PROGRAMS

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

Maker Fest Portsmouth

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, September 14, 10am-4pm

Maker Fest LogoIntroduce your child to the wonderful world of design and making! Maker Fest returns to the Children’s Museum of Virginia and the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center. The event will feature a host of local artists and vendors engaging with visitors through demonstrations and activities. All of the activities and demonstrations will be included in museum admission.

Target audience: All ages

First Friday: Art Exhibition & Concert in the Courtyard

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

March – October

Join us for the Concert in the Courtyard Series sponsored by the Portsmouth Partnership, Towne Bank, and the Portsmouth Housing & Redevelopment Authority. The Series continues through October. Enjoy live music outside in the courtyard (inside the Art Annex if inclement weather) and light refreshments along with beautiful art in the galleries of the museum. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is free after 6pm.

Concert in the Courtyard Performers:

September 6: Chan Hall Smooth Jazz

October 4: Brackish Water Jamboree

For more information on exhibits, please visit http://portsmouthartcenter.com/exhibits/.

For more information about the artists performing, please visit our calendar and click on the specific day. http://portsmouthartcenter.com/event-directory/

Target audience: All ages.

Yoga in the Courtyard

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Courtyard

Every Saturday through October 2019
9-10am

Join us for a morning of outdoor Yoga hosted by Roaming Yoga of Virginia, weather permitting, in the historic courtyard. Classes may be relocated inside the Museum Galleries depending on current exhibits. Donations are welcome.

Target audience: All ages

Taking the Toll: Art for Artists’ Sake

Art Lecture Series

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Every second Thursday through October
7-8:30pm

This free event series features a cross-discipline of artists from the region who will share their artwork and personal experiences with brief presentations, Q&A, and discussion. Light refreshments and drinks are offered.

  • September 12, 2019, John Roth, ODU professor, furniture and “object maker.”
  • October 10, 2019, Cheryl White, Hampton Roads native and local art’s professional for organizations including Suffolk Art Gallery, Chrysler Museum of Art, Glass Wheel Studio, and the NEON district.

Target audience: Ages 18 and up

The Storyweavers First Saturday: Free Exhibits and Music

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, September 7

Music Performance by The Storyweavers: 10am-1pm

The exhibits on display are free and open to the public. The Storyweavers perform original songs.

Target audience: All ages

Second Saturday: Courtyard Performance

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Courtyard

Saturday, September 14, 11am-1pm

Austin Ferguson and his group will perform traditional pan Calypso music.

Target audience: All ages

First Saturday: Courtyard Performance

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, October 5, 11am-1pm

Rhythm Project performs steel pandrum music in the Courtyard.

Target audience: All ages

WORKSHOPS

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.

Through the Fire: Veteran Art Workshops

Wednesdays on September 11, and September 25 from 6-8:30pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Cost: Free for Veterans and includes all materials

In conjunction with the exhibit Through the Fire: A Group Exhibition by Women Veteran Artists, the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center offers veteran artist-led workshops for veterans. Classes include print-making, ceramics, and pour painting, with 2 classes offered for each. No prior art experience is required. Class size is limited. To register, please either call 757.393.8543 or visit the links below to register online.

Target Audience: Veterans

Pour Painting - September 11 & 25

Veteran As Artist Workshops: Group Art Therapy for Veterans

Wednesdays on August 14, August 21, and August 28 from 2:30-4pm
Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Cost: Free for Veterans

This 12-week program promotes wellness to cope with stress and life challenges.  No prior art experience is required.  This service is offered free of charge thanks to the financial support from the Virginia Department of Veteran Services, EVMS Medical Group and the EVMS Arts for Optimal Health & GATCP Programs. To register, please contact Karen Bladergroen, MS, ATR-BC, LPC by email at bladerka@evms.edu or call 757.446.5895.

Target Audience: Veterans

Micro-Memoir Creative Writing Class

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Fridays on October 4, 11, 18, and 25; November 1, 8, 15, and 22 from 10am-12pm
Cost: $170 ($160 for Portsmouth Museums members) and includes all materials

Interested in saving your memories but daunted by writing a memoir? In this 8-day class series, participants will be introduced to the short form of autobiography – small flashes of memory that dig deep in just a page or two. Collect your memories in a safe and supportive environment. Lisa Beech Hartz, author, and Director of the Seven Cities Writers Project, instructs the class. To register, click on the register online button below or call 757-393-8543. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 2.

Target Audience: Ages 18 and above

Yokai Monster Manga Class

Yokai Monster Manga: Japanese Anime Drawing

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Saturday- Monday, October 12-14 from 1-4pm
Cost: $75 ($70 for Portsmouth Museums members) and includes all materials

In this 3-day fun studio class for teens, Matthew Parker, who has traveled and taught throughout Asia, will guide students in creating their own anime themed monsters. Parents are welcome to stay. To register, click on the register online button below or call 757-393-8543. The registration deadline is Wednesday, October 2.

Target audience: Ages 11-18

Draw Your Dreams Workshop

Draw Your Dreams Workshop

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 from 3-6pm
Cost: $55 ($50 for Portsmouth Museums members) and includes all materials

In this 2-day class, instructor Matthew Parker will lead this studio class, exploring how dreams affect an artist’s work. Participants will practice easy surrealist drawing techniques, document dreams, and discuss classic psychological case studies and psychedelics with art making. To register, click on the register online button below or call 757-393-8543. The registration deadline is Friday, October 18.

Target audience: Ages 18 and above

Pour Your Heart Out: Acrylic Paint Pour Workshop

Pour Your Heart Out – Pour Painting Workshop

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex
Saturday, November 9 from 1-4pm
Cost: $50 per person ($45 for Portsmouth Museums members) and includes all materials

This unique painting method involves mixing acrylics with a special medium, pouring on canvas and manipulating to create amazing effects. Artist and instructor Sierra Sunshine leads this workshop focusing on fun techniques. If you’ve always wanted to try this technique, this class will serve as an introduction. To register, click on the register online button below or call 757-393-8543.

Target audience: Ages 15 and above

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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.

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