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


It All Makes Sense [EA1]

Thu, Sep 25, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months | Our five senses help us discover the world. In the galleries and studios, babies use their senses while playing with instruments, texture samples, and more! 
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Music Makers [EA2]

Thu, Oct 16, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months | Watch what happens when your baby experiments with new sounds. Stroll through the galleries to see musical instruments in art, and then return to the studio and enjoy the experience of creating a musically inspired work of your own. 
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Color Me Glad [EA3]

Thu, Oct 23, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months | Learn why bright colors are better than pretty pastels for your baby’s eyes. Play with colored instruments, view vibrant paintings in the galleries, and create a colorful work of art. You’ll be amazed at your baby’s wide-eyed responses! 
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Parents & Paintings [EA4]

Thu, Nov 20, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months | Explore interactions between parents and children in artworks from VMFA’s collection. Sing, play, and create with your child and notice how they respond to your different actions.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Movin' and Groovin' [EA5]

Thu, Dec 18, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months | Focus on the importance of “tummy time” and movement in art. Twist, swish, and groove through the galleries in this interactive infant class.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)