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Are You Into It? 

Do you want to express yourself, be creative, or make an impression? Visual Arts is for you! It may be messy, fun, strange, or unique. You will get to work with paint, chalk, metal, wood, origami, computers and much, much more. Be yourself, explore visual arts!

• Explore and experiment with endless materials to make new art
• Develop your creative skills and talents
• Be confident expressing yourself through various art forms
• Gain understanding of art history, cultures, and various technique
• Master the basics of making great art – its elements and principals
• Consider a career or life time hobby in art

Here's What You Can Do All Year! 

Visual Arts

Take Visual Arts Further ! 

Here are other opportunities to explore Visual Arts:
• Explore other project areas including Photography, Clothing, Home Improvement and others.
• Check out books at the library or visit online sources to learn more about techniques, composition, copyright and privacy laws, and the history and future of art.
• Create a portfolio of your best artwork (sketches, techniques and final compositions).
• Attend local art exhibitions at museums and schools.
• Enter your artwork in a local, state or national exhibition.
• Learn about other artists, art history and techniques by visiting a library or using online resources.
• Volunteer to create a work of art for your school, church or other organization.
• Is it fair time? Consider taking an exhibit, a piece of your project learning, to the fair for judging and to show what you have learned throughout the year. It might get selected to go to the Kansas State Fair.
• Contact your local KSU Extension Office for other local workshops, activities and events.
• Attend Kansas 4-H Youth Conference and participate in workshops, motivational speakers and a community service project, bringing ideas back to your community
• Interested in a college education in the area of visual arts? Schedule a visit with Kansas State University. www.ksu.edu

Perfect Stay-at-Home Projects

The Writer in You (I)Get Started in Art (A)Family History Treasure Hunt (A)
The Writer in YouGet Started in ArtTreasure Hunt
CREATIVE AND LEISURE ARTS/WRITING Find the motivation you need to start or continue your exploration of the art of writing. Explore why to write, where to write, where to get ideas, theme, character, plot and setting, word choice, imagery and dialogue. Keep it all in one place to create a portfolio each year.CREATIVE ARTS/FINE ARTS Explore the basic elements of visual art through activities on color, line, space, balance, and more, and then complete your own work of art. Ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, and crafts are all possibilities. Appropriate for members of all ages.CREATIVE ARTS/GENEALOGY This project book guides you through 6 years of activities! Discover your family history as you go on a treasure hunt for jewels of information such as interesting relatives, special events, and curious stories. The records you create will last a lifetime.


4-H Grows Here


KSU Project Page

Fair Resources

Arts & Crafts 2020 Judging Schedule TBA

Arts & Crafts Artist Statement

Drawing & Painting Scorecard

Leather Scorecard

State Fair Visual Arts Release Form

Ceramics Scorecard

4-H Leathercraft Leader's Guide

Department G:  Arts and Crafts

Visual Arts Judging Score Sheets

Arts and Crafts Exhibit
Ceramic and Plasterwear
Drawing and Painting
Latch Hooking

Step It Up!

Pass it on! Now that you know how, share it with others. Here are ideas to get you started.


• Create a poster, flier, or brochure
• Teach art activities at an afterschool or summer program
• Plan, conduct and evaluate an on-going workshop


• Volunteer at a local art event
• Donate your art for a fundraiser
• Share your art skills with others – at school, churches, synagogue, or recreation


• Lead your family in an art project
• Offer to critique your friend or family’s artwork
• Volunteer to serve on a local art council

Exhibit Ideas

• Piece of original art such as charcoal drawing, watercolor, tempera or acrylic painting, pen and ink drawing, colored pencil drawing, etc.
• Portfolio about visual arts techniques such as perspective, sketching, contour drawing, shading, blending, etc.
• Display about drawing tools
• Report about a favorite artist’s life or type of art
• Notebook based on an interview with a local artist or jeweler
• Report about museum visits
• An original sculpture such as cardboard, wire, plaster or clay
• Poster or display on design element(s) or art principle(s)
• Demonstrate mixing colors on a poster or display
• Portfolio of advertisements showing design elements or art principles
• Original optical illusion using shape and space
• Poster on different vegetable dyes
• Demonstrate silk-screening
• Piece of jewelry using handmade beads or ornaments
• Photo display of art found in your community or state
• Report about careers that use artistic techniques such as a jeweler or designer