We're committed to helping educators and students explore our shared humanity through contemporary art. We invite you to book a tour or attend a professional development workshop inspired by our current exhibitions.
TEACHING WITH ART
Teaching with Art at Virginia MOCA is a free professional development series created for educators of all grade levels and subject areas. It is specially designed to equip teachers with helpful tools for using contemporary artwork in their curriculum and classrooms. The themes and focus of these workshops change according to each exhibition. For details, please contact Katherine Custer, manager of school & educator programs.
Teaching with Art: Kara Walker and Fort Monroe
March 15, 2023 | 5:00 PM
This free, professional development program for educators will focus on our current exhibition Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick and how the artist uses primary sources to provide historical context to her work. We will be joined by Fort Monroe’s Education Programs Manager Jessica Meadows to unpack some of these stories and their relevancy to our region.
The goal of this workshop is to equip you with helpful tools for using contemporary artwork and primary sources in your curriculum and classrooms.
Teaching with Art: Amber Pierce
May 3, 2023 | 5:00 PM
This program, focusing on our current exhibitions Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick and LaToya Hobbs: Flourish, aims to equip teachers with helpful tools for using contemporary artwork in their curriculum and classrooms.
We will be joined by one of Virginia MOCA’s Atrium Artists in Residence, Amber Pierce, as she shares how these exhibitions have influenced her own artistic practice.
Our Group Tours use a selection of works from our current exhibitions to foster close observation, critical thinking, and rich discussions that support learning standards through an inquiry-based approach. Tours are led by a Virginia MOCA educator and can be designed for all age levels. They are available as both virtual and in-person experiences and are free.
In-person tours of our spring exhibitions, Kara Walker: Cut to the Quick and LaToya M Hobbs: Flourish, are available Tuesday–Friday from March 14–June 9, 2023.
Kara Walker: Cut the to Quick is currently on view. Among the most prolific artists of her generation, Kara Walker is best recognized for her investigation of racism, gender and violence through cut-paper silhouetted figures. Using mythology and historical narratives, Walker’s work encourages viewers to take a critical view of the past while proposing questions about the challenges we continue to face collectively today. Some artworks in the exhibition include explicit scenes of sex and violence. For this reason, group tours of this exhibition are recommended for visitors ages 14 and above.
Art Making Workshops are also available to in-person tour groups. This opportunity lets students respond to the concepts in LaToya M. Hobbs: Flourish through a creative, hands-on activity. This experience is led by a Virginia MOCA educator. The cost is $4 per student.
We're a proud content partner of Streamable Learning—a national organization creating live, interactive, virtual field trips. Through this partnership, we're able to communicate with hundreds of K-12 learners throughout North America. Learn more about this education platform by visiting their website at Streamablelearning.com
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