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
Animal Statuary from the Collection
Sunday, January 24
Lions and tigers and bears? Maybe not. This month ceramic sculptor Aimee Hunt will lead children in an exploration of animal sculpture from the Museum’s Cypriot and Pre-Columbian collections. After a discussion of gesture in the figure and an introduction to clay handbuilding techniques, both children and adults will use Virginia clay to construct their own animals.
Ritual and Tradition:
Understanding Chinese Sculpture
Sunday, February 21
Participants view the Treasures Rediscovered exhibition, learn about the gestures of Buddha and the role of these objects in Chinese culture, and then create their own carved sculptures from synthetic stone.
Fourth Annual Flower Creations
Sunday, April 18
Floral interpretation of artworks is a growing pastime in this region, and this Family Art JAM is timed to coincide with the annual "Flowers Interpret Art" event in the Museum. Intern Sarah West guides children in an exploration the line, shape, light, color, and movement in pieces from the Museum’s new exhibition, Highlights from the Collection: From Rodin to Warhol. Children then choose their favorite artwork, and use fresh flowers to create a floral interpretation of their own.
Special for Architecture Week
Kid’s Day: Workshop
Design and build your own Academical Village
Sunday, April 25, 1-3 pm only and this event is free
Do you want to be an architect when you grow up? 5-8 year olds (and your parents) are invited to spend an afternoon with local architects learning about basic concepts and ideas used by Jefferson in designing U.Va. Then, put those concepts to work and create your own Academical Village out of cardboard, paper, and other recycled materials
Sunday, May 6
Children look at several African masks from the Museum’s collection, and talk about the materials and processes used to make them, as well as the ritual and meaning behind the masks. We then use sculpting wax, shells, beads, and raffia to create our own stylized masks.
Artwork by young artists
These images were made by young artists participating in the March 29 Family Art JAM, Printmaking and Lines: Exploring the Matisse, Picasso, and Modern Art in Paris Exhibition.
Georgia by Luka, age 8
Hannah by Jane, age 6
Jane by Maya, age 5