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K-12 programs

Writer's Eye

Is an annual literary competition organized by The Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia. This program challenges writers of all ages to use visual art as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose.

Compositions inspired by selected works on view in the Museum can be submitted in the categories of Prose or Poetry, for grades 3–5, 6–8, 9–12, and University/Adult. Entries are judged anonymously by area teachers and writing professionals. The judges for the High School and University/Adult categories are well-known writers from our community. This year the Distinguished Judges are Jeanne Larsen and Cathryn Hankla. Winners are honored at an annual ceremony in the spring, and first, second, and third-place winning entries are published in the Writer's Eye anthology.

Art selections for Writer's Eye 2014 were drawn from the Museum's permanent collection, and three new exhibitions: Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument, Realms of Earth and Sky: Indian Paintings from the 15th to the 19th Century, The Lyrical Line: Prints by Jacques Villon and Stanley William Hayter, as well as loans from the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection and the Chrysler Museum in Norfolk.

Writer's Eye 2015

Tours run September 8 - November 13, 2015. Entries due November 20, 2015 at 5pm. The following documents pertain to Writer's Eye 2014, and will be updated in August of 2015.

Writer's Eye 2014

To view a list of winners of Writer's Eye 2014, click here. >

To schedule a Writer's Eye tour, please use our online WE tour booking form >

WE 2014 key dates and information >
WE 2014 selections >
WE 2014 self-guided tour >
WE tips and hints >
WE 2014 competition guidelines and entry form >
WE 2014 visitation guidelines >
Directions for unloading, parking, and loading buses >
Parking map for cars and small buses >
Evaluate your Writer's Eye tour here >
WE 2013 award winners >
Writer's Eye Anthology >

Docent-led tours

School groups are invited to schedule interactive docent-led tours of current exhibitions. Designed to increase visual literacy on an age-appropriate level, these tours can be customized to address classroom topics or specific interests.

For more information, contact the tour coordinator >

School group tour booking form >
Directions for unloading, parking, and loading buses >
General car parking map (not for school or bus groups) >
Visitation guidelines >

Early Visions

Each spring the Museum offers this six-week program in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville. U.Va. students and Club members are paired in mentoring relationships and embark on creative activities that encourage children to explore the Museum's exhibitions and relate their discoveries to their own lives.

Family Art JAMs

This popular series of programs combines age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities that make the Museum's exhibitions accessible to young children. Introducing new art materials and techniques challenges children to think in new ways, and interactive tours help them develop the confidence to talk about art. By asking parents or other adult family members to serve as assistants, models, and collaborators, Family Art JAMs create an enriching experience for the whole family.

Reservations are required; drop-ins are permitted only if space is available. Family Art JAMs are offered at the following times:

1–3 pm: 5–7 year olds and their grownups
3–5 pm: 8 12 year olds and their grownups

Museum members: $15 for one adult and 1–2 children
Non-members: $20 for one adult and 1–2 children
$5 for each additional child or adult
Scholarships are available; please inquire at registration


January 17
The Art of Portraiture

Children and parents will tour an exhibition of portrait etchings by Lucian Freud, practice blind-contour drawing, and make contour portraits of each other.

February 21
Portraying the Artist

We'll discuss the exhibition, A Portrait of the Artist, 1525-1825, and like the work in the exhibition, children and parents will draw each other at work in the studio.


April 18
Bodies in Motion

The Body in Motion exhibition


May 10
What is a Line? Part I

What is a Line? exhibition


To register for any of these Family Art JAMS, please email >

For a schedule of upcoming sessions, please see the Museum's calendar.

Fun for the Young @ The Fralin  

For ages 3-5.
Start with a book and then go look! Gordon Avenue Children's Librarian Glynis Welte will be at The Fralin to share stories and fun and invite the youngest art patrons to explore the Museum. Stories will enrich the experience of the current exhibit.

Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 13, June 17, July 1, July 15
10 am

Registration is required for each. RSVP 434.243.2050 or email.

Kid's College

Saturday, June 6
9 am – 3 pm

During Reunions Weekend, children are invited to take part in exciting hands-on art programs while their parents are free to enjoy other events across Grounds. Children participate in fun activities designed to introduce them to the Museum, expand their understanding of the visual arts, and engage them with current exhibitions. Alumni parents register through the Reunions Weekend registration. Community children are welcome if we have extra space. For more information, email>

Teachers' pARTy

Tuesday, August 26 [UPDATE]
5 pm
In the Museum

At the beginning of each fall academic semester educators in all subject areas—from both public and independent schools—are invited to join us for an introduction to the Museum's collection, exhibitions, and educational programs, followed by a light supper. The evening will include three separate sessions:

  1. Teaching creative writing through Writer's Eye, with veteran Writer's Eye teachers Patricia Vandever and Geraldine Kruger

  2. Using Gordon Parks' Harlem Gang Leader essay to explore the depiction of African Americans in the nations' media, with UVa professor John Edwin Mason

  3. Utilizing the Museum's cultural objects and new iPad apps to enhance K-12 curriculum, with academic curator Jordan Love

Please RSVP > by August 24, indicating one program choice.

For more information about any of these programs, please contact the education department at 434.243.2050 or email >