School programs are available for pre-K through 12, both on site at the Abingdon museum and directly in your school.
Ages: For All Grades
Dates: Flexible Scheduling
Hands-on art activities and a Museum tour tailored to students in grades PreK-12 focusing on a selected topic
West African/Mali Storytelling Tradition – Chiwara Head Dress
Antelope Chiwara teaches about planting crops and responsibility to community.
Ancient Greek Culture – Red-Figure Vase Scratch Drawing
An updated red-figure vase compares our modern culture to that of the Ancient Greeks.
Portrait Detectives – Living Portrait
Students read and interpret clues about a famous American and tell their story using visual language.
Exhibition Exploration – Enhancing the Museum Experience
Students unlock the world of art through gallery discussions and engaging hands-on-activities.
Customized off-site program with hands-on projects designed to meet the needs of a wide range of both school and public audiences during a 90 minute lesson
Designed for Middle and High School students to explore and expand their skills in a specific art medium taught by highly-trained and experienced artists.
Brings art directly to second graders three times a year with 90 minute lessons and hands-on projects which use visual arts to emphasize and review SOL topics
VanGogh Outreach Summer Camp
(Locations in area participating host schools)
10 am – 2 pm, Monday-Friday, $70 members, $65 non-members per week. Coming to a location near you. Information to be distributed by your child’s school.
Summer Art Camp
Offers week-long day camps at the Museum, area schools and other off-site locations for students in grades PreK–12; Instructors lead campers in a variety of projects exploring both visual and performing arts
Youth and Adult Classes
Local artists and Museum staff provide classes for children and adults using a wide array of media including ceramics, drawing, painting, printmaking and jewelry making.
Provides regional art teachers the opportunity to showcase their students’ art; the department hosts an opening reception for these exceptional student artists
Trained docents lead engaging one hour tours which can be tailored to the interests of your group. Rates start at $30 per docent with no more than 20 people in a group.
Custom designed in-service opportunities utilizing art methods to enhance core curricula.
Special Offerings Coordinated with Dali Illustrates
Tour Plus: 2 hours (30 minute tour + project), $5 per student
Create your own Divine Comedy
Explore your own life’s stories, the ascents as well as the descents, by delving into Dante’s epic journey using modern storyboarding techniques and personal writing to create a meaningful and personal creative response to the Divine Comedy. Use modern verse to bring the Comedy into the 21st century!
Ekphrastic Poetry response
Using ekphrastic writing experience and engage with Salvador Dalí’s striking 100 watercolor prints, as you will be led through a series of prompts to write down your vivid, spontaneous, and possibly personal impressions of what you see. Consider the themes, images, and stories told in these compelling pieces, and enjoy creating some of your own.
Art Shop: 4 hours (including 30-minute break for lunch), $275
Dalí and the Surrealism Movement through Writing/Art
Why did Dalí ride in a Rolls-Royce filled with cauliflower? What is the Exquisite Corpse game and how does it relate to the creative mind? Free your imagination and lose control of your conscious mind in what will certainly be an entertaining and provocative time as we experience writing and art-making through the wild mind of the Surrealist.
For more information on school programs contact the Education department at 276-628-5005 ext. 114.