Family Programs


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.)
Open Studio Sundays are generously sponsored by MeadWestvaco Foundation.
Free, no registration required


Fused Glass Designs [F1]

Fri, Oct 3,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Discover objects made of glass in the galleries. Then return to the studio to create your own colorful design, with adults working closely with children to cut and arrange actual pieces of glass. 
Note: After the instructor carefully fires the glass, artwork will be ready for pick-up by Fri, Oct 17. 
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Silk Painting [F2]

Fri, Nov 21,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 |Explore traditional and modern approaches to the ancient Chinese art of silk painting! 
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Gingerbread Houses [F3]

Fri, Dec 5 or 19,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Construct an architectural — yet delectable — structure out of gingerbread, royal icing, and lots of colorful candies! 
Note: This class is not recommended for anyone with food allergies. For questions, email youthstudio@vmfa.museum.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)