Adult learning programs offered at VAC

Instructor Sachiko Ostuki will give a lecture and workshop called Japanese Auspicious Symbolism on Sunday, July 14, at the Newport Visual Arts Center. This workshop has been scheduled in conjunction with the upcoming visit by delegates from Mombetsu, Japan, Newport’s sister city. (Courtesy photo)

Adult learning opportunities have always existed at the Newport Visual Arts Center, but they were typically presented on a drop-in or multi-day workshop basis. Starting this summer, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts will be launching a more formalized series of visual art workshops, classes and open-studio opportunities for adults.

Community members are encouraged to follow the new OCCA website ( and OCCA and VAC newsletters for timely updates. New adult art classes will be added on an ongoing basis.

The first lecture and workshop will be Japanese Auspicious Symbolism, on July 14. What do you think when you see textiles, bowls or paintings having designs of cranes and turtles? What about pine, bamboo and plum? These motifs have certain meanings in a certain context.

Join instructor Sachiko Ostuki on Sunday, July 14, at 1 p.m. for an hour lecture. This class introduces some Japanese and East Asian symbolism, especially for auspicious occasions. The number of participants is limited to 25.

Following this one-hour lecture, a slide show and examining examples about these symbols, students will develop their own ideas and create a card in a two-hour session, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Participants should bring a sketchbook and pencil.

The cost is $25, including paper and watercolors. The Japanese Auspicious Symbolism workshop has been scheduled in conjunction with the upcoming visit by delegates from Mombetsu, Japan, Newport’s sister city.

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 more than 20 years. Currently, she is an instructor of art history at Oregon Coast Community College and an independent curator.

On July 27, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a workshop called Wet-on-Wet Painting Technique: Seascape in a Day, with instructor Gina Nielsen.

Learn to paint in one day 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.

Paint the basics and take home a finished painting to display in your home. With the understanding of the simple techniques class, participants can continue to paint long afterward with more ease and confidence than ever before.

The registration fee for this workshop is $80, which covers all supplies, including a 16 by 20-inch canvas. Use of easels is provided — people just need an apron.

There will be open studio opportunities at the VAC from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays, Aug. 3, 10, 17 and 24. Drop in and paint from the VAC’s ocean-view classrooms. Some supplies will be provided, and no reservations are required. There is a $5 suggested donation.

To sign up for these or other adult classes, call OCCA Arts Learning Coordinator Sara Siggelkow at 608-346-0697 or OCCA VAC Director Tom Webb at 541-265-6569 or [email protected]. Request to be added to the adult-learning email listserv. Or find a registration form at


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