visual communication

Paint Camp


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Take an artistic break this summer!

Dates: July 12-13, 2016 10 a.m.-12noon

$30.00 before 6/30/17

After 6/30/17 $35.00

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Class Size: 6-8 Students   Ages 9-15

All materials provided

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2 days of exploring many types of Mediums, Paints and Painting styles.

Class Size is Limited

Cash accepted or make checks out to Kevin Casto

*You must prepay for Camps to reserve your space!

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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! The Art Junction is a ministry of the New Haven United Methodist Church.  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 on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Art-Junction/190323094344714?ref=hl

 

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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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Finishing touches


 

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Students at the Willard Hope Center were busily completing their symbol paintings the month of April.

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Our last three sessions consisted of stencil painting, adding one last layer of color and a final coat of gloss.

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Students placed their stencils on the paintings and taped them down.

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After some brief instruction students set about spray painting the images on their canvases.

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We were blessed with a very windy day that challenged our painting session.

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Everyone was excited about their results from the painting session.

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The second session in April students added more color to their images after the outdoor spray painting session.

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Everyone had their own thoughts on how to complete their images.

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The final session was to add gloss to their paintings.

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Everyone worked hard to complete these wonderful symbol paintings.

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Here are examples of the students’ paintings that were sold at the auction in May.

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Poppies for Veteran’s Day


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Student members at the Willard Hope Center created poppies for their Veteran’s Day Dinner.

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After listening and learning about the tradition of poppies for Veteran’s Day, everyone learned how to make poppies out of tissue paper and flexi-sticks.

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The remembrance poppy has been used since 1920 to commemorate soldiers who have died in war.

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Inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields“, they were first used by the American Legion to commemorate American soldiers who died in that war (1914–1918). They were then adopted by military veterans‘ groups in the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Today, they are mainly used in the UK and Canada to commemorate their servicemen and women who have been killed in all conflicts since 1914.

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The small artificial poppies are often worn on clothing for a few weeks before Veterans Day/ Remembrance Day/Armistice Day (11 November).

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The use of the poppy was inspired by the World War I poem “In Flanders Fields“. Its opening lines refer to the many poppies that were the first flowers to grow in the churned-up earth of soldiers’ graves in Flanders, a region of Europe that overlies parts of Belgium and France.

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The poem was written by Canadian physician and Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae on 3 May 1915 after witnessing the death of his friend, a fellow soldier, the day before. The poem was first published on 8 December 1915 in the London-based magazine Punch.

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In 1918, American YWCA worker Moina Michael, inspired by the poem, published a poem of her own called “We Shall Keep the Faith“.  In tribute to McCrae’s poem, she vowed to always wear a red poppy as a symbol of remembrance for those who served in the war.

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At a November 1918 YWCA Overseas War Secretaries’ conference, she appeared with a silk poppy pinned to her coat and distributed 25 more to those attending.  She then campaigned to have the poppy adopted as a national symbol of remembrance.

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At a conference in 1920, the National American Legion adopted it as their official symbol of remembrance.  At this conference, Frenchwoman Anna E. Guérin was inspired to introduce the artificial poppies commonly used today.

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Students were made aware of this symbol that has somewhat been forgotten, and they have had the opportunity to remember those have fought and died for our freedom through making poppies and participating in a Veteran’s Day Dinner at the Hope Center.

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In Flanders Fields
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army

 In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

 We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

 Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Symbols of hope


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Using the theme of symbols, student members of the Hope Center have embarked on a painting project based on the symbols of the Christian faith.

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Students learned how to transfer the symbol onto canvas using a projected image.

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Students have been learning how to add detail and texture to the background of their canvas.

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After tracing their symbols with permanent marker, students have continued to add texture and layers of color to the background of their canvas.

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This has been a fun process for the students at the Hope Center.

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This project has encouraged the students to reflect on the symbol and it’s meaning as they add their own input into the paintings.

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We are taking a break from this painting project until the holidays have passed.  The students are learning that the process of creating a painting requires patience and develops skills, thoughtfulness and understanding.

Symbols of hope


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The Art Junction has returned to the Willard Hope Center this fall to offer some creative opportunities to the student members.

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This fall we explored symbols and how many symbols surround us in our daily life.

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We explored combining the various symbols together to create a pleasing design to the students.

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Everyone enjoyed the activity and could easily relate to the symbols we encounter daily.

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Everyone chose different combinations of symbols.

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A symbol is an object that represents, stands for, or suggests an idea, visual image, belief, action, or material entity. Symbols take the form of words, sounds, gestures, or visual images and are used to convey ideas and beliefs. For example, a red octagon may be a symbol for “STOP”.

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These symbol ideas will be used in an upcoming painting project the student members will be participating in.

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Everyone had fun in the creative opportunity and the fellowship we had.

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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! Located at 2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church.  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

Expressive painting class -week 3


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The third week of our painting class was very fun to watch and experience as the participants immersed themselves in the creative process.

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Many different techniques were tried, explored and developed this week.

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It was great to experience all of the creative energy as the participants went into action working on their paintings.

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Pumpkin Painting, Carving & Designing


 

 

Sign up Today to participate!

Pumpkin Painting, Carving & Designing

Have fun creating a pumpkin face or design on your very own pumpkin with paint or by carving with various tools!
All materials provided unless you wish to bring your own pumpkin to carve

Cost $ 10.00  Date: Saturday, October 20, 2012  

10:00 a.m. – 12 noon  All Ages

Must sign up by 10/13/12 to participate!

Art Camp -Day 2


Campers began day 2 with working on the yard art composition.

After yesterday’s introduction to the yard art concept, today everyone really sprang into the creative process.

Campers were thoughtful in their placement of sprayed shapes in the continuing design.

Everyone participated in the ever-evolving yard art design.

A view of the work from above.

Yard art viewed from the second story window.

The second project was creating a 3-d sculptural bug.

Using cardboard, campers designed and cut out the shapes of their bug sculpture with a little aid from Artman.

After assembling their bugs the painting process begins.

Painting is always lots of fun!

Art Campers were very busy today having fun in all their creative endeavors!