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
Receive a $2 discount per class when you register for six or more After School Art Club classes! Available only by phone at 804.340.1405.

Class Schedule


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)


Lively Lines [CA12]

Thu, Jan 15, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Explore line, movement, and rhythm in art! Observe actively painted canvases and delicately balanced sculptures to inspire your own creative movable pieces.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Colorful Creations [CA13]

Thu, Jan 22, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Investigate color theory through works of art found in the galleries. In the studio, blend primary colors to create a color wheel-inspired work of your own.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


The Egyptian Painter [CA14]

Thu, Jan 29, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Paint like an Egyptian in this special portraiture lesson, and then hear fascinating tales of this ancient civilization. 
$20 (VMFA members $18)


The Art of Nature [CA15]

Thu, Feb 5, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Allow the natural world to spark your imagination! With fun papers and paints, explore warm and cool colors, found in nature and during different weather conditions, to design mixed-media collages!
$20 (VMFA members $18)


On the Horizon [CA16]

Thu, Feb 12, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | As far as the eye can see is the horizon—where the sky and the land meet. Learn more about spatial relationships and illustrating objects in proportion.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Chinese Ink Painting [CA17]

Thu, Feb 19, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Celebrate the Chinese New Year with us! Explore the East Asian Galleries and learn how to use a bamboo brush to create beautiful ink paintings of your own. 
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Animal Explorers [CA18]

Thu, Feb 26, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Junior animaliers (people who paint animals) will discuss habitat, basic needs, and characteristics while drawing animals in VMFA’s collection. Use actual and implied texture to create animal portraits in the studio.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Sketch It Out [CA19]

Thu, Mar 5, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Build on shading techniques like crosshatching and stippling, practice blind contour drawings, and even model for fellow artists to create gestural figure drawings!
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Stained Glass Designs [CA20]

Thu, Mar 12, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Be motivated—and illuminated—by stunning stained glass objects while learning the terms “translucent” and “opaque” to help you create similar designs of your own.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Form & Sculpture [CA21]

Thu, Mar 19, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Find inspiration from ancient artifacts made of clay as well as contemporary pottery. Using air-dry clay, learn basic hand-building techniques to make small-scale sculptures. 
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Delightful Designs [CA22]

Thu, Mar 26, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Focus on the geometric lines and motifs in artifacts from the African art collection. Draw similar designs and patterns for creating relief prints in the studio.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Shape Shifters [CA23]

Thu, Apr 2, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Practice using symmetry while shifting around different shapes and patterns. Learn to transform these puzzle-like designs into mathematical tessellations. 
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Let's Make Paper [CA24]

Thu, Apr 16, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Learn about the history of papermaking and then get messy while making your own fiber sheets using pulp and natural materials.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Land of Illustrators [CA25]

Thu, Apr 23, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Focusing on landscape elements, read stories and explore techniques found in well-known children’s books. Create your own images inspired by these illustrated scenes.
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Stylin' Still Life [CA26]

Thu, Apr 30, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Explore still life compositions and painting styles by famous French artists like Van Gogh and Manet. Discuss shapes, contrast, and complementary colors to use in vibrant still life paintings. 
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Express Yourself! [CA27]

Thu, May 7, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Learn about the abstract expressionist movement and make your mark by creating your own action paintings. 
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Is it Art? [CA28]

Thu, May 14, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Discover how art can serve a purpose. Check out the handcrafted buckles and brooches in the Art Nouveau collection and then return to the studio to create your own functional artworks!
$20 (VMFA members $18)


Plein Air Painting [CA29]

Thu, May 21, 4:15 – 6 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 8 | Experience impressionist-style painting en plein air (in the open air). While painting what you see outside, focus on color theory and brushstrokes.
$20 (VMFA members $18)