Family Programs

You won’t find a more enlightening — and inspirational — environment than the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts! Bring the whole family to one of our renowned workshops or events for an enriching experience that is fun for every age and interest.

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Family Studio Programs & Events

Recommended for ages 5 – 12; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Select Fridays, 5 – 7 pm
Art Education Center
$25 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $20)
Enrollment limit: 12 children, unless otherwise noted*

Note: separate registration is not required for parent/guardian of child enrolled in this program


[F9] Pony Planters & Pots

Fri, Mar 16,  5 - 7 pm | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Paint a terracotta flower pot with patterns and colors inspired by The Horse in Ancient Greek Art. Then, try your hand at making your own miniature polymer clay amphora.

$25 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $20)

[F10] Impressed by Nature

Fri, Apr 20,  5 - 7 pm | Art Education Center
Celeste Johnston

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Discover how to make prints with plants! Experiment with Gelli plate prints and other printmaking techniques using objects found in nature.

$25 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $20)

[F11] En Plein Air with Parents

Fri, May 18,  5 - 7 pm | Art Education Center
Caroline Leroux

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Enjoy the outdoors while making art! Learn techniques to paint your own small-scale watercolor landscapes of the VMFA grounds. (If it rains, we will use inspiration from the galleries and our imaginations to create similar projects in the studios.)

$25 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $20)

All ages; children under 13 must be accompanied by an adult
First Sundays, 1 – 4 pm
Art Education Center
Free. No registration required.

Make Open Studio Sundays a part of your family’s monthly routine! Visit the Art Education Center anytime between 1 pm and 4 pm to participate in an art activity inspired by an object from the VMFA collection. A new art activity, led by VMFA Youth Studio Staff and volunteers, is offered every month. Select months will feature additional activities and events. For more details, see tentative schedule below.

Note: For groups of eight children or more, please email

Upcoming Open Studio Sundays

February 4: Celebrate Black History Month
Create your own abstract place inspired by artist Julie Mehretu.

March 4: Terracotta Army
Create artwork inspired by the exhibition Terracotta Army: Legacy of the First Emperor of China.

April 1: April Fools! Take & Make Activity
Design an optical illusion artwork that tricks your brain! *Due to the holiday, April will feature a self-guided activity

May 6: Surreal Dreamscapes
Celebrate Salvador Dali’s birthday (May 11) by creating a layered “surreal” dreamscape.

Please note that activities are subject to change. Email if you have any questions.

Bring the entire family and discover the richness of cultures from around the world, the science behind art making, and the stories of the artists and their art. Become an artist for the day while exploring traditional art objects, gallery hunts, art activities, and performances and entertainment related to VMFA’s collection and special exhibitions. Activities are recommended for children ages 3–12. Children must be accompanied by an adult. All ages welcome.

Free. No tickets required.

Upcoming Family Day!

ChinaFest! Year of the Earth Dog
February 10th, 2018 | 10am – 4:30pm
New hours for ChinaFest!
Free | No tickets required

Celebrate the Lunar New Year and ChinaFest: Year of the Earth Dog!
Create an Earth Dog lantern and make your own watercolor lotus card. Enjoy demonstrations and colorful performances, including the Lion Dance, to welcome the Chinese New Year!

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Save the Date!

Celebrate African and African American Art: Ethiopia
June 16, 2018 | 11am – 3pm

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Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Patagonia
Sept. 15, 2018 | 11am – 3pm



For questions about Family Day events, please contact