Month: July 2013

Art Camp -day 2


On day 2 of Art Camp students reviewed their outdoors paintings and used masking tape to cover elements they wanted to save before adding more paint to the images.


This process was a new experience for the campers.


Campers explored adding thin layers of solid color to allow the previous layers to peek through.

100_4701A close-up of their work in progress.


After adding some some solid color to their paintings, students returned to the studio to create stencil shapes to add to the images and also allow for some drying time.


Stencils made by the campers.


Everyone enjoyed using the spray paint to bring their stencil ideas to life.


Campers really had a wonderful opportunity to explore the creative process through this painting project.


The completed images by this year’s Art Campers.


Expressive painting class -week 3


The third week of our painting class was very fun to watch and experience as the participants immersed themselves in the creative process.


Many different techniques were tried, explored and developed this week.


It was great to experience all of the creative energy as the participants went into action working on their paintings.


Digital Photography Club


The Art Junction announces:

The Digital Photography Club


The next meeting will be Thursday, August 1, 2013 from 7-8 p.m. at the Art Junction in New Haven, Ohio. 



Amanda Kiplinger, local photographer from Polk, Ohio, will be speaking to the group as she presents her photographic work in the area of landscape photography. Amanda will share her passion and interest in photography, which began when she picked up her first camera at the age of twelve. Amanda states in her biography: “Growing up on a dairy farm in Ashland County gave me many opportunities to photograph landscapes, my favorite subject. While other teenagers were busy taking pictures of their friends making goofy faces, I was trying to imitate my favorite landscape photographer, Ansel Adams. Several years later I decided to make my love of photography into a profession.”


Amanda not only photographs the landscape, she also writes about nature. She has had nine articles with supporting photographs published in Nature Photographer Magazine as well as photographs only published in Cobblestone Magazine, Michigan-Out-of-Doors, and Truth Consciences Magazine. She has participated in a group exhibition (with multiple artists) at the Art Cellar Gallery and shown her work at Ashland’s ODOT (one person show), the Ashland Art Center (one person show), and Wassenberg October Photography Show. Recently she had a photograph accepted to the Vermont Photography Workplace. Two galleries represent Amanda: the Creative Chateau in Ashland, Ohio and Art 101 Gallery in Medina, Ohio. She also has work hanging in the Mansfield Art Center’s gallery shop in Mansfield, Ohio.


Amanda will be having an exhibition of her work “Buckeye Landscapes” at The Art Junction September 14 through October 5, 2013.



The Digital Photography Club is free and open to all with an interest in sharing and learning more about photography.  Meetings will be the 1st Thursday of each month from 7-8 p.m. The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street New Haven, Ohio next to the New Haven United Methodist Church.

For more information contact Kevin at 419-935-3404 or email:


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 or visit our blog

What an Arts Education Meant to Me

gravityby Anna Musky-Goldwyn

I recently started volunteering at an LA-based non-profit called P.S. ARTS that brings funded arts education to various Los Angeles public school districts. Art classes in school have always felt like a very special and necessary thing and with all of the cuts we see these days around the country, it gave me a little bit of solace to know there was an organization out there trying to remedy that gap. On getting involved, one of the things they asked me about was what my arts education meant to me. I started to contemplate that and it seemed like this vast array of color and enthusiasm that I would never be able to navigate. But then when I started to narrow it down a bit, I came to the obvious, and important conclusion, that without an arts education, I would not be the person I am today.


It’s hard to think about where it all began — the decision to be an artist, of sorts, for the rest of my life. I can link it back to so many things, but one of my earliest memories pops into mind. When I was in preschool, we did a production of Henny Penny (‘the sky is falling, the sky is falling’). True to my nature, I was a bit grumpy when I found out I would only have the small role of being one of the baby foxes, while my other friends got to play the leads. I was four, so forgive me if my memory of it isn’t sharp, but even though I was just a baby fox, not a goose, not a hen, I felt this enormous sense of ownership of the play, of my role, of being in this show that took place in our tiny classroom in the basement of a New Jersey townhouse. I would not relent, I would not mess up, I would not forget my lines. Even though I respected the roles of my classmates and teachers, as much as any four-year-old can comprehend that idea of that, I felt that this play was mine and it has thus stuck in my mind almost twenty years later.


So what did I want to be when I grew up? I wanted to be that same kid I was at age four. I wanted ownership of something creative, to be proud of and responsible for something larger than myself. The various avenues that art classes throughout elementary, middle, and high school took me down led to unknown places with different people. They showed me skills I didn’t know I had, but more importantly, introduced me to as many ways I could imagine of expressing myself. It always sounded corny, ‘expressing yourself.’ Did I really need the help to say who I was, how I felt? The answer for most of us is, yes. We do. We need an immense amount of help to really get to the core of it, to find ourselves in a better, more secure place.


There was a moment in middle school when I was asked to join an afterschool arts program. Now, who is to say how my middle school art teachers really judged that my artistic capacity was good enough for this program? But, it felt like a sort of validation, and I think for some reason validation proves important for anyone. Beyond this validation though, this program taught me what really matters about art — community. Living in a town where the cool thing was sports, where it was okay to be smart, but sometimes not quite as okay to be an artist or a theater kid, it felt like a gift to be with other preteens going through their awkward phase who were also into making things, telling stories, creating. There was no judgment from one another — okay there was some… But for the most part we had fun, we threw pottery and made dirty jokes. We painted on large canvases and ate bagels. It was the perfect environment for a middle-school artist. Things happened in this space that meant something to the thirteen-year-old me. I made one of my closest friends, I got to (proudly) turn down a boy who ‘asked me out’, I listened to cool bands on other kids’ mp3 players (pre-iPod), I felt like there was a little place for me in this weird conglomerate of students.


That was what I wanted. That was what I always felt, from that point on, what I deserved as a creative person — other creative people. My arts education from an early age taught me that that was possible. When I started talking (not singing, talking) to myself in the shower, reciting made up exchanges of dialogue between two fictional people in my imagination, I suspected all hope was lost. When I started writing these weird things down, I was sure all hope was lost. I would be a writer. It took me a while to get to the point where I pursued it, but in a way I always knew. I didn’t mind writing essays, and when I would force myself to write in a journal I felt a sort of liberation. I went through my teenage years and into my early twenties always having a feeling about this, but never being quite certain. Now that I’ve committed, made up my mind, found myself extending my education to become a screenwriter, it all seems to clear. All I ever wanted was to feel like four-year-old me again. I wanted to be that baby fox, experience the excitement of storytelling. I wanted to recognize again what it felt like to have people surrounding me who don’t judge on who my friends are or what sport I play, but who want to read my writing, and in film school and in the larger scope of Los Angeles, I’ve found that. I want to tell stories. My chosen medium, for the time being, is through words and through imaginary people. But, having had the privilege to learn about and create all kinds of art as a kid, a teenager, and an adult, it’s clear that storytelling is universal, each us just needs to find our medium.

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Art Camp -day 1


This year Art Camp focused on the theme of color.


We began with a warm-up exercise to work together combining small amounts of color and lines with other media.


This fun little exercise has some wonderful results.


Campers discussed color, images, and shapes, and we talked about how we combined these elements in our last little exercise.

100_4647Campers worked as a team incorporating their ideas on two large outdoor paintings.


Everyone had fun exploring how to cover the large white areas.


It was a little intimidating at first, but eventually everyone jumped into the creative experience!


Splattering the paint was lots of fun!


Using the brush and mixing colors had several creative challenges that were soon overcome.


The introduction of spray paint and learning how to use it gave the paintings a whole new level of fun and new layers of color.


By the close of day one campers were covered with paint and creative expression.


Campers were tired after a full morning of color exploration and painting.


But everyone was looking forward to day 2 and continuing the creative process of Art Camp.


Expressive painting class -week 2


Participants in the expressive painting class really began to explore many different ways to use paint to express an idea or theme.


By the end of class everyone had begun to loosen up and try some new painting ideas to begin to bring their thoughts and ideas to life on their canvas.

Art Camp Jr.


Art Camp Jr. was held this past week, and all of the kids enjoyed our theme of bugs.


On the first day of camp everyone explored building their own imaginary bug out of found objects in the Art Junction.  The second day, campers worked on painting and designing their bugs.


Campers also created chalk art bugs using many new techniques.


Campers also used watercolor paint to begin a bug painting.


Adding marker to the watercolor design, campers defined their images with strong lines.


Examples of some wonderfully fun bugs.


Picasso said that “every child is an artist.  The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.”  I think I know the answer: continue to make art with kids.


Finally we explored mixing primary and secondary colors with paint scrapers.


Everyone enjoyed the action and texture created with scrapers and paints.


Art Camp Jr. was a wonderful time of exploration, creativity and plain old fun!


Expressive painting class -week 1


The first session of the expressive painting class was lots of fun as participants met each other and became familiar with tools, materials, and our studio space.


Looking to week 2, participants will add another layer to their image and begin to explore a theme or image(s) to add to their painting.

Digital Photography Club


There will be NO Digital Photography Club meeting this Thursday, July 4, 2013!

Enjoy the holiday and take lots of images!


The next meeting will be August 1, 2013 at 7pm at the Art Junction.

We will have a special guest speaker: Ohio photographer, Amanda Kiplinger.  You won’t want to miss this special evening!