When school's out, Portside is in session!
During our Day Camps we take the children on trips to local farms, museums and parks for half of the day! When we return to the Portside the children engage in fun visual arts or theater arts activities. Keep a look out for a list of our trip locations.
Fall Day Camps 2015
Monday, September 14th - The Philadelphia Zoo
TuesdAY, September 15th - Trip TBA
Wednesday, September 23rd - Trip Smith Memorial Play Ground
Thursday, September 24th - Trip TBA
Monday, October 12th - Trip TBA
Tuesday, November 3rd - Trip TBA
Wednesday, November 11th - Trip TBA
Winter Day Camps 2016
Monday, January 18th - Trip TBA
Monday, February 15th - Trip TBA
Friday, February 26th - Trip TBA
Spring Break Week Camp!
Monday, March 21st - Friday, March 25h - Activities TBA
Spring Day Camps 2016
Tuesday, April 26th - Trip TBA
Instructors: Sarah Damiano & Kelsie Lilly
***Parents are responsible for packing a healthy lunch and two snacks. Please pack extra waters as well. Parents must feed children breakfast before they are dropped off at the Portside.
We will accept up to 20 children. Registration will fill up quickly.
Half-Day Camps for Public Schools 2015 & 2016
Portside will be picking up students from Alexander Adiare, Hackett, H.A. Brown and Richmond Elementary Schools when they have a half day of school. The children will come back to the Portside and participate in fun arts projects, have free play time and watch movies! Parents will pick up their children from Portside Arts Center at 6:00pm.
Wednesday, October 28th
Wednesday, November 25th
Wednesday, December 18th
Wednesday, January 22nd
Wednesday, February 16th
Wednesday, March 14th
Wednesday, May 10th
Our colorful and spacious center provides the perfect location for all kinds of celebrating. Our staff can add flair to the event with fun, interesting art projects for children, teens, or adults. Some of our activities include:
Call us at 215-427-1514, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with inquiries and dates!
Are you interested in learning a new trade like upholstery? What about trying your hand at creating your own mosaic masterpiece? These classes and more are starting their summer sessions at the Portside-- now is the perfect time to pick up an old hobby you've lost the time for, or to find a new one!
Take a look at our full list of Adult Workshops and Classes for the Summer
Five of the ladies of Portside Arts Center spent their Memorial Day Weekend camping, bonding, and having fun aboard the Portside ArtsMobile in historic Jim Thorpe, PA.
They tackled an 8 mile bike ride, a 5 hour white water rafting excursion, and visited the local museums and artisans for some great inspiration to bring back to Port Richmond.
We love this quote by Maya Angelou-- and the beautiful illustration by artist Lisa Congdon.
Creativity is something to be nurtured and shared, and developing an interest in the arts early in life can improve academic performance, increase confidence, and teach children the value of problem solving.
Consider signing your child up for Portside's Summer Arts Camp!
Our camp allows children to experience many different art forms such as; drawing, painting, printmaking, clay sculpture, mosaic, collage, puppetry, found object sculpture and more.
Click here to learn more.
About our program & visual arts curriculum
The Portside’s Summer Arts Camp introduces children ages 4-7 Minnow and 8-12 Sharks to the fundamentals of arts education through hands-on visual arts and arts integration activities, as well as theater arts, character building and out bound field trips.
Portside’s summer camp will allow children to experience many different art forms such as; drawing, painting, printmaking, clay sculpture, mosaic, collage, puppetry, found object sculpture and more.
Our visual arts curriculum is designed to teach our students about different art materials, tools, and techniques. We introduce our students to a wide variety of materials such as acrylic paint, oil pastels, ink, paper mache, clay, canvas, chalk pastels, charcoal, paint brushes, and much more.
Our programming finds it important to incorporate recycled materials into our projects as a way to teach students how to re-use and re-imagine everyday objects.
Throughout the summer our students will learn visual arts skills such as; composition, perspective, form, line, gesture, light and color, depth, expression, proportion and texture. Every week our campers learn about different artists, art forms, and cultures from around the world.
Click here for session schedules and registration!
We are looking for enthusiastic, capable volunteers or interns for our new Spring into Summer Camp at Portside Arts Center!
Camp runs weekdays from May 26th to June 16th, 8:30 am to 3:30 pm.
This is a great opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience in the visual arts and arts education.
Visit http://www.portsideartscenter.org/volunteer -or-
http://www.portsideartscenter.org/internship-opportunities to apply!
Our raffle for a brand new TV generously donated by Philadelphia Pharmacy runs through August 14. A $1 donation enters you into the raffle, and you can enter as many times as you wish. All proceeds from the raffle go to Portside's Student Scholarship Fund for children and teens of limited resources.
To enter: visit Portside at 2531 Lehigh Avenue, Mon-Fri from 10-6 and fill out a submission!
If you or your child are currently enrolled in any of our programs, don't forget to stop by the office and enter!
This year was a big first for the festival. Formerly known as the Lehigh Avenue Arts Festival, Portside's biggest student scholarship fundraiser is now in it's 8th year--- and the attending numbers were far too high to hold the festival in it's old location on Lehigh Ave. As the early morning clouds broke and the sun began to shine down on Penn Treaty, it was clear that this was the beginning of a new era for Portside and for the Arts Fest. By the start of the festival at noon, there were already crowds of people gathered to check out the over 40 vendors, art activities, and music.
Kids in attendance had some unique opportunities to try out a number of activity tables, where they could make their own necklaces and bracelets, learn tie dye techniques, screenprint their own tote bags, and even create their own unique spin art on vintage vinyl records. Smiles abounded as parents and children alike discovered some of these fun artistic activities, possibly for the first time, together.
Four facepainting stations set up in the park were hugely popular, and the volunteer painters sat for hours at a time, skillfully transforming happy kids into happy spider men, tigers, octopi, and many other colorful characters and animals. A slot-car circuit track set up in the center of the field attracted a lot of attention as well-- it offered a nice change of pace for those who had already participated at the arts tables.
Community festivals like this one are invaluable in a city where sometimes, a sense of community can get lost in the shuffle. One of the festival's objectives-- to raise money for Portside's Student Scholarship fund-- went hand-in-hand with another objective; to raise awareness of Portside Arts Center and their extremely affordable art and music instruction. It has long been researched and observed that in places where arts and music education programs are mandatory (countries like Japan, Hungary, and the Netherlands), students rank consistently among the highest for math and science test scores. Not only that, but appreciation of the arts promotes creativity, social development, personality adjustment, and self-worth. A lack of funding for these programs in school's in Philadelphia would be all the more alarming if not for the arts organizations like Portside Arts Center that understand and believe in these facts.
If this year was any indication, Portside Arts Center is poised to make an even bigger impact when the festival returns next year at Penn Treaty Park.
What a treat! We just enjoyed a lovely performance by our theater students. They performed a story narrated by teacher Rebecca May Flowers. There was snow, woodland animals and squeals of laughter.
The white blanket was the snow, so clever!! Gives new meaning to a 'blanket of snow"
Hearty applause all round for a job well done!