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.
To schedule a Writer's Eye tour, please use our online WE tour booking form >
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 >
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
July 19 & 20
Image and Memory: Exploring the Work of Cindy Bernard
Special time for this program only: 1–5 pm: 5–12 year olds and their grownups
Children will visit the Vinland exhibition by contemporary artist Cindy Bernard, and discuss the process of storytelling through photographs, films, and oral histories. Children will bring photographs from home, conduct taped or filmed interviews with their parents, and create a work that tells a story about their family.
September 20 & 21
Continuous Narrative in Gouache and Gold
We'll discuss the delicate style of traditional Indian court painting in Realms of Earth and Sky as well as the multiple appearances of figures within a composition as a storytelling device. Children will use fine brushes and opaque gouache to tell a story.
October 18 & 19
Exercising Your Curatorial Voice
Children will discover the editorial choices made by Life magazine in Gordon Parks' 1948 photo essay, Harlem Gang Leader. Through careful exploration of the many Parks photographs that were not chosen for the magazine, children will curate their own photo essay about Red Jackson and his life.
November 15 & 16
Etching the Lyrical Line
We'll discuss etchings and engravings by Jacques Villon and Stanley William Hayter in The Lyrical Line, and create our own expressive drypoint etchings on plexiglass using a handmade press.
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 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, June 18, July 2, July 16
Registration is required for each. RSVP 434.243.2050 or email.
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>
Tuesday, August 26
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 >