UVaM - University of Virginia Art Museum


K-12 programs

Writer's Eye

Tours run September 8 – November 14, 2014
Entries due November 21, 5 pm

Now in its 28th year, Writer's Eye is an annual writing competition that challenges writers of all ages to use selected artworks in the Museum as inspiration for original poetry and prose. Each year, educators are invited to bring their students to the Museum for docent-led tours that incorporate both English and art SOLs (Standards of Learning), and then submit their writings to the competition. Submissions are evaluated by a distinguished panel of judges, and winning entries are published in the annual Writer's Eye Anthology.

WE 2013 award winners >

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

WE 2013 competition guidelines and entry form >
WE writing tips >
Directions for unloading, parking, and loading buses >
Parking map for cars and small buses >
Tour visitation guidelines >
Evaluate your Writer's Eye tour here >

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 on both Saturdays and Sundays 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


May 10
Fragments of Dreams and Precious Debris:
Joseph Cornell Family Day

11 am – 3 pm

Explore Surrealism and the work of Joseph Cornell with art-making for the whole family. Joseph Cornell Family Day will feature three simultaneous Family Art JAM-style artmaking sessions in three different media (collagraphy, collage, and assemblage) with three different instructors, offered in three consecutive time slots. This sounds more complicated than it is; the point is that the really committed art student can sign up for all three and not miss anything. Or, if your schedule only permits attendance for part of the day, you can sign up for whichever programs interests you the most, in whatever time you have.

Tours will give a comprehensive exploration of Cornell's working method. Indicate preferred tour time, and plan to complete your tour before your first art making session.

11 – 11:30 am
12 – 12:30 pm
1:15 – 1:45 pm

Artmaking sessions
All sessions will be for mixed ages from 5–12. Indicate desired time slots, and desired class sessions: Collagraphy, Collage, or Assemblage:

11:30am – 12:30 pm
12:45 – 1:45 pm
2 – 3 pm

Collagraphy with Kris Iden
Explore printmaking outside the box! Students will gather texture samples, construct images from textured surfaces, and make multiple prints using a rubbing technique.

Collage with Aimee Hunt
Encounter a dream land! Students will create interesting illusions and unexpected juxtapositions using full-color images from the Museum's collection.

Assemblage with Catherine Jones
Explore sculpture inside the box! Bring special objects from home, or choose from our collection of precious debris, and create a three-dimensional world inside a small box.

Photographer Justin Sadacca will be on site, shooting black and white Polaroid portraits throughout the day. The Mouth Wide Open Food Truck will be on site from 11 am – 3 pm.

June 28 & 29
Color and Shape: Playing with Printmaking

July 19 & 20
Image and Memory: Exploring the Work of Cindy Bernard

To register, 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 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, June 18, July 2, July 16
10 am

Registration is required for each. RSVP 434.243.2050 or email.

Kid's College

Saturday, June 7
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
5 pm
In the Museum

At the beginning of each fall academic semester, all educators from area public and independent schools are invited to join us for an introduction to the Museum's educational programs. The evening will include a preview of the art selected for Writer's Eye, a lecture on teaching creative writing, and a light supper. Please RSVP > by August 23.

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