arts education

Family Art Day


Join us for Family Art Day on Saturday, March 24, 2018.

On one Saturday morning your family can paint and

decorate a paper mache egg as you join us in

celebrating spring and renewal!


Cost is $5.00 per family (this helps to cover the cost of materials)

plus a canned food donation for the Willard Food Bank!


Enjoy a free lunch next door at the New Haven United Methodist Church as well as other crafts and activities.


Mail your registration to:

Kevin Casto

802 S. Main St.

Willard, Ohio 44890


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

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! The Art Junction is a ministry of 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 or visit our blog on Facebook


Soap-making workshop


On Saturday, November 2, 2013 we had our first soap-making workshop led by Sue Wolfe of Kait-Tana Soaps.


The workshop was sold out, and we did not have an empty seat in the studio.


Sue demonstrated the various techniques of soap-making to the class.


This was a very hands-on workshop.


Sue even brought her assistant, Kevin Wolfe, to aide everyone in the soap-making process.


Everyone was fully engaged in the creative process.


It was a labor of love as everyone had the opportunity to create two bars of soap and a 4oz bottle of lotion.


The studio still smells wonderful from this fun-filled workshop.


If you were unable to join us for the soap-making workshop in November, plan to join us in February for the next opportunity for good, clean fun!

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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Digital Photography Club

The Digital Photography Club


 Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 7-8 pm at The Art Junction in New Haven, Ohio. 


If you have an interest in digital photography, wish to meet others with the same interest, wish to share your images, learn more about photography, or just want to improve your skills. …this may be the place for you to explore and grow your interest in photography!


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.


If you are interested in participating or learning more, plan on attending June 6 at 7pm at The Art Junction in New Haven.  Bring your camera and an example of your photography to share!  This month we will be exploring pet/animal photography with some hands-on demonstrations.


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

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


Fall Home-school Art classes


The Fall Home-school art classes at the Art Junction began September 26.  Students explored a wide range of mediums, skills and techniques.


Students also explored the work of Wassily Kandinsky as they explored a study of circles and color using mixed media.


One of our older students explored expressive acrylic painting.


Students also explored landscape art while creating an image of the four seasons using mixed media.


Pumpkin painting was a great new method of using paint this autumn as students explored adding paint to a 3D surface.


Students explored mixing colors and the color wheel while creating a Mandala of color.


The classes were very hands-on and interactive as students explored many mediums, artists, and styles along with becoming a part of the creative process.


Fall classes ended on November 17 with students having a very wide-ranged experience.


Winter classes will begin Wednesday, January 23 and run for six sessions ending February 27.  If you are interested in participating in the winter session reserve your space today as space is limited.


Art Camp Jr.

We had our first Jr. Art Camp this year.  It was small in numbers but huge in fun!

Campers had the opportunity to create some yard art with shapes, patterns and paint.

The yard art takes on a whole new look from above and through a window screen.

Splatter painting in the manner of Jackson Pollock was explored on day 1.

Printing with hands was lots of fun as well.

Crayon making was also part of the creative experience.

It was fun to discover many new ways to create using everyday objects.

Exploring print making by using your hand with various colors was lots of fun.

Everyone became immersed in the creative experience.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. -Pablo Picasso
Art Camp Jr. was a huge amount of creative fun!  I hope you can join us for a future class or workshop at the Art Junction.

Scratch art bugs

For our last home-school art class of the spring students explored using a stencil design along with scratch art paper.

Scratch art is a unique art form using scratchboard. Scratchboard is a wooden panel coated with a layer of white clay and then sprayed with a layer of black India ink. It was developed for the professional scratch artist.

The original design is lightly scratched into the black ink surface using very delicate tools, concentrating on lights and darks until the desired effect is achieved. Each image is literally thousands of scratches allowing for precise detail and control of lines, enabling the artist to bring the piece to life. The picture can then be painted with acrylics or watercolors, etc., or left as a black and white.

Scratch art paper that we use is commercially made in many different colors and patterns, and students only need use a wooden stylus to create their etched image.

With the addition of a stencil design students have a design or pattern to use as an aid in removing the black from the paper and revealing the multiple colors underneath.

Lots of creative exploration and fun was enjoyed by everyone!