Artsy Infants

my-first-camp_360x175It’s never too soon to introduce your infant to art! Led by Lori Valente Coffey, this unique studio program fosters sensory stimulation during the early stages of growth and development. Enjoy inspirational stroller tours, playtime learning, and experimenting with art supplies (safe for babies).

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.

Class Schedule


Silly Smiles [EA6]

Thu, Jan 22, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Discuss the development of your baby’s personality and self awareness. During your gallery tour, view expressive portraits and make faces to express different emotions in the studio.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Animal Babies [EA7]

Thu, Jan 29, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Sing your favorite animal songs, mimic mammal movements and sounds, and find inspiration in the galleries for you and your baby to create animal art of your own!
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


It All Makes Sense [EA8]

Thu, Feb 19, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Our five senses help us discover the world. In the galleries and studios, babies can learn about their senses by playing with instruments, texture samples, and more!
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Music Makers [EA9]

Thu, Feb 26, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Watch your infant’s eyes light up as we sing, explore musical instruments, and view musically themed works in the galleries. Then create a melody-inspired masterpiece.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Parents & Paintings [EA10]

Thu, Mar 26, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Explore the interaction between parents and children in artwork from VMFA's collection. Notice your own children's reactions while you sing, play, and create together.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Bright Ideas [EA11]

Thu, Apr 16, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Discuss your baby’s developing senses, observe works of art that emphasize light and contrast, and then explore vibrant colors in the studio.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Movin' & Groovin' [EA12]

Thu, Apr 23, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Focusing on the importance of building gross motor skills and movement in art, twist, swish, and groove through the galleries in this interactive infant class.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Fuzzy Friends [EA13]

Thu, May 21, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Enjoy singing your favorite songs about animals, mimicking sounds made by mammals, and creating your own fuzzy creatures like those found in the museum!
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)