Family Art Day


Butterflies returned to the Art Junction today.


Families came to the Art Junction on Saturday, March 23, 2013 to participate in creating clay butterflies and to help celebrate the return of spring.


Our weather was still very winter-like, but our thoughts turned to spring and the renewal that will return to north-central Ohio soon.


Families worked together to create butterflies from air-dry clay.


Everyone had the opportunity to add paint to their creation as well.


Crayola® Air-Dry Clay is a natural earth clay which air-dries to a hard solid. It can be used it to make clay sculptures, decorative items or plaques. No baking or firing needed. Easy clean-up. Minimal shrinkage.


You can use most traditional clay sculpting techniques with Air-Dry Clay, such as coil, slab, pinch, score-and-weld.

DSCN7616 You can also press beads, small stones or other decorative items directly into the clay.DSCN7615

A butterfly is a mainly day-flying insect which includes moths.


Butterflies have large, often brightly coloured wings, and conspicuous, fluttering flight.  Some, like the Monarch, will migrate over long distances. A few butterflies eat harmful insects. Culturally, butterflies are a popular motif in the visual and literary arts.


Everyone enjoyed the creative process of making a butterfly today.


Maybe you can join us for a class, workshop, gallery opening or our next family art day.


Family Art Day


Family Art Day

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Drop by between 10:00 a.m. – 12 noon

 Bring your family and create a 3D Butterfly out of air-dry clay together as a family.

In one Saturday morning using a few hand-building skills families can create their own butterflies together to celebrate renewal and rebirth.


Cost is $3.00 per person

(This helps to cover the cost of the materials)

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

 Plus you can 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:



 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 or visit our blog

The Road So Far…

The Art Junction presents:

   The Road So Far…

The artwork of Drue Roberts

Opening Reception Saturday, September 8, 2012 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

at The Art Junction

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

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays September 14 – October 6, 2012 4:30 – 7:00 p.m.

*Special showings upon request!

Drue Roberts graduated from Willard High School in 1993 and went on to study Geology. After graduate school, he became an environmental geologist performing studies at superfund sites, the military and national laboratories. Drue is a self-taught artist who specializes in acrylic painting and has shown his work in Santa Fe, New Mexico and in Ohio. He and his wife have travelled the country and now reside in Granville, Ohio with their two boys.

Art is an extension of the inner artist and there is always some trepidation in sharing so much of one’s self. “When I think of showing my artwork in my hometown, it simply terrifies me,” Roberts shared. “Here I stand at the midpoint of my life worrying how people I haven’t seen in 20 years will react to it. Much of what I’ve spent my life seeing, analyzing and interpreting is wrapped up in these paintings.” A lot of how he sees the world has been colored by his experiences and the culture that exists in Willard, Ohio.

Roberts, a geologist by trade who has traveled the country with his work, taught himself to draw and paint. He began with colored pencils and eventually graduated to acrylic paints, which he’s used to develop his unique style of layering paint using bold colors and pronounced light and shadows to produce his diverse themes. Roberts’ experience as a geologist dealing with environmental contamination inspires much of his work. “Presenting an amplified view of our surroundings awakens the viewer to the impact our lives have on the world around us,” he said. He also adds that the murals of Diego Rivera, the sparseness of Edward Hopper and the dinosaurs of William Stout influence his work.


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 or visit our blog

Summer Painting Class

Our summer painting and drawing class ended with a wonderful collection of landscapes of New Haven.

The participants used a variety of materials: from acrylics and canvas to pastels and cardboard.

The main objective of this class was to become comfortable with the creative process as we endeavored to visually describe the landscape around us.

Everyone enjoyed the  creative process and made progress on their creative journey.  Maybe you can join us for a class or workshop at the Art Junction this fall.

A walk in the park

For our last digital photography class the group took a walk in the Willard Park to explore the many wonders to a photographer’s eye.

Part of the skill of a photographer is to turn an ordinary scene into an interesting image.

Everyone has their own vision of the everyday landscape that surrounds them.  It’s the photographer’s job to find the beauty in the ordinary.

Sometimes beauty is discovered through a gray scale of a black and white image.

One of the joys of this class was the fun of discovery, finding something new through the lens of a camera and learning how to compose a compelling image.  Maybe you can join us for a class in the future.

Plein Air Class

Our Painting and Drawing Outdoors class is in full swing as the participants are exploring the landscape around the Art Junction.

En plein air  is a French expression which means “in the open air”, and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors, which is also called peinture sur le motif (“painting on the ground”) in French.  Artists have long painted outdoors, but in the mid-19th century working in natural light became particularly important to the Barbizon school and Impressionism. The popularity of painting en plein air increased in the 1870s with the introduction of paints in tubes (resembling modern toothpaste tubes). Previously, each painter made their own paints by grinding and mixing dry pigment powders with linseed oil.

Unfortunately the high heat and humidity has driven us indoors for the painting portion of our sessions.

It has been a great experience to explore the landscape of the area we live in and interpret it through drawing and paining.

Everyone interprets the world around them in a different manner, some in a more realistic manner, while others explore the shapes, colors and lines that surround them.

The great fun of creating in community is the ability to see, learn and explore the visual world that surrounds us no matter the media or style you choose to employ.


Exploring Digital Photography at the Art Junction

This summer we have again offered a class on exploring digital photography at the Art Junction.

Participants have been gaining lots of hands-on experience by exploring new techniques.

Participants have been learning to look at the world around them in a new manner, through the rectangle of a view finder, exploring light and composition.

Tonight the class will meet for its third session as they continue to explore the local environment through digital photography.  All of these images were created by class participant and emerging photographer Alec Casto.

Art Camp -Day 1

Art Camp began today at the Art Junction.

The campers created a cardboard stencil of something they were interested in turning into a chalk drawing.

Campers then learned how to add water to their chalk and incorporate using a brush to create their chalk image.

The campers learned to make chalk paintings on the sidewalk.  Everyone was amazed at how fast the time passed as they worked on their projects.

The other project we began was some yard art.

Campers used found objects to use as stencil patterns.

Adding shapes and color to the dry landscape was a new idea and lots of fun!

The Campers had fun learning and exploring new ways to be creative in day one of Art Camp at the Art Junction!

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

Painting & Drawing together outdoors!

Painting & Drawing together outdoors!

Come learn to draw the world around you indoors and out.

Use various mediums and methods.

Explore the beauty of the Willard & New Haven area with mixed media!

Materials needed: Drawing pencils, erasers, paper, sketchbook, acrylic paint, brushes, canvas, etc..

 Cost $ 10.00
Date:  Tuesday, July 10 – August 14, 2012   5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Class Size 4-8 participants ages 10 and up

Sign up today call 419-935-3404 or email