Jun 26, 2024
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Newport Visual Arts Center

777 NW Beach Drive, Newport, OR 97365



(Materials included)

Make a Valhalla Ladder “Wind Sculpture”
For adults and youth (ages 12+)


About the class:
Learn to make a Valhalla Ladder, sometimes referred to as a “wind sculpture” or driftwood garland. It is said that while exploring lands, Vikings would gather driftwood from new shores as souvenirs and string them up on display in their homes after returning from their travels. We’ll start by exploring the beach nearby (weather permitting) and collect any driftwood or shells we come across. We’ll then take our “souvenirs” back to the classroom and assemble them into a garland to take home and display.

Additional info:
All class materials will be provided. Students may bring their own pieces of collected driftwood or shells (optional). Maximum 12 students.

Scholarships may be available. If funds are a barrier to learning, apply for financial assistance HERE.

About the instructor:
Gary Herd is a Waldport Artist who has been painting large-scale murals for over 15 years. He attended college as a Graphic Artist, teaching him the fundamentals of artistic composition. Since then, he has painted over 40 murals in his career. Gary is also a woodworker, sharing his talents on his YouTube channel for over 6 years. His biggest accomplishment has been being chosen over thousands of applicants as a contestant on NBC’s hit show “Making It,” which he said was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Newport Visual Arts Center

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