Artsy Infants

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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.

See our youngest visitors as they experience art for the first time, explore a variety of sensory stimuli, and playfully get to know each other and the museum in this segment which aired on WCVE in April 2014.

To determine if this class is developmentally suited for your child, please contact Lori Valente Coffey at 804.340.1343.

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

Class Schedule


[EA1] Primary Perceptions

Mon, Sep 19, 12:30–1:30 pm NEW TIME! | Art Education Center

Ages 313 months | Learn how an infant’s senses are engaged while experiencing art at VMFA. Observe your baby’s discoveries during a gallery tour, movement activities, and multisensory art experiences.

$15 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $13)
Advance registration required.


[EA2] Bonding with Baby

Mon, Sep 26, 12:30–1:30 pm NEW TIME! | Art Education Center

Ages 313 months | Explore the interaction between parents and children in works of art in the VMFA collection. Discuss your infant’s budding emotions, while singing, playing, and creating with your baby.

$15 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $13)
Advance registration required.


[EA3] Activate and Create

Mon, Oct 17, 12:30–1:30 pm NEW TIME! | Art Education Center

Ages 313 months | Focus on the development of gross-motor skills and movement in art by introducing your baby to action-filled paintings, simple parent-and-baby yoga poses, and sensory art materials.

$15 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $13)
Advance registration required.


[EA4] Wonderful Colorful You

Mon, Oct 31, 12:30–1:30 pm NEW TIME! | Art Education Center

Ages 313 months | View vibrant paintings while gaining an understanding of your baby’s visual development. This colorful class will engage and excite infants as they look, play, and paint with colors.

$15 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $13)
Advance registration required.


[EA5] Musical Me

Mon, Nov 14, 12:30–1:30 pm NEW TIME! | Art Education Center

Ages 313 months | Make some noise with bells, drums, and shakers! Discover musically themed works of art and participate in tempo-related art experiences. 

$15 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $13)
Advance registration required.


[EA6] Connection and Affection

Mon, Nov 28, 12:30–1:30 pm NEW TIME! | Art Education Center

Ages 313 months | Discuss infant social and emotional development and watch babies at play together. While viewing the exhibition Jasper Johns and Edvard Munch: Love, Loss, and the Circle of Life together, explore connections between these two artists.

$15 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $13)
Advance registration required.


[EA7] Catch My Eye

Mon, Dec 12, 12:30–1:30 pm NEW TIME! | Art Education Center

Ages 313 months | While visiting VMFA’s new Fabergé Gallery, investigate why infants and adults, too, are attracted to shiny objects. Afterward, experiment and create with eye-catching materials in the studio.

$15 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $13)
Advance registration required.