Willard Hope Center

Candy canes at the Hope Center


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Students at the Willard Hope Center created candy canes for Christmas decorations this December.

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Everyone picked their favorite colors of clay and learned to roll them into a coil.

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Students learned hand-building techniques as they rolled the sculpey into coils.

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The next step was to add a third color of clay and braid them together.

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Everyone enjoyed the process of creating with clay.

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The next step was to bend it into a cane shape and then bake the clay.

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Everyone enjoyed the creative process.

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The final product was great to see, touch and share as a present.

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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Symbol painting


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We have an on-going painting project at the Willard Hope Center with the student members.

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Students are creating paintings based upon symbols of the Christian church.

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We have had different students working each session on the paintings, and it has really become a community project.

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Students are learning about their own abilities as they step out in faith to push their artistic skills in new areas.

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Students are also learning about symbols of the church and how they tell a story.  Their artwork will be on sale this spring to help support the work of the Hope Center.

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

Painting at the Hope Center


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The Art Junction recently began a painting program with the kids at the Willard Hope Center on Tuesday afternoons.

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Students are exploring acrylic painting to express themselves and to create paintings to be used in the Hope Center’s upcoming auction at the end of May.

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During the first painting session students explored mixing and blending related colors as they applied the first layer of color to the canvas.

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Everyone enjoyed the process of mixing and applying color.  It seems to be a very therapeutic process to the kids.

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Vincent van Gogh stated, “The only time I feel alive is when I’m painting.”  I think the students at the Hope Center felt alive during our first session.