Early Childhood Art Classes

For children 3 months–5 years

In VMFA’s Early Childhood Education programs, infants, toddlers, and preschool-age children discover the world around them through playing, singing, exploring, and creating. Held in the classroom, galleries, and studio, these programs foster children’s development, autonomy,decision-making skills, and a love for museums from an early age. Register online or phone 804.340.1405. Note: Classes are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Be sure to mark your calendars.

Early childhood programs are generously supported by Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg.

Artsy Infants

Artsy Infants

Ages 3–13 months
Select Mondays, 11 am–noon

It’s never too soon to introduce your child to art. Enjoy rhyming activities, a tour for accompanying adults, simple stories in the galleries, and safe art activities in the studio to experience the museum with your baby.

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Tots of Art

Tots of Art

Ages 14–30 months
Select Thursdays, 11 am–noon

Tots of Art fosters children’s growing mobility with new sensory and fine motor experiences. Stimulate their budding curiosity through singing and movement activities, engaging stories, exploratory art experiences, and gallery walks. Monthly themes; different lessons weekly.

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Young @ Art

Young @ Art

Ages 2 ½–5 years
Tue and Wed, 11 am – noon

Innovative art lessons inspire imagination. individuality, and creativity! Join us for hands-on experiential play and arts activities, exciting gallery tours, and entertaining stories. Monthly themes; different lessons weekly.

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wee-enrich

Wee-Enrich

Ages 18 months–2 1/2 years,
accompanied by an adult
Tue-Thu, 10:30-11:45 am

Engage in experiential art and play activities with discoveries from one day to the next. Enjoy studio fun with art materials, gallery visits, movement games, and interesting stories.

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Children creating art in the studio

Wee-Kids Workshops

Ages 3 months–5 years
Select Saturdays, 10:30–noon

Enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where play, arts, and movement connect. Gallery visits and studio time foster an appreciation for VMFA’s campus and the arts, while play and sensory activities engage children’s cognitive, social, and physical development.

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Curiosity Camps

Ages 3–5 years
Mon–Fri, 9:30 am–noon

Immersed in the rich environment of VMFA, children will explore, connect, and grow, both as individuals and as part of a community of learners in these nontraditional art camps. Emphasis will be placed not only on art but also on play, music, and movement activities, and the museum grounds–all guided by the interests of the group.

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Playdate & Create

Ages 2–5 years, accompanied by an adult
Mon, or Fri, 10–11:30 am

Is your child and caregiver group looking for a fun and creative playdate location? Gather your group and visit VMFA! Children and caregivers will enjoy playful music and movement activities, a story time, a gallery walk, and a hands-on art activity.

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