Summer Camps for Ages 7–9

Registration Information

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

A girl draws during a studio class.

Five-day camps
Jun 28– Aug 20, 2021
Mon – Fri, 9 am – noon or 1 – 4 pm
Meet in the MWV 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


[C2] Sketching in the Studio

Mon–Fri, Jun 28–Jul 2, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Mayzie Zechini

Ages 7–9 | Be inspired by lines, shapes, and textures seen in VMFA's masterpieces to sketch your own artistic ideas using a variety of tools and mediums. With helpful tips and techniques, gain skill and confidence in your drawing abilities. 

$150 (VMFA members $130)


[C4] Textiles with Style

Mon–Fri, Jun 28–Jul 2, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Mary Swezey

Ages 7–9 | Delve deep into the art of textiles to learn about embellishment techniques and fabric design. Enjoy hand painting on silk, surprising stamping methods on totes, weaving on handheld looms, and more.

$150 (VMFA members $130)


[C9] Paint & Discover

Mon–Fri, Jul 5–9, 14 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 2
VMFA Staff

Ages 7–9 | Learn and grow while participating in fun and innovative painting techniques inspired by contemporary art and materials. Achieve different colors, textures, and effects in finished pieces, from still life to expressionist painting.

$150 per camp (VMFA members $130)


[C12] Architecture & Design

Mon–Fri, Jul 12– 16, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Christine Mingus

Ages 7–9 | Centered around past and present architectural structures, this class allows you to explore building design and engineering while constructing original 3D models. Aspiring architects will be challenged with using sustainable and recyclable materials.

$150 (VMFA members $130)


[C14] Passport to Art

Mon–Fri, Jul 12–16, 14 pm| Art Education Center, Studio 2
VMFA Staff

Ages 7–9 | Travel through time and around the globe celebrating works from inspiring cultures! Learn about ancient art objects, paint like an Impressionist, adorn your own Russian Treasures, and more.

$150 per camp (VMFA members $130)


[C16] Goddesses & Gods

Mon–Fri, Jul 19–23, 9 amnoon | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Christine Mingus

Ages 7–9 | Imagine yourself as an ancient deity! Learn about the goddesses and gods of the ancient world as we think deeply about the importance of mythology then and now in the 21st century. 

$150 per camp (VMFA members $130)


[C19] Plaster Masters

Mon–Fri, Jul 19–23, 1– 4 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Dan Kaczka

Ages 7–9 | Transform your artistic ideas into unique sculptures and designs. With planning and preparation, build objects using recycled material and plaster. Finish them with colorful paints and patterns.

$150 (VMFA members $130)


[C24] Art without Limits

Mon–Fri, Jul 26–30, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 2
J. Parker

Ages 7–9 | Experiment with nontraditional processes in mixed media, drawing, and painting. Activities include gesture drawings, abstract renderings, and altering books to create explorative art and self-expression. This camp is extra messy; students are should wear old clothes and shoes!    

$150 (VMFA members $130)


[C26] Joy of Drawing

Mon–Fri, Aug 2–6, 9 amnoon | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Lauren Bleam

Ages 7–9 | Enhance your drawing skills, personal style, and artistic confidence! Learn about composition, value, and perspective, while dabbling with professional tools. Frequent visits to the galleries allow for a unique opportunity to draw renowned works up close and spark your creativity.

$150 (VMFA members $130)


[C29] Painting Pets & Portraits

Mon–Fri, Aug 2–6, 1–4 pm| Art Education Center, Studio 2
Lauren Bleam

Ages 7–9 | See how famous artists depict their furry friends! Try your hand at painting portraits of animals and people, focusing on proportion, composition, and your subjects’ wonderfully unique features.

$150 (VMFA members $130)


[C34] Ancient Art Studio

Mon–Fri, Aug 9-13, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Dan Kaczka

Ages 7–9 | Experience the wonders of the ancient world. Inspired by Olympic sports, royal emperors, and the everyday life of early civilizations, make clay vessels, royal attire, and more. 

$150 (VMFA members $130)


[C37] Collaboration Station

Mon–Fri, Aug 16–20, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center, Studio 1
Tiffany Glass Ferreira

Ages 7–9 | Make wonderful works of art by collaborating with new friends! Come together to formulate innovative ideas to be implemented in painting and collage projects. One of the group projects will be exhibited in the museum next summer, while individual works can be brought home.

$150 (VMFA members $130)


[C39] Creative Cultures

Mon–Fri, Aug 16–20, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center, Studio 2
Mary Swezey

Ages 7–9 | Be amazed by the ingenuity of different cultures and create works inspired by objects from the ancient world to modern works of today. Create instruments from Africa, fish prints from Asia, and much more. 

$150 (VMFA members $130)