Autumn landscape


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Wednesday afternoon art classes created a mixed media landscape recently.

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After using watercolor paint for a background, students employed ink for trees and a landscape.

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This required concentration and learning to control the brush.

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The final step was to add bright leaf color with sponges.

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Everyone enjoyed this project and the opportunity to use many types of media.

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The final results were very nice as well!  Maybe you can join us for Wednesday afternoon art classes this winter?

Thank-you!


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The Art Junction wishes to say a big thanks to the New Haven United Methodist Church for giving us the space we use for the gallery, art classes and studio space and to share it with our local community!  Thanks so much!  We have had over 600 visitors this year!

Assistant


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Alec Casto is the gallery & studio assistant at The Art Junction.  Alec is an emerging young artist who is developing his painting and photography skills. Here is his artist statement:  “I like viewing and exploring the area in which I live. My work attempts to allow the viewer to reexamine common vistas they tend to overlook or have become accustomed to in unique perspectives.”  Thanks for all you do at the Art Junction Alec!

Visit Alec’s photo blog at-  https://alecsimages.wordpress.com/

 

A 2nd grade visit


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Second grade students visited The Art Junction to view the landscape exhibition in October.

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Second grade students are learning about landscapes in art class, so, to incorporate this lesson with their local community, they visited an art gallery.

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Students had the opportunity to learn about landscape art through viewing the work of local artists who have created landscapes.

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Landscape art is the depiction in art of landscapes, natural scenery such as mountains, valleys, trees, rivers, and forests, and especially art where the main subject is a wide view, with its elements arranged into a coherent composition.

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In other works landscape backgrounds for figures can still form an important part of the work. Sky is almost always included in the view, and weather is often an element of the composition.

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Landscape photography shows spaces within the world, sometimes vast and unending, but other times microscopic. Landscape photographs typically capture the presence of nature but can also focus on man-made features or disturbances of landscapes.

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Students had a great opportunity to see many types of landscapes from their local environment and experience what it’s like to visit an art gallery.

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Students enjoyed their visit and learning about art outside of the school building.

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It’s important for students to learn that art is not just a subject in school but a pursuit that can be followed over a lifetime.

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The Art Junction’s Landscape exhibit was a great learning experience for the second grade students to learn about landscapes and to see how artists create and exhibit them.

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The most decorated U.S. soldier of World War II


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Audie Murphy, by Don Moore -Military Artist.  The Art Junction was thrilled to exhibit Don’s work in 2013. Don has received many awards for his artistic skill, service and excellence. His most prized achievements are: induction into the Sgt. Audie Murphy Club, knighted into the Order of St. George, and commissioned an admiral in the Texas navy.  Owner and operator of Don Moore Illustration since 1989, Don has had a variety of notable clients, including authors John Carroll, Robert Utley, Steve Wise and Paul Hutton; United States presidents Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush; and the magazines and corporations Armchair General Magazine, McDonnell Douglas Helicopter, the National Park Service, the Institute of Heraldry, and the History Channel.

Family Art Day


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On Saturday, December 6, 2014

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drop by the Art Junction between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon

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and create your own Candy Cane Christmas tree ornament out of sculpey clay.

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In one Saturday morning using a few hand-building skills families can create their own Christmas tree ornament together to celebrate the season.

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Cost is $5.00 per family (this helps to cover the cost of the materials) *and a canned food donation to the Willard Food Bank!

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Plus you can enjoy a free snack lunch and Christmas activities next door at the New Haven United Methodist Church at Family Art Day.

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For more information contact Kevin at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com Please sign up by 12/4/14

 

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The Art Junction is a community-based art education program designed to bring gallery space, local art exhibitions, lessons and creative opportunities to the Willard area for adults, teens, seniors, and children to learn to create together a better community! For more information on this or future programs at The Art Junction contact Kevin Casto M.A., Director, at 419-935-3404, email theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog http://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

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Closing Weekend


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Charles Casto

Retrospective

       “I made signs before I could talk”

Exhibition of a Creative Life

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Closing Weekend at The Art Junction

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2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays, October 11 – November 1, 2014 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

*Special showings upon request!

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Charles Casto artist, art educator, sign painter, and entrepreneur; this exhibition will examine his model of a creative life. Eisner (1998) states, “The act of creation -does not follow an unalterable schedule but is a journey that unfolds…a conversation between the worker and the work”. Come view the varied work that spans a 40-year sign painting/ billboard painter career, 31 years in art education and 50+ years in creative pursuits.

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            Art shows, exhibits and working as technical/art director of the theatre program were some of highlights of his tenure as a visual arts teacher.  Watching students develop their skills over four years and pursuing collegiate art and a career in the arts has been very satisfying to Charles.  He states that there is not a week that goes by that he does not hear from former art students who enjoyed his classes. Charles states, “I am thrilled with all of the former students who have continued in the arts as a career path and those who continue to pursue a creative life!”

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…A cabinetmaker’s son

His hands were meant for different work

And his heart was known to none

He left his home and went his lone and solitary way

And he gave to me a gift

I know I never can repay (Fogelberg, 1981).

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Come to the Art Junction and celebrate a creative life that has inspired many to pursue the arts. View Charles work and examples from former students who are now professional artists like Steve Axtel, Don Moore and others.

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The Art Junction is a community-based art education program designed to bring gallery space, local art exhibitions, lessons and creative opportunities to the Willard area for adults, teens, seniors, and children to learn to create together a better community! Located at 2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church. For more information on this or future programs at the Art Junction contact Kevin Casto M.A., Director, at 419-935-3404, Email theartjuction@yahoo.com or visit our blog http://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

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