Summer Camps for Ages 5 – 6

A group of children sits in front of a work of art in the gallery.Five-day camps run Jul 7 – Aug 29
Mon – Fri, 9 am – noon or 1 – 4 pm
Meet in the MWV Art Education Center
$130 per camp (VMFA members $115)

Experience adventures in art, culture, and creativity in VMFA’s studios and galleries! Art camps are carefully tailored to your child’s specific age group and taught by professional artists and educators. Each camp provides access to quality supplies and a world-renowned art collection, inspiring young artists to create, learn, grow, imagine, and have fun! Youth programs correlate with the Virginia Standards of Learning.

Note: Upon registration, VMFA will email you the forms required for the camps along with detailed information about Summer Art Adventures. It is important that caregivers review and understand all policies and procedures pertaining to Summer Art Adventures, including drop-off and pick-up procedures, food regulations, studio conduct, and VMFA’s cancellation policy.

Connect-a-Camp: This program provides supervision between camps, which allows time for lunch and daily activities such as drawing in the galleries, reading, playing games. Click here for availability.

Class Schedule


Museum Treasure Hunt [C21]

Mon – Fri, Aug 4 – 8, 9 am – noon | Art Education Center
Sherri Smith
Ages 5 – 6 | Search the museum for inspiration in creating your own Art Nouveau belt buckles, Egyptian charms, and other exciting artifacts.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


I Love Textiles [C25]

Mon – Fri, Aug 11 – 15, 9 am – noon | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey
Ages 5 – 6 | Discover how fabrics are used in fine arts throughout the VMFA galleries and then receive basic instructions for weaving, silk painting, stamping, and stenciling.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Beginning Painting [C27]

Mon – Fri, Aug 11 – 15, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
Lori Valente Coffey
Ages 5 – 6 | This camp puts the fun in fundamentals of painting! Find inspiration in the lines, shapes, and colors found in contemporary paintings, and then use these elements in your own paintings.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Colors of the Season [C30]

Mon – Fri, Aug 18 – 22, 9 am – noon | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey
Ages 5 – 6 | Enjoy painting and collaging warm landscapes and cool seascapes, while learning about colors and seasons. 
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Dance into Art [C33]

Mon – Fri, Aug 18 – 22, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
Natalie Barisano
Ages 5 – 6 | View artworks that depict movement and dance, such as Edgar Degas’s Little Dancer. Then participate in movement exercises, group activities, music making, story time, and creating colorful collages. 
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Sensory Studio [C35]

Mon – Fri, Aug 25 – 29, 9 am – noon | Art Education Center
Dan Sheets
Ages 5 – 6 | Experience art through sight, sound, and touch while learning about colors, shapes, lines, and textures. Students enjoy painting to music, drawing with their eyes closed, and most importantly, using their imaginations! 
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Picture This... [C38]

Mon – Fri, Aug 25 – 29, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey
Ages 5 – 6 | While gathering inspiration from talented authors and illustrators like Eric Carle and Dr. Seuss, explore a new story, style, and art technique each day. Make colorful collages, creative characters, and much more!
$130 (VMFA members $115)