Pullen Arts Center

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jul. 31, 2019 - 1:57 pm
Pullen Arts Center

Pullen Arts Center is located on the north side of Pullen Park, across the street from N.C. State's Bell Tower and next door to Theatre in the Park and the Gregg Museum. Since 1961, Pullen Arts Center has served as an arts education facility for artists of all skill levels.

Currently, Pullen Arts Center is closed as we undergo a complete renovation and expansion. While we are closed, we hope you will enjoy the studios at Sertoma Arts Center, sign up for classes offered by Pullen Arts instructors at Glen Eden Neighborhood Center and Five Points Center for Active Adults, register for one of our offsite Art4Fun Summer Camps, and check out the roving Pop-up Studios program that will be popping up in community centers around the city.

Registration is now open for Winter/Spring arts classes at Sertoma, Five Points, Glen Eden, and for Pop-up Studios at Horseshoe Farm Nature Preserve and Brentwood Neighborhood Center. Online registration for Raleigh Parks Recreation and Cultural Resources Summer Camps begins on March 4, 2019, with registration date staggered by location. In 2019, Pullen Arts Center's Art4Fun Camps will be located at Underwood Elementary, and registration for Art4Fun Camps will begin at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8.

Pullen Arts Center is currently closed 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

Pullen Arts Center is currently closed for renovations

105 Pullen Rd
Raleigh, NC 27607

Front Desk: 919-996-6126 | Email

Director: Eliza Kiser | phone 919-996-4895
Assistant Director: Betty McKim

Art4Fun Camps

Art4Fun Camps are unstoppable! While Pullen Arts Center is closed for renovations during Summer 2019, Art4Fun Camp will be held at Underwood Elementary (1614 Glenwood Avenue). Please note that registration for Art4Fun Camp will open on RecLink at 6:30 a.m. on Friday, March 8, 2019. Search on RecLink using the registration barcodes listed below.

More information on camp registration.

Art4Fun Camp
Age: 6 to 11 years

Art4Fun is all about celebrating and encouraging creativity in children! The daily camp schedule includes multimedia art projects that encourage creativity and promote the enjoyment of art, balanced with traditional camp activities. Each week is programmed differently, so you may sign up for one week or multiple weeks. Structured activities are scheduled from 8:45 a.m. to 5 p.m. Early drop off from 8 to 8:45 a.m. and late pick up from 5 to 6 p.m. are included with Art4Fun Camp registration; drop off prior to 8 a.m. and/or pick up after 6 p.m. are not available for Art4Fun Camp. Participants should bring a lunch and two snacks each day.

Class Fee: $160

  • Pop Art! at Underwood Elementary
    • Registration Barcode: #235283
    • June 17 to June 21, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Storytellers at Underwood Elementary
    • Registration Barcode: #235284
    • June 24 to June 28, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Project Runway at Underwood Elementary
    • Registration Barcode: #235285
    • July 8 to July 12 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Time Travelers at Underwood Elementary
    • Registration Barcode: #235286
    • July 15 to July 19 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Fables at Underwood Elementary
    • Registration Barcode: #235287
    • July 22 to July 26 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Small Tiny Mini at Underwood Elementary
    • Registration Barcode: #235288
    • July 29 to August 2 Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Questions about Art4Fun Camp? Email or call 919-996-4895.

Catalyzing Creative Aging - Raleigh's People in Portraits

Catalyzing Creative Aging

In Fall 2019, Pullen Arts Center will be offering our second year of “Who Are We? Raleigh’s People in Portraits” for a new group of adults aged 55 years and older. This is a 12-week skill-building portrait-making course. Registration for the 2019 session is open!

Do you have a story to tell? Join us as we explore ways to depict people and their stories through portraiture. In this twelve week program, participants will work with an experienced teaching artist to explore techniques for creating images of the human face using drawing, painting, collage and mixed media. Classes will focus on hands-on art making, and will also include artist demonstrations, discussions of portraiture through history, and conversations about our own work. As the program progresses, participants will create a self-portrait that will be displayed in an exhibition entitled “Who are We? Raleigh’s People in Portraits” in December. No previous art experience or ability required, and all materials are provided.

Who is eligible to participate?

Adults aged 55 years and older who are interested in learning to draw and paint people’s faces. In this class, you will work on painting your own self-portrait. Students must be able to commit 2.5 to 3 hours per week for 12 weeks. Individuals who participated in this program in 2018 are not eligible, but should contact for other options.

Locations and Registration

We are offering the program at five different locations around the city. You may sign up for whichever of the below locations works best for your schedule.

Register online via RecLink using the unique barcode listed below.

  • Worthdale Community Center (1001 Cooper Rd, Raleigh 27610)
    • Focus: Acrylics
    • Instructor: Peter Marin
    • Barcode: #247412
    • Fridays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., August 30 - November 15
  • Thomas Crowder Woodland Center (5611 Jaguar Park Dr, Raleigh 27606)
    • Focus: Watercolor
    • Instructor: Rick Bennett
    • Barcode: #247410
    • Thursdays, 6 to 8:30 p.m., August 29 - November 14
  • Marsh Creek Community Center (3050 N New Hope Rd, Raleigh 27604)
    • Focus: Acrylics
    • Instructor: Peter Marin
    • Barcode: #247411
    • Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., September 4 - November 20
  • Laurel Hills Community Center (3808 Edwards Mill Rd, Raleigh 27612)
    • Focus: Acrylics
    • Instructor: Nancy Carty
    • Barcode: #247413
    • Sundays, 2 to 4:30 p.m., September 8 - November 24
  • Optimist Community Center (5900 Whittier Dr, Raleigh 27609)
    • Focus: Acrylics
    • Instructor: Amy Veatch
    • Barcode: #247409
    • Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., September 2 - November 19

Program Fee

There is no cost to participate. Students are asked to make the time commitment required to attend all classes and complete the project. Students will receive the benefit of high quality visual art instruction from professional teaching artists.

Questions? Please contact or call 919-996-4895.

History of the Program

In Fall 2018, Raleigh's People in Portraits was offered by Pullen Arts Center, one of 10 organizations from nine states to be selected to receive grants as part of the 2017-2018 Catalyzing Creative Aging Program, led by the National Guild for Community Arts Education in partnership with Lifetime Arts, was funded by Aroha Philanthropies, Music Man Foundation, and the Moca Foundation.

The goals of the Catalyzing Creative Aging Program are to:

  • Increase capacity to serve older adults through skill-based, participatory programs
  • Provide models of high-quality creative aging programs to the field
  • Raise public awareness about the benefits of creative aging programs

2018 Raleigh's People in Portraits Program Summary

It started with a question: Do you have a story to tell?

For 12 weeks, 50 courageous, creative and curious older adults gathered throughout Raleigh to build technical drawing and painting skills and to explore ways to depict themselves and their stories through portraiture in the People in Portraits Program. The program's intention was to introduce each participant to the power of a shared art-making experience and to give each participant a means for sharing the story they want to tell through visual art. An exhibition in the Borden Building in Fletcher Park showcased the people and stories students explored in this program.

People in Portraits was a 2017-2018 Catalyzing Creative Aging Program, funded by the National Guild for Community Arts Education in partnership with Lifetime Arts, with support from the Office of Raleigh Arts and Pullen Arts Center. We extend our gratitude to the Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources facilities and staff that hosted the program - Thomas G Crowder Woodland Center, Greystone Recreation Center, Marsh Creek Community Center, and Walnut Creek Wetland Park. We'd like to extend a special thanks to the Teaching Artists who worked with each group – Rick Bennett, Peter Marin, Joanna Moody, and Gretchen Phillips, visiting teaching artists Michelle Davis Petelinz and Lamar Whidbee, and Creative Aging program team Megan Bostic and Eliza Kiser.

This program was offered simultaneously at four different locations around Raleigh.

  • Walnut Creek Wetland Center – Instructor: Peter Marin
  • Walnut Creek Wetland Center – Instructor: Joanna Moody
  • Marsh Creek Community Center – Instructor: Peter Marin
  • Greystone Recreation Center – Instructor: Gretchen Phillips
  • Thomas Crowder Woodland Center – Instructor: Rick Bennett

Contact for more information.

Programs for Adults

Pullen Arts Center continues to offer a limited selection of four to six week programs for adults at other locations during our renovation.

Jewelry and printmaking programs are being offered at Sertoma Arts Center.

Painting and drawing programs are being offered at Glen Eden Neighborhood Center and Five Points Center for Active Adults.

Adults can also take advantage of one day programs through our Pop-up Studios program.

Programs for Kids and Teens

During our renovation, kids and teens can express their creativity in our Pop-up Studios program. During summer months, we also offer Art4Fun Camp – a day camp with a focus on art for children between the ages of 6 and 11.

Jewelry Program

Jewelry Studio

Pullen Arts Center's Jewelry Program has been relocated to Sertoma Arts Center during our renovation. Please call Sertoma Arts Center at 919-996-2329 for information on classes.

Jewelry Studio & Calendar

Link to Google calendar below.

Pottery Program

Throwing pots on the wheel

Pullen Arts Center's Pottery Program is not operating at another location during the renovation. We encourage potters to check out one of the great studios in the area – like Sertoma Arts Center, N.C. State's Crafts Center, and Cary Arts Center - while we are closed.

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.

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