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Basket weaving


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Everyone had a great time at our recent basket weaving workshop.

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Participants were led by Linda Kirgis in creating a bread basket.

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Everyone was challenged and inspired in the creative process of making a basket.

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The baskets were very impressive.

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The process was simple yet required focus to detail as everyone worked at their own pace to create the bread basket.

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Maybe you can join us for our summer courses beginning in July.

Spring Family Art Day


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We had a great time at our spring Family Art Day.

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There was a very large attendance to our annual spring event.

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Everyone enjoyed creating butterflies while exploring new art materials.

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There were many wonderful butterfly creations by every participant.

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Everyone loves to build and create with their hands.

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The Art Junction is a wonderful place to allow your creative energy loose.

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Maybe you can join us for one of our summer courses or camps coming in July.

 

Family Art Day


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On Saturday, March 28, 2015 drop by the Art Junction between the hours of 10:00 a.m. & 12:00 noon assemble and create a 3D Butterfly out of air-dry clay or other non-traditional materials together as a family.

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

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Enjoy a free snack lunch next door at the New Haven United Methodist Church along with other fun activities!

For more information contact Kevin Casto at 419-935-3404 or email: theartjunction@yahoo.com

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Please sign up by 3/26/15.

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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

Date change


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Workshop Update!

Change in Date Due to Weather!!

Due to an expected snow event Saturday the date has been changed to April 18, 2015

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Intermediate Basket Weaving

Instructor Linda Kirgis will teach a class on

“How to make an intermediate bread basket”.

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Date: Saturday, April 18, 2015

9 a.m. – 1 p.m.   All materials provided.

Class size minimum 5 maximum 8.

Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

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Cost $15.00 before 4/11/15     after 4/11/15 $20.00

Sign Up & Prepay for Winter Classes Today!

for more information call 419-935-3404  

Class Size is Limited

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Cash accepted or make checks out to Kevin Casto    

Mail your registration to

Kevin Casto

                       802 S. Main St.                      

Willard, Ohio 44890

email theartjunction@yahoo.com

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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

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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Exploring clay


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The Wednesday afternoon art class recently explored the medium of oil-based clay.

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Students explored many different building techniques as they learned how to work with this type of clay.

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Students created clay coils and ropes and learned how to build with rope coils.

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Everyone enjoyed exploring and learning new building techniques with oil-based clay.

Beginning Basket Weaving


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Beginning Basket Weaving

Instructor Linda Kirgis will teach a class on “how to create a small beginner basket”.

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Cost $15    Date: Saturday, March 15, 2014

We still have 2 open seats for this class!  Contact us today to save your place!

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9 a.m. – 1 p.m.    All materials provided.

Class size is limited to 8. Bring a lunch, snacks and drinks.

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

Basket weaving workshop


On June 30th the Art Junction held it’s first basket weaving workshop.

Linda Kirgis led the workshop, teaching and demonstrating how to create a small, round reed basket.

What kind of basket should a Beginner start with?
Any simple structure will do.
The students in this workshop created a round made of flat materials. “Round” means a basket that has spokes in a radiating base pattern- like the spokes of a wheel. “Square” means any kind of simple square or rectangular base pattern- woven like a checkerboard. “Melon” means the structure wherein 2 hoops are placed within each other & assembled with God’s eyes patterns.

What are most baskets made of?
Antique American baskets have usually been woven of hardwoods like ash, oak & hickory. However, today most American basketweavers learning to weave use the tropical materials “reed” & “cane”. This is not to say that the hardwoods aren’t used, but they’re expensive and trickier to work with. Most patterns & kits will use reed and cane.

What are “reed” and “cane”?
Reed and cane are the products of the tropical vine “calamus rotang”. They’re harvested in various parts of Asia, then processed in factories into the different sizes of reed and cane. Reed is the inside of the vine, and cane is the outer bark. Cane is also the material used for woven chair seats. Flat reed comes in various widths as measured in fractions of inches: for example, 3/16″, 1/4″, etc. Round reed is measured in numbered sizes. Smallest numbers measure the smallest diameter. #1 is a very narrow weaver (spaghetti-sized), whereas #8 is a good sized spoke (almost pencil sized). Anything larger than #10 is generally furniture-gauged.

Why are basket materials used wet?
Basketry materials are too brittle to be woven in their dry state. When soaked for as little as 15-30 minutes, reed & cane become flexible and easy to manipulate without friction & breakage. 

How long will reed (and baskets) last?
Baskets can last indefinitely if stored in a moderate climate. Not too dry (not in an attic) and not too wet (not in a humid area). Reed, however, has its limitations. The only way to find out if your stored reed is useable for weaving baskets is to soak it for 15 minutes and try it out. If the reed is brittle and continues to break, it’s not worth weaving with.

If my baskets are dusty, what’s the best way to clean them?
Assuming that we’re not talking about priceless antique baskets from early native American periods, the easiest and most efficient way to clean your baskets is with a garden hose. Hose off the dust and let them dry thoroughly. Baskets can also be put in the bathtub so that they freshen up by absorbing moisture directly. Once again, rinse off the dust and let them dry completely to avoid mildew.

The participants did a wonderful job learning a new skill in this creative endeavor of basket weaving.  They also have a great new basket they have made.  If this sounds interesting to you contact the Art Junction to inquire about future classes in beginning and advanced basket weaving at 419-935-3404 or email theartjunction@yahoo.com.

Paper mache pottery -week 2


The class began week 2 by making lots of paper coils to build up their pottery project.

It’s important to connect the coils together with tape to have a long continuous coil to build up your pottery.

The next stage is to build up the pottery symmetrically.

It’s takes time to build and mold the shape you want your pottery to transform into.

Focus and concentration is required.

Having some fun is also an important ingredient.

Deciding upon a pleasing shape and design is something every participant is searching for in their creative endeavor.

Working together in community helps one another learn the language of creativity.

By the end of this second session the paper coils were becoming pottery.

If people knew how hard I worked to get my mastery, it wouldn’t seem so wonderful at all. -Michelangelo

I hope you will stop by this blog to see the progress from week 2 to week 3 in this creative journey!

Family Art Day -March 31, 2012


Family Art Day

Create 3D butterflies together as a family!

Using watercolor and a few hand building skills, families can  create their own butterflies together to celebrate renewal.

Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012

10 a.m. -12noon   Cost $1.00  All ages!

*Plus free activities and a snack lunch next door at the New Haven United Methodist Church

 

For more information call 419-935-3404

 

email to register and reserve your spot for Family Art Day at theartjunction@yahoo.com