Art & Music Summer Camps at Portsmouth Music and Arts Center

Summers at PMAC are full of art, rock, jam sessions, and more!

March 11, 2024

Do you have a child who needs a creative outlet? Do they like to draw, paint or play music? Look no further than Portsmouth Music and Arts Center for a fun and educational camp this summer! 

Read on to find out more about Art Camps for ages 7-12, Rock & Jazz Summer Workshops for ages 9-17, Summer Music Ensembles, and Private Music Lesson Summer Flex-Packs.

Week-long Art Camps for Ages 7-12

Art Camp @ PMAC (ages 8-11)

June 24-28 / 9am-3pm daily
Location: PMAC in Portsmouth
Ages 8-11

This is going to be a SUPER-FUNKY & FUN week at PMAC!  Come join us for 5 days full of music, creativity and expression! We will find our own visual voice through hands-on art-making, games and activities in an inclusive, creative community. We'll explore many connections between music and art, and groove through a wide variety of bold and colorful mediums, materials and techniques in both 2D and 3D forms—including drawing, painting, wire sculpture, puppets, and more! 

PMAC Artists Camp (ages 7-12)

9am-3pm daily
Location: Kittery Community Center in Kittery, Maine
$300 per session

PMAC Artists Camp is back in 2024 to fill July with creativity! Three week-long sessions allow students ages 7-12 to explore painting, drawing, sculpting and more, guided by talented PMAC teaching artists Alexa Smith and Karissa Kagiliery. Please note: this year Artists Camp is at a new location–Kittery Community Center in Kittery, Maine. Space is limited—sign up early to guarantee your spot!

Session 1—July 8-12: Visual Voyagers

Embark on an epic journey through distant galaxies, uncharted oceans, fantastical realms, and sci-fi planets! Prepare to unlock the doors to imagination as we voyage into the realms of the unknown. Throughout the week, we'll embark on daring artistic expeditions, experimenting with paint, sculpture, printmaking, collage, and more to create artwork that stretches beyond the imagination.

Session 2—July 15-19: Art Around the World

Let the masterpieces of renowned artists, both past and present, inspire your own artistic expression! We’ll explore a variety of art techniques and mediums, ranging from painting and sculpture to printmaking and collage (and more). Channel the expressive brushstrokes of Vincent Van Gogh to craft your unique landscape, or infuse vibrant colors into your artwork, drawing inspiration from the dynamic style of Kehinde Wiley. This week is all about letting your creativity flow!

Session 3—July 22-26: Animal Kingdom 

Embark on a creative journey inspired by the captivating world of animals! Throughout history, artists have drawn inspiration from the beauty and diversity of the animal kingdom. From the revered cats of ancient Egypt to the vibrant birds and monkeys painted by Frida Kahlo, animals have always held a special place in art. This week we’ll dive into animal-inspired art, using a variety of mediums to make masks, sculptures, paintings and more that celebrate our furry, feathery, and scaly friends.

Week-long Rock & Jazz Summer Workshops for Ages 9-17

Summer Jazz Workshop (ages 12-17)

July 8-12, 9am-4pm daily
Location: PMAC in Portsmouth

Join us for the 22nd summer of PMAC Summer Jazz Workshop! This program is designed for intermediate and advanced teen musicians looking to develop their jazz skills or wanting to learn jazz technique for the first time. Students will learn traditional contemporary jazz tunes throughout the week and end the week with a live Teen Jazz Show at Prescott Park Arts Festival. 

A background of 1-2 years of study on the student’s primary instrument is required. No audition is required to attend the workshop. Open to Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Guitar, Keyboard, Bass Guitar or Upright Bass, and Drum Set. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students - please register early! 

Rock and Beyond (ages 12-17)

Session 1: July 15-19, 9am-4pm daily
Session 2: July 22-26, 9am-4pm daily
Location: PMAC in Portsmouth
$400 per session

ROCK out with us in this summer’s Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop! Expanding beyond Classic, Indie and Hard Rock, bands will be encouraged to explore Hip Hop, Folk, Country, Bluegrass, Metal and more—wherever their interests lie! Bands are formed at the beginning of the workshop and each band will learn a tune of their choosing, as well as write and record an original tune. The Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop will conclude with a TEEN ROCK SHOW at Prescott Park Arts Festival. Led by PMAC teaching artists, students will learn valuable skills in musicianship, teamwork, songwriting, stage presence and more! 

Open to Guitar, Drum Set, Vocals, Keyboard, Bass Guitar, Sax, Flute, Clarinet, Trumpet, Trombone, Violin, Viola and Cello. Placement audition required for new students. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students - please register early!

Students who register for both weeks of Rock and Beyond Summer Workshop receive a multiple program discount!

Summer Rock 101 (ages 9-11)

July 29-Aug 2, 9am-12pm daily
Location: PMAC in Portsmouth

It’s ROCK camp, but with a pre-teen focus! Led by PMAC teaching artists, students will learn valuable skills in musicianship, teamwork, songwriting, stage presence and more! Students will explore classic, indie, and hard rock, as well as branch out to other genres they are interested in, such as hip hop, folk, country, bluegrass, or metal. The workshop week culminates in a live performance. 

Open to guitar, drum set, vocals, keyboard, bass guitar, flute, sax, clarinet, trumpet, trombone, violin, viola, and cello. Placement audition required for new students. Limited spaces available for Rhythm Section students - please register early!

Summer Music Ensemble

New Horizons Band – Free Summer Edition

Rehearsals Tuesdays 6/25, 7/9, and 7/16 from 5:30-8pm
Performance 7/17 at 6pm at Community Campus

PMAC's New Horizons Band - Summer Edition is everything you want from a community band! This tuition-free large ensemble program is open to any community member who plays a band instrument at an intermediate to advanced level, though beginners who have had at least a year of study are encouraged to inquire. This summer will have three in-person rehearsals where the group will play an eclectic mix of concert band music, from traditional marches to Broadway medleys. A performance is planned at the end of our Summer Session.

This program is designed for adult students throughout the year, but teens are welcome to enroll in the Summer Edition. Please contact the PMAC office at 603-431-4278 or by email at if you have any questions or your teen would like to participate!

Individual Music Lessons

Lesson Flex Packs

Our Summer 2024 Session runs June 24 – August 16, 2024. Enjoy studying an instrument or exploring a new art form during the summer, with the flexibility to schedule around your vacations and summer camps! 

Lesson tuition is based on the schedule that is formed. The most popular offerings are a 6-pack of half-hour music lessons ($276.00) and a 6-pack of 45-minute visual arts lessons ($396.00).

For more information, contact the PMAC Office at 603-431-4278, email us at or visit Portsmouth Music and Arts Center.