Month: March 2014

Exploring clay


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The Wednesday afternoon art class recently explored the medium of oil-based clay.

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Students explored many different building techniques as they learned how to work with this type of clay.

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Students created clay coils and ropes and learned how to build with rope coils.

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Everyone enjoyed exploring and learning new building techniques with oil-based clay.

Basket weaving workshop


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Linda Kirgis led the beginning basket weaving workshop at the Art Junction recently.

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This workshop had participants of all ages from first graders to adults.

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There were many steps in learning the process of creating a basket.

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This was a fun, challenging and enjoyable Saturday morning as everyone learned something new.

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This was a very hands-on project as everyone learned the true meaning of creating a craft.

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A craft is a pastime or a profession that requires some particular kind of skilled work. In a historical sense, particularly as pertinent to the Middle Ages and earlier, the term is usually applied to people occupied in small-scale production of goods, or their maintenance, for example by tinkers. The traditional terms craftsman and craftswoman are nowadays often replaced by artisan and rarely by craftsperson (craftspeople).

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I was impressed by everyone’s dedication, attention and skill as every participant finished a wonderful, unique basket.

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We had a wonderful instructor and a great time of fellowship in the studio of the Art Junction.

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If this workshop interests you, join us for our next basket workshop at the Art Junction later this year!

Picasso portriats


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Wednesday afternoon art students recently learned about the artist Pablo Picasso.

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Students explored the ideas of figures and shapes and how Picasso placed facial features in non-traditional places to show the human form in new ways.

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Students began by cutting out the outline of a figure.

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Students had to imagine looking at the side view of themselves as they cut out the figure.

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This required a lot of concentration as students thought through all of the shapes needed for their portrait.

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Students used a wide variety of colors, shapes and papers to create their Picasso portrait.

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Students evoked similar ideas of shape and color as they had fun with changing the location of facial features on their portraits.

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Everyone enjoyed stretching their creative ideas while learning about Pablo Picasso and creating a non-traditional collage portrait.

Beginning Basket Weaving


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Beginning Basket Weaving

Instructor Linda Kirgis will teach a class on “how to create a small beginner basket”.

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Cost $15    Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014

We still have 2 open seats for this class!  Contact us today to save your place!

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9 a.m. – 1 p.m.    All materials provided.

Class size is limited to 8. Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

For more information contact Kevin Casto at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com

The Art Junction is located at 2634 Prairie Street New Haven, OH. Next to the New Haven United Methodist Church.

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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 https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

Symbol painting


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We have an on-going painting project at the Willard Hope Center with the student members.

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Students are creating paintings based upon symbols of the Christian church.

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We have had different students working each session on the paintings, and it has really become a community project.

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Students are learning about their own abilities as they step out in faith to push their artistic skills in new areas.

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Students are also learning about symbols of the church and how they tell a story.  Their artwork will be on sale this spring to help support the work of the Hope Center.

Hearts


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Students in the Wednesday afternoon art class learned about the artist Jim Dine and his series on hearts.

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Students began their own heart image and the first step was to divide the paper into quarters and create four heart drawings.

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Students began to repeat the heart shape with various colors of watercolor paints.

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Jim Dine loves things. Influenced as a young artist in the 1960s by pop art, he turns objects and images, like hearts, from our everyday lives into the subjects of his work.

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Students continued to build up more layers of color around their hearts.

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For Jim Dine the hearts function as a “sign that one can care, that there is a constant presence of feeling.”

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The heart is also significant in the larger context of Dine’s work—he has returned to this image time and time again throughout his career, using it as a space on which to project his thoughts and emotions.

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The final step was to outline the hearts with various color of marker to high light the heart shape.

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It was interesting to see the many layers of color.

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Everyone enjoyed the process of creating and learning to add color with this project.  Painting is fun!