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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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Creating candy canes


 

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The Art Junction had two candy cane-making opportunities in December.

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We held a candy cane-making workshop at the North Fairfield United Methodist Church’s community night.

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We also had a family art day at the Art Junction where families could come and create candy canes.

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The candy canes were made out of a polymer clay that goes by the brand name of Sculpey and comes in many colors.

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It is a fun material to use that is easily baked in an oven or a toaster oven.

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This is a great project for kids of all ages.  It’s fun to mix colors, and it incorporates basic clay skills for everyone to learn.

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Everyone had fun as we enjoyed a large attendance at both events.  Maybe you can join us next year for this annual event at the Art Junction.

 

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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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

Digital Photography Club


The Digital Photography Club

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 Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 7-8 pm at The Art Junction in New Haven, Ohio. 

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If you have an interest in digital photography, wish to meet others with the same interest, wish to share your images, learn more about photography, or just want to improve your skills. …this may be the place for you to explore and grow your interest in photography!

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The Digital Photography Club is free and open to all with an interest in sharing and learning more about photography.  Meetings will be the 1st Thursday of each month from 7-8 p.m.

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If you are interested in participating or learning more, plan on attending June 6 at 7pm at The Art Junction in New Haven.  Bring your camera and an example of your photography to share!  This month we will be exploring pet/animal photography with some hands-on demonstrations.

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For more information contact Kevin 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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