Visit the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center


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.





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.

Write Where You Are:
A Creative Writing Workshop

Fridays February 17, 24 & March 3, 10, 17, 24 - 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Lisa Hartz

Everyone who has taken a class from Lisa Hartz knows she is the best in her field. She will guide participants with cues, using photos, objects, and ideas. When ready, students will share their work in a supportive and inspiring environment. Lisa Hartz holds an MA in English Writing from Hollins University, and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. She is former Director of The Muse Writers Center in Norfolk, VA, and current Director of the Seven Cities Writers Project. The cost is $130 ($120 for Members).

Call 757-393-8543 to register. Deadline is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, February 10, 2017.


Art on a String: Kite Making Activities

Saturdays, April 8 - May 6 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m. & 3:30 p.m.

It's that time of year again, when the air is warmer and the breeze is just right for kite flying. Join us in April for Kite Month when the museum will host kite-making activities each Saturday where all ages can build and have a kite to fly at the Atlantic Coast Kite Festival at Portsmouth City Park on May 7th. (See Atlantic Coast Kite Festival for more information.) During times when kite making activities are offered, visitors may purchase kite-kits for $3-$5 each and museum staff will assist in its creation, which is both fast and fun. Markers will be available for decorating the kites so each will have their individual creation to fly. There is nothing like launching your artwork into the sky for all to see. Admission is free on First Saturdays. For information call 757-393-8543.


Yoga in the Courtyard

Saturday, April 8, 2017, and continuing every Saturday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Instructor: Neve

Starting April 8th yoga will be offered in the courtyard. Join us in nature for a yoga class for all levels and ages. No experience is required. Neve teaches alignment based hatha yoga style which focuses on safety and relaxation. Her humor and grace will have you smiling during and after class. Come stretch, build strength, practice balance and enjoy being outside! Please bring your own yoga mat to the courtyard and any other props you like to use. We practice on the bricks so if you want to double up your mat for more protection or bring a blanket feel free to do so. Updates about the class will be posted on Facebook. If it is raining we will not have class. This class is a suggested donation of $5+ dollars. No registration is required just come, stretch, strengthen and have fun!



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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.