Museum Studios

Last Saturday of the Month, 10am-1pm
Drop in, no registration required. FREE
Themed, docent-led mini tours of the VBMA’s exhibitions and a connected art project in the Museum Art School studios. A take-home version of the art activity will be available in limited quantities.


Following new CDC COVID-19 recommendations, which state fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear a mask or physically distance indoors or outdoors, the Museum will be updating its staff and visitor policies as follows with immediate effect:

  • Masks are recommended to be worn in the Museum for anyone aged 2+ but will not be required.
  • No temperature checks are required.

Saturday, July 31 | 10am-1pm | Summer Travel
Explore artworks on the theme of travel from the VBMA’s collection and create your own travel-themed project. Docents will be stationed throughout the museum to share information on travel-themed artworks, where you can collect passport stickers! Take home an art kit with a plane to color and fly, as well as a notebook to use for writing travel adventures. 

Saturday, August 28 | 10am-1pm | Singing in the Rain
Twirl along with umbrellas in artworks from the exhibition A Tribute to Christo and Jeanne Claude: The Tom Golden Collection and make your own related project in the Museum Art School studios.

Saturday, September 25 
10am-1pm | Practice and Process
Learning about drawings and prints as part of artists’ process of making sculpture in the VBMA’s collection. Make your own related artwork with art supplies in the Museum Art School studios.
12:30 and 1:30pm | Once Upon an Orchestra
Your child’s imagination will run wild as the story of Peter and the Wolf musically comes to life in our Once Upon an Orchestra series! Accompanied by narration from conductor, Aaron Collins, follow the tale of Peter and his animal friends, and get to know the instruments at the same time. Hear how each of the five instruments — flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and horn – play characters in the narrated fairytale. Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf tells the story of a young boy, a duck, a bird, a cat and the fearsome wolf that hides in the forest. Following this special program, join us for a chance to try out the instruments of the woodwind section, act out your favorite characters, and pose as a musician in our symphonic photo booth.

Saturday, October 30 | 10am-1pm | Fun and Games
Dolls, amusement park rides, and more! Delight in childhood entertainments in the exhibition American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum and make your own related artwork with supplies in the Museum Art School studios.

Saturday, November 27 | 10am-1pm | Storytelling in Art
Learn about some of the stories that inspired artworks from the exhibition American Perspectives: Stories from the American Folk Art Museum and create your own related artwork in the Museum Art School studios. 

There is no Museum Studios on Saturday, December 25, 2021.

Christo, The Umbrellas, Joint Project for Japan and USA, 1991 (YELLOW). Collage with pencil, yellow enamel paint, photograph by Wolfgang Volz, crayon, charcoal, ballpoint pen, and tape, 14 x 11 inches. The Tom Golden Collection, The Museum of Sonoma County, Santa Rosa, CA, 2001.51.8

Charles Carmel, Outer Row Jumper Horse, c. 1918, Paint on wood with glass jewels and glass eyes, 51 x 63 x 14 in, Collection American Folk Art Museum, New York, Gift from the collection of Larry and Gail Freels, 2020.1.4