Spaces are still available for middle school students interested in exploring the intersection of art and theater at the upcoming season of Art Fridays in Newport.

The popular youth-arts learning program, hosted by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, will return for another eight-week fall season titled “Creating for the Stage,” starting on Friday, Oct. 5.

During the first four classes, students will develop props and masks to be included in the performance work, “Rick Bartow: In Spirit,” to be premiered at the Newport Performing Arts Center in December. Students will be guided by class instructors Marcy Kenyon and Tash Wesp, with input from theater director Marc Maislin. During the last four classes, students will develop mini puppet theater works, focusing on clay-building, puppet-building, costume design, backdrop painting and story boarding. The mini puppet theater classes will be led by instructor Eileen Hearne.

The Arts Friday program offers hands-on visual arts learning geared toward middle-school students aged 10 to 14. Classes run from 3:45-5:45 pm on Fridays from Oct. 5 through Nov. 30. Registration fees are $12 per class or $84 for the eight-week series. Some scholarships are available.

For more information or to receive the Art Friday program registration form, call Tom Webb at 541-265-6569, email or go to

Prop-Making & Mask-Making: Oct. 5, 12, 19 & 26

Instructors: Marcy Kenyon, Tash Wesp

Mini Puppet Theater: Nov. 2, 9, 16 & 30

Instructor: Eileen Hearne

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