Superhero’s Antithesis: The Villain

Date: Saturdays, October 2, 9, 16, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: Ages 12-15

 Drawing Class with Instructor Matthew Parker

 Are you a big fan of Marvel Monsters? The Joker? Scarecrow or Catwoman? This 3-part class will teach you the skills to draw your favorite mighty makers of mayhem. You will be able to create your own original super-villain, focusing on proportion, composition, and dynamic anatomy, that will supercharge your drawings. We will also cover the basics of perspective and how to draw various weapons and sci-fi machines. The cost for all three classes (ages 11-15) is $70 ($65 for members) and includes all materials as well as admission to museum exhibits.

To register, call 757 393-8543 by 4:00 p.m. Thursday September 30.

THE IMAGINATIVE SELF: Artistic Exploration Workshop

Date: Saturday, October 23, 202

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center 

Target audience: Ages 13+

Enjoy a workshop using your imagination with various creative exercises such as painting to music. We will use acrylic, oil and chalk pastel on watercolor paper of varying sizes. No drawing skills necessary, just an open mind. You will surprise yourself! Suzanne Stevens is a lifelong artist and has been teaching classes for over 40 years. The cost for this workshop for teens and adults is $40/nonmembers or $35 for members.

To register, call 757 393-8543 by Friday, October 15, 2021.


Date: Every Saturday, July 10 – November 20, 2021

Time: 9:00 – 10:00 a.m.

Location: Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Courtyard

Target audience: All ages

Bring your yoga mat and comes for a morning of outdoor yoga hosted by Roaming Yoga of Virginia, weather permitting, in the historic courtyard.  Donations are welcome.

For information, call 757-393-8543.

Online Micro-Memoir
Creative Writing Class

Date: Thursdays, September 23, 30, October 14, 21, 28, November 4, 11, and 18, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Location: Onsite or Via Zoom meeting depending on City policy regulations at the time.

Target audience: Ages 18+

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 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.  To register, or call 757-393-8543.

Deadline: Friday, September 17, 2021.

Beneath The Surface:

Visual Conversations about Race in Hampton Roads

Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center

Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

This art-based workshop was developed to engage community members in exploring the history of race and racial disparity in Hampton Roads. The one-day workshop will include a panel of local historians sharing the history of race in our area, followed by community art making led by a local art therapist. Art making will focus on creating a response to history, examining present day needs, and exploring future transformation. Art materials and lunch will be provided. The event is free. Registration is required. Maximum: 30 participants. For more information or to register, call 757 446-5895 or e-mail

Target audience: Open to the public, for ages 14 & up. Minors will need signed parental/guardian permission to participate.

This program is made possible by the Hampton Roads Community Foundation and Virginia Department of Humanities.

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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