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 April Hoff teaches the second of these for students aged 12 to 14 years, For the Birds, which runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 22-25. Campers make two simple book structures (flip and pop-out) along with an assemblage sculpture, while learning printmaking (monotype and linocut), drawing (gestural and still life) and acrylic painting. Registration fee is $225; students should bring brown-bag lunches; class size is limited to 15.