Pullen Arts Center
Office of Raleigh Arts
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.
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
Catalyzing Creative Aging - Raleigh's People in Portraits
Catalyzing Creative Aging – Raleigh's People in Portraits
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 who are 55 and older 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" at the Borden Building in Fletcher Park in December. No previous art experience or ability required, and all materials are provided.
This program is being offered simultaneously at four different locations around Raleigh; find the location and day that work best for you.
Walnut Creek Wetland Center – Instructor: Peter Marin
#230100 - Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., August 29 through November 14
Walnut Creek Wetland Center – Instructor: Joanna Moody
#230116 - Thursdays, 5:15 p.m to 7:15 p.m., August 30 through November 15
Marsh Creek Community Center – Instructor: Peter Marin
#229768 - Mondays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., August 27 through November 19 - (no class September 3 for Labor Day)
Greystone Recreation Center – Instructor: Gretchen Phillips
#229767 - Tuesdays, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., August 28 through November 13
Thomas Crowder Woodland Center – Instructor: Rick Bennett
#230117 - Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., August 29 through November 14
Raleigh's People in Portraits is being offered at no cost to participants 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; and,
- Raise public awareness about the benefits of creative aging programs.
Art4Fun and Art4Fun II Camps
Art4Fun Camps are unstoppable! While Pullen Arts Center is closed for renovations during Summer 2018, Art4Fun Camp will rotate through three different locations during the Summer - Powell Drive Neighborhood Center, Brentwood Neighborhood Center, and Pullen Community Center. Please note that registration for the weeks of Art4Fun Camp held at Powell Drive and Pullen Community Center will open on Reclink at 6:30am on Monday, March 5; registration for the weeks of Art4Fun Camp held at Brentwood Neighborhood Center will open on Reclink at 6:30am on Thursday, March 8.
More information on camp registration.
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 8:45am-5:00pm. Participants should bring a lunch and two snacks each day.
Class Fee: $150
- Around and Around at Powell Drive
#218122 Jun 11-15 M-F 8am-6pm
- Storybook at Powell Drive
#218123 Jun 18-22 M-F 8am-6pm
- Scraptastic at Powell Drive
#218124 Jun 25-29 M-F 8am-6pm
- Winter Wonderland at Brentwood
#218125 Jul 9-13 M-F 8am-6pm
- Art Meets Nature at Brentwood
#218126 Jul 16-20 M-F 8am-6pm
- Fairy Tale at Brentwood
#218127 Jul 23-27 M-F 8am-6pm
- Fur, Feathers and Fins at Brentwood
#218128 Jul 30-Aug 3 M-F 8am-6pm
Art4Fun Camp - Theater Week
Art4Fun is all about celebrating and encouraging the creativity in children! During Theatre Week, campers work together to write a play, make costumes, build sets and props, and perform for families at the end of the week. The daily camp schedule includes multimedia art projects and theater games, balanced with traditional camp activities, including play time at Pullen Park Amusements. Each week is programmed differently, so you may sign up for one week or both weeks. Structured activities are scheduled from 8:45am-5:00pm. Participants should bring a lunch and two snacks each day.
Pullen Community Center – Class Fee: $150
- #218129 Aug 6-10 M-F 8am-6pm
- #218130 Aug 13-17 M-F 8am-6pm
Questions about Art4Fun Camp? Email Pullen.Arts@raleighnc.gov.
Programs for Adults
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
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.
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.