School Tours and Workshops
The Visual Arts Center of Richmond offers a comprehensive field trip program called ENGAGE for K-12 schools. ENGAGE visits typically include both a gallery tour and a studio workshop but can be adapted to fit the needs of your school.
Docent-led Gallery Tour
The gallery tour includes an overview of the current exhibition, the viewing of a short video about the artist and a discussion about the artist’s materials and process. All students receive a copy of VisArts’ ENGAGE guide, which provides more background on the artist and numerous jumping-off points from which to explore the exhibition. Plan on 30 minutes for this portion of the program.
Art workshops are led by a professional artist or arts educator and incorporate themes from the exhibition. For instance, when students toured printmaker and sculptor Anna Helper’s exhibition, “Push Me Pull You,” they spent their studio time making collagraphs—or experimental prints—using various textiles and found materials. Plan on an hour and a half for this portion of the program.
Teachers should plan to spend two hours at our facility; most programs start between 10 a.m. and noon and conclude by 2 p.m. School groups are welcome to bring their own packed lunches. On sunny days, children can eat lunch in Cabell Courtyard, and in bad weather, there’s room to spread out and eat in the Dominion Energy Room. Please remember, we are a nut-free facility.
ENGAGE tours are always free. We ask those schools that can afford to do so to donate $5 per child to VisArts to support our ongoing community outreach efforts.
To book a field trip, please contact our exhibitions and arts programs coordinator. To expedite the process, be ready to share:
- Preferred date
- Preferred time
- Number of students
- Age of students
VisArts maintains a list of upcoming exhibitions, which is helpful for planning field trips.