Family Programs

Beyond the Walls and Open Studio Sunday

Sun, Sep 7, noon – 4 pm, ribbon cutting at 12:15 pm | Memorial Foundation for Children Teaching Gallery, in the MWV Art Education Center 
Join us for the opening of Beyond the Walls, an interactive exhibition for visitors of all ages to explore daily life in imperial China through activities that include writing Chinese characters on a touch screen, designing personal virtual seals and more! Explore the new exhibition and come by the studios to participate in art activities inspired by Chinese artwork from the VMFA collection and a lantern-making workshop hosted by 1708 Gallery. Bring the lanterns you create to the Community Lantern Parade to kick off InLight Richmond on November 21 in and around Monroe Park.
Free, no registration required
Related Exhibition(s): Beyond the Walls: Art Education Center Exhibition

Celebrate Latin American Art: Colombia!

Sat, Sep 13, 11 am – 3 pm | VMFA Atrium & Sculpture Garden
Enjoy learning the traditions of Colombian culture by making your own active volcano (inspired by Colombia’s 15 volcanoes), designing and weaving a traditional arhuaca artisan bag, and sculpting a zoomorphic gold figure inspired by VMFA’s Pre-Columbian collection. Children and adults alike can join in the Fight Against Cancer by participating in Nueva Vida’s annual Zumbathon at the event (sign up at in advance or at the event). You’ll also be able to pick up some Cumbia and salsa dance tips. 
Free, no registration required

VMFA Family Events are generously sponsored by the MeadWestvaco Foundation

with additional support provided by The CarMax Foundation

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