Lila Passarelli will teach a “Poor Man’s Encaustic” class at the Newport 60+ Activity Center this month, using Crayola crayons instead of beeswax.

Passarelli discovered the technique 35 years ago while on vacation in Quartzite, Arizona, when she met a lady making greeting cards using melted Crayola crayons. This was so fascinating that, after several visits to the booth, she was invited to the lady’s trailer and got a basic lesson in “hot wax” painting.

Passarelli’s class will run from 10 am to noon on Thursdays, June 6 and 13, at 20 SE 2nd Street. Supplies and tools will be provided.

Tuition is $15. To sign up, drop by the center, call 541-265-9617 or go to

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