The Newport Visual Arts Center has unveiled a new slate of adult learning programs, with visual art workshops, classes and open-studio opportunities taking place throughout the summer.

The series will begin on Sunday, July 14, with “Japanese Auspicious Symbolism,” a lecture and workshop from Sachiko Otsuki, starting at 1 pm.

Ostuki will introduce students to the meanings behind auspicious symbols such as cranes, turtles, pine, bamboo and plum.

After the one-hour lecture, students will develop their own ideas and create a card featuring auspicious symbols from 2:30 to 4:30 pm. Students should bring a sketchbook and pencil. Tuition is $25.

Otsuki holds a Ph.D equivalent in Japanese Art History. She studied at Kanazawa College of Art, Japan, and has been working in the field of education as a teacher and a curator for more than 20 years. Currently she is an instructor of Art History at the Oregon Coast Community College and an independent curator.

The series will continue on Saturday, July 27, with “Seascape in a Day,” where instructor Gina Nielsen will guide students through the process of creating their own painting using the Bob Ross “wet-on-wet” technique. Students will be able to experience how oil paints blend so easily and also how fast and easy it is to make a painting they will be proud of.

The workshop will run from 9 am to 5 pm, with tuition of $80 covering all supplies. Students just need to bring an apron.

The Newport Visual Arts Center will also be offering Open Studio hours from 2 to 6 pm on Saturdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Some supplies are provided and a $5 donation is suggested.

To sign up for these or other adult classes, call Sara Siggelkow at 608-346-0697 or contact Tom Webb at 541-265-6569 or New adult art classes will be added on an ongoing basis; see for updates.

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