3D design

Helmet


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One of my amazing students is creating a helmet in the style of Boba Fett.

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Ben began with research into various helmets from Star Wars and decided upon a mandalorian helmet.

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Using recycled materials Ben is carefully crafting his helmet.

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Now into the paper mache process the helmet is taking shape.

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It’s exciting to see the process of Ben’s work as it continues to take shape.

Charles Casto -Exhibition of a Creative Life


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     Retrospective

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       “I made signs before I could talk”

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at The Art Junction

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

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Opening Reception with the artist Saturday, October 11, 2014 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

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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 https://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

Wednesday Afternoon Fall 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: $15.00 a student for 6 sessions Students are responsible for all their art materials!

 Or

 Cost $25 a student for 6 sessions Instructor supplies all materials!

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Date: Beginning Wednesday, September 24 – October 29, 2014

4:00-4:40 pm 1st-4th grade students

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

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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.

 

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

Spring family art day


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We had a wonderful family art day this year.

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Everyone had the opportunity to create a butterfly out of various materials.

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We had air dry clay, clothes pins, craft wire and paint available to use.

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We had some wonderful creations.

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It was great to see families creatively working together.

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Everyone enjoyed the creative process.

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It was fun to see all of the decisions everyone made in the process of creating their butterflies.

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There were many unique butterfly designs.

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The final step was to add paint to the butterfly.

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Everyone had their own idea on what their creation needed for a finishing touch.

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Everyone enjoyed creating a 3D butterfly.

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Join us for our winter family art day in December!

 

Poppies for Veteran’s Day


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Student members at the Willard Hope Center created poppies for their Veteran’s Day Dinner.

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After listening and learning about the tradition of poppies for Veteran’s Day, everyone learned how to make poppies out of tissue paper and flexi-sticks.

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The remembrance poppy has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war.

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Inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields“, they were first used by the American Legion to commemorate American soldiers who died in that war (1914–1918). They were then adopted by military veterans‘ groups in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Today, they are mainly used in the UK and Canada to commemorate their servicemen and women who have been killed in all conflicts since 1914.

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The small artificial poppies are often worn on clothing for a few weeks before Veterans Day/ Remembrance Day/Armistice Day (11 November).

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The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields“. Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves in Flanders, a region of Europe that overlies parts of Belgium and France.

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The poem was written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on 3 May 1915 after witnessing the death of his friend, a fellow soldier, the day before. The poem was first published on 8 December 1915 in the London-based magazine Punch.

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In 1918, American YWCA worker Moina Michael, inspired by the poem, published a poem of her own called “We Shall Keep the Faith“.  In tribute to McCrae’s poem, she vowed to always wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in the war.

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At a November 1918 YWCA Overseas War Secretaries’ conference, she appeared with a silk poppy pinned to her coat and distributed 25 more to those attending.  She then campaigned to have the poppy adopted as a national symbol of remembrance.

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At a conference in 1920, the National American Legion adopted it as their official symbol of remembrance.  At this conference, Frenchwoman Anna E. Guérin was inspired to introduce the artificial poppies commonly used today.

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Students were made aware of this symbol that has somewhat been forgotten, and they have had the opportunity to remember those have fought and died for our freedom through making poppies and participating in a Veteran’s Day Dinner at the Hope Center.

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By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

 In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

 Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Bead Day


 

On Saturday, November 3, the Art Junction held its first bead workshop.

Participants explored creating clay beads from Sculpey polymer clay.

Exploring was the name of the day as everyone discovered colors and mixing techniques as well as different types of beads to create.

For most of the participants this was a first experience with creating clay beads; everyone learned new techniques and everyone was surprised by how quickly two hours passed for the workshop.

Here are some examples of the beads created on Bead Day.