The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA) will host a community open house for its Art Fridays youth-arts program on Saturday, December 10, noon to 3pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Drive). The open house marks the completion of the fall Art Fridays session and attendees will receive the class schedule for the upcoming winter session (February 10- March 17). An exhibit of student art created during the fall Art Fridays classes will be unveiled in the VAC’s Classroom Gallery, and participants will enjoy hands-on art projects in painting grocery bags and making gift tags for the holiday season. The painted grocery bags will then be placed on the staircases around the VAC and serve as receptacles for a VAC community food drive running December 11-31. The VAC food drive is being conducted in coordination with Food Share of Lincoln County and the gift tags are being prepared for the Mrs. Santa program in Toledo.
“The Art Fridays fall 2016 session sold out, with over 160 registrations for 10 art classes,” says OCCA VAC director Tom Webb. “Parents and students who attend the open house will have the first opportunity at signing up for the 12 different classes to be presented during winter 2017, including a two-part series based on the paintings of Betty LaDuke and individual classes in self-portraits and seascapes.” Instructors in the Art Fridays’ winter session include Lynn Bishop, Eileen Hearn and Erin Price.
The Art Fridays youth-arts program through the OCCA began in fall 2015 and has been steadily growing during winter, spring and fall 2016 offerings. The program’s focus is on hands-on arts projects geared toward middle-school students, though older and younger students are accepted upon consultation. Primary art mediums have included painting and drawing, though other media such as ceramics, felting and papier mache have been included as well.
The Art Fridays winter session will include 12 classes offered over a 7-week period. The program will utilize the VAC’s two primary classrooms, with class limits ranging from 8 to 20 students. Registration fees are $12 per individual class or $72 for a series of seven classes (scholarships are available). The Art Fridays youth-arts program enjoys the support of the OCCA Youth-Arts Fund and the Nancy Jane Reid Youth-Arts Fund, both administered by the OCCA.
Food Share of Lincoln County encourages donations of high-protein items such as peanut butter, hearty soups, chili and canned tuna or chicken. Basic self-care items will be accepted as well.
Donations to the VAC food drive can be made Tuesday-Sunday, 11am-5pm. The Classroom Gallery at the VAC is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4pm.
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