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Education

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

Fees
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


Schedule

January 18 & 19
Painting Portraits Inspired by Charmy
After discussing portraits by early 20th century French artist Émilie Charmy, children will use her bold, expressive style to paint portraits of their parents.

February 15 & 16
Letters and Numbers: Block Printing Inspired by Jasper Johns
This month children will discuss the work of contemporary artist Jasper Johns, and use letters and numbers as inspiration for experimentation in a variety of printmaking techniques.

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: printmaking, photography, collage, and assemblage.

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.

Wednesdays
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 >