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Education & Programs
Education & Programs

Education & Programs

Virtual Public Programs

To ensure the safety of our guests, students, and staff, we have suspended in-person programs through the remainder of 2020.

Free Fall Lecture Series

First Thursday of each month; produced in partnership with the ODU Office of Community Engagement


Platform: Zoom

Featuring artists from our collection, hear from makers on a range of topics including: taking on environmental concerns through painting from a studio in Maine, casting life size glass dresses in Prague, new conceptual works in response to the Corona Virus from the U.K. and an African American Contemporary Painting practice in Los Angeles that pokes fun at race-related stereotypes. These behind the scenes conversations bring you around the globe and directly into the Artist's mind to discover the ideas and process that drive the work. Join us the first Thursday of every month for this free program. Donations accepted, but not required.


C0058058 Swine Flu virus sculptureLuke Jerram
Luke Jerram, Coronavirus, 2020Luke Jerram, Coronavirus, glass, 2020

Thursday, November 5, 6 p.m. EST. Register HERE

Luke Jerram: Exploring the Edges of Perception

BIO: Luke Jerram's multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally since 1997, Jerram has created a number of extraordinary art projects which have excited and inspired people around the world. He is now known globally for his innovative arts practice and large scale public artworks.

With many of his artworks in permanent collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Wellcome Collection in London, he also tours his art installations to art festivals and museums. Gaining extensive international media coverage he has exhibited with many of the established cultural organisations around the world. In 2019 alone, he had 117 exhibitions in 22 different countries.

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The Coloreds Series Part 4: "Gurrrl I'm just talking about that composition, Gurrrrl what'chu know about that post abstraction?" Devin Troy Strother, The Coloureds Series Part 4: "Gurrl I'm Just Talking About That Composition, Gurrrrl What'chu Know About That Post Abstraction?", acrylic and mixed media on panel, 2012

Thursday, December 3, 6 p.m. EST. Register HERE

Devin Troy Strother: A Conversation in the Artist's Studio

BIO: Born in West Covina, California, Strother attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Devin Troy Strother's work is eclectic in its materials, references, and content. The artist comments on race issues, kitsch, and the exuberance of "high art," sometimes all in a single piece. While Strother is serious about art making, he has a sense of humor about what he is doing. His pieces and their corresponding titles poke fun at race-related stereotypes, suggesting to the gallerygoer that perhaps we need not take this art thing so seriously. Strother well knows that critics and art writers cannot help but make comparisons between the artist's work and that of his predecessors, and so he does the writers' homework for them, often titling his paintings with explicit references to artists who have influenced that particular work. He has been honored with several solo exhibitions since bursting onto the Los Angeles art scene in 2009, including shows at Richard Heller Gallery, Los Angeles; Monya Rowe Gallery, New York; and Marlborough Gallery, New York. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Artspace, and Vice. Strother lives and works in Los Angeles.

FREE Family Art Days

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Saturdays in September and October, 10-11:30 a.m.


Platform: Zoom

This interactive program encourages kids and adults to learn about art together with activities, games and songs inspired by our exhibitions and collection. Drop in for one week or come back each week to experience a different themed craft project. Designed for ages 5 - 105!

Purchase our material kits or gather the craft materials yourself from our weekly lists!

WEEKLY TAKE AND MAKE ART KITS available for pickup @ $15 each week.

Saturday, October 10, Kinetic Toys: Jumping Jack Dolls - Register HERE

  • If you'd like to make your own kit, check out this project's materials list HERE

Saturday, October 17, Patterns: Zentangles and More - Register HERE

  • If you'd like to make your own kit, check out this project's materials list HERE

Saturday, October 24, Animal Costumes: Facemasks - Register HERE

  • If you'd like to make your own kit, check out this project's materials list HERE

BIOs: Meet our team of experienced Artists Educators! These professionally trained makers come to us from across the US and all live locally in Norfolk. Renowned in the field of Glass and Material Studies and seasoned in Museum Interpretation we are honored to have them lead our Family Art Days.

Kim McKinnis headshotKimberly McKinnis

Kimberly McKinnis is a mixed media artist originally from Southern California. Her mixed media sculpture is made from silver, glass, and other found objects which she collects from all over the world. Kim is the founder of For All Handkind, and Artist Collective Craft Shop. She received a BFA in Studio Art with a Concentration in Glass, and an MFA in Exhibition Design from the California State University in Fullerton, California. She currently teaches at the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, ODU and the Governor's School for the Arts.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Chocolate Malted Crunch | Favorite Craft Supply: Googly Eyes

Suzy Peterson headshotSuzy Peterson

Suzy Peterson's work emphasizes exploration of the self. She received a BFA from The University of Wisconsin, and has recently exhibited work at WomanMade Gallery, been published in New Glass Review and walked in Laura Donefer's Glass Fashion Show! She is an instructor at the Chrysler Museum's Glass Studio and a bench jeweler for Lorak Jewelry. She loves all things that sparkle and shimmer and glimmer and glitter.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Moose Tracks | Favorite Craft Supply: Glitter

Sarah Vaughn headshotSarah Vaughn

Sarah Vaughn has taught for Old Dominion University, the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio, Governor's School for the Art, Urban Glass, and numerous other studios around the country. She received a Bachelor of Fine Art at Southern Illinois University, Masters of Fine Art from the Rochester Institute of Technology in NY. Her work has been collected and exhibited internationally. She loves finding those magical moments in which time seems to stand still. Her favorite thing about being an artist is working with her studio assistant, Albus. He reminds Sarah when it is time to take a break and is the best snuggler in the world. He is also a dog.

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Pistachio | Favorite Craft Supply: Hot Glue Gun

Free Monthly community slide share

Pecha Kucha Night Image

Last Thursday of each month, 8 p.m EST


Platform: Zoom

Thursday, October 29: Register HERE

Thursday, November 26: Register HERE

This casual virtual maker show-and-tell is conceived of as an opportunity to see what other makers have been up to in COVID-19 times. If you are a creative, this is for YOU.

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You get 2 minutes and 5 slides. It's free, it's quick, it's fun and it's designed to connect with other people held up in their garage furiously drawing, gluing, crumpling it up and starting all over again. Open to all mediums of expression: architecture, glass, drawing, sculpture etc. To participate, just have your five images loaded on your computer, and share your screen when it is your turn~ at the end we will have a communal Q&A and connect artists across the Barry Art Museum community.

BIO: Moderated by Charlotte Potter Kasic, Interim Director at the Barry Art Museum. Charlotte is an Artist, Designer and Educator whose artistic practice centers around connecting people and facilitating collaboration. A pioneer in the field of Performance Glass blowing, Charlotte was the founding Programming Director at the Chrysler Museum of Art. She has been exhibited in Museums and galleries internationally and is in numerous public and private collections.

Art Inspired yoga

Rise and Shine Yoga with Monir Farmanfarmaian Pentagon Sculpture

Released Weekly on Wednesdays

Platform: YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeBsE4gRc1R6DvbqY8deYGw?view_as=subscriber

In this 30-minute yoga class, you will be led through a series of poses alongside artwork in the Barry Art Museum. Every other week has a different theme inspired by the artwork, so come back to explore the different threads of the collection. These prerecorded lessons in our galleries are instructed by Rise & Shine Yoga with Leah Villanueva Viray.

BIO: Leah Villanueva Viray is the owner of Rise & Shine and a Movement Educator. She believes in the power of daily movement for overall health and wellbeing as well as the importance of creativity, heart, and humor in teaching. Her overall mission is to use physical movement and education as a means for people to connect deeper with their authentic selves. She strives to make yoga accessible for all. Leah is a former dance teacher, elementary school teacher, Group Fitness Instructor, and multiple marathon finisher. She is now a small business owner, wife, and dog mama to an adorable beagle mix named Blue. She and her husband, Andrew, live in Norfolk. You can connect to Leah via Instagram at @riseandshine757 or email at leah@riseandshine757.com.

Learn & Play

Learn & Play, FREE Downloadable activities for the home or classroom

Our Education Department in collaboration with ODU teleworking students have developed a NEW series of free, easily downloadable activities inspired by our unique collection for parents and educators to utilize. We welcome your feedback and encourage you to post outcomes with #BarryArtMuseum

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The illustrations in these coloring books were created by our Education Department and ODU Art Education major Jessica Hayes so that children and adults alike can bring a little piece of the Barry Art Museum Collection home with them. Use your medium of choice: crayons, colored pencils or paints to transform the pages into your own works of art!

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Our Education team has created a series of paper dolls for inhouse play. Simply print out these templates, cut out the silhouettes and enjoy switching out the different outfits from around the globe. Created using images from our extensive doll collection, take a virtual tour around the world with dolls from Japan, Africa and Europe. These unusual visual pairings are reminiscent of the Surrealist game "Exquisite Corpse" invented in 1925 by the Surrealists André Breton, Yves Tanguy, Jacques Prévert, and Marcel Duchamp during one of their habitual hangouts on Paris' Rue du Château. One of their favorite parlor games was called "Consequences," in which players took turns writing phrases that eventually formed an absurd story (sort of like an early version of "Mad Libs"). Before long, Breton and his compatriots swapped words for drawings, dubbing the new game "Exquisite Corpse," after a sentence that emerged during a round of "Consequences:" "The exquisite corpse will drink the new wine."

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Using images of art from our collection the Barry Art Museum Education Team developed an inspired set of cards for the game Concentration. Cut out the 4 pages of cards to create your set of 12. Memory games are an important part of cognitive learning in childhood. Matching is excellent for brain development and experience through repetition. Concentration, also known as Match Match, Match Up, Memory, Pelmanism, Shinkei-suijaku, is a game in which all of the cards are laid face down on a surface and two cards are flipped face up over each turn. The object of the game is to discover pairs of matching cards, the player with the most pairs wins!

Barry Art Museum Internship Program

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This educational opportunity is designed to give practical, real life experience and career development in the Museum setting- including but not limited to Curatorial Studies, Exhibition Design, Collections Management, Entrepreneurship and Museum Education. Open to all disciplines campus wide, maximum of three students per session.

Three opportunities annually: Summer (Mid may- early Aug 13 weeks) Fall Semester (15 weeks) Spring Semester (15 weeks)

Structural framework: 3 credits earned for ODU students 150 hours total Structured group class for 2 hours weekly, regular work schedule created with site supervisor.

Semester long personal project: Through collection research interns develop a personal project that helps to facilitate the public encounter artwork and provide context or meaningful supplemental activities to enhance art appreciation. Possible areas of research include: Historical context, personal interest, techniques of making and hands on engagement.

Learning Objectives:

  • Personal professional development: resume, bio, artist statement, online presence review.
  • Public Speaking: lead school and public tours, present personal project to Museum staff.
  • Engagement: learn how to develop and implement Museum programs.
  • Partnerships: identify and foster partnerships across the region and camps with student groups and cultural organizations- develop timeline and written agreement.
  • Budgeting: learn through real life experience how to create a budget for Museum related interpretive materials and events.
  • Art handling: job shadow the art preps, learn how to plan and hang exhibitions, label copy and lighting.
  • Outreach: support with developing and implementing Social Media and marketing research including writing press releases.

Site Supervisor: Charlotte Potter Kasic

To apply: Please send an introductory email of interest to: ckasic@odu.edu.