ABOUT VMFA’S YOUTH STUDIO CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
Visit VMFA’s Art Education Center for innovative art projects that foster creativity, critical thinking, and fun! Students explore the museum’s world-renowned collection of fine art, experiment with studio materials, and learn from expert instructors who accommodate all levels of skill and talent. Programs are available for ages 5–12.
TIMES AND TUITION
Foundations in Art (Ages 9–12)
Kids Discover… (Ages 5–8)
Art Explorers (Ages 9–12)
Thursday (3 sessions), 4:15–6 pm
Select Saturdays, 1–4 pm
Select Saturdays, 1–4 pm
$70 (VMFA members $60)
$30 (VMFA members $25)
$30 (VMFA members $25)
Register online, phone 804.340.1405, or visit the front desk during VMFA public hours.
QUESTIONS ABOUT PROGRAMS
PHONE 804.340.1331 or 804.340.1438
WHAT TO BRING
Photo identification is required for authorized adults picking up students enrolled in children’s programs.
Completed forms are only required if the student has a medical concern or enrolled in summer camps.
Medical Notice: VMFA Education Staff are not authorized to administer medications on a regular basis. If a student is to self-carry a medication for use in the event of an emergency, it must be noted on the Emergency Information Form, and written instructions on the administration of medicine must be provided by the parent or legal guardian on the Emergency Medication Permission Form. It is strongly advised that should your child need emergency medication, VMFA staff is notified at least two weeks ahead of the program. Phone 804.340.1438 or 804.340.1331, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. If your child has an allergy of any kind, it is important to inform VMFA staff before the start of class. If your child has a serious life-threatening allergy, we welcome you to remain on campus while your child is participating in the program.
In the event of an emergency, VMFA Staff will respond to the situation promptly and accordingly; a staff person will immediately attempt to reach the parent or guardian.
VMFA provides all art supplies and tools needed for each class, though students are sometimes encouraged to bring additional supplies when noted under the class description (check online for updates).
WHERE TO GO
Youth programs take place in Studio 1 or 2 of the Art Education Center inside the museum.
Allow ample time to park and check in before the start of class. The VMFA Parking Deck is free for members or $5 for nonmembers. For street parking, N. Boulevard is recommended for those registered in children’s programs (or Sheppard St. for programs in the Pauley Center building).
Museum Notice: Parking is not permitted along the Entry Plaza or fire lane.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear attire that is appropriate for an art studio (art materials can stain clothing). Each studio is equipped with art smocks that may be used for messy projects. Closed-toed shoes are recommended. We also encourage dressing in layers or bringing a long-sleeved shirt, in case students feel chilly in the museum or studios.
CLASS PROCEDURES + POLICIES
A parent, guardian, or authorized adult is required to check in before the start of class by filling out the Attendance Sheet with the student’s name, adult’s name, a primary contact number for the day, and the name of the adult who is scheduled for pick-up.
Caregiver Notice: DO NOT drop your child off without checking in to the Art Education Center. In the event that your child is dropped off without signing in, a VMFA staff member will contact you immediately to pick up your child. As a result, the student will lose his or her place in the program and will not be permitted to return.
Don’t forget your ID! When the students are ready to be dismissed, VMFA staff will ask all adults to show photo identification and initial the Attendance Sheet to verify pick-up. Until then, caregivers should wait patiently outside of the Art Education Center until class has ended and a staff person is available to assist you. Students need time to finish projects, clean up, and review the day’s lesson; visitors standing within view of the studios can be a distraction.
TIMELY PICK UP
Pick up time begins promptly at the end of class. If your child is not picked up within 10 minutes of the program’s completion time, VMFA staff will attempt to reach the authorized pick up person, parents, and emergency contacts. If VMFA staff cannot reach contacts 30 minutes past the program’s completion time, the student may be escorted to the security desk and staff will determine the next course of action.
Fees are nonrefundable except when VMFA cancels a class. Classes may not be substituted or switched once registration is complete. Be sure to mark your calendar and save your confirmation email upon registering. Refunds will not be granted if you miss a program. Classes with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled at least one week before they are scheduled to start. Participants will be notified and reimbursed fully.
Parents are responsible for reviewing the following rules and consequences with their children before the start of class.
- Practice safety in the studios and galleries
- Be kind and respectful to teachers and classmates
- Help clean up after every project
- Take part in all activities
- Have fun!
1st – Teacher speaks with student about inappropriate behavior
2nd – Student sits out for quiet time and teacher speaks with parent/guardian after class
3rd – Student may be removed from program entirely and/or may only be readmitted if the parent/guardian accompanies the student for the remainder of class
Museum Notice: Please do not bring toys and other distractions in the studio. Smartphones must be turned off or on silent.
SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION FORM
A select number of scholarships are available for youth and teen studio programs. Phone 804.340.1331 or email email@example.com to request a Scholarship Application Form.
HOW WAS CLASS?
Students and/or parents may be asked to complete a survey at the end of class. We value your opinion and would greatly appreciate you taking the time to help us improve our program and exceed your expectations!