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


Color Me Glad[EA1]

Thu, Jun 18, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | 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)


Silly Smiles [EA2]

Thu, Jun 25, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Discuss the development of your baby's personality and self-awareness, view expressive portraits, and make faces to express different emotions in the galleries. Watch babies delight while creating a painting in the studio.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


It All Makes Sense [EA3]

Thu, Jul 23, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | While caregivers discuss the developing five senses, babies discover the world around them by playing with instruments, texture samples, and more in the galleries and studios.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Music Makers [EA4]

Thu, Jul 30, 11 am – noon | Art Education Center
Ages 3 – 13 months, advance registration required | Watch your infant's eyes light up as you sing, play musical instruments, and view musically themed works in the galleries. Afterward, create a melody-inspired masterpiece in the studio.
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)


Fuzzy Friends [EA5]

Thu, Aug 20, 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 to create animal art of your own!
$10 per baby/adult pair (VMFA members $8)