Visit the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

PROGRAMS

The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center hosts camps for children ages 3-12, workshops, as well as Girl Scout programs. For more information please call the Education Office at
(757) 393-5258.

 

Girl Scout Programs

 

 

For more information about our Girl Scout badge offerings, please call the Education Office at (757) 393-5258.

 

Camps

 

Camps for 3-5 Year Olds

Minimum 4 campers, Maximum 10 campers
Cost per camper: $50/members or $55/non members

Move and Groove

Jump, dance, and wiggle as you explore the joy of movement and music! Try yoga, Zumba, and even play with a parachute as you discover different types of music, while learning to creatively express yourself.
Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: June 20-24, 10-11 am

Things that Go

Explore all kinds of things that go Vroom! Make cars and boats, play with trains and explore the science of things the move! See a special presentation of our train display and explore the traveling exhibit, Amusement Park Science.
Location: Children’s Museum of VA
Dates: June 27-July 1, 1-2 pm

Art Under the Sea

Little artists spend three days creating art using the ocean and all of its wondrous creatures as inspiration. This is a great way to evolve motor skills through cutting, gluing, painting, drawing and much more.
Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Dates: July 6-8, 9:30-11:30 am

Camps for 6-8 Year Olds

Minimum 4 campers, Maximum 15 campers
Campers can sign up for a half day session or both morning and afternoon sessions to make a full day (9 am – 4 pm, campers bring their own lunch – lunch supervision provided.)
Members: $65 half day, $135 full day
Non Members; $70 half day, $145 full day

Art Explorers I

Explore the beautiful and fascinating world of ancient Japan through hands on art projects. Learn about the art of calligraphy, try gyotaku, and explore Japanese pottery, printmaking and painting.
Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Dates: June 20-24, 9 am-noon

LEGO camp with Play-Well TEKnologies

NOTE: This is a specialty camp led by Play-Well, and therefore has a different fee – $130 for the week. This camp can be added to the morning session for a full day camp for an additional $65 or $70.
Power up your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and thousands of LEGO®! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as the Battletrack! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and experienced students to engineer at the next level.
Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: June 20-24, 1-4 pm

Thrill Seekers

Explore the science of roller coasters, and build engineering marvels. Campers will make things spin, roll, turn and rock. Each camp day includes carnival-themed games, group challenges, model-building and more. Time will also be spent exploring the museum and the current traveling exhibit, “Amusement Park Science.”
Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 11-15, 9 am – Noon

STEM Studio Camp

Spend a week immersed in STEM – engineering and problem solving challenges, the science of flight, the technology of 3D printing, tinkering with Little Bits circuits, and making your own boom box.
Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 11-15, 1-4 pm

Time Travelers: History-style

Embark on an 18th Century adventure! Do you have what it takes to train like a British Soldier, be ready at a moment’s notice like a minute man, or serve as one of General George Washington’s spies? Test your colonial life skills and visit local Revolutionary War sites.
Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 18-22, 9 am – noon

EnviroCraft Camp

Campers will get hands-on experience crafting with a variety of recyclable materials to create fun and useful objects for everyday life.
Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Dates: July 18-22, 1-4 pm


Camps for 9-12 Year Olds

Minimum 4 campers, Maximum 15 campers
Campers can sign up for a half day session or both morning and afternoon sessions to make a full day (9 am – 4 pm, campers bring their own lunch and lunch supervision provided.)
Members: $65 half day, $135 full day
Non Members; $70 half day, $145 full day

Creative Thunder Drums

This camp will teach the tradition of West African Mandingue djembe (jim-bay) and dunun (due-noon) drumming by using silly-syllabic expressions and fun math to teach simple rhythm patterns.
Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: June 27-July 1, 9 am-noon

Masterpiece Medley

Campers will have the opportunity to discover their inner artist through an introduction to the Old Masters. Spend the week learning about European artists and their techniques from before, during and after the Renaissance. Techniques explored include painting, printmaking and sculpture.
Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Dates: June 27-July 1, 1-4 pm

The Stars and Beyond

Discover the expansiveness of our universe that can be found by observing the night sky and exploring celestial objects. Visit the planetarium, explore constellations, and learn about the compositions of other planets as we delve into the mysteries of our galaxy and beyond.
Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 25-29, 9 am -noon

Art Explorers II

Emerging artists will examine folk art of the Americas. Folk art techniques to be explored include painting, weaving, and metal work as well as a look into the customs and traditions of the cultures that created them.
Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Dates: July 25-29, 1-4 pm

Wreck-a-Sketch

Campers will assemble their own sketchbooks and transform each page into a unique art piece that will challenge their creativity and encourage artistic exploration.
Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Dates: Aug 1-5, 9 am -noon

Detective Science

Step into the shoes of a detective – uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis. Discover how detectives use science to uncover the mysteries of a crime. Solve different types of cases using clues and conduct biotechnology experiments dealing with forensics, investigation, fingerprinting and more.
Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: Aug 1-5, 1-4 pm


Camps For 13-15 Year Olds

Members and Nonmembers, $85

Write it out

Experiment with different literary forms, on and off the page from poetry and short fiction to book arts and comic books. Students will learn to critique the work of others, and to perform and present their own work.
Location: Portsmouth Community Colored Library Museum
Dates: June 20-24, 1-4 pm


Workshops

 

 

Workshops and Gallery Talks may require advance registration and fees. Be sure to review each event for details. Contact us at 757-393-8543 for additional information.

 

 

 

saturday
JUNE 4

Presentation: 1:30 pm
Poetry Reading: 5 pm

 

First Saturday: Guest Artist & Poetry Readings

From the Mountain Tops: Mining and the Loss of Appalachian Natural Resources -Illustrated Presentation by Photographer Carl Galie

Eco Ekphrasis: Poems by Mary Jean Kledzik on Art & the Environment

All of this day’s programming will highlight the exhibit Vanishing Beauty, featuring the work of artists addressing concerns for nature and conservation. Photos by North Carolina photographer Carl Galie are featured in this show. He will present his documentation of mountaintop removal and its impact on our nation’s resources.

Originally from the West Virginia coalfields, Galie began his dream in 1986 to protect the beauty of nature through art photography. In August 2010 he was awarded the first Art for Conservation Grant for his work on conservation issues.

This event is free and open to the public as well as an evening event of "poetry read by Mary Jean Kledzik and local writers" who have created poems based on artworks in Vanishing Beauty.



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400 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 · 757-393-8543
Mailing Address: 521 Middle Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704
The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, housed in the 1846 Courthouse, is devoted to offering quality educational, cultural and aesthetic experiences in the arts through rotating visual art exhibits, lectures, classes and performances.