Programs for Children and Families

The Center offers children’s programs and family festivals that explore the collections and special exhibitions. Through in-gallery experiences and art-making, children and families learn about British art and culture.

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Programs for Adults

The Center offers year-round programs for adults with diverse interests, needs, and learning styles. Programs include a variety of lectures, talks, workshops, concerts, films, and more.

Art in Context

Yale faculty, visiting scholars, and Center staff present weekly gallery talks. Talks are interdisciplinary, focusing on Center collections or special exhibitions.

Art Circles

Participate in an informal thirty-minute discussion in the Center’s galleries that explores a highlight of the collection. The work of art changes every session, making each visit a new experience. Meet at the Information Desk.

Making Sense of Art program, photo by Jaime Ursic

Sketching in the Galleries

Wednesdays, June 21, July 5, and July 19, noon

Enjoy the tradition of sketching from original works of art in the Center. Jaime Ursic, artist and Assistant Curator of Education, offers insights on drawing techniques and observational skills. Drawing materials are provided, and all skill levels are welcome. The program is free, but preregistration is requested for each session. For information or to register, contact Education ( | +1 203 432 2858).

Programs for Colleges and Universities

The Center encourages faculty from all departments at nearby colleges and universities to explore the rich educational opportunities afforded by the study of original works of art. The Center’s collections can be searched online.  

To discuss how the Center’s collections can become a valuable component for teaching or for inquiries related to public programs, contact Education ( | +1 203 432 2858).

Docent talking to a group of older adults in front of Benjaimin West painting

Programs for Older Adults

Making Sense of Art–On Location

The Center welcomes older adults from independent learning centers, senior care facilities, and retirement communities for Making Sense of Art, a multivisit program created around sustained artwork viewing, conversation, and art appreciation. Docents meet participants on location at their site and teach theme-based art lessons with related supporting materials used to enhance a multisensory experience. The program actively engages participants through thoughtful observation of an artwork, sharing ideas, and relating narratives to their own life and experiences. For information about bringing this program to your location, contact Education ( | +1 203 432 2858).


The Yale Center for British Art docents offer hour-long, live-stream tours of the Center’s collections as part of the Skype-a-Docent series at the Fairfield Public Library. The Skype-a-Docent program is able to “deliver” tours of cultural interest to seniors and others who may not be able to travel. These tours are also offered at several senior living facilities.

YCBA Docents, photo by Richard Caspole

Docent Program

Docents offer tours of the Center’s collections, architecture, and special exhibitions. They lead interactive tours for visitors of all ages and abilities as well as teach specially designed programs. Docents include Leah Begg, John Bett, Anne Bolin, Robert S. Boltax, Judy Brennan, Ewa Buttolph, Berclee Cameron, Susan Cayer Stout, Louise Ciulla, Catherine Crawford, Susan Dardik, Serena Guerrette, Jane Harvey, Anneke Hathaway, Amy Hudnall, Louise La Montagne, Boots Landwirth, Kathleen Leitao, Margaret Mann, Joya Marks, Nancy McCleery, Mona Pierpaoli, Bob Potter, Mary Sagarin, and James Wilson.

Becoming a docent requires a three-year commitment: one year of training followed by two years of service. Docents train every Monday during the academic year, with additional time spent on research and special projects.

The Center is not accepting applications at this time, but for further information about the program and docent-led tours, contact Education ( | +1 203 432 2858).

Information Volunteer Program

The Center offers volunteer programs for individuals with a passion for the arts and an interest in contributing to the community. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit the Center’s Get Involved page for more information.

Information Volunteers, the visitor’s first contact with the museum, greet and orient the public to the Center’s collections, exhibitions, and programs. Their role is vital to shaping a positive visitor experience. A minimum commitment of one year is required; applicants must be at least eighteen years of age. For information about volunteer opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator ( | +1 203 432 9491).