Family Studio

The whole family will learn exciting new art techniques, while collaborating on creative projects and working with specialized materials.

Family Studio


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)


Family Portraits [F4]

Fri, Jan 23,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
VMFA Staff
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Visit the galleries to find paintings that depict children and their families. Then take turns modeling and drawing a portrait of each other!
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Gilded Gifts [F5]

Fri, Feb 13,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Tiffany Glass Ferreira
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Who doesn't love glitter and gold? Decorate family picture frames in gold leafing, add sparkly embellishments to keepsake boxes, and create other glamorous craft projects.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


Silk Painting [F6]

Fri, Mar 13,  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. Each family will design one silk scarf to take home.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


From Petals to Paper [F7]

Fri, Apr 24,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
Celeste Johnston
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Using pulp made from the instructor's plants and flowers, families make their own natural, handmade paper and learn the history of this intriguing art form.
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)


En Plein Air with Parents [F8]

Fri, May 22,  5 – 7 pm | Art Education Center
VMFA Staff
Recommended for children ages 5 – 12 | Together kids and parents find a picturesque spot in the VMFA's Sculpture Garden to set up their easels and, with guidance from an experienced painter, paint en plein air (in the open air).
$20 per child/adult pair (VMFA members $18)