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.


OCT 7, 21
NOV 4, 18 DEC 2

10:30 am - 12:30 pm


Memoir Writing Class with Lisa Hartz

Everyone has a story to tell but often lack the guidance to write it down. Lisa Hartz will instruct this beginner’s writing class (no experience is necessary) for adult students who wish to celebrate and preserve memories both good and bad, using easy prompts and sharing experiences through writing. 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. Lisa has been teaching writing classes for over ten years, including previous classes at the museum.

The cost is $115 ($100 for Members). Please call 757-393-8543 to register.

OCT 18


1:30 pm

Exploring the Human Condition -
Illustrated presentaion featuring Mark Chatterley

Mark Chatterley is a ceramic sculptor from Williamstown, Michigan, who uses terms like “golden mean,” “fractals,” and “multiple universes.” His work is featured in Reflections, a two-person exhibit currently on display. As a closing event for the exhibit, Mr. Chatterley will be giving an illustrated presentation about his art and interest in these topics and how their relationship to nature, science, and math, all work together to form the perfect equation for beauty. He will discuss these theories in regards to his own art and how this continues to inspire him after 30 years of working in clay.


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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.