Family Programs

Registration Information

Registration for spring 2021 programs begins November 16 for current VMFA members and November 23 for non-members.

Browse the Spring 2021 Classes and Programs Catalog

Learn about our response to COVID-19 here

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.

Youth and Family Studio Programs at VMFA are generously supported by R.E.B. Foundation.

Family Studio Programs & Events

Recommended for ages 5 – 12; children must be accompanied by an adult.
Select Fridays, 5 – 7 pm
Art Education Center | Studio 2
$30 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $25)
Enrollment TBD*

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

[F7] Painting with Parents

Fri, Mar 19, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Dan Kaczka

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by one adult | Practice posing and painting portraits of each other in the studios while learning about color combinations using acrylic paints.

$30 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $25)

[F8] Playing with Polymer Clay

Fri, Apr 16, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Alex Parrish

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by one adult | Discover new clay molding techniques as you make fabulous beads, small-scale sculptures, and more out of vibrant colored polymer clays–inspired by VMFA's Fabergé collection! Creations will be baked in class and ready to bring home the same day.

$30 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $25)

[F9] Sea Creations

Fri, May 21, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Celeste Johnston

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by one adult | Gear up for summer by crafting ocean-inspired art! With sea glass, shells, and beach pebbles, create fantastic frames and more.

$30 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $25)

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.

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


Please note that programs are subject to change based on conditions related to COVID-19. Select months may offer alternate options such as Take-and-Make or Grab-and-Go projects.


Upcoming Dates:

Dec 6, Jan 3, Feb 7*, Mar 7, April 4, May 2*


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, 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.

Learn more!

For questions about Family Day events, please contact