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.

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 (Sold Out)
Sat, Dec 19, 10 am – noon (NEW!) | 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
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)