On View: "The Original Art" and "Genesis"

PFAC is exhibiting "The Original Art," an annual traveling exhibition based on a juried competition created to showcase illustrations from the year's best children's books published in the U.S.

For editors and art directors, it's an inspiration and treasure trove of talent. For art students, it's a marvelous opportunity to examine the work of the best in the field. And for the public, it's a chance to appreciate the enormous range of creativity in children's books and to see the printed pages alongside the original paintings, drawings, prints and collages they represent. PFAC's member opening will be from 5:30-7:30 p.m. April 10.

From May 3-31, PFAC is displaying its annual juried exhibition for high school students, called Prefaces. Find a full list of the winners of this year's Prefaces here.

In June, PFAC will add artworks by two incredible local artists: Walt Taylor, an editorial cartoonist living and working in Norfolk, and Bob Morehead, a Virginia Beach resident who creates whimsical cities out of toothpicks.

(Left, Hadley Hooper, "The Iridescence of Birds" (2014), relief printmaking) 

Summer Classes Start in June

The Studio Art School's Summer Session has something for all artists, beginners or newbies, young or old. We're excited to offer new classes in glass in partnership with Cristallo Art Center in Newport News, along with our affordable Super Saturday sessions. Take the plunge and indulge in your creativity this summer in plein air painting classes, a special 3-day watercolor workshop, ceramics classes for all levels and NEW classes for kids offered in a partnership with Beyond Bricks, specializing in making STEM fun. Classes are a great way to tap into your talents, broaden your horizons, make new friends, and support PFAC — Art Is What You Make It!

The summer session classes start enrolling on May 19  for members and May 26 for the public; classes start June 16, 2015.


Summer ARTventures Camps Now Enrolling

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center has revamped its ArtVentures camps for the summer of 2015! Camps will now be offered for both half-day (9 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4 p.m.)  and full-day options (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), with optional early drop-off and delayed pick-up times for added convenience. Every week will feature both morning and afternoon sessions for ages 5-8 and 9-12.

Choose from four themed weeks, packed with fun lessons in a variety of media. Each camp will end with a presentation for parents and loved ones to see the young artists’ creations! Camp registrations have started and continue up until one week before each camp commences.

Join Us for Preschool Art Classes

May 20: We'll read "Shoe Dog," and then create our own pair of paper shoes with special string laces!
May 27: Inspired by the story "Flashlight," we'll make black and white prints using styrofoam.
June 3: We'll learn about the artist Vassily Kandinsky and use cups and lids to make concentric circles just like he did.
June 10: After we read "Flora the Penguin," we'll make our own penguin collage!
June 17: We'll be celebrating dads and grandpas by drawing their portraits and making paper neckties.

PFAC offers guided art lessons for very beginning artists from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays at no additional cost with the price of admission and free for members. Registration for each Wednesday's classes is required by the preceding Friday and walk-ins cannot be accommodated if the class is at capacity. RSVP to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Free Admission for Active Duty Military All Summer

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center is proud to participate in the National Endowment for the Arts' Blue Star Museum program, offering free admission to active duty military personnel and their families from the day after Memorial Day, May 26 to Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2015. Learn more about this program here.