Writer's Eye 2018 information coming soon!
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 >
These popular programs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art activities that make the Museum's exhibitions accessible to children. The introduction of new art materials and techniques challenges children to think in new ways, and interactive tours help them develop the confidence to talk about art.
Start with a book, and then go look! Children enjoy a story read by arts educator Aimee Hunt and explore an artwork through observation, movement, play, and simple hands-on projects.
Wednesdays from 10–11 am: 2–4 year olds and their grownups
Registration is required for each session. RSVP 434.243.2050 or email.
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.
The annual Teacher's pARTy is an introduction to using the Museum as a teaching resource, accompanied by a light supper. The evening includes sessions highlighting our current exhibitions and programming.
Date and time TBA
In the Museum
Please RSVP by email > or call 434.243.2050 by August 29, indicating one program choice.
Each semester, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia. The Fralin offers the ten-week Early Visions program. UVA students and children from the Boys and Girls Club are paired in mentoring relationships and embark on creative activities that encourage exploration of the Museum's exhibitions, promote critical thinking, and relate the children's discoveries to their own lives.
Gordon Avenue children’s librarian Glynis Welte delivers dynamic arts-related story times incorporating movement, songs, and puppets with a variety of exciting books.
Specifically designed for adult caregivers and their infant companions, Babies in Artland invites lively conversation about works of art, with baby coos and cries encouraged. There will be time to share and ask questions about art and parenting. We recommend slings over strollers when possible, and a 1:1 adult to infant ratio, but will work to accommodate parents of twins.
Wondering how to look at art with your little one? Join us for a new 45-minute program for toddlers and their adult companions. Led by a Museum educator, pairs will be introduced to big ideas in development theory and given time to playfully practice strategies in the Museum space.
Tuesdays from 10–10:45 am: toddlers 12-24 months, with their grownups