Early Childhood Art Classes

Registration Information

Summer 2024 Classes & Programs

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

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Fall 2024 Classes & Programs

Registration for VMFA Members

To accommodate the high demand, members-only registration for the following categories will begin as noted:

Studio School and Art History Classes (ages 16+)

Tue, Aug 6 | 8 am (online or by phone) or 10 am (in person)

Teen and All Children’s Classes

Wed, Aug 7 | 8 am (online or by phone) or 10 am (in person)

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

Registration for Nonmembers

Nonmember registration for all classes begins Tue, Aug 13 | 8 am (online or by phone) or 10 am (in person)

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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.

For children 3 months–5 years

In the VMFA’s Early Childhood Education programs, infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children discover the world around them through playing, singing, exploring, and creating. Held throughout VMFA’s campus, these programs supports a child’s natural sense of wonder and curiosity, and promote self-expression and social development. Register online or phone 804.340.1405. Note: Classes are nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to another class. Be sure to mark your calendars.

Early childhood programs are generously supported by the Bob and Anna Lou Schaberg Foundation.

Artsy Infants


Ages 3–14 months

Artsy Infants

Wee Kids Workshop

It’s never too soon to introduce your child to art. Enjoy rhyming activities, a tour for accompanying adults, simple stories in the galleries, and safe art activities in the studio to experience the museum with your baby.

Class Schedule



Ages 15–30 months

Tots of Art

Wee Kids Workshop

Foster children’s growing mobility with new sensory and fine motor experiences. Stimulate their budding curiosity through singing and movement activities, engaging stories, exploratory art experiences, and gallery walks. Monthly themes; different lessons weekly.

Class Schedule

Young @ Art


Ages 2 ½–5 years

Young @ Art

Wee Kids Workshop

Innovative art lessons inspire imagination, individuality, and creativity. Join us for hands-on experiential play and arts activities, exciting gallery tours, and entertaining stories. Monthly themes; different lessons weekly.

Class Schedule

Early Childhood Camps

Ages 3–5 years
Held in June

VMFA offers camps for children under five. Students attending are encouraged to use their natural sense of wonder to explore, play and, when interested, create. The inspirational environment of the VMFA campus, and the responsive guidance of committed educators, creates an atmosphere of curiosity and discovery.

Class Schedule

Early Childhood Group Visits

Ages 4–5 years

Early Childhood group visits provide young learners with a meaningful introduction to VMFA’s rich environment and foster an early appreciation for art and self-expression.

Playdate & Create

Ages 2–5 years, accompanied by an adult
Minimum of 10 child/caregiver pairs required

Is your child and caregiver group looking for a fun and creative playdate location? Gather your group and visit VMFA. Children and caregivers will enjoy playful music and movement activities, a story time, a gallery walk, and a hands-on art activity.