Art Fridays has returned to the Newport Visual Arts Center for a spring session with a difference — offering kids aged seven to 13 the chance to create banner quilts and mosaics for display in Nye Beach.

Titled “Nye Beach Banners — Creating Mosaics and Quilts,” the project will see students receive parts of banners that then become works of public art. Each student takes their banner tiles and paints both sides. One side has lines to be painted around and the other side has a theme that can be freely interpreted. The number of tiles per student will depend on the number of students participating.

When the different pieces are brought together to form a complete banner, one side will resemble a mosaic and the other side will look like a quilt. The group banners will then hang on light poles throughout Newport’s historic Nye Beach neighborhood from summer through fall.

In addition to the banner tiles, each student will receive a mini banner to decorate and keep. Students are also provided with a brush and assorted acrylic paints.

The Nye Beach Banners project is presented in collaboration with the Nye Beach Banner Project and the Nye Beach Merchants Association.

The project is geared toward second to eighth graders or as a family activity. No-contact project pick-up and drop off will take place from the Newport Visual Arts Center at 777 NW Beach Drive by appointment. There is a suggested donation of $15 per student. Banner pieces are due back to the center by June 5.

To register or for more information contact Sara Siggelkow, OCCA arts learning coordinator, at ssiggelkow@coastarts.org or 541-574-3364.

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