Visit the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center


The Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center offers classes, camps and workshops for youth and adults throughout the year.


Classes & Camps




Instructor: Randy McKinney
Every last Sunday of the month through October from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Annex

Participants will get first-hand experience sculpting living trees, dwarfed by potting and wiring.  Randy McKinney will guide participants with information needed to start and succeed in bonsai.  Mr. McKinney has been winning distinguished awards for his amazing trees, including Best In Show from the Virginia Bonsai Society and the International Bonsai Club Award of Excellence, both in 2012.  He’s been teaching bonsai for ten years and growing bonsais since 1975, with some trees in his collection reaching over 40 years old.  The cost for each class is $40.  Participants will need to bring their own trees and tools.  Please call 757 393-8543 to register.




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.

NOTES OF NATURE: Drawing Workshop

Art Instructor: Suzanne Stryk
Saturday, October 14, 2017, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Suzanne Stryk’s collective body of work is on display at the museum in the exhibit Notes on the State of Virginia (see the section on Exhibits).   The workshop begins at PACC where Stryk will share her techniques for quick-sketching, followed by a trip to Paradise Creek Nature Center where participants will journal their own art while immersed in nature.  Enhancing observation and recording experiences will be the goal of this seminar.  Students should bring a bag lunch, 5”x8” sketchbook, kneaded eraser, and pencils.  Naturalistic specimens will be provided but students are welcome to bring their own.  The cost is $50 ($45 for members).  Class size is limited to 15.  To register, call 757 393-8543 or online.



Yoga in the Courtyard

Continuing every Saturday, 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Instructor: Neve

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.