PROGRAMS

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

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

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

Second Saturday Courtyard Music

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Saturday, October 12, 11am-1pm

Local band House of Cards will perform in the Courtyard, with original songs and covers of folk and Americana style music. Second Saturdays, promoted by OTBA bring programming to the Arts District and Olde Towne businesses.

Target audience: All Ages

Core Theatre presents The Yellow Wallpaper

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Friday, October 18, 8pm

Ticket Cost: $5 per person

The award winning and internationally acclaimed Core Theatre presents The Yellow Wallpaper, a spooky and ethereal adaptation of the short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Brought to life through music and choreography, follow the descent into madness of a woman confined to a room as prescribed by her doctor-husband. Tickets of this 50-minute performance can be purchased online or at the Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center (if still available)

Target audience: Ages 13 and above

Fright Flight: Horror Story Reading

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

Saturday, October 19, 6pm

If you are an adult who enjoys horror stories, come join local authors as they read original short stories with a hint of drama and the macabre. Light refreshments will be served during this free event which is geared to an adult audience – so be warned!

Target audience: Ages 18 and above

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

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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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.

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