Pullen Arts Center

Office of Raleigh Arts

Last updated Jan. 05, 2018 - 10:18 am
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 Pullen Arts' Winter/Spring classes and for Pop-up Studios at Walnut Creek Wetland Center.

Pullen Arts Center is currently closed for renovations

Pullen Arts Center closed Nov. 9, 2017 for a minimum of 12 months.

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 and Art4Fun II Camps

Registration for Summer 2018 camps begins March 5, 2018

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.

Jewelry Program

Jewelry Studio

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.

Beginning Metals
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
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.

Specialty Metals
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.

Pottery Program

Throwing pots on the wheel

View the latest edition of Pullen Pottery News

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.

Kiln Firings
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.

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