Online Drawing Class

Mondays & Thursdays, June 7, 10, 14, 17, 21, 2021

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Via Skype Meetings

Target audience: Ages 18+

Cost: $170
($160 for Portsmouth Museums members)


Interested in improving your drawing skills? This special online class (ages 15 to adult) will energize your drawings of people, animals, still lifes, and landscapes, as well as fantasy subjects. You will be able to share your art and receive constructive feedback in a positive (virtual) environment from fellow artists and instructor, Matthew Parker. Mr. Parker has taught art classes for James Madison University and in countries throughout the world including South Africa, Korea, and Thailand. The course consists of five 45-minute group lessons and one final 30-minute private session with the instructor (date and time TBD). The majority of drawing will be done as “homework” outside the class sessions. The cost for this 6-session class is $100 per person ($90 for members). Artists can use their favorite drawing materials including pencils, erasers, pens, color media, and good drawing paper at least 9’’x12.’’ This is an online class so participants will need strong internet connection with a computer or device with webcam and microphone.

Deadline to Register: Friday, June 4, 2021, by 4:00 p.m. 

To register, call 757-393-8543 or online:

Stay tuned for more programs.

Online Micro-Memoir
Creative Writing Class

Fridays, May 28, June 4, 11, 18, 25,
July 2, 9, 16

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Location: Via Zoom Meeting

Target audience: Ages 18+

Cost: $170
($160 for Portsmouth Museums members)


Lisa Beech Hartz

Interested in saving your memories but daunted by writing a full-blown memoir? Begin here, with short-form autobiography –small flashes of memory that dig deep in just a page or two. Collect your stories in an inspiring, supportive (virtual) environment. Instructor, Lisa Beech Hartz, has been guiding writing workshops in the Seven Cities for over 15 years. The cost for this 8-session class for adults is $170 or $160 for members. This is an online class. Writers must have a stable internet connection with a computer or device with webcam and microphone. 

Deadline to register is Friday, May 21, 2021.

To register, call 757-393-8543 or online:

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