Expressive Arts Projects
The 4-H Expressive Arts program provides opportunities for members to explore and develop their artistic awareness, creative potential, and appreciation of art and the artistic process.
The 4-H Art project is designed to allow members to experience a variety of art forms. The application of the elements and principles of design is the foundation that allows the inclusion of almost any medium or technique. Original Art division includes work that is entirely the creation of the member while Non-original Art division allows for the inclusion of some components that have been designed or created by others.
The 4-H Cake Decorating project is designed to provide members with the skills and knowledge to bake, frost, and decorate a variety of cakes and cake foams. Members learn to combine color, design, and flavors in a pleasing way.
The 4-H Cast Ceramics project gives members a basic knowledge of ceramics through clay products that are cast by pouring slip into plaster-of-Paris molds. Members may work with greenware from earthenware, stoneware, or porcelain clays. Finishes include glazes, underglazes, overglazes, unfired finishes, and one-of-a-kind finishes and designs. The finish sections may be taken in any order although experience with glazes and underglazes is suggested prior to using on-of-a-kind finishes and designs.
Fiber Arts includes a variety of experiences based on the manipulation of fiber. Possibilities include weaving, spinning, felting, basketry, knotting (macramé, tatting), braiding, hooking, embroidery, cross-stitch, needlepoint, patchwork, appliqué, quilting, and papermaking. Members may sample several of these areas or concentrate on one.
The Leathercraft project provides opportunities to make attractive, useful, hand-tooled leather articles. This project teaches coordination and helps develop creativity.
In the 4-H Photography project members learn to take attractive, interesting pictures that show good composition, sharp detail, and good use of light with whatever type of camera they have. Members can explore still and moving photography.