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 the Education Office at
(757) 393-5258.


Scout Programs



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


Art Classes



Little Artists - Ages 3-5 (6 weeks)

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: Sept. 16 - Oct. 21 (Wednesdays)
Times: 10 - 11 am
Registration Period: Aug.1-Sept. 2
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, sculpting, painting, drawing, and much more.

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Dates: Sept 17 - Nov 5 (Thursdays)
Times: 1 -3 pm
Registration: Aug.1 - Sept. 3
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, September thru November.

Location: Children's Museum of Virginia Dates: Sept. 19; Oct 17; Nov 21
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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and More



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.



5:00 - 8:00 pm

Exhibit Reception: Virginia Earth - Ceramic Art

First Friday - Free Admission

From large scale sculptures to utilitarian craft art, the exhibit offers a look at the wealth of ceramic arts created in Virginia. This exhibit is offered in collaboration with Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center who will also feature ceramic craft art.

REFLECTIONS: Mark Chatterly & Alexey Terenin

Two artists from opposite sides of the world are brought together to share their explorations on the modern human condition. Mark Chatterly from Michigan invites the viewer to join him on a journey to explore man’s odyssey from birth to death.

Alexey Terenin, from Prague and Moscow, utilizes the heritages of these two distinct cities to create a language of symbols and environments that is reminiscent of past histories.

Alexey Terenin "The Travelers" Oil on linen at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center, Virginia


1:30 pm

John Jessiman, co-curator of the exhibit Virginia Earth: Ceramic Art will share insights on ceramic art and featured artists on display at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

From This Earth - Gallery Talk and Presentation
with John Jessiman

For this presentation, John Jessiman, co-curator of the exhibit Virginia Earth: Ceramic Art will share insights on ceramic art and featured artists whose work is on display. Jessiman is founder and director of the Club Creek Foundation located in Appomattox, Virginia. Cub Creek promotes the art of clay in this great Commonwealth. For over fifty years, John has been involved creating, teaching, and presenting ceramic art both nationally and internationally. This is an excellent opportunity for all, especially those interested in ceramics.

The program and exhibit admission is free and open to the public.

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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.