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Art Camp -day 2


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On day 2 of Art Camp students reviewed their outdoors paintings and used masking tape to cover elements they wanted to save before adding more paint to the images.

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This process was a new experience for the campers.

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Campers explored adding thin layers of solid color to allow the previous layers to peek through.

100_4701A close-up of their work in progress.

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After adding some some solid color to their paintings, students returned to the studio to create stencil shapes to add to the images and also allow for some drying time.

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Stencils made by the campers.

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Everyone enjoyed using the spray paint to bring their stencil ideas to life.

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Campers really had a wonderful opportunity to explore the creative process through this painting project.

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The completed images by this year’s Art Campers.

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Opening night at the 4th grade Art Exhibition


We had a great opening at the Art Junction for the Willard City Schools 4th grade Art Exhibition.

36 paintings are on display from the 4th grade classes at Richmond and New Haven Schools.

Also on display is the Underground Railroad Quilt created by the 4th grade students at New Haven School.  An interesting note –  the New Haven area (where the Art Junction is located) was a stopping point on the Underground Railroad.

The 4th grade students’ 16” x 20” monochromatic paintings will be on sale during the exhibit.  All proceeds from the sale of their artwork will be placed in the Outdoor Education Fund for their 6th grade experience at Mohican Outdoor School. We hope you will participate!  Their artwork would be a great addition to your home, business, or organization!

Students also wrote about their monochromatic paintings, the process of creating them, and what their work was about.

Come view the monochromatic paintings of the Willard City Schools 4th grade visual art students under the direction of artist/teacher Kevin Casto.

Support the emerging art talents of these young artists by attending their exhibition this spring as they visually express themselves and the greater community around them.

Huron Valley Go-Getters 4-H Club visits the Art Junction


The Art Junction hosted the Huron Valley Go-Getters 4-H Club.

Club members viewed the Willard High School Spring Show in the gallery.

Everyone enjoyed viewing, discussing and examining the high school art students’ work.

Next the club members had the opportunity to express themselves in the lower level studio space.

Club members created their version of their favorite art work from the gallery exhibit.

Everyone enjoyed expressing themselves.

At the conclusion of the evening many shared their creative expressions in the gallery as the 4-Hers learned firsthand about the Art Junction and community-based art.  Thanks for a great visit and a fun evening!

Painting at The Hope Center -week 2


Week 2 of the Hope Center painting project was truly a community effort.

This week we added mixed media to the project as participants employed oil pastels into their image.

Oil pastel (also called wax oil crayon) is a painting and drawing medium with characteristics similar to pastels and wax crayons. Unlike “soft” or “French” pastel sticks, which are made with a gum or methyl cellulose binder, oil pastels consist of pigment mixed with a non-drying oil and wax binder.

The surface of an oil pastel painting is therefore less powdery, but more difficult to protect with a fixative. Oil pastels provide a harder edge than “soft” or “French” pastels but are more difficult to blend.

Tape was again used to create straight edges and to preserve colors and areas that were previously painted.

To have the sense of creative activity is the great happiness and the great proof of being alive. -Matthew Arnold

Letters and words were incorporated into the images this week to give a sense of direction, shape and form to the expression being created.

Creativity depends on a number of things: experience, including knowledge and technical skills; talent; an ability to think in new ways; and the capacity to push through uncreative dry spells. -Teresa Amabile

Creative cooperation was a big part of this evening’s effort as everyone learned to aid each other in a community effort.

Sometimes the best part is just getting some paint on one’s hands.

Painting allows us to experience the joy and wonder of the creative journey.

As you can see it was a productive evening of painting.  I hope you will join us next week to see how the journey continues or will buy a painting at the upcoming auction on May 12, 2012.