Visit the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center


The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center hosts camps for children ages 3-12, workshops, as well as Boy Scout and Girl Scout programs. For more information please call 757-393-8543.


Scout Programs



Fulfill Boy Scout Badge Requirements and Cub Scout Pin Requirements for the following programs.

For more information or to schedule a Cub Scout or Boy Scout workshop, please call the Education Office at (757) 393-5258.

Art Badge: 2 Hour Program

Scouts will learn the basic design elements and principles of fine art. The artistic concepts will be fused into hands-on activities in an art classroom. Depending on the level of the program, scouts may work with charcoal, acrylic paint, watercolor, oil paint, or pen & ink. Scouts will also get a chance to tour the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, a changing exhibits gallery, in downtown Portsmouth.

Astronomy Badge: 2 Hour Program

Learn about the universe in the Beazley Planetarium at the Children’s Museum.  Depending on your program, scouts may take a tour of the solar system, discover distant galaxies, or view constellations. Scouts will also learn about astronomical tools and how to observe the stars. This workshop is a great way to prepare for night-time viewing. Each visit includes an educational planetarium show.




Little Artists
Ages 3-5

Is your child ready for an introduction to art? Tiny artists can let their imaginations run wild in this preschool-friendly arts and crafts class. This is a great way to evolve motor skills through cutting, gluing, painting, drawing and much more. Each week a new artist/technique will be introduced through guided arts and crafts project increasing visual literacy for your child. Bring your creative wee one and leave the mess with us. Children can be dropped off and picked up at the end of the hour.

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Dates: January 13th- February 17th, Tuesdays
Times: 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Registration Period: December 1, 2014-January 9, 2015
Tuition: $50/student members, $55/student non-members

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Emerging Artists
Ages 7-12

Students create masterpieces through an introduction to art history and artist technique. Projects reflect lessons ranging from Prehistoric cave paintings to Modern art and everything in between. This is a great opportunity to explore a variety of media including printmaking, sculpting, painting, drawing, mosaics, collage and much more.

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Dates: January 15th- March 5th, Thursdays
Times: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Registration: December 1, 2014-January 9, 2015
Tuition: $65/student members, $70/student non-members

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Smorgasbord Saturdays
Ages 3-5

Dress for a mess as we explore science and art in this one-hour session. Be prepared for fizz or paint, slime or clay- a new surprise for each class. Classes are held the third Saturday of the month, February-May.

Location: Children's Museum of Virginia
Feb. 21; Mar 21; Apr. 18; May 16
Time: 9:30-10:30am
Registration Deadline: RSVP two weeks prior to class
Tuition: Free for members, $7/Student for non-members (this fee includes museum admission)

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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.