Family Programs


Open Studio Sunday featuring The Artist’s Palate

Sun, Sep 4, noon – 4 pm | Art Education Center

Celebrate the opening of the newest Teaching Gallery Exhibition: The Artist’s Palate! Open Studio expands with two activities inspired by this installation exploring food. Enjoy refreshments in the Atrium before or after you explore and create.

Free, no registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Open Studio Sundays

First Sundays, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center

Make Open Studio Sunday part of your family’s monthly routine! Visit the MWV Art Education Center anytime between 1 and 4 pm to participate in art activities inspired by objects from the VMFA collection. A new art project is offered every month, led by VMFA Youth Studio staff and volunteers.  (For groups of eight or more children, please email youthstudio@vmfa.museum.)

Free, no registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Celebrate the Art of Latin America: Central America

Sat, Sep 17, 11 am–3 pm | VMFA 

Celebrate the art, culture, and traditions of countries in Central America. Through art activities, performances, and artist demonstrations, discover the history and culture of this diverse region. Learn about Mayan pottery, craft a gold pendant, and more. Performances feature the Latin Ballet of Virginia and la Palma Panamanian Dancers.

Free, no tickets required. 

VMFA Family Events are generously sponsored by the WestRock Foundation.



Silk Painting [F1]

Fri, Sep 30,  5–7 pm | Art Education Center

Recommended for children ages 5–12 |  Explore traditional and modern approaches to the art of silk painting and take home one decorated silk scarf per child.

$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Tinker Studio [F2]

Fri, Oct 14,  5–7 pm | Art Education Center

Recommended for children ages 5–12 |  Be inspired by modern sculpture as you make a creature of your own design! Use found objects such as scrap metal, hardware, or old bike parts to create an innovative work of art.

$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Fabergé Fun [F3]

Fri, Nov 4,  5–7 pm | Art Education Center

Recommended for children ages 5–12 |  Participate in “egg-cellent” activities inspired by VMFA’s fabulous Fabergé collection! Use glitter and gems to decorate keepsake items that you can take home and treasure for years to come.

$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Gingerbread Houses [F4]

Fri, Dec 16, 5–7 pm | Art Education Center
Megan Liles Endy

Recommended for children ages 5–12 | Construct a beautiful—and delectable—architectural design out of gingerbread, royal icing, and lots of colorful candies. Note: This class is not recommended for anyone with food allergies. Email questions to youthstudio@vmfa.museum.

$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Gingerbread Houses [F5]

Sat, Dec 17, 1–3 pm | Art Education Center
Megan Liles Endy

NEW Saturday class! Recommended for children ages 5–12 | Construct a beautiful—and delectable—architectural design out of gingerbread, royal icing, and lots of colorful candies. Note: This class is not recommended for anyone with food allergies. Email questions to youthstudio@vmfa.museum.

$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)