Summer Art Camp

One of PAAL's most popular programs is our annual Summer Art Camp. Summer Art Camp consists of Individual weeks for kids ages where they spend each day working with the instructors to explore different materials, subjects and creating individual and collaborative works of art.

Summer Camps:

July 6-10, Wild about Art with Heather Graham
July 13-17, Mini Masters, with Heather Graham
July 20-24, Weaving with Elizabeth Poole
July 27-31, Art with Mama Sue by Suzanne Vaughan

Camp is Monday thru Friday from 9 am to 3 pm (bring a brown bag lunch)

PAAL's Summer Art Camps are back again this year!
$125 for members per week per child
$160 for non- members per week per child.
Call PAAL today to register!! 804-861-4611
Follow us on social media for more details about other opportunities at PAAL throughout the summer!

Other camps:
Summer Shakespeare Camp  July 6-17 with Una Harrison
There are many parts for young actors of all ages and experience levels.
The camp will be held Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm
Camp fee is $200 if registered by 5/1/15; $225 after 5/1/15, registration closes 6/15/15

Summer Dance Camp August 3-14 with Bonita Brown from Virginia State University
The camp will be held M - F from 10 to 4
Camp fee is $200

Summer Chess at Petersburg Area Art League

Championship Chess presents a systematic, fun way to build chess skills during chess instruction and while students play. Studies show that chess improves math, reading and problem-solving and our methods connect these academic benefits to our classes. Classes include instruction as well as chess play and guided analysis. 

v  Days and Times:  Monday through Friday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm

v  Dates: Summer Camp starts July 20th to July 24th (5 days, 3 hours per day)

v  Who can play: The session is open to all students in rising 2nd through 6th grade or to younger students if they already know how to play. Note: For the class to meet, we need at least 10 players.han July

v  Cost:  $199.00, or if paid on or before July 15th, pay only $179.00 including instructional materials

v  Registration/Payment: Please clip and send in the registration form below with your check payable to: Championship Chess of Greater Richmond or pay online at under the Register tab via paypal. We will confirm your payment and registration by email.

Championship Chess Staff and Method Championship Chess Instructors utilize a complete curriculum introducing chess skills to beginners incrementally and improving players’ skills and strategies in the opening, middle and endgame. Each player will receive a chess workbook.


Bon Air Chess Clubfree, all ages. 7:00–9:30 pm, 1st & 3rd Friday every month. Prizes. 10660 Duryea Drive, 23235

Contact Information: Brian Garbera, 804-921-2410;


Are you interested in teaching a class or workshop at PAAL?

All of our instructors are professional artists who want to share their knowledge and training because they love what they do. If you would like to teach at the Petersburg Area Art League, please mail or email the Teachers Submission form and Teachers Agreement below and be sure to note our term dates when you are proposing a class.

Proposals are accepted on an on-going basis, but should be submitted by the dates indicated below. Teaching proposals may involve courses using several media, organized around themes, working across arts, around social, cultural or historical concepts, but the mission of the PAAL is a focus on Visual art. Our facilities include 2 visual art studios and 2 gallery spaces located on the second floor.

Our programs are structured in four terms:

  • Spring: March–May: submit proposals by January.

  • Summer: June–August (very limited class availability): submit by March.

  • Fall: September–November: submit proposals by June.

  • Winter: December–February: submit proposals by October.

These Classes and Clubs also meet at PAAL:

  • Festival Chorus meets at PAAL on Tuesdays. For more information please call Gena Sullivan at 862-3706
  • Cockade City Camera Club meets the 4th Thursday of each month at 7PM at PAAL. For more information call John Rooney at 804-833-4977
  • Soul Steppers R' Us meets each Wednesday evening at 6 upstairs at PAAL.  Classes are taught by Ivy Goode and admission is $5 per week.