after-school program

Beads


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Students at the Willard Hope Center created with beads this spring.

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Students created necklaces or bracelets.

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Using various types of beads, students used basic skills of design and knot-tying.

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Everyone was very involved in this fun project.

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Students enjoyed this project.

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It was great to see all of the students engaged in this hands-on project.

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Everyone had something handmade to take home and wear.

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The Art Junction enjoys spending time with the students at the Willard Hope Center.

 

Clay


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Working with clay is always fun at the Willard Hope Center.

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There seems to be something to the hand-building experience that draws all of the students to want to work with clay.

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Everyone enjoyed the process of working with clay.

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Clay grabs the attention and focus of the students like few other mediums we explore.

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The Hope Center in Willard offers many great after-school opportunities for kids in Willard.

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The Art Junction enjoys giving the students an art experience with only creative expectations.

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It’s great to see everyone take the time to unplug and be creative.

Cookie decorating


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Our last visit to the Willard Hope Center for 2015 was filled with cookie decorating.

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With six dozen cookies to decorate students were busy icing many cookies.

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Everyone enjoyed the frantic process of decorating.

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Adding sprinkles and other colored sugars was a delight to all.

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The busy hum of cookie decorating.

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Making and eating their creations!

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Some examples of cookies before they were eaten!

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Art games


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On a recent trip to the Willard Hope Center we played an old drawing game with the students.

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Like the old win lose or draw game show on TV, everyone took turns guessing what was being drawn.

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After getting over the “I can’t draw syndrome”, everyone had fun guessing each others drawings.

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Finally everyone wanted to draw and be a part of the game, and the drawing phobia disappeared as fun took over!

Art at the Hope Center


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The Art Junction is again working with students at the Willard Hope Center on Thursday afternoons.

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For our first week we explored drawing Minions, which seem to be a big favorite with kids.

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After reviewing some basic shapes, everyone jumped into the drawing process using some simple directions.

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There was a lot of energy in our afternoon art session.

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All were proud of their drawing efforts.

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Here are some examples of the students’ work:

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Everyone enjoyed learning to draw a minion and having some fun in the process.

Hope and Love


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Students at the Willard Hope Center completed their “Love”paintings this summer.

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The last step to this fun project was to add some clear gloss to the paintings to add a shine.

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The paintings will be sold in a silent auction at the 2015 Hope Fest on August 16.

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The funds raised from the sale of the students’ paintings will go to fund activities at the Hope Center.

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The students did an excellent job with their mixed media paintings.

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I hope the community will come and support the kids through this free concert event!

 

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Here are some more examples of the students’ cooperative work.

 

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Adding more


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Hope Center members added more color and lines to their love paintings recently.

 

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Everyone actively added more to their images as we prepared final layers of color before spray-painting the paintings.

 

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Here are some examples of the paintings and the process they are currently in.

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The students really enjoy the painting process.

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Here are some examples of the paintings.

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Lettering


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Students at the Willard Hope Center were exploring adding lettering to their images recently.

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Students used stencils to transfer the letters to their canvases.

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Focus and concentration were a large part of our painting session at the Hope Center.

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The students’ work is slowly taking shape as they add more layers to their images based on the idea of love.

Symbols


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Hope Center members work to complete their symbol paintings for the Hope Center Auction.

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Adding lines, color and texture have been many of the lessons the student members have explored through this year-long project.

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Every week we have worked with the students we have had different students work on the paintings which has truly made this work a community effort.

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Everyone has learned about symbols in the Christian church and symbols that we encounter in daily life.

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Many of the symbols we see we take for granted, and many of the symbols we encounter we really don’t understand their meaning.  Hope Center students have explored these ideas in this project.

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It has been interesting to see what images have drawn the students interest and how they have interacted with the work.

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It has been fun to see them interact and grow as they explore visual art.

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Here are some examples of their work in progress.

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The next post will show the next step as the students learn how to apply stencils and spray paint to their images.

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