Youth Summer Guidelines


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


5–6, 7–9, and 10–12 years old (View Teen Summer Camps)
Jul 8–Aug 30
M–F, 9 am–noon or 1–4 pm
$140 per camp (VMFA members $120) and $25 per Connect-a-Camp* (VMFA member $20)
Online, phone 804.340.1405, or visit the VMFA Visitor Services desk during public hours

* Connect-a-Camp option available noon–1 pm; some restrictions may apply



The Emergency Information Form must be completed by a parent/guardian and submitted in-person on the first day of every camp. If your child is registered for multiple camps, we recommend making copies. Extra forms are available on-site and online (in the sidebar to the right).

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 email If your child has an allergy of any kind, it is important to inform VMFA staff on the first day of camp. 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.

PHOTO ID All authorized adults planning to pick up children from camp are required to show a valid ID during check out each day.

SNACK (OPTIONAL) Campers are allowed to bring a small, healthy snack to eat or drink during their daily break.

Food & Allergy Notice: For the health and safety of others, students cannot share food. We also ask that caregivers be mindful of other children who may have potentially life-threatening allergies. To reduce the risk of accidental exposure, please avoid bringing foods with traces of peanuts, tree nuts, or other common allergen products. Snacks and lunches will be stored in designated bins.

LUNCH (CONNECT-A-CAMP PARTICIPANTS ONLY) Campers who attend Connect-a-Camp must bring a bagged lunch from home. This program is only available for students signed up for a morning and an afternoon camp. Please read the Food & Allergy Notice.


VMFA provides all art supplies and tools necessary for each camp, however, students are sometimes encouraged to bring additional supplies when noted under class descriptions (check online for updates).


PARKING Allow ample time to park, walk to the building, and check in before the start of camp, especially on the first day. The VMFA Deck parking is free with a 30-minute parking permit for camp participants. Please note that parking is strictly prohibited in the Entry Plaza, or fire lane. Extra parking permits will be available at check in.

CAMP LOCATION Camps take place in the Art Education Center studios inside the museum (or the Pauley Center building for teen summer classes). VMFA staff will be onsite to help direct visitors. We strongly recommend that caregivers familiarize themselves and their children with the area prior to the first day of camp.

Camps before 10 am: Use the Student Entrance (left of the main entrance) to access the Art Education Center, as the rest of the building is closed to the public. (VMFA hours of operation are Mon–Sun, 10 am–5 pm, with extended hours Thu–Fri until 9 pm.)


ART ATTIRE Wear clothes that are appropriate for an art studio (camps can get messy). Comfortable, closed-toed shoes are recommended. We also encourage dressing in layers or bringing long sleeves—while it may be hot outside, it’s often cool inside!


CHECK IN Don’t forget the Emergency Forms on the first day of camp! Additionally, a parent or authorized adult is required to check in to the Art Education Center daily by filling out the Attendance Sheet with the student’s name, the contact for that day, and the name of the adult scheduled to pick up your child. Please drop your child off within 10 minutes before the start of camp.

Note: If your child is dropped off without being checked in to the Art Education Center, a staff person will contact you immediately to pick your child up. As a result, the student will lose his or her place in the program and will not be permitted to return.

CHECK OUT When campers are ready for dismissal, a staff person will ask you to present a Photo ID and initial the Attendance Sheet to verify pick up. Until then, please wait patiently beyond the studio for the camp to end and for a staff person to assist you.

Students need time to finish projects, clean up, and review the day’s lesson. Visitors standing within view may cause a distraction.

TIMELY PICK UP Pick up time begins promptly at the end of camp (either noon or 4pm). Late pick-ups may result in dismissal from the program. If your child is not picked up within 10 minutes, VMFA staff will attempt to reach you, the authorized pick up person, and/or other contacts. If no one can be reached within 30 minutes, the student will be escorted to the front security desk and staff will determine the next course of action. If you are running late, leave a message at 804.340.1438 and 804.340.1331.


Parents/guardians are responsible for reviewing the following Rules & Consequences with their children before the start of camp:


  1. Practice safety in the studios and galleries
  2. Be kind and respectful to teachers and classmates
  3. Help clean up after every project
  4. Take part in all activities
  5. Have fun!


1st – Teacher speaks with student about inappropriate behavior
2nd – Student sits out for quiet time and teacher speaks with parent/guardian after camp
3rd – Student may be removed from program entirely and/or may only be readmitted if a caregiver                                          accompanies the student for the next full day of camp

Note: Please do not allow your child to bring toys and other distractions into the studio. Students cannot use smartphones during camp, unless permitted by the instructor for educational purposes. If your child carries a smartphone, it must be off or on silent.


Be sure to mark your calendar and save your confirmation email upon registering for camp(s). VMFA does not send reminders for upcoming programs. Refunds for missed programs are not available.

For youth and teen summer camps only: VMFA charges $30 to transfer (but only if another camp is available), and deducts $50 of the registration cost per cancellation. Transfers and cancellations must be made at least two weeks prior to the start of camp; otherwise, full payment is required. No exceptions apply.


A select number of scholarships are available for summer camps. Phone 804.340.1331 or email to request an application form.


Students and/or parents may be asked to complete a survey at the end of camp. We value your opinion and would greatly appreciate your taking the time to help us improve our program and exceed your expectations.


PHONE 804.340.1331 or 804.340.1438