Summer Camps for Ages 7 – 9

A girl draws during a studio class.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


Painting Pets & Portraits [C16]

Mon – Fri, Jul 28 – Aug 1, 9 am – noon | Art Education Center
Kendra Wadsworth
Ages 7 – 9 | See how famous artists depict their furry friends! Try your hand at painting portraits of animals and people, focusing on proportion, composition, and paint applications.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Ancient Art Studio [C17]

Mon – Fri, Jul 28 – Aug 1, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
Dan Kaczka
Ages 7 – 9 | Experience the wonders of the ancient world. Make clay vessels, royal attire, and much more, inspired by Olympic sports, royal emperors, and everyday life of early civilizations.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Architecture & Design [C20]

Mon – Fri, Aug 4 – 8, 9 am – noon | Art Education Center
Andrew Woodward
Ages 7 – 9 | Using VMFA’s building and grounds, examine architectural styles through the centuries and then design your own unique structures.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Art Without Limits [C23]

Mon – Fri, Aug 4 – 8, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
J. Parker
Ages 7 – 9 | Experiment with nontraditional applications in drawing, painting, and mixed media. Activities explore gesture drawings, abstract renderings, and altering books to make creative works of art.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Cartoons & Characters [C24]

Mon – Fri, Aug 11 – 15, 9 am – noon | Art Education Center
Saxton Moore
Ages 7 – 9 | Encouraging creativity and originality, an award-winning illustrator teaches fundamental drawing and animation techniques to develop entertaining characters. 
$130 (VMFA members $115)


The Art of Native Americans [C28]

Mon – Fri, Aug 11 – 15, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey
Ages 7 – 9 | Through hands-on art activities and gallery explorations, learn the importance of tradition, culture, and the natural world in the lives of the first peoples of America.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Brickworkz LEGO® Art [C32]

Mon – Fri, Aug 18 – 22, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
Brian Korte
Ages 7 – 9 | Collaborate with peers to construct a 2-D mosaic-style mural with LEGO® tiles, layers of opaque and translucent blocks in a monochromatic color palette, and some cool math formulas. Also make your own mini-mosaic to take home!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Brickworkz LEGO® Art [C34]

Mon – Fri, Aug 25 – 29, 9 am – noon | Art Education Center
Brian Korte
Ages 7 – 9 | Collaborate with peers to construct a 2-D mosaic-style mural with LEGO® tiles, layers of opaque and translucent blocks in a monochromatic color palette, and some cool math formulas. Also make your own mini-mosaic to take home!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


Treasures from China [C37]

Mon – Fri, Aug 25 – 29, 1 – 4 pm | Art Education Center
Anna Showers-Cruser
Ages 7 – 9 | Be inspired by the royal treasures and riches of China. Create gilded dragons, patterns on porcelain, silver-colored coins, and hanging scrolls with beautiful landscapes. 
$130 (VMFA members $115)