Month: December 2014

Poppies


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Students at the Willard Hope Center created poppies for their Veterans Day Dinner in November.

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The first step was to create the stem of the poppy by twisting two pipe cleaners together.

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The next step was to create a fan fold with five sheets of tissue paper.

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Students picked four red and one black sheet of tissue paper to create their poppy.

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Everyone worked hard to create enough poppies for each veteran attending the dinner.

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Everyone learned why poppies have become a symbol of Veterans Day.

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The poppy has a long association with Veterans Day. But how did the distinctive red flower become such a potent symbol of our remembrance of the sacrifices made in past wars?  Scarlet corn poppies grow naturally in conditions of disturbed earth throughout Western Europe. In late 1914 the fields of Northern France and Flanders were ripped open as World War One raged through Europe’s heart. Once the conflict was over the poppy was one of the only plants to grow on the otherwise barren battlefields.

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The significance of the poppy as a lasting memorial symbol to the fallen was realized by the Canadian surgeon John McCrae in his poem “In Flanders Fields.” The poppy came to represent the immeasurable sacrifice made by his comrades and quickly became a lasting memorial to those who died in World War One and later conflicts. Wearing of poppies has been a custom since 1924 in the United States.

Shades of gray


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The older students in our Wednesday Afternoon Art Class explored mixing shades of black and various tints of white in our final project of the autumn.

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Students divided their project into geometric shapes with a ruler and pencil.

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The next step was to add different types of blacks and white to their images.

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This project challenged the students’ skills as they learned to combine many different concepts together into one idea.

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The students worked hard as they focused their attention on this project.

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Maybe you can join us for our next session beginning in January!

Clay monsters


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Wednesday afternoon art students explored clay for their last class of the autumn session.

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Students explored basic clay concepts as they learned how to use the clay and form various geometrical shapes.

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Students created a basic pinch pot and began to transform it into a clay monster.

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Everyone was focused on the building process.

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Students were given the opportunity to incorporate craft sticks, wire, beads and pipe cleaners into their monster creations.

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Everyone enjoyed the process and working with the clay.

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Each student had a different method of creating their clay monster.

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It’s fun to see how each student takes the creative process in a different direction.

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I hope you have enjoyed seeing their clay monsters created out of oil-based clay and a few odds and ends around our studio.  Maybe you can join us for our next session this winter?

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Cat Collage


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Wednesday Afternoon Art students explored collage with non-traditional materials this autumn.

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Students began with a drawing of a cat using basic shapes. They then transferred their idea into paper shapes which they cut out.

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The next step was to cut out and glue all of the body shapes using newsprint.

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This required a lot of focus as students referred back to their initial drawing during the creative process.

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Students enjoyed the process which was much like creating a puzzle as they made parts and put them together.

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The scrap paper box was very handy in adding details to the cats with many different colors.

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Here are some examples of the students’ collages.

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Maybe you can join us for our winter classes beginning in January?

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Drawing


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The Art Junction offers a variety of workshops and classes to explore new concepts in art and build skills like our introduction to drawing class.

Merry Christmas!


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Merry Christmas from the Art Junction! [ A Child Has Been Born ] A child has been born for us. We have been given a son who will be our ruler. His names will be Wonderful Advisor and Mighty God, Eternal Father and Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 CEV

Pointillistic pumpkins


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Wednesday afternoon art students explored pointillism and pumpkins this autumn.

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Students employed tempera paint and cotton swabs to create their art.

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Using warm colors and pumpkin colors in a pattern of dots, students worked to create a unique dot-based pumpkin.

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Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.

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The term “Pointillism” was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation. 

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After completing their painted pumpkins, students cut out their images and applied them to a solid color background.

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Here are some examples of the students work.

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Maybe you can join us for our winter classes beginning in January.

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Winter Art Classes


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Wednesday Afternoon

Winter Art Classes

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 Classes will cover art history, visual & motor skills, principals of art & design, creative thinking, basic drawing, painting and 3D art concepts as well as integrate with basic educational concepts of math, science, language and history.

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Cost: $20.00 a student for 8 sessions Students are responsible for all of their art materials!

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 Cost $30 a student for 8 sessions Instructor supplies all materials!

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Dates: Beginning Wednesday, January 21 – March 18, 2015

There will be no class on Wednesday, February 11, 2015.

4:00-4:40 pm 1st– 4th grade students

4:45-5:30 pm 5th – 12th grade students

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*If bad weather cancels Willard City SchoolsArt Classes will be canceled and a make-up date will be added.

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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

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Artists’ Open Studio


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The Art Junction was thrilled to exhibit work from the Artists’ Open Studio in the winter of 2012.  Artists’ Open Studio, Inc. was created for adults with developmental disabilities from Huron County. However, it is a place for aspiring artists of all abilities who enjoy sharing their creative spirits among other local artists. Each person works independently, yet with the support and encouragement from the group and AOS staff. Artists come from many walks of life with various skills to our uninstructed meetings. Painting & ceramic studio artists gather weekly at Christie Lane in Norwalk.

Artists’ Open Studio sponsors an annual Art Exhibit – traditionally held the 3rd Friday of June at the Ernsthausen Performing Arts Center Gallery, 350 Shady Lane Dr, Norwalk. Artwork may be purchased at our shows or from our displays at Christie Lane with profits going directly to the artists. AOS also creates products for sale to purchase art supplies for the artists from Christie Lane. Purchases of handmade ceramic tile, recycled glass jewelry, note cards, stationary, and custom printing help to support AOS.

Renewing


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Classes at the Art Junction allow individuals to renew and discover their creative potential.  Maybe you can join us for an upcoming class or workshop?