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

Celebrate African and African American Art: Culture King

Sat, Jun 11, 11 am – 3 pm | VMFA 
Join us in celebrating the opening of the special exhibition, Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic. Through art activities, demonstrations, and participatory performances, celebrate and discover African and African American art and cultural identities.
Free, no tickets required. 

VMFA Family Events are generously sponsored by the WestRock Foundation.


[F8] Stained Glass Suncatchers

Fri, Mar 18,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Megan Endy
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Learn basic glass cutting and soldering techniques to design illuminated decor. Email for questions about safety concerns.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)

[F9] Prints of Plants

Fri, Apr 22,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Celeste Johnson
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Discover how to make prints with plants! Create art with nature by arranging interesting compositions with flower petals and giant leaves.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)

[F10] Fantastic Fabric

Fri, May 13,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Produce your own wearable art and accessories by painting and adorning canvas totes, aprons, and other fun accessories.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)