Gallery Workshops

Our gallery workshops offer edifying ways to spend part of your school day. Workshops are designed to meet Common Core educational standards and offer students in grades K-12 an exciting opportunity to explore and get inspired by our collections and special exhibitions. Each workshop includes thoughtful discussion and meaningful, hands-on, art-based activities. We welcome public and private school groups as well as homeschooling families and communities. Email to register or with questions.

How does it work?

Two workshop sessions are offered on select days (see Fall & Winter workshop descriptions below for days), 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. Explore the special exhibition with an engaging Museum educator. Then, head to the classroom for artistic expression and creation during an exhibition-related, hands-on, art making experience. All workshops can be modified to meet the needs of your students’ grade level.

Cancellation Policy
In the event that you need to cancel a registration, requests must be submitted one week before your scheduled program for no charge. Cancellation requests made less than one week before your scheduled program will be charged a $50 fee. If the program is cancelled due to inclement weather, the participating school will not be charged and we will reschedule for a later date.

Gallery Workshops 2018-2019


Mapping My Community

In this two-hour workshop, students will explore the temporary exhibition Mapping an Uneven Country: Bird’s Eye Views of Vermont to find inspiration to create individual works of art that will come together to form a classroom community map.

9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Monday – Friday, November 12 – December 21, 2018
Wednesday – Friday, January 1 – March 3, 2019
Grades K – 5 and Grades 6 – 12

  • Students will explore historical maps, overlay their city, and create their own map in the style of the Birdseye views.
  • Incorporating 1, 2 point perspective for Grades 6 – 12
  • Tracing with carbon paper for Grades K – 5, watercolor and permanent marker
  • Conversation of place and what community means to each student
  • Connecting current homes to the communities of the past


February – March

The Art of Engineering: Benches
9:30 a.m. –  11:30 a.m., Wednesday – Friday
Grades K – 5

Structural engineering and art: Students will explore the exhibit taking inspiration from Johnny Swing’s unconventional benches. Following the exhibit students will be challenge to create their own bench strong enough to hold a figurine.

The Art of Engineering: Lighting
9:30 a.m. –  11:30 a.m., Wednesday – Friday
Grades 6 – 12

Futuristic lighting with basic circuits: In this two-hour workshop students will learn how to wire a basic lighting circuit and create their own futuristic pendant light inspired by Johnny Swing.


2018–2019 Special exhibition workshops are $7.50 per student and chaperone. All school staff or one parent per homeschool family are free. To register please email Mollie Davis, Family and Academic Program Coordinator, at or call 802.985.3346 x 3392.