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Pfac's Art Education Department seeks to provide balanced and stimulating programs of exhibition-based art appreciation that appeals to both children and adults. Inquiry-based and participatory learning coupled with related hands-on art making components help to instill aesthetic values found throughout the artwork on view. The extensive lessons in looking at art are facilitated by a strong docent program that provides tours for each exhibition series.

We offer the following educational activities for individuals. Click on the links below to learn more about a specific educational opportunity.

  • Studio Art School - The Arts Center's Studio Art School offers classes for budding artists of all ages and skill levels. Ranging from one day to ten weeks, they cover everything from oriental watercolor to sculpting with clay. Often, the artist exhibiting in our galleries lead special workshops on their particular technique. Register Today
  • Hands on for Kids - Interactive gallery for hands-on fun. Open daily for children of all ages. Always free to Pfac members, included with admission for non-members.
  • Picturing the Civil War: Wood Engravings by Winslow Homer and Other Artists - For $400 for four weeks, Pfac is lending wood engravings by the great American artist Winslow Homer. Bring a piece of the Civil War to your classroom, business, or other facility today! Click HERE for more info.
  • Seeing Mali - A traveling photographic exhibition from PFAC - Download information on this resource that is available to schools and other venues. Flyer | Teaching Guide | Exhibition Checklist | Installation Instructions
  • ARTreach: Experience Mali - This is an exciting distance-learning initiative designed to enhance Standards of Learning-based education. These 50-minute programs on the West African country of Mali include storytelling and dance demonstrations, a visual arts workshop and a presentation by a collector and scholar on Malian art.
  • Audio-Visual Collection - Check out our CDs, DVDs and videos on a wide range of art-related topics, including Mali, famous artists and the principles and elements of art. Materials can be checked out for free for 2 week periods. Please contact us at 596-8175, ext. 210 or the This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information.
  • Discovery Baskets - These contain hands-on and didactic materials to enhance student learning about the historic cultures of Mali and Egypt
  • Virginia Department of Education's Standards of Learning - Incorporating the visual arts into teaching core curriculum.