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Arbor Day

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Fifth grade students recently participated in the City of Willard’s Arbor Day poster contest.

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The poster contest was sponsored by the Willard Tree Commission.

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Students were given the theme “Trees are good for life.”

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After learning about Arbor Day, students created three ideas and picked their best idea for their poster.

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Lettering was a large part of the students’ design for their posters.

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Everyone had a variety of materials to choose from to create their poster.

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I was very proud of the hard work most everyone put into their posters.

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This was a great project for the students to become aware of their community and environment and how they have a part in their local community.

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Students also learned about the process it takes to come up with an idea and turn it into a poster to educate their community.

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Here are some examples of their posters:

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End of an era

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We say good-bye to the art room at Central School this year.

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We say good-by to the art room at Richmond School also.

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I have taught at Richmond school for twenty years and attended this school from 3rd grade through 6th grade.  I bid you a fond farewell you have served our community with honor as you assisted many in their education.

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Fare-well to Central School.  I have taught at Central for twenty years and attended this school as a student from kindergarten through second grade.  Thank-you for your service to our community!

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In August 2015 we will move into a new building that will service our preschool through 12th students and community for the next several decades.

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We look forward to the new adventure that awaits all of us!

aerial-entranceThere is a new journey that we will take together this autumn.

SummerBreak

Artmanews is taking a summer break from our blog and will return in September after school and art classes have resumed!  Check out our other blogs for more creative opportunities.

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The Last Richmond Art Exhibition

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The Last Richmond Art Exhibition

Willard City Schools Elementary Art Department

Richmond School Art Exhibition

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Opening Reception Saturday, May 23, 2015 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.

at The Art Junction

2634 Prairie Street, New Haven, Ohio 44850 next to the New Haven United Methodist Church

Regular Gallery Hours:

Fridays & Saturdays, May 23 – May 30, 2015 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.

*Special showings upon request!

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Come view the paintings of Richmond School’s 6th grade visual art students, digital photography of the 5th grade students, and cooperative sculpture by the 4th grade students under the direction of artist/teacher Kevin Casto. 6th grade students explored the theme of popular culture with mixed media on 16 x 20” canvases. 5th grade students explored their environment through digital photography, and 4th grade students created a cooperative sculpture based on the art of Jean Dubuffet. 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.

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The students’ paintings and photographs will be on sale during the exhibit. All proceeds from the sale of their artwork will be placed in the art fund for the Elementary Art Program. We hope you will participate! 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

Dubuffet sculpture

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Fourth grade students have been exploring the art and sculptures of Jean Dubuffet.

 

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Jean Dubuffet (31 July 1901 – 12 May 1985) was a French painter and sculptor.  He is perhaps best known for founding the art movement Art Brut, and for the collection of works—Collection de l’art brut—that this movement spawned. Dubuffet enjoyed a prolific art career, both in France and in America, and was featured in many exhibitions throughout his lifetime.  From 1962 he produced a series of works in which he limited himself to the colors red, white, black, and blue. Towards the end of the 1960s he turned increasingly to sculpture, producing works in polystyrene which he then painted with vinyl paint.

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Students began working in groups.  Each group was responsible for a different part of the sculpture.

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The fourth graders planned their part of the sculpture and began the process of creating their sculptural element.

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Each group (and there are twelve groups in all) is making a different part of the sculptural figure.

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Everyone worked with recycled materials and glue as the forth grades worked together to create the sculpture.

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It’s exciting to see the students work together and prepare to paint in our next studio session.

Repainting an old clock

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Fourth and fifth grade students at Richmond School are continuing on their artistic journey of recreating the former Willard clock tower that was located on the old city hall building in downtown Willard.

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Students added a wash of watercolor paint over their drawings.

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Students determined the type of color they wanted in their sky and how dark they wanted their watercolor wash.

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The watercolor wash went over their crayon work to create a crayon resist effect on their image.

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Crayon resist is a type of artwork where you draw on a piece of white paper with crayon. Once you have finished the drawing, you use water color paints to paint the paper.

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This is the fourth step in this project.  Students have drawn, traced, outlined and added crayon to the image before this step.

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Next week students will begin the final step which is to add a pointillism effect with dots of paint.

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Here are a few examples of the crayon resist/watercolor washes the students created this week.

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The first two images are of the old clock tower.

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The last two images are of the proposed clock tower to be built in Willard once funding is raised.

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