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.

2019 Fall Classes

Fall class Registration begins Aug 5 for current VMFA members and Aug 12 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.


[F1] Dessert Still Life

Fri, Sep 20,  5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Tiffany Glass Ferreira

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult |  Nothing sweeter than this painting class! Brushstrokes, color mixing, and composition will be our focus, but dessert will be our muse.

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


[F2] Creative Quilts

Fri, Oct 18, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Heidi Field-Alvarez

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Be inspired by the African American quiltmakers of Gee's Bend! Kids and caregivers learn basic sewing techniques to stitch their own quilt block.

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


[F3] Plaster Productions

Fri, Nov 15, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Dan Kaczka

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Be prepared to get creative (and a little messy)! Find inspiration from animals in our collection then sculpt your own creatures using recycled materials and plaster gauze. 

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


[F4] Gingerbread Houses

Fri, Dec 13, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
VMFA Staff

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Build a beautiful–and delectable–architectural structure out of gingerbread, royal icing, and many colorful candies.

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


[F5] Gingerbread Houses - NEW, ADDITIONAL DATE!

Sat, Dec 14, 11 am–1 pm | Art Education Center
VMFA Staff

Recommended for children ages 5–12, accompanied by an adult | Build a beautiful–and delectable–architectural structure out of gingerbread, royal icing, and many colorful candies.

$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 youthstudio@vmfa.museum

 

Aug 4– Design a creative and colorful collage inspired by the exhibition Cosmologies from the Tree of Life: Art from the African American South.

 


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 natalie.feister@vmfa.museum.