Pullen Arts Center
Office of Raleigh Arts
Pullen Arts Center is located on the north side of Pullen Park, across the street from NC State's Bell Tower and next door to Theatre in the Park. An arts education facility for beginning to advanced artists ages 6-adult, the Center provides quality instruction, a variety of programming, specialized equipment, gallery exhibitions and studio access. Classes are offered year-round and are open to Raleigh residents and non-residents. Find the class that's right for you!
Pullen Arts Center closes November 9, 2017 for renovations
Pullen Arts Center Improvement Plan
The park bond approved by voters in Fall 2014 includes $6 million for improvements at the Pullen Arts Center and surrounding north side of Pullen Park. The current structure at 105 Pullen Road was built in the 1960’s and houses a variety of programs including: pottery, painting, jewelry, printmaking, glass, arts-based summer camps for children with support spaces for administration, meetings, gallery, and operation. Improvements are needed to accommodate the growth and popularity of arts education at Pullen Arts Center with new technology and equipment. The existing facility will undergo a full renovation and expansion. Pullen Arts Center will close November 9, 2017 to prepare for the construction project.Learn about the Pullen Arts Center Improvement Plan
Hours, Location and Contact Information
Programs for Adults
Pullen Arts Center offers specialty classes in bookmaking, drawing, fiber arts & weaving, glass arts, pottery, jewelry, painting and printmaking.
Classes are led by friendly, qualified instructors who want participants to learn new artistic skills and have fun making art. New programs and classes are created on a regular basis. Join our creative environment and be inspired!
After completing a class at Pullen Arts Center, students 16 and up can continue to use our studios and equipment to practice and improve their skills through our Studio Card Program. The extensive studios and equipment and the well-trained core of instructors make these studios some of the most desired in the area.
Programs for Kids and Teens
Pullen Arts Center offers art classes for youth and teens throughout the year, with Little Potters (ages 4 & 5) and Young Potters (age 6) being some of our most popular one-time classes. During summer months, we also offer Art4Fun Camp – a day camp with a focus on art for children ages 6-11; and Art4Fun II: Art & Nature Camp at Walnut Creek Wetland Center – a day camp exploring the intersections between art and nature for ages 11-14.
Art4Fun & Art4Fun II Camps
Art4Fun Camps are all about encouraging creativity and celebrating the fun in making art. Our programs support creative exploration, experimentation in new mediums, and making friends in a non-competitive art-making atmosphere. Registration for Summer 2017 Camps begins February 6, 2017.
Campers get to spend their days being creative, experimenting with different artistic mediums and techniques, participating in traditional camp activities and games, and taking field trips to Pullen Amusements and Pullen Aquatics Center. Our goal is to provide technique instructions to help build and improve campers' artistic skills in a fun, non-competitive environment.
On Fridays, all the artwork made during the week is displayed in a gallery that the campers help to create and install.
- Ages 6 -11
- Eight week-long sessions
- Sessions runs Monday to Friday (except over July 4th)
- Campers may sign up for one week or multiple weeks
- Each week has a different theme and projects
- 2D and 3D projects
- Structured activities from 8:30am to 5pm.
(Campers may arrive at 8 a.m. and must be checked out by 6 p.m.)
ART4FUN II – ART & NATURE CAMP
Based out of the beautiful Walnut Creek Wetland Center, Art4Fun II Camp is all about creating opportunities for preteens and teens to find and explore the intersections between art and nature. Campers spend their days taking nature hikes, using drawing and painting skills to capture the world around them, experimenting with non-traditional artistic mediums found in nature, playing in the creek, and taking field trips to locations such as the North Carolina Museum of Art, where they can find examples of art in nature or nature in art.
On Fridays, all the artwork made during the week is displayed in a gallery that the campers create and install.
- Ages 11 -14
- Three week-long sessions
- Sessions runs Monday to Friday
- Campers may sign up for one week or multiple weeks
- Each week has a different projects
- 2D and 3D projects
- Structured activities from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
(Campers may arrive at 8 a.m. and must be checked out by 5:30 p.m.)
The Pullen Arts Center is a great place to learn how to make metal jewelry! We have classes for all levels of experience - from the beginner to the advanced student.
Our Beginning Metal classes focus on learning the basics, practicing your technique, and studio safety. The basics covered in Beginning Metals classes include learning to use the correct tools for soldering, sawing, filing, drilling and hammering silver and copper.
Continuing Metals classes are also technique-oriented and provide a chance for students to expand their beginning skills, to start constructing a form and to learn how to set a stone.
For the intermediate and advanced student, we offer specialty workshops taught by professionals in the field of metalsmithing. We typically offer one weekend workshop per month. Examples of topics and techniques covered in previous workshops are stone setting, hydraulic press, surface embellishment, ring-making and tool-making, to name a few. Some of our workshops are project-oriented, while others are experimental and technique driven.
In addition to these specialty weekend workshops, we offer 4 - 6 week classes for the intermediate and advanced student in open studio, enameling, jewelry design, hydraulic press and more. Space is limited. Please check out our workshop and class offerings.
Jewelry Studio & Calendar
After taking a beginning class you are eligible to purchase a studio card to use the studio for personal projects and to develop your skills. A participation card can be purchased and a fee is charged each time you use the studio. Our studio is fully equipped and provides community hand tools. Studio users provide their own metal, solder and saw blades. View studio rules and procedures
Jewelry Studio Card holders and students currently enrolled in jewelry classes have access to tools and equipment in the Jewelry Studio during Open Studio time. The studio is open for use by Studio Card Holders and current jewelry students any time during our normal hours of operation when classes are not in the studio. Our Google Studio calendar identifies when classes are using the Studio.
An educational and recreational facility, we offer classes and equipment for those looking to learn and to practice their wheel throwing and handbuilding skills. We welcome beginning and experienced potters to join our community environment to learn new skills and to improve upon and develop existing skills.
If you are interested in learning more about our pottery program, please call Pullen Arts Center or stop by to take a tour of our facility!
Our pottery studio is bright and open with lots of natural light. Our studio is equipped with 18 electric wheels, a slab roller, an extruder, a variety of plaster molds, canvas tables, slips for cones 6 & 10, and a variety of non-commercial glazes for cones 6 & 10.
We have a variety of cone 6 and cone 10 stoneware clays along with a wide selection of pottery tools available for purchase from our store.
Our staff fire participants' work in the electric kilns and the gas kiln. Since we are an educational community facility (and not a production-oriented studio), pottery made in classes and workshops always takes priority over work made during open studio time.
Though care will be taken with all pottery handled by staff, the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department and Pullen Arts Center staff are not responsible for any piece of work at any time.
Pottery Studio & Calendar
Raleigh residents and non-residents can participate in our pottery programs either by taking classes or by purchasing a studio card that will allow them to work independently when classes are not in session. Participants are eligible to purchase a studio card after they have completed a qualifying class. View studio rules and card information
Pottery Studio Card Holders and students currently enrolled in pottery classes have access to tools and equipment in the Pottery Studio during open studio time. The Studio is open for use by Studio Card Holders and current pottery students any time during our normal hours of operation when classes are not in the studio. Our Google Studio calendar identifies when classes are using the Studio.
As a reminder, if there are two classes taking place simultaneously in the Studio, the entire Studio is closed.
Gallery Calendar 2016-2017
May - June
Paintings by Joshua Williford
August - September
Pottery by Charlie Teft
Watercolors by Rick Bennett and students
Jewelry by students of College of The Albemarle Professional Arts: Metal Program
November - December 2016
Annual Participants Show
January – February 2017
Group Show featuring paintings by Linda Dallas, Larry Lean, Peter Marin, Sarah Powers and David Wilson
My Precious: An Exploration of Materiality in Contemporary Jewelry curated by Kathryn Osgood and Betty McKim
Mugs: Group exhibition of mugs by local and regional potters