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The artwork of Drue Roberts


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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.  Drue had a one man show at the Art Junction in the fall of 2012.

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.

 

Art of the name


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Wednesday afternoon art class for older students was spent creating a graphic lettering project for several weeks.

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Students used marker to create the letters of their name in several different sizes and styles.

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The next step was to cut apart their project into squares.

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Next students arranged the pieces of their design that they wished to use on an 8″x10″ piece of cardboard.

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The shapes were adhered to the cardboard with matte medium.

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Finally students applied white acrylic and black marker to create an abstracted version of their name.

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Everyone approached their project in a different way as they added more or less detail to their beginning ideas.

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Here are some examples of the students work.

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Autumn landscape


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Wednesday afternoon art classes created a mixed media landscape recently.

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After using watercolor paint for a background, students employed ink for trees and a landscape.

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This required concentration and learning to control the brush.

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The final step was to add bright leaf color with sponges.

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Everyone enjoyed this project and the opportunity to use many types of media.

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The final results were very nice as well!  Maybe you can join us for Wednesday afternoon art classes this winter?

Paint explosion!


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Our last Wednesday Afternoon Art Class was filled with painting.

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Students had the opportunity to paint our outdoor mural in front of the Art Junction.

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Students used various types of materials including spray paint.

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It was a lot of fun to add paint in many different ways to a large surface outdoors!

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The final step was to remove tape that covered a previous layer of paint.

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It was fun to see the students become engrossed in the painting process.

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Here is a detail of their mural.  Maybe you can join us in the fall for Wednesday afternoon art classes.

 

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!

 

Art Camp -day 1


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This year Art Camp focused on the theme of color.

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We began with a warm-up exercise to work together combining small amounts of color and lines with other media.

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This fun little exercise has some wonderful results.

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Campers discussed color, images, and shapes, and we talked about how we combined these elements in our last little exercise.

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Everyone had fun exploring how to cover the large white areas.

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It was a little intimidating at first, but eventually everyone jumped into the creative experience!

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Splattering the paint was lots of fun!

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Using the brush and mixing colors had several creative challenges that were soon overcome.

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The introduction of spray paint and learning how to use it gave the paintings a whole new level of fun and new layers of color.

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By the close of day one campers were covered with paint and creative expression.

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Campers were tired after a full morning of color exploration and painting.

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But everyone was looking forward to day 2 and continuing the creative process of Art Camp.

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Crayon Explosion Workshop


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Crayon Explosion Workshop     

Destroy, melt, create, and paint with crayons in fun, new ways beyond basic coloring!

Date: Saturday, April 20, 2013   10 a.m. -12 noon  

Cost $5.00 with all materials provided. 

Class size 4-10 participants ages 5 to 105

For more information or to reserve your spot call 419-935-3404 or email, theartjunction@yahoo.com

Family Art Day


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Butterflies returned to the Art Junction today.

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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.

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Everyone enjoyed the creative process of making a butterfly today.

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

 

Drawing Lab -Week 2


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This week we again focused on the fun in drawing.

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Beginning with some watercolor lines and squiggles, participants began the experimentation into artistic discovery.

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The next step was to find some line, pattern or design to begin the process.

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Participants began to add pencil, pen and marker to their watercolor lines to develop an imaginative image.

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This fun exercise, although challenging, encouraged the creative juices to flow.

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It was fun to build off of others’ ideas and to begin with a few random strokes of watercolor.

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If drawing scares you…maybe you need to come to the drawing lab to let your creative self loose!

Paint Day


 

November 17, 2012 was our Fun with Paint Workshop where participants explored many different ways to work with paint.

Participants explored splatter painting, painting with their finger and using paint scrapers during the painting process.

It was a fun day to let loose and jump into the creative process of painting with tempera paints.

Workshop participants created many wonderful painted expressions which were given front porch drying time.

Splatter painting and being expressive with a brush is a very freeing experience.

There was even a new method experimented with…dual painting with two brushes at a time.

Everyone had fun in this exploratory workshop.  Maybe you can join us for our next workshop?!  Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.”-Vincent van Gogh