The Fralin is dedicated to providing opportunities for all members of our communities to study and learn from the direct experience of works of art. As an essential component of this mission, educational programming at the Museum is designed to reach the broadest possible audience. Special tours, workshops, talks and lectures, and family programs offer exciting opportunities for everyone.
Among our most celebrated programs for children and families are Writer's Eye, a long-standing creative writing competition, and Family Art JAMs, which provide age-appropriate opportunities for children to experience current exhibitions. Newer but equally lauded community tour programs include Fun for the Young, story times for ages 3–4 led by Gordon Avenue children's librarian Glynis Welte, and Eyes on Art, our partnership with the Arts Fusion Program of the Central and Western Virginia Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
For all members of our community, Saturday Special Tours and Lunchtime Talks offer unique insight into the Museum's collections and current exhibitions. Our annual lectures and academic symposia bring leading scholars to Charlottesville, often in conjunction with special exhibitions.
Explore our educational programming and discover the many ways The Fralin can be your museum!
The Museum offers tours to groups of all ages, from pre-school and K-12 students to social clubs and senior centers. We offer a variety of tour types to meet the needs and interest of every group. Interactive docent-led tours engage visitors in dialogue about the works on view, and tours led by graduate students, staff, and curators can be planned provide more information and historical context. For more information, contact the tour coordinator >
Writer’s Eye Tours
Now in its 30th year, Writer's Eye is an annual literary competition that challenges writers from 3rd grade through adults to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. Docent-led Writer’s Eye tours begin on August 29th, 2016 and end November 22nd, 2016. Schedule a tour for Writer’s Eye 2016.
Teachers are invited to schedule interactive docent-led tours of current exhibitions for K–12 students. Designed to increase visual literacy on an age-appropriate level, these tours can be customized to address classroom topics or specific interests.
Get a fresh perspective! University student organizations and community groups are encouraged to schedule group tours of the Museum exhibitions and collection. Our docents are happy to tailor their tour to the interests of your group.
University Course Visits
The Museum encourages University faculty to utilize our exhibitions and collection to enhance curricular goals in all subject areas.