Art History Classes

Registration Information

Winter/Spring 2024 Classes & Programs

Registration for VMFA Members & Non-members is currently underway online, by phone, and in person.

Questions: 804.340.1405

Explore the Winter/Spring 2024 Classes & Programs Brochure


Summer 2024 Classes & Programs

Registration for Members

To accommodate the high volume of enrollment, members-only registration for the following categories will begin as noted below:

Tue, Apr 9 | 8 am
Studio School and Adult Art History Classes

Wed, Apr 10 | 8 am
Early Childhood Classes & Camps (age 5 and under), Kids Studio Classes (ages 5–12), and Teen Summer Classes (ages 13–17)

VMFA members have the first chance to register for classes. Not a member? Join today.

Registration for Non-members

Tue, Apr 16 | 8 am
Non-member registration for all classes begins


In need of assistance? Visitor Services is available by phone 804.340.1405 starting at 8 am
or in-person at the museum starting at 10 am on registration days.

VMFA Art History Classes provide adult audiences with the opportunity to investigate the history of art through dynamic and interactive lectures, gallery visits and discussions. For ages 16 and over.

[65] Seeing Sound

Tue, Mar 5, 12,19, 26, 1–2 pm (4 sessions) | Founder's Conference Room
Dr. Susan Glasser, Secretary, Public Art Commission

Writing makes sound visible. It’s also one of civilization’s earliest technologies, allowing humans to communicate across continents, through time, and even beyond the grave. Using works on view throughout the Museum, this course will dip into an eclectic assortment of cultural artifacts related to the history of writing, including the Egyptian Book of the Dead, a Mayan vessel, Chinese inkstones, Russian gum pots, an African writing tablet, an Indian talismanic shirt, European writing
accoutrements, 21st-century neon, and more.

$80 (VMFA members $65)

[67] Samurai Armor 101

Tue, May 7, 1–2:30 pm (1 sessions) | Reynolds Lecture Hall
LI JIAN, VMFA E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Curator of East Asian Art
LULAN YU, VMFA Education Programs Manager

This class offers a glimpse into the life and culture of the elite Japanese warriors known as samurai. Students will have the opportunity to learn the history of the samurai through a closer look at select armor, weapons, and accoutrements, used for both battle and ceremonies, from Samurai Armor
from the Collection of Ann and Gabriel Barbier-Mueller, a special exhibition on view at VMFA from Apr 20 through Aug 4, 2024. The first hour will be a lecture in Reynolds Lecture Hall,
and the class will conclude with a walkthrough of the special exhibition. 

$40 (VMFA members $35)