Visit the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center

PROGRAMS

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.

Camps

 

 

Camps for 3-5 Year Olds

Minimum 4 campers
Maximum 10 campers

Cost per camper: $40/members or $45/non members

Registration deadline is two weeks prior to each camp.

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Get Fit

Have fun with games and activities to get a little camper’s feet moving and heart pumping.  Participants will play animal relay games, complete an obstacle course, and dance their way to healthier bodies.

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 7-11
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.

Wizard of Oz

Explore the world of Oz with Dorothy and friends through art, activities, and hands-on interactions.  Dress up like one of the characters; make a clay heart and brain; mix-match animal bodies to create a new species; and explore the “Wizard of Oz” traveling exhibit.  

Location:
Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: August 4-8
Time: 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.


 

Camps for 6-8 Year Olds

Campers can register for an individual half day camp or both AM and PM camps to make a full day. Campers must provide their own lunch.

Cost per camper: Half day $65/members or $70/non members
Full day $135/members or $145/non members

Registration deadline is two weeks prior to each camp.

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Art Explorers

Explore the fascinating and mysterious world of ancient Egypt through hands on art projects.  Decipher hieroglyphs; create Egyptian sculptures, design pyramids and much more!

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Dates: July 7-11
Time: 9:00 am - Noon

Silly and Slimy Science

This camp is all about learning to launch, making mixtures and cool concoctions that are fun and fizzy.  Get gross with glue and other gooey experiments.

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 7-11
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Up in the Sky and Beyond

Look beyond our world to seek out the secrets of the planets.  Create weather in a jar, constellation stories, and launch rockets.

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 21-25
Time: 9:00 am - Noon

Ancient Worlds

Step into a world of artifacts and discover the secrets of ancient cultures.  Unfold the mysteries of the past by handling artifacts, simulating digs, and exploring ancient cultures.  Get geared up!

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 21-25
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Trains, Trucks, Ships

This week is a hustle and bustle of activity as we explore transportation. Visit the Lightship Portsmouth, practice mapping, and create some trucks, trains, and ships to take home.

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: August 4-8
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Art of Reuse

Recycle, Up-Cycle, Re-purpose! Investigate the many ways we can convert trash into treasure, junk into jewels, and garbage into gorgeous. Campers will learn about the importance of reducing waste products all while tapping into their creative vision. 

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Dates: August 4-8
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

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Camps for 9-12 Year Olds

Campers can register for an individual half day camp or both AM and PM camps to make a full day. Campers must provide their own lunch.

Cost per camper: Half day $65/members or $70/non members
Full day $135/members or $145/non members

Registration deadline is two weeks prior to each camp.

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DIY Day Camp

Try your hand at creating a catapult and other toys; discover the many uses of Duct Tape; and learn how to work with leather and other exciting materials. Explore the opportunities that Do It Yourself has to offer.  

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: June 23-27
Time: 9:00 – 12:00 pm

Eclectic Art

Campers will have the opportunity to explore their inner artist through a variety of artistic media. This fine arts sampler includes painting, working with clay, collage, introductory printmaking, and much more.

Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Dates: June 23-27
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Fun with Food

Explore some of the fun, exciting and healthy things you can do with food. Discover new recipes, create and sample healthy snacks and build your own personal cookbook throughout the week.

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 14-18
Time: 9:00 am - Noon

Wizarding World

Discover science, art and history existing in famous magical literature like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson and more. Make chemical reactions with potions, play games on broomsticks, and discover the folklore behind your favorite magical characters.

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 14-18
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm

Artist (altered) Book Project

Young artists will spend a week creating a masterpiece, their very own artist book. Each day they will be challenged to add to their altered books with a new theme. Artists can use a variety of techniques and media to complete each daily project.

Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Dates: July 28- August 1
Time: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Spies and Secrets

Discover the world through the eyes of spies and detectives.  Learn forensic science and extract DNA, crack secret codes and invisible inks, and use real detective tools and knowledge to crack a case!

Location: Children’s Museum of Virginia
Dates: July 28 – August 1
Time:1:00-4:00 pm

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Camps for 13-15 Year Olds


Build a Drum, Beat a Drum

Campers will be immersed in West African drumming as they construct and tune their own djembe drum and learn basic hand strikes to create standard rhythms.  After personal touches are added, campers will perform a drum circle performance for parents and leave with their drums.

Location: Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center
Dates: July 14-18
Time: 1:00-4:00 pm
Cost: $150 per student
Registration deadline: June 23

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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.