MANCHESTER, Iowa — On Saturday, February 1st Delaware County 4-H held their first project workshop of the year. 4-H members got a jump start on their fair projects during the Visual Arts Workshop. Visual Arts is a popular project area that allows youth to express themselves and be creative.
Ruth Deutmeyer, 4-H volunteer and former art teacher shared her knowledge of art and talents with twelve Delaware County 4-H members. Ruth began the workshop by discussing the design elements and art principles, which are essential for creating an interesting and unique piece of art.
The elements of design include; line, shape, texture, color, and space. The principles of design are combinations of the design elements. They include; rhythm, proportion, balance, emphasis, and unity. Ruth explained that visual arts fair judges will be asking youth about the elements of design and art principles, so it is important that they become familiar with these terms.
Next, youth created their own visual arts project! Ruth demonstrated two different projects for the youth to select from. The first project was paper folded stars. Youth folded small pieces of paper into triangle like objects and glued them to a paper canvas to create a star. Ruth encouraged 4-Hers to pick colors that complement each other. The second project 4-H members could make was multi-level paper weaving. Youth took various sizes of strips of paper and weaved it in and out to create an eye appealing canvas. Ruth suggested laminating their paper weaving project to be used as a table place mat.
4-H members enjoyed learning about the visual arts project from Ruth and creating a unique project to take home.
Delaware County 4-H members should anticipate many more workshops throughout the year. Workshops allow youth to become more familiar with a project area and help them learn by doing. In February 4-H members can participate in an Intro to Welding Workshop with Seth Harms, Industrial Tech teacher at West Delaware. For more information about this workshop, contact the Extension Office at 563-927-4201.
— Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Delaware County
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