The visual art classes at Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School affords students access to a truly unique visual arts program within a school with exceptional academics. From our students and teachers to our location at the heart of Richmond’s art scene, from our off-campus exhibitions in professional gallery spaces to our domestic and international travel program, our program is a one-of-a-kind experience distinctly different from any other visual arts program in the area.
Courses for Everyone
We offer a wide range of learning paths for students interested in the visual arts. Even if you’ve never taken an art class before, we will meet you at your skill level and provide you with the instruction you need to be successful. For those students where art is their passion and may have more experience, we offer an accelerated path that allows them to reach our advanced level courses sooner. In both cases, there is a comprehensive four-year plan of courses that will help you to reach your artistic goals.
Additionally, we have a new course, Topics in Art History, which is offered intermittently.
* Student need to have taken a "Carnegie Unit" Art 1 course in middle school or submitted a portfolio for 9th grade entry into Art 2.
Why Maggie Walker?
Great Teachers and Instruction
At MLWGS, all of our teachers are working artists with a deep knowledge of their content area. They focus on offering students personalized learning opportunities that allow students to pursue their unique passions. Many of our teachers have received awards for their teaching including the Theresa Pollock Award, the R.E.B. Award for teaching, Henrico Teacher of the Year, and the Apple Distinguished Educator award.
Exciting Travel Program
In addition to our local gallery visits, each year students travel to the Smithsonian art museums to take in the amazing collection. Additionally, we schedule a trip to another major art city (either New York City or Philadelphia) every two years and plan international trips in the alternating years (France, Italy, Greece, etc.). Students are encouraged to take part in all of these incredible opportunities!
Exhibition is an important element to any artist’s practice. Our program’s capstone senior event is our annual off-campus senior art exhibition. At this event, students showcase their work at a local Richmond gallery. Students learn the process of curating, installation, and marketing of this show. This is a truly wonderful and unique opportunity for our most dedicated art students.
We often say that smart kids make great artists. Their success shows!
Maggie L. Walker students have consistently received some of the highest number of Scholastic Art awards for any school in the region and has had a national Scholastic medal winner for the past 16 years!
We are supported by an incredible community of student and parent organizations. Our Art Club and National Arts Honors Society provide students with opportunities to serve the community through art while working to raise awareness within the school community. While the Visual Arts Boosters, provides funding for several of our unique programs including, local pARTnerships (where students get hands on training in areas like glassblowing) , and our guest artists program (where working artist are invited to work with our students in the classroom).
Maggie Walker is located in the heart of Richond’s vibrant art scene. As a result, we are able to take students on regular walking trips to the galleries on Main and Broad, VCU’s Anderson Gallery, the new Institute of Contemporary Art and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Additionally, this allows us to partner with local arts organizations like the Visual Arts Center, Studio Two Three, and the Glass Spot for hands-on student workshops.