Tag Archives: acrylic paint

Painting snowflakes

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Fourth grade and sixth grade students worked on snowflake paintings based on micro-photographs of actual snowflakes.

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Students outlined the snowflake drawings with sharpie markers for a permanent line.

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Next the students added a watercolor wash to the background for a deeper color.

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Students then added several layers of white acrylic paint over their snowflake drawings.

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This required the students to focus and build their brush skills as they fill in the flakes with white acrylic.

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The final step was to add a coat of gloss to seal their image for display.

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Here are some examples of their paintings now on display at Willard Elementary School.

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2008-14 Art Review & Sale

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Come view over 170 canvases from six years of emerging talent from the visual art students of Richmond, New Haven, Central and the former Greenfield Schools from the 2008-2014 school years.

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Under the direction of artist/teacher Kevin Casto, students have been introduced to painting and explored various themes, concepts and skills along with color theory and art history with mixed mediums on 16 x 20” canvas.

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PLEASE 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. This work has been on permanent display in the various elementary buildings and the board of education.  Now see the work collectively in one exhibit as we transition into the new Willard Schools facility.

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The students’ paintings will be on sale during the exhibit for $20 each. All proceeds from the sale of their artwork will be placed in the art fund for the Elementary Art Program. Their artwork would be a great addition to your home, business or organization!

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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! 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 http://theartjunctionwillardohio.wordpress.com

Another layer

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Sixth grade students began the next step of their paintings as they added another layer of paint.

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Students used masking tape to choose what areas they wished to save and to delete with paint.

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Every group chose a different color and design to add to their image.

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Everyone is learning to work cooperatively as their canvases begin to transform into their ideas.

Love

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Fourth grade students recently completed their cooperative painting project based on Robert Indiana’s Love paintings.

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After completing the background, students added color to their love letters with watercolor paint.

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Every group had a different approach to the lettering.

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Next students added crayon shavings to their image to incorporate a melted crayon effect.

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For the final step, after some evaluation, students added color to the background of their images.

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The fourth graders learned to work together to create a wonderful image.

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Students explored the idea that love has different meanings and examined the ideas the artist might have had for using the word love.

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Everyone had an enjoyable time exploring new mediums and concepts through the artwork based on Robert Indiana.

New view on an old clock

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Fourth and fifth grade students began the final step of their re-creation of the old Willard clock tower on the former city hall building.

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Students are exploring pointillism in this last step of the painting process as they add dots of varying color to their images.

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Pointillism is the practice of applying small strokes or dots of contrasting color to a surface so that from a distance they blend together. The term was first used to describe the paintings of Georges Seurat.

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The term Pointillism was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists, and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation.

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The technique relies on the ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to blend the color spots into a fuller range of tones. It is a technique with few serious practitioners today.

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The students are about halfway through this step, and they are quickly moving to complete their paintings.

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It’s interesting to watch their progress on their paintings.

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Students are beginning to see what pointillism is about as they experience it firsthand, seeing the colors mix and blend together.

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This has been an interesting process that has pushed and stretched the students skills, knowledge and abilities.

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The students are excited to see the completion of their paintings and be able to display them around the community to help build awareness and raise support to build the new clock tower in Willard.