Early Childhood Art Classes

Registration Information

Registration for fall 2021 programs begins at 9am on August 9 for current VMFA members and August 16 for non-members.

Browse the Fall 2021 Classes and Programs Catalog

What to Know Before Coming to Class

For children 3 months–5 years

In the VMFA’s Early Childhood Education programs, infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children discover the world around them through playing, singing, exploring, and creating. Held throughout VMFA’s campus, these programs supports a child’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity, and promote self-expression and social development. 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


Wee Kids Workshop
Ages 3–14 months

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
Wee Kids Workshop
Ages 15–30 months

Tots Together
Ages 18-30 months

Foster 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
Wee Kids Workshop
Ages 2 ½–5 years

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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Early Childhood Camps

Ages 3-5 years
Held June and August

VMFA offers camps for children under five! Students attending are encouraged to use their natural sense of wonder to explore, play and, when interested, create. The inspirational environment of the VMFA campus, and the responsive guidance of committed educators, creates an atmosphere of curiosity and discovery.

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Playdate & Create

Ages 2–5 years, accompanied by an adult
Minimum of 10 child/caregiver pairs required

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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