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


Live Music by the Jimmy Masters Quartet

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center  

Friday, October 5

5 – 8pm

Exhibits will be open free this evening with light refreshments inside, while outside the museum folks can listen to live music in the courtyard.  Jimmy Masters brings his extraordinary talents to perform for this occasion, accompanied by some of the finest jazz soloists around. Born in Virginia Beach, Masters has been playing jazz bass for nearly 30 years.

Sponsors include the Portsmouth Partnership, TowneBank, and the Portsmouth Economic and Housing Redevelopment Authorities.  


Saturday, October 6

Free Admission to Exhibits
10am – 5pm

Arts District Kick-off
10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

As part of programming for the Olde Towne Business Association’s Museum Day Event, PACC Museum will host a number of artistic and musical acts.  From 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Steel Drum music by the Rhythm Project All Stars will take place in the courtyard, around which will be the weekly market.  From 10am-4pm members of the 54-40 African American Quilters will demonstrate their talents, highlighting the exhibit of quilts, along with glass lampwork by artist Emily Williams who creates intricately beautiful sealife sculptures.  Glitter tattoos will be offered in the courtyard at these same times as well, along with a make-n-take art activity. Youth dancing will take place in the courtyard from 3:00-3:45 pm. Lastly, a plein-air paint out will be hosted throughout the Olde Towne Arts District, culminating in a temporary display of finished works at 4:00 pm in the Art Annex of the museum.  An awards ceremony and reception will be held there from 5:00-6:00 pm. For information call 757 393-8543.  

For more information about the Museum Day Event call the Olde Towne Business Association at 757 405-3500 or visit


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.


Free Memoir Writing Workshop for Family Members of Military Veterans

Instructor: Lisa Hartz

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

October 4, 11, 18, 25,
and November 1, 8, 15,
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Participants will explore the experience of military family life in a supportive and inspiring environment, using creative writing to share their unique perspective as family members of those who wear the uniform.  With permission from the authors, selections of the writings will be published on the Seven Cities Writers Project blog, and a public reading shall take place at the end of the course. Lisa Hartz is the author a collection of poetry titled The Goldfish Window, and director of Seven Cities Writers Project.

Please call 757 393-8543 to register by Sunday, September 30, or go online to




Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

October 17 & November 14,
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Enjoy a mini-tour of the current exhibits, immediately followed by a hands-on creative art project or musical event led by professional local artists.  For November 14, the program will focus on a musical let movement activity, sans the tour as exhibits will close in October. All these events are designed for adults 55 and better but friends and caregivers of those who attend are invited as well, with a nominal cost of $3 admission, all the rest is included.  Please register ahead by calling 757 393-8543 or go online to




Life Drawing Class

Instructor: Matthew Parker

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

October 7, 21, 28,
November 4, 18
1:00 – 4:00 pm

This workshop series is for all skill levels interested in improving their observational drawing technique and capturing the human form’s expressive qualities.  With help from live models (in swimwear) and props, students will improve on how to depict the head and neck, hands and feet, arms and legs, torso, and skeleton.  Basic drawing materials will be provided but participants are encouraged to bring their own paper, pencils, inks, charcoal, laptops, or apps. The cost for this 5-session class is $130 ($120 for members) Please call 757 393-8543 to register by Friday, October 5, or go online to





Free Community Writing Project

Facilitated by Writing Instructor Lisa Hartz

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center & Art Annex

October 13, 11:00 am


Participants will create written stories or poems using innovative prompts by focusing on artwork in the museum exhibits.  Lisa Hartz will begin the session with a guided imagery presentation in the Art Annex, and then move on to the museum exhibits.  With pens in hand, participants will explore the galleries together, looking for inspiration for writing –all culminating in the opportunity to share the work in a group reading.  Admission will be free but participants need to register. Lisa Hartz holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Miami. She is Director of Seven Cities Writers Project.  P

lease call 757 393-8543 to register by Friday, October 12, or go online to





Gelli Plate Monoprint Class

Instructor: Eloise Shelton-Mayo

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Art Annex

October 27, 10:30 am – 3:00 pm


Learn how to create unique designs on paper using the Gelli Plate, an exceptional tool allowing new techniques for making patterned and designed surfaces.  Embrace what can happen and learn ideas about color harmonies to help you create extraordinary designs. The class will also delve into image transfer using magazines.  No experience is necessary and all materials are provided for the cost of $75 per person.

Please call 757 393-8543 to register by Sunday, October 21, or go online:







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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.

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