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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.
Family Day | High Seas and High Tea!
Saturday, February 11, 10:30 am–1:30 pm
Come join us fair princesses and pirates so bold, it matters not if young or old. You can hear a tale, make a treat, or have a taste of something sweet. This event is free and open to the public; no registration is required. Costumes are highly encouraged! Learn more…
Download and share an event flyer with your family and friends: High Seas and High Tea! (pdf; 114kb)
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.
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.
Sketching in the Galleries
Wednesdays, February 15 and March 15, 5:30–7 pm
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, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 the Education department (email@example.com | +1 203 432 2858).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org | +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.
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 (email@example.com | +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 (firstname.lastname@example.org | +1 203 432 9491).