Student Workshops

Our school programs workshops offer students K-12 an exciting opportunity to explore our special exhibitions and engage in meaningful, hands-on, art-based activities. Workshops are designed to meet Common Core standards.

$7.50 per student and per parent/chaperone. Staff are admitted free.

Pre-registration required for homeschooling families and school groups. To register, please call Maggie Lisman, Academic Programs Coordinator at (802) 985-3346, x3395.

PCAE workshops are offered from September to June, in conjunction with the winter/early spring special exhibition schedule (see below)

Two workshop sessions are offered on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9-11 a.m. and 12-2 p.m. Explore the special exhibition with a knowledgeable Museum educator. Then, head to the classroom for artistic expression and creation during an exhibition-related, hands-on, art making experience. Join us for one session, or bring your students for the entire day. All workshops can be modified to meet the needs of your students’ grade level.

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 at the convenience of the school.

SPECIAL EXHIBITION WORKSHOPS December 2, 2015-April 15, 2016

  • Birds of a Feather

Workshops in conjunction with Birds of a Feather are designed to meet Next Generation Science Standards and aim to provide students with an opportunity to investigate a bird’s habitat, explore the history and purpose of decoys, and gain essential understandings in life science. Each workshop includes an exploration of Birds of a Feather and an hour-long art activity.

  • The Art of a Decoy

In The Art of a Decoy, students will use iPads and print materials to research the history and construction of duck decoys. Students will have an opportunity to explore decoys from our permanent collection and using pre-cut wood, construct their own decoy and write a short narrative.

Recommended for grades K-12. Sections of the workshop are modified for K-2 and 9-12

  • A Bird’s Life

In A Bird’s Life students will explore decoys from our permanent collection and use print materials and iPads provided by the Shelburne Museum to research a bird, create a habitat diorama; and write a short narrative to highlight the key components of their research.

Recommended for grades 3-8

SPECIAL EXHIBITION WORKSHOPS offered January 13, 2016-April 15, 2016

  • 32°: The Art of Winter

Students will investigate the complexities of winter as portrayed by diverse artistic forms and media. The workshop includes an exploration of the indoor and outdoor art installations and an hour-long art activity.

  • Not Your Average Snow Globe

Students create a snowy, encapsulated world their own re-imagined snow globe, inspired by the artists in the exhibition. Materials Fee: $25 per group

Recommended for grades K-8


    • The Artist’s Toolkit: American Art

      September 16, 2015-June 10, 2016

      In The Artist’s Toolkit: American Art students in grades 9-12 will use Visual Thinking Strategies to explore our American paintings collection and spend time working independently to gain a deeper understanding of the artists and the techniques used in their work.

      • On the Move

      May 9-June 10th, 2016, Fall 2016 dates TBD

      How much do you know about transportation? Students will explore travel by boats on the Ticonderoga, horse-drawn vehicles in the Horseshoe Annex and Barn, and travel by rail on the Rail Locomotive No. 220. In our classroom space, students will have an opportunity to create their own form of transportation.

      Recommended for grades K-4

      • Life in Early Vermont

      May 9-June 10th, 2016, Fall 2016 dates TBD

      Travel back in time to learn about everyday life in early Vermont. Students will explore historic buildings and museum galleries to investigate the art and artifacts of the United States’ early years. Students will “live” as a child in early Vermont by re-enacting a one-room school house, playing games, candle-making, and churning their own ice cream!
      *Dairy products are used in the ice-cream. Participating schools must notify us of any allergies.

      Recommended for grades K-8, Modified for 9-12

      • The Artist’s Toolkit: Impressionism

      May 9, 2016-June 10, 2016, Fall 2016 dates TBD

      In The Artist’s Toolkit: Impressionism students in grades 9-12 will explore the Impressionist painting collection housed in the Electra Havemeyer Webb Memorial Building, compare major artists of the movement, and discuss the techniques and subjects of the movement. In our classroom space, students will apply the artists’ techniques to create their own Impressionist-inspired painting.

      Recommended for grades 9-12

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      Shelburne Museum
      6000 Shelburne Road
      PO Box 10
      Shelburne, VT 05482