Programs for Children and Teens


A children's program participant from the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia holds up her finished painting.
Our children’s art programs introduce children aged six months to twelve years to Aboriginal art and the techniques used by Aboriginal artists. Programs include a hands-on project using varied media. Past art projects include printmaking, “dot” painting, constructing and painting “bark” baskets, “rock” art, photography and collaborative painting combined with storytelling. Periodically our children’s programs are offered off-site at public libraries or other venues. Check our calendar of events for upcoming children’s programs.

Visiting Aboriginal artists Susan Marrawarr, Donna Brown, Fiona Omeenyo and Silas Hobson have participated in past programs. Artists from the Charlottesville community including Fenella Belle, Lee Alter, Edith Arbaugh, Joan Soderlund, and Rosamond Casey have also led children’s art programs at the Kluge-Ruhe Collection.

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection participated in the Fralin Museum of Art’s 2012, 2013 and 2014 Early Visions programs for the Boys and Girls Club of Charlottesville.

Tots and Dots
For children aged six months to four years
First Tuesday of each month.
Registration required

Join us for this two-part early visual literacy program for children ages six months to four years. Click here to register and learn more.

Young Art Historians
The Kluge-Ruhe Collection has numerous objects about which very little is known. In this program, high school juniors and seniors are invited to help us solve the mystery of a painting by spending two afternoons at the museum observing and investigating an artwork to produce a detailed description for publication on the museum’s website. See our current events page to register for an upcoming Young Art Historian program.