After School Art Club

A group of children sitting on the floor in the African Art gallery, listening to an instructor speak about the objects on view.

Ages 58
Thursdays, 4:156 pm

Let your imagination soar in the studio as you make original works of art inspired by objects in the museum. Sign up for one or more of these fun and creative workshops led by Lori Valente Coffey.

Special Offer
Register for five classes in After School Art Club and get the sixth class free! Available only by phone at 804.340.1405.

Class Schedule


Inside/Out [CA1]

Thu, Sep 25, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Explore the collection and observe the architectural and landscape elements found on the museum grounds. While looking outside, make sketches and then turn drawings into watercolor paintings in the studio.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Intro to Drawing [CA2]

Thu, Oct 2, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Learn about fundamental drawing techniques. Practice sketching and shading techniques and experiment with different drawing media.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Paint Party! [CA3]

Thu, Oct 9, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | After viewing impressionist painting techniques in the galleries, practice creating these splashes of color, globs of paints, quick brushstrokes, and vibrant colors in the studio.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


2D or Not 2D? [CA4]

Thu, Oct 16, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Investigate different textures and materials in 2D and 3D works of abstract art. With everyday materials, build your own abstract form and then apply various textures for added dimension.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Greek Creations [CA5]

Thu, Oct 23, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Use an ancient Greek amphora, created centuries ago, for inspiration to create your own original vase with air-dry clay and paint.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Woven Wonders [CA6]

Thu, Oct 30, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Learn about stories depicted in VMFA’s European tapestries and experience the history and technique of this textured art form by weaving an original work of art. 
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Face to Face [CA7]

Thu, Nov 13, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | After exploring the connection between Picasso’s cubist portraits and African figurative sculptures, look in a mirror and create an artwork in your own image!
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Beyond Boundaries [CA8]

Thu, Nov 20, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | With mixed media, anything goes! Push the limits in your own work after observing works of art that incorporate paint, drawing media, and other materials.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Ancient America [CA9]

Thu, Dec 4, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Discuss the art and culture of the first peoples of America. Create your own functional artifacts based on objects found in the Ancient American Art Gallery. 
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Imperial Treasures [CA10]

Thu, Dec 11, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Investigate the art and culture of China in Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing to inspire your own artistic creations.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Posters and Prints [CA11]

Thu, Dec 18, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Did you know that posters used to be made by hand using fine art printing techniques? Check out some of these posters in the Lewis Decorative Arts Gallery and try these printing techniques in the studio.
$20 (VMFA members $18)