On View: "American Scenery" featuring Hudson River School Paintings

The Peninsula Fine Arts Center will exhibit "American Scenery: Different Views in the Hudson River School Painting" from July 12 to Oct. 18, 2015.

The exhibit features 115 paintings by the loose collective of artists working in and around the Hudson River Valley from the 1820s to the 1870s, capturing breathtaking unspoiled landscapes just before they were changed forever by the Civil War and Industrial Revolution. This exhibit is assembled from a single private collection and was first shown at the Westmoreland Museum of American Art.  Learn more about the exhibit here.

(Pictured: John William Casilear, "Quiet River (Genesee)" (1874), oil, 14 in. x 23 in.)

Find a New Passion in the Studio Art School

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 started June 16, 2015.


Summer ARTventures Camps 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 with NEW Summer Hours

July 1: Let's celebrate the Fourth of July by making our own fireworks with glitter and glue! Dress for mess.
July 8: We'll celebrate the birthday of Marc Chagall by creating a wax resist inspired by his art!
July 15: It's National Cow Appreciation Day! We'll read "Are You a Cow?" and make cow-themed Gelli prints.
July 22: We'll use masking tape and paint to create art inspired by Claude Monet's bridge paintings!
July 29: We'll use various types of paper to create our own Picasso-inspired musical instruments collage.

PFAC offers guided art lessons for very beginning artists from 9 to 10 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.