There is a reason why Shelburne Museum welcomes thousands of school children each year—it is an incredibly rich resource for learning about American history, industry, culture, and art. Our guided workshops, self-guided tours, and custom-designed programs are all about close looking, critical thinking, and nurturing creativity and art appreciation. In the hands of our lively teaching staff, our collections become tools for learning, exploration, and self-expression. Educators who connect with Shelburne Museum will have the opportunity to expand their own understanding of the stories our collections have to tell and the ways that art and material culture can support classroom learning. We welcome public, private, and homeschool students in grades pre-K to 12 and beyond.

Register for programs online by clicking the buttons below. Please contact our Family and Academic Programs Coordinator, Mollie Davis, at (802) 985-3346 x3392 or mdavis@shelburnemuseum.org with any questions.

Museum Learning

Using Color as Expression

Explore colors, how we see them, and the ways we can mix them to create amazing art by exploring an important painting at Shelburne Museum–The Grand Canal, Venice (Blue Venice) painted by Edouard Manet in 1875.

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Weathervanes: Using the Wind to Predict the Weather

Experience one of the earliest forms of folk art as we design and create a weathervane inspired by the Cow weathervane.

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Mochaware Pottery: DIY Design/Build

Explore the concepts of color, shape, and design and create our own piece of pottery, inspired by Shelburne Museum’s mochaware collection.

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Whimsy:  Beauty and Botany

Flowers are beautiful, complex living structures. Today we will look at artistic interpretations of flowers as well as at the structure of a flower to help us learn about their unique anatomy.

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A Bird’s Eye:  Habitat Design

This lesson is inspired by the Museum’s Oversize Slat Canada Goose Decoy. We will learn about the traditional use of decoys, explore the importance of habitat and bird conservation and then create our own habitat for Canada geese.

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Family and Friends Portraits

Capturing people’s likenesses has been a prominent subject matter in art for thousands of years. This activity will explore the connection between artist Mary Cassatt and Louisine Havemeyer, the mother of our founder, Electra Havemeyer Webb, and provide some tools for creating portraits of people important to you.

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Sending Messages using Morse Code

Practice sending messages using Mr. Morse’s code. The telegraph sent electrical signals over wire, speeding up communications over long distances and helped the rail industry run more efficiently. But, you can’t talk into a telegraph. The telegraph sent messages in the language of rhythm using Morse Code, a system named after its inventor.

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A Day in 1795:  Line Dancing and Cooking

In this lesson we’ll learn about everyday life in Vermont in the 1790s, learn and practice the steps to a popular dance of the time, The Virginia Reel, and explore classic and useful recipes from 18th century kitchens.

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Shop ’till You Drop:  Learning to Barter at Home

In this lesson we’ll learn about everyday life in Vermont in the 1790s, learn and practice the steps to a popular dance of the time, The Virginia Reel, and explore classic and useful recipes from 18th century kitchens.

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“Grandma” Moses:  Painting from Memory

Anna Mary Robertston “Grandma” Moses was a self-taught artist who began painting in her 70s. She commonly painted landscapes from memory, and often included her favorite trees, buildings and human forms. Today we will create a landscape from memory after learning about Moses’ unique painting style. 

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Reservations are required for group rates. Please contact our Education Associate at (802) 985-3346 x3392 or email to make a reservation.

Sponsorship & Support

Marie and John Zimmermann Fund, Inc.

National Life Group Foundation

An Anonymous Family Trust

The Walter CERF Community Fund

Community Bank, N.A. MGN Family Foundation