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: $15 for one adult and 1–2 children
Non-members: $20 for one adult and 1–2 children
$5 for each additional child or adult
Quiet Tiger, Ferocious Lion: Animals from Classic to Romantic
Sunday, January 23
In this program children will explore the depiction of animals in the museum's exhibition of art from the 18th and early 19th centuries, From Classic to Romantic: British Art in and Age of Transition. After discussing the characteristics of Neo-classical and Romantic animals, children will use acrylic paint to create expressive animals of their own.
Playing with Paint: Exploring Abstract Painting
Sunday, February 27
A tour of the Museum's newest exhibition, Excavating New Ground: American Art in the 1970s will explore the large abstract pieces in the exhibition, including pieces by Larry Poons and Alice Baber. During the hands-on activity children will contribute to the creation of a large collaborative drip painting, and create their own individual abstract watercolors. Dress for mess!
The Floating Circus: Calder and Kinetics
Sundays, April 17 & April 24
Children will discuss the mobile by Alexander Calder in the Museum's entrance gallery, view films of Calder's circus performances, and create their own mobiles using sheet metal, wire, string, and other exciting materials!
Southern Photography Expedition
Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15
A tour of Southern Views/Southern Photographers will explore the use of photography in capturing mood and a sense of place. Equipped with cameras, the class will embark on an expedition through the neighborhoods surrounding the University of Virginia in search of our own vision as Southern photographers.