The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents three visual art camps during July at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Each camp provides an engaging opportunity for young artists to have fun while exploring hands-on art making through a variety of activities—from sketching and watercolor painting to assemblage sculpture and bookmaking. Projects help campers build a foundation of art techniques and concepts, and the resulting artwork will be part of a public exhibit at the VAC. Each camp also includes outdoor adventures in Newport’s historic Nye Beach neighborhood. Each camp is designed for particular age-groups (see below), and camp fees include all materials, snacks and a customized art camp T-shirt.
Instructor Jane Myrick teaches the first of these for students aged 9 to 11 years, Coast Creations, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 15-18. Using the Oregon Coast as inspiration, campers practice multiple artist mediums, including sketching, watercolor painting, paper quilling, mosaics and more. Registration fee is $225; students should bring brown-bag lunches; class size is limited to 15.