Family Art JAMs combine age-appropriate tours and hands-on art projects carefully planned to make the Museum’s exhibitions accessible to young children. The introduction of new materials and techniques challenges children to think in new ways, and interactive tours help them develop the confidence to talk about art. By asking parents to serve as assistants, models, and collaborators in their children’s projects, Family Art JAMs create an enriching experience for the whole family. Reservations are required; drop-ins are permitted only if space is available. Call 434.243.2050 or email.
All Family Art JAMs are divided into the following sections:
1–3 pm: 5–7 year olds and their grownups
3–5 pm: 8–12 year olds and their grownups
Museum members: $10 for one adult and 1-2 children
Non-members: $20 for one adult and 1-2 children
$3 for each additional child or adult
An Eye for Detail:
Jefferson’s Architecture Up Close
Sunday, September 20
Portfolio of children's photographs >
Family Art JAMs combine age-appropriate tours with hands-on art projects carefully planned to make the Museum's exhibitions accessible to young children. After an introduction to the architecture of the Greeks and Romans, and the work of 16th-century Italian architect Andrea Palladio, participants will tour the Museum's exhibition, Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece, and get a firsthand look at Jefferson's drawings and plans for the University of Virginia as it took shape in the early 1800s. Following their tour of the exhibition and a lesson in the use of simple cameras, children journey to the Lawn to document their observations on a treasure hunt for architectural details in Jefferson's Academical Village.
Scary Stories & Sketching Skeletons
Sunday, October 25
Fright for the whole family! Celebrate Halloween by listening to excerpts from stories by Edward Gorey and Edgar Allan Poe, learning about positive and negative space, and drawing from the human skeleton.
Bird's Eye View:
Design Your Own Academical Village
Sunday, November 22
Local architect and builder Dan Zimmerman of Alloy Workshop uses the museum's exhibition, Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village: The Creation of an Architectural Masterpiece, to help children understand the design process. After exploring the concepts of space, function, and scale used in the Academical Village; the children will create an academical village of their own design using boxes, blocks, and props.