Summer Camps for Ages 5–6

Registration Information

Registration for summer 2021 programs begins April 12 for current VMFA members and April 19 for non-members.


Five-day camps
Jun 28– Aug 20, 2021
Mon – Fri, 9 am – noon or 1 – 4 pm
Meet in the Art Education Center
$150 per camp (VMFA members $130)

Experience adventures in art, culture, and creativity in VMFA’s studios and galleries! Art camps are carefully tailored to your child’s specific age group and taught by professional artists and educators. Each camp provides access to quality supplies and a world-renowned art collection, inspiring young artists to create, learn, grow, imagine, and have fun!

Download Program Guidelines & Forms

Note: Upon registration, VMFA will send a confirmation to the email address you use in your registration. Please review the information carefully as it provides further details about the program and the student emergency form, which should be submitted on the first day of camp. It is important that caregivers understand all rules, policies, and procedures including drop-off and pick-up procedures, food regulations, studio conduct, and VMFA’s cancellation policy.

Connect-a-Camp: For students enrolled in both morning and afternoon youth camps, this program provides supervised activities such as drawing in the galleries and playing games as well as supervision during lunch. Students are required to bring bagged lunches from home.

Browse the Summer 2021 Classes and Programs Catalog

Learn about our response to COVID-19 here

Class Schedule


[C1] I ♥ Textiles

Mon–Fri, June 28–Jul 2, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Mary Swezey

Ages 5–6 | Fall in love with textiles as you explore basic processes in silk painting, stamping, stenciling, and weaving. Stunning textiles in the galleries are sure to inspire your own artistic fabric-ations!

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C3] Artistic Senses

Mon–Fri, Jun 28–Jul 2, 1–4 pm| Art Education Center, Classroom 
Caroline Velazquez

Ages 5–6 | Engage in multi-sensory art activities using sight, sound, smell, and touch. Paint to music, print with foods, play your own instruments, and match scents to colors and colors to moods.

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C6] Happy Painters

Mon–Fri, July 5–9, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center, Studio 2
VMFA Staff

Ages 5–6 | Find joy in learning the fundamentals of painting and seeing colorful masterpieces in VMFA's collections! Play around with new techniques, paints, and styles to create happy little paintings of your own.

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C8] Animal Adventures

Mon–Fri, Jul 5–9, 14 pm | Art Education Center, Classroom
Mayzie Zechini

Ages 5–6 | Animals in an art museum?! Go sightseeing through the galleries in search of creatures and habitats to spark your creativity as you draw, paint, and sculpt animal art of your own.

$150 per camp (VMFA members $130)

[C11] All about Art

Mon–Fri, Jul 12–16, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center, Studio 2
VMFA Staff

Ages 5–6 | Have a blast learning about the elements in art through drawing, painting, and sculpting! Creative, exploratory activities are designed to foster artistic growth, dexterity, and most importantly, imagination.

$150 per camp (VMFA members $130)

[C13] My First Illustrations

Mon–Fri, Jul 12–16, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Classroom
Mary Swezey

Ages 5–6 | While exploring new storybooks and artistic styles each day, gather bright ideas from your favorite authors and illustrators. Make colorful collages, creative characters, and much more. 

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C18] Beginning Drawing

Mon–Fri, Jul 19–23, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Classroom
Tiffany Glass Ferreira

Ages 5–6 | Learn to use lines, shapes, and textures to illustrate objects from observation and imagination, building confidence, creativity, and skill in the process.

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C21] Art in Motion

Mon–Fri, Jul 26–30, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Alex Parrish

Ages 5–6 | Mix movement and art making to discover new artistic possibilities! Engage in activities that get you moving and grooving, from kinetic mobile construction to energetic action painting.

$150 per camp (VMFA members $130)

[C23] Land of Imagination

Mon–Fri, Jul 26–30, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Classroom
Dan Kaczka

Ages 5–6 | Inspired by art movements, cultures, and natural environments, this mixed-media camp encourages creativity and self-expression through making masks, air-dry clay pots, and whimsical creatures.

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C28] Art Lab

Mon–Fri, Aug 2–6, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Classroom
Elizabeth Daly

Ages 5–6 | Put your lab coats on and get ready to get experimental with art! Observe like a scientist and explore forces and reactions in our natural world, all while creating interesting artistic compositions.

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C31] Native American Inspirations

Mon–Fri, Aug 9–13, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Elizabeth Daly

Ages 5–6 | Explore the art and contributions of Native American artists from the past to the present. Get inspired by incredible craftsmanship and resourcefulness, using a variety of mediums to create works influenced by nature, family, and tradition. 

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C33] Painting & Drawing

Mon–Fri, Aug 9–13, 1– 4pm | Art Education Center, Classroom
Tiffany Glass Ferreira

Ages 5-6 | Foster talent and creativity through fundamental drawing and painting exercises and activities. Each day will focus on a different art element, style, and subject matter. 

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C36] Colorful Creations

Mon–Fri, Aug 16–20, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Mary Swezey

Ages 5–6 | Enjoy painting, sculpting, and mixed-media activities that focus on the use of color. Get creative with color mixing while making vibrant paintings, beaded tree sculptures, marbled papers, and rainbow art!

$150 (VMFA members $130)

[C38] Play, Clay & Create

Mon–Fri, Aug 16–20, 1–4pm | Art Education Center, Classroom
Tiffany Glass Ferreira

Ages 5–6 | Spark imagination and creativity through constructive play, gallery excursions, and multisensory art activities. Budding artists will enjoy working with clay and mixed media while learning new techniques and strengthening fine motor skills.

$150 (VMFA members $130)