Early Childhood Art Classes

In VMFA’s Early Childhood Education programs, infants, toddlers, and preschool age children discover the world around them through playing, singing, exploring, and creating. Held in the classroom, galleries, and studio, these programs foster children’s development, early literacy, autonomy, and decision-making skills. Register online or phone 804.340.1405.

Early Childhood Programs are generously sponsored by the Hearst Foundation and the Emily S. and Coleman A. Hunter Charitable Trust.

For children 3 months–5 years

Note: Classes are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Be sure to mark your calendars.

Artsy Infants

Artsy Infants

Ages 3–13 months
Select Mondays, 11 am–noon

It’s never too soon to introduce your child to art. Enjoy rhyming activities, a tour for accompanying adults, simple stories in the galleries, and safe art activities in the studio to experience the museum with your baby.

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Tots of Art

Tots of Art

Ages 14–30 months
Select Thursdays, 11 am–noon

Tots of Art fosters children’s growing mobility with new sensory and fine motor experiences. Stimulate their budding curiosity through singing and movement activities, engaging stories, exploratory art experiences, and gallery walks. Monthly themes; different lessons weekly.

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Young @ Art

Young @ Art

Ages 2 ½–5 years
Tue and Wed, 11 am – noon

Innovative art lessons inspire imagination. individuality, and creativity! Join Ms. Lori for hands-on experiential play and arts activities, exciting gallery tours, and entertaining stories. Monthly themes; different lessons weekly.

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Children creating art in the studio

Wee-Kids Workshops

Ages 10 months–5 years
Select Saturdays, 10:30–noon

Children and caregivers will enjoy a relaxed atmosphere where play, arts, and movement connect. Gallery visits and studio arts foster an early appreciation for VMFA’s campus and the arts, while play, sensory and movement activities engage children’s cognitive, social, and physical development. Join us on the weekends for this NEW exciting program!

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wee-enrich

Wee-Enrich – Special Program!

Ages 18 months–5 years,
accompanied by an adult
Dec 27–29, 10:30–11:45 am

Spend your holiday break with VMFA! Engage in experiential art-and-play activities for continuity of learning from one day to the next. Following the interests of the group, you and your child will enjoy studio fun with art materials, gallery visits, movement games, and interesting stories.

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Curiosity Camps

Ages 3–5 years
Five-day camps run Jun 6–Jul 1
Mon–Fri, 9:30 am–noon

Immersed in the rich environment of VMFA, children will explore, connect, and grow, both as individuals and as part of a community of learners in these nontraditional art camps. Emphasis will be placed not only on art but also on play, music, and movement activities, and the museum grounds–all guided by the interests of the group.

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