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.

Jan – May 2020 Classes & Programs

Fall class Registration begins November 11 for current VMFA members and November 18 for non-members.

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

Registration for 2019 fall classes opens August 5 for VMFA members and August 12 for non-members.

[F8] Spectacular Silk

Fri, Feb 21, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Explore traditional and modern approaches to the art of silk painting and decorate a vibrant fabric of your own.

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

[F9] Clay Creations

Fri, Mar 20, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Merenda Cecelia

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Work with air-dry clay, stamps, textures, and slab-building methods to construct a durable keepsake box for your special objects and memories.

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

[F10] Art of Nature

Fri, Apr 17, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Celeste Johnston

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Use objects found in nature, like twigs, leaves, and flowers, to craft unique art objects from pencil holders to naturescapes.

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

[F11] Made for Mom

Fri, May 8, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Alex Parrish

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Make anything from lasting jewelry to mother-child pairs of woodland animal figurines using colorful polymer clay. This is a great opportunity for moms to spend time with their children, or for father igures to give a mom a night off and surprise her with handmade gifts!

$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.

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


Upcoming Dates:

Jan 5, Feb 2, Mar 1, Apr 5, May 3, Jun 7


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.

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For questions about Family Day events, please contact