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VMFA Pre-visit and Post-visit Activities

Pre-visit activities are designed to help prepare your students for a guided or self-directed tour at VMFA. Some activities are directly related to guided-tour topics while others provide a more general introduction to visiting an art museum. Post-visit activities will help your students continue to explore what they saw on their visit. Please be sure to book your guided or self-directed visit with us to ensure docent and gallery availability.

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Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Activity: Greece, Rome and Mali

Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Activity: Greece, Rome and Mali6

  • Collection: African Art, Ancient Art
  • Culture/Region: Greece, Rome
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 3

Cross continents to explore three ancient and powerful cultures! Learn how geographical location and environment helped shape trade, culture, and politics. Examine three works of art that will help prepare you for your guided tour of Greece, Rome and Mali. Post-visit activities will help you continue to explore these cultures in the classroom.

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Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Activity: West African Kingdoms

Pre-Visit and Post-Visit Activity: West African Kingdoms6

  • Collection: African Art
  • Culture/Region: Africa
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 3

Survey evidence of power, wealth, and family, as well as symbols from several West African cultural groups. Travel ancient trade routes, discuss natural resources, and see the spectacle of royalty on this tour through our African galleries. Examine two works of art that will help prepare you for your guided tour of West African Kingdoms. Post-visit activities will help you continue to explore this theme in the classroom.

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Pre-Visit and Post-Visit: Ancient Worlds: Egypt and China

Pre-Visit and Post-Visit: Ancient Worlds: Egypt and China6

  • Collection: Ancient American Art, Egyptian Art
  • Culture/Region: America, Egypt
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 2

Explore the fascinating ancient worlds of Egypt and China! Examine two works of art from Ancient Egypt and China to help prepare you for your Ancient Worlds: Egypt and China guided tour. Post-visit activity suggestions will also help you continue exploring these cultures back in the classroom.

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Pre-Visit and Post-Visit: Greece and Rome

Pre-Visit and Post-Visit: Greece and Rome6

  • Collection: Ancient Art
  • Culture/Region: Greece, Rome
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 3

Discover the fascinating world of the ancient Greeks and Romans! Examine two works of art from ancient Greece and Rome to help prepare you for your Greece and Rome guided tour. Post-visit activity suggestions will also help you continue exploring these cultures back in the classroom.

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Pre-Visit and Post-Visit: Picture This

Pre-Visit and Post-Visit: Picture This6

  • Collection: American Art, European Art
  • Culture/Region: America, Europe
  • Subject Area: History and Social Science, Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: 1

See how artists have portrayed stories and historical events from the past to the present. Examine symbols and their meaning while viewing portraits, landscapes, sculptures, and more! Look at two works of art to help prepare you for your Picture This guided tour. Post-visit activity suggestions will also help you continue exploring tour themes back in the classroom.

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Pre-Visit and Post-Visit: The Great Outdoors

Pre-Visit and Post-Visit: The Great Outdoors6

  • Collection: European Art
  • Culture/Region: Europe
  • Subject Area: Visual Arts
  • Grade Level: K

Discover how artists are keen observers of nature! Examine three works of art to find unique plants, animals, birds, and insects to prepare you for your guided tour of The Great Outdoors. Post-visit activity suggestions will also help you continue exploring these cultures back in the classroom. Please note: The de Heem Still Life, is currently off view.

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