Family Programs


ArtCycle Opening & Open Studio Sunday

Sun, Sept 6, 12 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
Join us to celebrate the opening of ArtCycle, VMFA’s newest interactive exhibition in the Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery. Combined with Open Studio and featuring bike-related art activities, 1708 will also join us for Lantern making.
Free, no registration required. Children must be accompanied by an adult.


Celebrate Latin American Art: Mexico!

Sat, Sept 12, 11 am – 3 pm | VMFA Atrium & Sculpture Garden
Bring the whole family to VMFA’s fiesta patrias (Patriot Festival) to celebrate Mexico’s independence. Enjoy traditional dance, performances by the Latin Ballet, music, artist demonstrations, and crafts, including making a Day of the Dead skull shaker, a papel picado (paper garland), a Tree of Life candlestick, and more. The ringing of bells, a tradition of Mexico’s Independence Day, will signal the start of our annual parade through the Sculpture Garden. Let’s not forget loteria (Mexican bingo) with prizes! 
Free, no registration required



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.


Inspired by Bikes [F1]

Fri, Sep 18,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Dan Kaczka
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Repurpose salvaged bicycle parts and hardware to create one-of-a-kind sculptures and urban home décor. 
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Silk Painting [F2]

Fri, Oct 23,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey
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)


Fused Glass [F3]

Fri, Nov 6,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Dan Kaczka
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Inspired by glass art in the galleries, create your own brilliant glass ornament, pendant, or even sun catcher. Adults will work closely with children handling glass. The instructor will fire the pieces, which will be ready for pick-up by Nov 20.  
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Gingerbread Houses [F4]

Fri, Dec 18,  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)