Visit the Portsmouth Art and Cultural Center


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


Holiday Programs



Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Fridays, November 24, 3:00-8:00 p.m.  December 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Saturdays, November 25 and December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sundays, November 26 and December 3, 10, 17, 24, 1:00 -5:00 p.m.

Among the many activities included with admission to the Winter Wonderland holiday showcase is a face painting artist, Gwen Mason of Picture Perfect Faces, who (at listed dates and times) will transform children’s cheeks into glittery seasonal pictures of snowflakes and snowmen. 


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Saturdays, November 25 and December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon

After seeing the Winter Wonderland exhibit, visitors may visit the Holiday Gift Shop and Art Annex to decorate cookies.  Not only are these cookies deliciously flavored with seasonal spices and sweetness, they are covered with a thin icing that visitors can use as a template for drawing and coloring.  The amazing markers provided are bright and vivid, and don’t worry, they are made with edible ink from natural food dyes!


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and Art Annex
Saturdays, November 25 and December 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 12:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Sundays, November 26 and December 3, 10, 17, 24, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
*Hours between Christmas and New Year’s:
Tuesday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Creativity is all around us. This holiday season people with a knack for art or a wish for making crafts can enhance their experience with an easy and fun activity after seeing the Winter Wonderland display. 


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center and Art Annex

Tuesdays-Thursdays 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fridays-Saturdays 9:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Sundays 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Children’s imaginations will let them create with blocks and toys, allowing them to build a construction of their choice in our winter building zone.


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Fridays, November 24 and December 1, 8, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Free for visitors to the Winter Wonderland Coleman Collection –celebrate the wonders of winter with a simple and fun snowflake craft!  Twist and turn some pipe cleaners with artist Leslie Renn to make a cool snowflake decoration for your window or to give to someone you love. 


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Saturday, November 25, 4:00-8:00 p.m. & Saturday, December 16, 5:00-8:00 p.m.

To highlight the season’s first few weeks, Winter Wonderland ticketholders can partake in an activity where they paint on glass.  The glass ornaments offer a unique and eye-catching surface onto which participants can color their own designs using a special paints that adhere to the smooth surface of glass. 


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Saturdays, December 2 & 9, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Pictures capture memories, and when they are done by an artist these memories are worth even more. Folks who come to Winter Wonderland can meet local caricature artist Wayne Snead who will enhance visitor’s memory banks for years by quick-drawing them as animated cartoons. 


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Fridays, December 15, 22 & 29, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

Capture the essence of holiday icons using simple paper-folding methods to render Santa ornaments, wreaths, dreidels, and other seasonal imagery.  These techniques will be taught by Rich Gray –an expert in this traditional Japanese art form, which began as a form of greeting card.  Origami decorations can festoon the home and make great additions to packages and presents.


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Saturdays, December 23, 30, 4:00-8:00 p.m.

The unique technique of airbrush painting is a fun experience to try for folks visiting the Coleman Collection.  Local art teacher Bill Tippit will guide ticketholders in this art activity to create their own Winter Wonderland scenes.



Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Thursday, December 28 and Friday, December 29, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

Freeze the fun with family and friends during the last few days of December by saying “cheese” into the camera of our photo-booth.  This picture-taking feature is included with tickets to Winter Wonderland, and provides instant gratification as your smiling faces are printed in a strip of small photographs.


Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center
Saturday, December 9, 3:00-4:00 p.m. and 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Saturday, December 23, 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-2:00 p.m.

Friends and families who come to Winter Wonderland at these times can enjoy free Celtic fiddle music performed live.  Portsmouth’s own Colin McGlynn is eleven and has already performed overseas, winning first place awards in Virginia and third place nationally.  He and his friend Sean Heely, who has placed first nationally will fill the space with wonderful music.


Classes & Camps



Storytime Art (ages 3 – 5)

Fridays, October 27, November 3, 10 & 17, 2017
10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Instructor: Leslie Renn
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Parents and children will gather to listen to a story, read by the instructor Leslie Renn, connecting the participants with the work of artists and their art. Following the story, children will have time to create their own art based on the narrative they’ve just heard. There is no cost but we ask that you please register by calling 757 393-8543.





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.

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.