Summer Camps for Ages 7–9

A girl draws during a studio class.Five-day camps run Jul 4 – Aug 26
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!

Download Programs Info and Emergency Form.

Note: Upon registration, VMFA will send a confirmation to the email address you use in your registration. Please review the information carefully as it provides further details about the program and the student emergency form, which should be submitted on the first day of camp. It is important that caregivers understand all rules, policies, and procedures including drop-off and pick-up procedures, food regulations, studio conduct, and VMFA’s cancellation policy.

Connect-a-Camp: For students enrolled in both morning and afternoon youth camps, this program provides supervised activities such as drawing in the galleries and playing games as well as supervision during lunch. Students are required to bring bagged lunches from home. Click here for availability.

Class Schedule


[C1] Crafty Cultures

Mon–Fri, Jul 4–8, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center
Angele Fernandez
Ages 7–9 | Be inspired by the ingenuity of cultures from around the world and create works similar to coil baskets from early America, instruments from Africa, and other fine craft objects throughout the museum
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C4] Principles of Painting

Mon–Fri, Jul 4–8, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center
Anna Showers-Cruser
Ages 7–9 | From still life to abstract painting, try out a wide range of techniques, mediums, and brushes to achieve different effects in finished works.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C5] Architecture & Design

Mon–Fri, Jul 11–15, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center
Christine Mingus
Ages 7–9 | Explore architectural design and engineering with emphasis on dome construction. Inspired by past and present structures, work on dome creations—both in collaboration with classmates and on your own—using a variety of interesting materials.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C8] Drawing Studio

Mon–Fri, Jul 11–15, 1–4 pm| Art Education Center
Tiffany Glass Ferreira
Ages 7–9 | Develop personal style, boost artistic confidence, and improve skills in drawing. Learn more about composition, lighting, and perspective, and experiment with a variety of tools and papers.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C14] Ancient Art Studio

Mon–Fri, Jul 18–22, 1–4 pm| Art Education Center
Dan Kaczka
Ages 7–9 | Experience the wonders of the ancient world. Inspired by Olympic sports, royal emperors, and the everyday life of early civilizations, make clay vessels, royal attire, and more.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C16] Passport to Art

Mon–Fri, Jul 25–29, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center
Anna Showers-Cruser
Ages 7–9 | Take a trip through a different gallery each day, celebrating works from Asia to the Americas. Improve your artistic skills through culturally inspired decorative and functional arts.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C19] Art without Limits

Mon–Fri, Jul 25–29, 1–4 pm| Art Education Center
J. Parker
Ages 7–9 | Experiment with nontraditional processes in drawing, painting, and mixed media. Activities include gesture drawings, abstract renderings, and altering books to make creative works of art. This camp is extra messy; students are encouraged to wear old clothes!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C24] Plaster Masters

Mon–Fri, Aug 1–5, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center
Dan Kaczka
Ages 7–9 | Transform your artistic ideas into unique sculptures and designs. With planning and preparation, build objects using recycled material and plaster. Finish them with colorful paints and patterns.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C26] The Art of Native Americans

Mon–Fri, Aug 8–12, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center
Mary Swezey
Ages 7–9 | Through hands-on art activities and gallery explorations, learn about the first peoples of America—their traditions, cultures, and regard for the natural world.
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C27] Drawing in the Galleries

Mon–Fri, Aug 8–12, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center
Tiffany Glass Ferreira
Ages 7–9 | Discover lines, shapes, and textures found in works by master artists throughout the museum. With helpful tips and techniques, draw from observation as you create your own artworks
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C34] Me & Modern Art

Mon–Fri, Aug 15–19, 1–4 pm | Art Education Center
Shannon Brady
Ages 7–9 | From drawing and painting to mixed-media explorations, discover unique materials and methods used by modern and contemporary artists in the galleries and try your hand at similar techniques
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C35] Brickworkz Art

Mon–Fri, Aug 22–26, 9 am–noon | Art Education Center
Brian Korte
Ages 7–9 | Working with friends, construct a two-dimensional mosaic mural using LEGO® tiles and some cool math formulas! Also, make your own mini-mosaic to take home!
$130 (VMFA members $115)


[C38] Painting Pets & Portraits

Mon–Fri, Aug 22–26, 1–4 pm | 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)