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Family Art Day


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We had a great time at Family Art Day this December.

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We had many families participate in creating sculpey candy canes.

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Everyone had fun picking their favorite colors to create clay candy canes.

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Families of all ages learned how to mix colors and roll the clay into a coil to create their decoration.

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Everyone enjoyed the hands-on process of working with clay.

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We created over 75 clay candy canes on Family Art Day.

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Everyone joined in the creative process in the studio.

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Maybe you can join us for our Spring Family Art Day at the end of March this coming spring 2015.

Creating togetherness


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It’s great to see families come together to create together at our Family Art Day.  Everyone has fun and a wonderful memory is made along with some great art!

Family Art Day


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On Saturday, December 6, 2014

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drop by the Art Junction between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and create your own Candy Cane Christmas tree ornament out of sculpey clay.

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In one Saturday morning using a few hand-building skills families can create their own Christmas tree ornament together to celebrate the season.

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

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*and a canned food donation to the Willard Food Bank!

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Plus you can enjoy a free snack lunch and Christmas activities next door at the New Haven United Methodist Church at Family Art Day.

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For more information contact Kevin at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com Please sign up by 12/4/14

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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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Family Art Day


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On Saturday, December 6, 2014

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drop by the Art Junction between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

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and create your own Candy Cane Christmas tree ornament out of sculpey clay.

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In one Saturday morning using a few hand-building skills families can create their own Christmas tree ornament together to celebrate the season.

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Cost is $5.00 per family (this helps to cover the cost of the materials) *and a canned food donation to the Willard Food Bank!

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Plus you can enjoy a free snack lunch and Christmas activities next door at the New Haven United Methodist Church at Family Art Day.

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For more information contact Kevin at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com Please sign up by 12/4/14

 

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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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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!

 

Creating candy canes


 

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The Art Junction had two candy cane-making opportunities in December.

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We held a candy cane-making workshop at the North Fairfield United Methodist Church’s community night.

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We also had a family art day at the Art Junction where families could come and create candy canes.

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The candy canes were made out of a polymer clay that goes by the brand name of Sculpey and comes in many colors.

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It is a fun material to use that is easily baked in an oven or a toaster oven.

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This is a great project for kids of all ages.  It’s fun to mix colors, and it incorporates basic clay skills for everyone to learn.

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Everyone had fun as we enjoyed a large attendance at both events.  Maybe you can join us next year for this annual event at the Art Junction.

 

Family Art Day


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The Art Junction announces Family Art Day.

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On Saturday, December 7, 2013 drop by the Art Junction between the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon and create your own Candy Cane Christmas tree ornament out of sculpey clay.

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In one Saturday morning using a few hand-building skills families can create their own Christmas tree ornament together to celebrate the season. Cost is $5.00 per family (this helps to cover the cost of the materials) *and a canned food donation to the Willard Food Bank!

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Plus you can enjoy a free snack lunch and Christmas activities next door at the New Haven United Methodist Church along with other fun activities!

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For more information contact Kevin at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com Please sign up by 12/2/13

 

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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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Family Art Day


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The Art Junction held its second Christmas Family Art day on December 1, 2012.

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Everyone involved explored creating candy canes from Sculpey polymer clay.

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Everyone enjoyed this hands-on activity.

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After a little instruction everyone was anxious to build their own candy cane ornament.

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Christmas ornaments are decorations (usually made of glass, metal, wood or ceramics) that are used to festoon a Christmas tree. Ornaments take many different forms, from a simple round ball to highly artistic designs.

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Ornaments are almost always reused year after year rather than purchased annually, and family collections often contain a combination of commercially produced ornaments and decorations created by family members.

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We had a great turnout of families, grandparents, grandchildren, friends and neighbors creating together.

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Everyone enjoyed the process of creating together as a community.

Butterfly Day


The Art Junction held it’s second Family Art Day on March 31, 2012 with the theme of Butterflies.

Families had the opportunity to come together to create together.

Butterflies are a wonderful symbol of Spring and the transformation that is taking place in the environment around us during this season.

A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect  which includes the butterflies and moths. Like other holometabolous insects, the butterfly’s life cycle consists of four parts: egg, larva, pupa and adult.

Butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight. Butterflies comprise the true butterflies (superfamily Papilionoidea), the skippers (superfamily Hesperioidea) and the moth-butterflies (superfamily Hedyloidea).

Butterflies like the Monarch will migrate over long distances. Some butterflies have evolved symbiotic and parasitic relationships with social insects such as ants.

Some butterfly species are pests because in their larval stages they can damage domestic crops or trees; however, some species are agents of pollination of some plants, and caterpillars of a few butterflies (e.g., Harvesters) eat harmful insects.

Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.

When the butterfly larva is fully grown, hormones are produced. At this point the larva stops feeding and begins “wandering” in the quest of a suitable pupation site, often the underside of a leaf.

The larva transforms into a pupa (or chrysalis) by anchoring itself to a substrate and moulting for the last time. The chrysalis is usually incapable of movement, although some species can rapidly move the abdominal segments or produce sounds to scare potential predators.

The pupal transformation into a butterfly through metamorphosis has held great appeal to mankind. To transform from the miniature wings visible on the outside of the pupa into large structures usable for flight, the pupal wings undergo rapid mitosis and absorb a great deal of nutrients. Let’s see how the creative process is similar to the metamorphosis a butterfly endures.

Participants first painted coffee filter paper which, after drying, transforms into the butterfly wings.

While awaiting the drying process, families had the opportunity to create another type of butterfly.

Employing a technique called a “blotto panting”, families  could create another butterfly.

Blotto painting is a painting made by applying tempera paint onto one side of a sheet of paper, then folding the paper and pressing the two sides together.


Like an inkblot, a blotto painting is apt to be symmetrical and nonobjective. Making one is largely an aleatoric act — leaving much to chance.

Although the concept of symmetry is used in creating half of the butterfly design, much is left up to creative chance or a happy accident.

This project reflects much of the mystery of the creative process…we never quite know what the final results of a creative experience will foster.

This makes a blotto painting a transformative project, much like the pupa becoming a butterfly.

The next step in returning to the 3D butterfly project is to select a plastic bug body and a flexi stem for the antennae and to then put them together.

The final step in transforming the wings is to cut the coffee filter in half and the half shape into a rectangle.

The very last step in creating the wings is to create a thin fan fold from the rectangle shape and insert it into the bug body to create a 3D butterfly.

One of the goals in having a Family Art Day is to allow families the opportunity to create together.

We all have the desire to create something, and in our post-modern society there seem to be few opportunities to come together and create together.

We have many examples around us of the effects of the break-up of the family and community.

It’s time to come together and make a creative, transformitive change in our community.

When various ages work together, unity creates community.

Seeing generations create together passes on traditions and knowledge and understanding of where one lives.

We are not meant to create alone.

We were meant to work as a community, passing on our knowledge as well as learning from others, no matter what their age.

The community is the web of life that inextricably embraces, defines, and empowers children and adults alike. -Peter London

I hope you can join us for future classes, events, gallery exhibitions and creative opportunities to creatively transform our community.