Later times during the day may be available upon request.  All tour capacities are based on docent and gallery availability.

Please visit the Learn page to find resources related to your tour.

The Great Outdoors
Artists are keen observers of nature!  Safari through ancient to modern galleries and investigate pictorial environments to find many unique plants, animals, birds and insects.
Maximum 50 students

Picture This!
See how artists have portrayed stories and historical events from the past to the present.  Examine symbols and their meanings while viewing portraits, landscapes, sculptures and more!
Maximum 50 students

Past and Present
Explore, compare and contrast lifestyles of the past and present in this journey through time and place in VMFA’s galleries.
Maximum 50 students

China and Egypt
Explore the fascinating world of ancient Egypt and China!  Examine the importance of writing, art and artifacts used in daily life and beyond!
Maximum 35 students

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Greece & Rome
Discover the worlds of the ancient Greeks and Romans and the contributions they have made globally.  Delve into the beginnings of the Olympic Games, daily life, pottery and rich mythology.
Maximum 35 students

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West African Kingdoms
Find evidence of power, wealth, family and symbols from several West African cultural groups.  Travel ancient trade routes, discuss natural resources, and see the spectacle of royalty on this tour through our African galleries.
Maximum 35 students

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Greece, Rome and Mali!
Cross Continents to explore three ancient and powerful cultures!  Learn how geographical location and environment helped shape ways of life such as trade, culture and politics.
Maximum 50 students

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A Taste of the Ancient World

Sample art from the ancient cultures of China, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and Mali. Please note, this may only cover one object from each culture due to time limitations.
Maximum 60 students

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Very Virginia
Discover Virginia’s rich history through art!  Students will discuss important people, places and things that reflect the significance of the Commonwealth.
Maximum 35 students

Voyage U.S.A.
What does freedom look like?  On this tour students will investigate how American artists have used their work to grapple with issues such as independence, the abolition of slavery, and women’s rights.
Maximum 35 students

Culture Cruise
Get your passports ready for this cruise around the world!  Students will visit North and   South America, Europe, and India.
Maximum 50 students

Student Highlights Tour
Learn about VMFA and its extensive collection of art!  Students will see art that spans over 6000 years of history and represents many different cultures.
Maximum 60 students

The Write Stuff
Turn your thoughts and impressions about works of art into similes, sensory reactions, haikus and cinquains.  It’s all about what YOU think on this poetic journey.

Customize your writing adventure through VMFA’s galleries by focusing on one of the following:

  • Adjectives, similes, and metaphors
  • Sensory reactions
  • Poetry

Grades 6-12, Maximum 30 students

Art History 101 
Students will explore art from ancient to contemporary times in order to expand geographical and international thinking, engage in historical knowledge, and compare and contrast cultural contexts.
Grades 6-12, Maximum 50 students

Reading a Work of Art
We can learn to read a visual image just as we read the printed word.  Using keen observation skills and dynamic discussion students will think critically about works of art with their newly acquired language of art.
Grades 6-12, Maximum 35 students

Sketch It!
No sketching experience?  No problem!  Join this docent-facilitated gallery experience as you examine works of art through sketching exercises.  Through various prompts, students will hone observation skills, generate and communicate ideas, and reflect on what they are seeing.

Teachers, this program lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes (available at 10 am and Noon based on docent and gallery availability).  The success of this experience is based on student participation.  Please prepare your students for sketching and an open dialogue. 

Maximum 30 students

The VMFA Experience

Engage with works of art in a new way in the galleries!  Facilitated by a docent guide, students will participate in a series of activities that will lead to observation, critical thinking, discussion and discovery!  This gallery experience is guided by student reflection, group work, and imagination.

Teachers, this program lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes (available only at 10 am and Noon based on docent and gallery availability).  The success of this experience is largely based on student participation.  Please prepare your students for an open dialogue.

Grades 3-12, Maximum of 30 students


Special Exhibition Visits

To arrange a Student Group Self-Directed Visit for Napoleon:  Power and Splendor please visit the tab titled “Napoleon.

Early Childhood Group Visits

Group visits provide young learners with a meaningful introduction to VMFA’s rich environment. Age-appropriate activities and sensory-focused experiences foster an early appreciation for art and self-expression while supporting classroom learning.

2 & 3 year olds: Toddlers will delight in playful music and movement activities, an interactive story, a short gallery walk, and a process-based art project.

4 & 5 year olds: Preschoolers’ natural curiosity and sense of wonder will guide them through an exploratory introduction, an interactive gallery tour, and a hands-on art project.

Tour Info

All Group Visits are $10 per child. A maximum of 24 children and 6 adults can be accommodated. Minimum of 10 children per visit. Scholarships are available based upon need; please contact the Early Childhood Educator for more information.

Each visit lasts 90 minutes and focuses on a theme of your choice – listed below.

Please have 1 adult chaperone for every 5 students (limit of 6 chaperones per group of 24; no additional children or visitors permitted). Tour capacities are based on gallery availability and materials provided.

Day + Time

Mondays, Tuesdays, or Fridays, 10 – 11:30 am
Arrival and departure times are not included. Please plan accordingly.

Location

Please check in at the security desk upon entering the Student Group Entrance and give the total number of students and adults. April Heitchue (or a designated VMFA staff person) will be there to walk your group to the Art Education Center where you will begin the program.

Reservations + Registration

To schedule your preschool’s group visit, please call April Heitchue, Early Childhood Programs Educator, at 804.340.1564 or email april.heitchue@vmfa.museum, no less than 3 weeks prior to your requested date. Payments of $10 per child are to be made in advance, once reservations have been confirmed. Reservations are subject to availability.

Please have the following information ready:

  • School name, address, and phone number
  • Contact person or teacher’s name, e-mail address, and cell phone number
  • Theme of interest
  • Number of students and ages
  • Date for Request, plus an alternate date(s), if possible

Cancellations

Fees are nonrefundable for cancellations made within 24 hours of your scheduled visit.

Themes

Early Childhood Group Visit themes and lessons are designed to accommodate different learning styles, and are based upon Virginia’s Foundation Blocks for Early Learning.

Illuminate and Create
Discover light shining through spaces, materials, and art at VMFA, while exploring science and the elements of art.

1-2-3-4-5 Senses!
Activate all five of your senses as you explore VMFA’s campus and participate in an exploratory studio art project.

Nature’s Palette
Investigate nature’s many colors and textures, view seasonal works of art in the galleries, and use natural materials in a studio art project.

Shapely Sculptures
Make a masterpiece by mixing math with art. Search for shapes in paintings and sculptures, then learn how shapes add up to make a 3D creation.

Early childhood programs are generously supported by Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg.

Guided Tours for College Students

Permanent Collection Tours

All college student tours of VMFA’s permanent collection — guided and self-directed — are FREE. College Groups may arrange a group tour for our permanent galleries based on permanent collection areas such as:

African Art
American Art
Decorative Arts
East Asian or South Asian Art
Or other galleries listed on our gallery map. For a copy of our map click here.

Fees may apply for tours of the museum’s special exhibitions.

Reservations: Request a tour online or by phone 804.340.1575 (Mon–Fri: 8:30 am–4:30 pm) no less than three weeks in advance; tours subject to Docent and gallery availability.

Check out other VMFA College programs.

Request a College Student Group Visit or Tour

Special Exhibition Tours

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Self-Directed Student Group Visits

Explore VMFA’s extensive collection on your own!

Permanent Collection Visits for FREE

Students: K12
Available visit times: SatWed, 10 am5 pm; ThuFri, 10 am9 pm

Reservations:
Request a group visit online or by phone at 804.340.1419 (MonFri, 8:30 am4:30 pm) at least two to three weeks in advance to ensure gallery availability. Questions? Email us at tourservices@vmfa.museum

Check out our options for self-directed visits and gallery activities on our NEW Educational Resources website!

Request a Student Group Visit or Tour

Special Exhibition Visits

To arrange a Student Group Self-Directed Visit for Napoleon: Power and Splendor please visit the tab titled “Napoleon.”

Self-Directed Visit Information for Napoleon: Power and Splendor

Self-directed visits of Napoleon:  Power and Splendor are available Saturday, June 9–Monday, September 3, 2018.

Group tickets are $10 per student.  A minimum of 10 students is required.  We offer one complimentary chaperone ticket per 10 students; additional chaperones will pay the $16 group rate.  Reservations are subject to ticket availability.

Self-directed visits must be booked at least three weeks in advance and payment is due no later than 14 days prior to the date of your visit.

Please use the “Napoleon Self-Directed Visit Request Form” to reserve tickets for the exhibition.

Self-Directed Visit Request Form