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Education & Programs
Education & Programs

Education & Programs

Public Programs


Abstract Painting - History and Theory Workshop with Art Professor Dr. Vittorio Colaizzi

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Saturday, June 6th, 1 p.m.

Cost: $15

Platform: Zoom

Register HERE

In this two hour seminar, we will contextualize Joan Thorne's work ​within the history and current condition of Abstract painting. The 20th and 21st centuries have seen Abstraction's spiritual and utopian ambitions erode, even as the practice continues to attract artists who revitalize it with new methods and meanings. Participants will come away with familiarity of the major movements, names, and debates relating to Abstract Painting and an appreciation for the influences and ideas that impacted its formation. Required viewing prior to class: Joan Thorne Artist Lecture Video.

BIO: Dr. Vittorio Colaizzi

Associate Professor of Art​ History, received a Ph.D. in Art History and an M.F.A. in Painting, in 2005 and 2000, respectively, from Virginia Commonwealth University​. His book on Robert Ryman was published by Phaidon in 2017 and he has published articles in the Woman's Art Journal, Smithsonian's American Art, and the Journal of the Association for the Study of the Art of the Present. In addition to writing on Thorne, he has written extensively on artists such as Thornton Willis, Trudy Benson, and others. He is currently working on a book on Abstract Painting after Minimalism.

Art Inspired Yoga

BAM Art Yoga

Monday, May 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th, 10 a.m.

Cost: Free; donations welcome

Platform: Facebook/Instagram LIVE

Register HERE

Start your week off right with May Mondays. In this 50 min yoga class you will be led through a series of poses, many inspired by the art in the Barry Art Museum collection. Live feed from our galleries with Danielle Collinsworth of Sky is the Limit Yoga.

BIO: Danielle Collinsworth is an E-RYT 500. She fell in love with yoga as she was searching to fulfill her long lost love of dance. Danielle left Corporate America in 2017 to pursue yoga full time. She is in the process of opening a yoga studio + coffee shop in Norfolk Virginia. Sky's the Limit Yoga Co has been bringing the practice of yoga to several local businesses throughout the Hampton Roads area for over two years . The community is continuing to grow virtually and Danielle is in the works of developing more online content to help you find some zen during and post quarantine. All of her classes are open to all levels and they will leave you with a sweaty smile. :)

Pecha Kucha Night (community slide share)

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Thursday, May 14th, 8 p.m. (Register HERE)


Thursday, May 28th, 8 p.m. (Register HERE)


Platform: Zoom

We all need community! Join our casual virtual maker show-and-tell via zoom, conceived of as an opportunity to come meet other thinkers, makers, and doers. If you are a creative, this is for YOU. You get 2 minutes and 5 slides. It's quick, it's fun, it's designed to help you learn who else is shacked up in their garage furiously painting, sculpting, making photographs or whittling wood during quarantine. Open to all mediums of expression music, writing, yoga, architecture, glass, you name it. 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, Manager of Education and Engagement 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.

Learn & Play

Our Education Department in collaboration with ODU teleworking students has 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

The illustrations in this coloring book 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 dolls to your own works of art!

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Barry Art Museum Internship Program

This new educational initiative offers practical, real-life experience and career development in a museum setting. Areas of study include, but are not limited to, Curatorial Studies, Exhibition Design, Collections Management, Entrepreneurship, and Museum Education. It is open to students of all disciplines at ODU. Only three students will be selected for an internship per term.

Three terms are offered annually: Summer Session (13 weeks, mid-May to early August); Fall Semester (15 weeks); Spring Semester (15 weeks). Students earn 3 credits (150 hours total).

Program Description:

Structured weekly meeting (2 hours) with museum supervisor, in addition to an individually designed study and work schedule agreed on with ODU faculty advisor.

Semester long personal project: Interns select and develop a personal research project relating to the collection, or to museum educational initiatives, that will enrich the museum visitor experience, both in the museum and online. A project may provide context for artwork or create meaningful activities that enhance art appreciation. Possible areas of research include: historical context, personal interest, techniques of making art, 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 ranging from camps to student and cultural organizations, and include developing a timeline and written agreements.
  • Budgeting: learn through real-life experience how to create a budget for museum-related interpretive materials and events.
  • Art Exhibition Management: job shadow an art handler, learn how to plan and hang exhibitions, design label copy, and lighting.
  • Outreach: develop and implement social media and marketing research, including the writing of media releases.

Application: Please send an introductory email of interest to Charlotte Potter Kasic, Manager of Museum Education and Engagement (ckasic@odu.edu).