Youth & Teen Summer Programs Information

Registration Info

4 Ways to Register!
In Person (see Visitor Service hours)
By Phone (804.340.1405)
By Mail (download Registration Form)

Membership Discounts
VMFA members receive discounts on camps and classes.

Limited Enrollment
Please register early. Class space is limited. Registration is first come, first served.

Cancellation Policy
Be sure to mark your calendar and save your confirmation email upon registering for summer camps and classes. Refunds for missed programs are not available.

For summer youth and teen classes only*: VMFA charges $30 to transfer (but only if another class is available), and deducts $50 of the tuition fee per cancellation. Transfers and cancellations must be made at least two weeks (or ten business days) prior to the start of camp; otherwise, full payment is required. No exceptions apply.

*This special offer is only available to participants enrolled in Summer Art Adventures and Summer in the Studio, from Jul 4 to Aug 26, 2016. Fees are nonrefundable for other programs except when VMFA cancels a class or workshop; classes may not be switched or substituted once registration is complete.

Camps and classes with insufficient enrollment will be cancelled at least a week before they are scheduled to start. Participants will be notified and cancellations will be noted online.

What to Bring

Emergency Form (download now)
The Emergency Form must be completed by a parent or guardian and submitted in-person on the first day of every camp. If the participant is registered for multiple camps, we recommend making copies. Extra forms are also available onsite.

Medical Note: VMFA Youth and Teen Studio Instructors are not authorized to administer medications orally or by injection. If a student is to self-carry a medication, it must be noted on the Emergency Form. It is important to report any allergies or special needs to VMFA staff on the first day of camp. If the participant has a serious life-threatening allergy, a parent or guardian should remain on campus while the student is participating in the program. In case of an emergency, VMFA Security will be notified immediately to handle the situation promptly and accordingly, and a staff person will attempt to reach the parent or guardian.

Photo ID
Valid photo identification is required for authorized adults picking up students under the age of 13. Parents of teens may also request an ID check-out for their child at the beginning of the first day of class.

Snack (Optional for Kids’ Camps Only)
Food is not provided nor allowed in select programs. Children enrolled in Summer Art Adventures (ages 5 – 12) may bring a small, healthy snack to eat during their daily break, if desired. Teens do not have a scheduled daily break, as food and drinks are not allowed in Pauley Center Studios and Computer Lab. (See Food & Allergy Notice  below.*)

Lunch (Participants in Connect-A-Camp and Teen programs)
Students enrolled in Connect-a-Camp (a supervised lunch period between programs), must bring a bagged lunch from home. Teens enrolled in both morning and afternoon classes should bring a bagged lunch or money to purchase food at BEST Café. A break area is reserved in the Pauley Center lobby for snacks and lunches before and/or after class. If a teen requires adult supervision between classes, he or she must be registered for Connect-a-Camp.

Food & Allergy Note: For the health and safety of others, students are not allowed to share food. We ask caregivers to please be mindful of other children who may have potentially have a life-threatening allergy. To reduce the risk of accidental exposure,  avoid bringing foods with traces of peanuts, tree nuts, or other common allergen products. During programs, snacks and lunches will be stored in designated bins.

Art Supplies
VMFA provides all art supplies and tools needed for each camp or class, though students are encouraged to bring additional supplies when noted under class description (check online for updates).

Where to Go

Download a Campus Map

Allow ample time to park and check in before the start of class, especially on the first day. The VMFA Deck parking is free for members or $5 for nonmembers. For city street parking, N. Boulevard is recommended for convenient access to the Art Education Center, or Sheppard St for access to the Pauley Center. Please note that VMFA does not allow parking in the Entry Plaza.

Location for Kids Summer Camps (Ages 5-12)
Meet in the Art Education Center in the museum. A staff person will be on site to direct visitors and assist with check-in. We strongly suggest parents/guardians to familiarize themselves with the area prior to the first day of camp.

Camps before 10am: Use the Student Entrance (left of the main entrance) to access the Art Education Center.

Locations for Teen Summer Classes (Ages 13-17)
Meet in the Pauley Center building,  across the Sculpture Garden from VMFA. Upon arrival, students will check in and be directed to the studio. We strongly suggest teens to familiarize themselves with the area prior to the first day of class.

What to Wear

Art Attire
Wear clothing that is appropriate for an art studio (not something that could get ruined during class). Comfortable, closed-toed shoes are recommended. We also encourage dressing in layers or bringing a long-sleeved shirt. While it may be hot outside, it’s often chilly inside!

VMFA T-Shirt
Children (ages 5 – 12) enrolled in Summer Art Adventures will receive a free VMFA t-shirt on the first day of camp, which they will decorate and use as an art smock throughout the week. On the last day, kids are welcome to take their shirts home as a souvenir!

Policies + Procedures | Kids Camps

Check In
Don’t forget the Emergency Form on the first day of camp! Additionally, a parent or authorized adult is required to check in daily by filling out the Attendance Sheet with the student’s name, the contact for that day, and the name of the adult scheduled to pick up your child.

Note: If your child is dropped off without being checked in to the Art Education Center, a staff person will contact you immediately to pick your child up. As a result, the student will lose his or her place in the program and will not be permitted to return.

Check Out
Please remember to bring your ID! VMFA Staff will ask all adults to show photo identification and initial the Attendance Sheet to verify pick-up. Until then, parents/guardians should wait patiently beyond the Art Education Center until class has ended and a staff person is available to assist you. Students need time to finish projects, clean up, and review the day’s lesson; visitors standing within view of the studios can be a distraction.

Timely Pickup
Pick-up time begins promptly at the end of camp (either noon or 4pm). Late pick-ups may result in dismissal from the program. If your child is not picked up within 10 minutes, VMFA staff will attempt to reach you and other contacts. If no one is reached within 30 minutes, the student will be escorted to the front security desk and staff will determine the next course of action. If you are running late, leave a message at 804.340.1438 and 804.340.1331.

Policies + Procedures | Teen Classes

Check In
Teens must submit the Emergency Form (signed by a parent) before entering the studios. Students (13 yrs+) are responsible for signing the Attendance Sheet daily. While programs are in session, students will be supervised and are not permitted to leave the VMFA campus.

Check Out
Students are responsible for signing out daily (no parent/guardian necessarily for check-out*). If a student does not sign out, a VMFA staff person will contact his or her parent/guardian. Early dismissals require a note from a parent/guardian before the start of class.

Important Note to Parents/Guardians: You may request to have VMFA staff follow the same check-out procedure for Kids Camps (listed above) by notifying staff during check-in on the first day of class. Please also understand the Timely Pickup policy.


A select number of scholarships are available for youth studio programs. The Scholarship Application Form can be downloaded here. Contact or phone 804.340.1331 for further scholarship questions.


Students and/or parents will be asked to fill out a survey toward the end of camp or class. We value your opinion and would greatly appreciate your taking the take to help us improve our program and exceed your expectations!

Rules + Consequences

Parents are responsible for reviewing the following rules and consequences with their child before the start of camp. Teens will be required to sign a Code of Conduct agreement at the beginning of each class. Please do not bring toys and other distractions in the studio. Cell phones must be turned off or on silent. No texting or calls during camps or classes.

Practice safety in the studios and galleries
2. Be kind and respectful to teachers and classmates
3. Help clean up after every project
4. Take part in all activities
5. Have fun!

  Teacher speaks with student about inappropriate behavior

2nd  Student sits out for quiet time and teacher speaks with parent/guardian after class

3rd  Student may be removed from program entirely and/or may only be readmitted if the parent/guardian accompanies the student for next full day of camp