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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

Future study and careers

You can study art, design or architecture at Kansas State University.


4-H Grows Here

Project Skills I Have Learned- Check out this online resource to lear about the principles and elements of design.

Note  this is  a paid subscription that can be tried  for 30 days. We were able to watch a lesson without signing up.

Crafts Around The World

KSU  4-H Project Page

Project Phases

Computer  Created Art   General  Crafts                          3 Dimensional Art Ceramics/Sculpture/Clay  Painiting  and Drawing Graphic Design              Leather                         Jewelry                         Scrapbooking                    Paper Crafts                        Your Choice (Other Media) Nature Art/Craft

Project Resources

Scrapbooking CO 4-H 

Paper Crafts Utah 4-H

Getting Started In Art (download below middle column)

Idea Starters

3-Dimensional Art for Kids

STEAM & Art Starter Projects-  become creative

3-D Art Ideas-Make  It an  Original

Iowa 4-H Resources including line and  design  information

Availble for Check Out From Extension Office

CloverFair Resources

Aug 1 Arts & Crafts        2022 Judging Schedule TBA

Arts & Crafts Department  will be updated for  2022-related  to  dates and  awards

Department G: Arts and Crafts will be updated for  2022

Arts & Crafts Artist Statement

Visual Arts Judging Score Sheets

Kansas  4-H Visual Arts Judging Rubric (Used  for  2022County Fair)

Scroecards  below  share project  exhibit  standards for  technique

Drawing & Painting Scorecard

Leather Scorecard

State Fair Visual Arts Release Form

Ceramics Scorecard

4-H Leathercraft Leader's Guide


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

State Fair Classes

Must be enrolled in the project phase to  be eligible.   

State Fair Visual Arts Release Form              Fine Arts
Oil, chalk, charcoal, dyes, pastels, pencil, ink, acrylic, or watercolor on canvas, canvas board, paper, wood, metal, or textiles, framed as a picture,preparedfor hanging. Stretched canvas art on a wooden frame is considered prepared for hanging provided that frame has a hanger.

Clay and Ceramics
Any original item made of clay; may be fired or unfired, hand formed, or thrown on a wheel. Self-hardening,fire/oven-cured, and/or cornstarchclays are acceptable. Items can include, but are not limited to, clay statues, bowls, etc.

Leather and Jewelry
Any leather stamping, carving, tooling, lacing, or stitching piece or any jewelry piece made from anymedium are acceptable exhibits.

The piece must be observable on at least three sides and should be either free-standing or prepared to be hung. Craft and pre-formed or assembled
projects are not acceptable.

General Crafts
This category incorporates miscellaneous pieces that do not correspond to the four, above-mentioned categories.

Copyright Information
*Kits and preformed molds are not considered original and are not acceptable in any Visual Arts Class. Combining parts of different patterns(pictures, photographs, images from the internet or a magazine) with the member's own ideas can result in an original design,but simply
changing the color, pattern, and/or size of a pattern does not make the design original. If you create a replica of what you see somewhere else (i.e.
Pinterest), it is not your original design. If a photo, sketch, or other idea source was used, submit it with your entry, firmly attached to yourexhibit.

Visual Arts State Fair

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