Michigan 4-H Creative Arts Celebration Workshop a success

Participants learned about visual arts, crafts, sewing and textile projects at the 2017 Michigan 4-H Creative Arts Celebration Workshop.

Special Chinese children’s artwork piece, “Binzhou, What A Beautiful City!” displayed at the 4-H Kettunen Center. All photos by Jan Brinn, MSU Extension.

Special Chinese children’s artwork piece, “Binzhou, What A Beautiful City!” displayed at the 4-H Kettunen Center. All photos by Jan Brinn, MSU Extension.

The Michigan 4-H Creative Arts Celebration Workshop (formerly the 4-H Visual Arts, Crafts, Sewing and Textile workshop), held at the beautiful 4-H Kettunen Center in Tustin, Michigan, Nov. 18–19, 2017, was a success in participants learning visual arts, crafts, sewing and textile projects. Over 100 participants attended the workshop, including youth and 4-H members ages 12–19 (as of Jan. 1) and volunteers interested in the creative arts.

Participants learned new things, made new friends, put all their creativity to work and had a fabulous time. The workshop goal was for all the participants to gain valuable resources and skills that they learned and share with their home counties. The collected evaluations showed that the workshop was a success. A few positive comments included:

  • “It always gets me excited to go back to the club with new ideas.”
  • “Every class I took/taught showed me the process of teaching kids in my future as well as being fun for us.”

Many sessions were offered at the workshop including 4-H performing arts in theater and dance, 4-H visual arts in basket making, glass etching, modern macramé, felting and so much more. The sewing and textile sessions included crazy quilting, starfish pillows, hobo bags and more as well. During the evening “Creative Arts Carnival,” many craft make-and-take items kept the imaginations going in fabric wreaths, t-shirt bags and reindeer food burlap sacks. Gratitude-themed activities warmed participant’s hearts and the photo booth brought out individuals’ creative, silly side.

make-and-take table

Participants hard at work during the Make-and-Take Creative Arts Carnival.

4-H Grows Here Workshops – Connecting Creative Art Projects to Life sessions were informational in a variety of areas. One participant commented, “I am so glad I took the 4-H Grows Creative Thinkers session, I never thought about how much science there is in everything I do. I will be making sure my 4-Hers see this connection in the future!”

The Grand Finale Slide Show of the weekend was even created by the photography “paparazzi” session!

Singing artwork

Participant signing the gratitude artwork piece.

Special additions to the workshop were a silent auction and fabric sale with raised funds going to the 2018 workshop, scheduled for Nov. 10-11, 2018, and the 4-H Exploration Days state awards. Furthermore, the long 4-H China Art artwork featured in the Michigan State University Extension article, “Michigan 4-H receives special gift of artwork from China,” was proudly displayed at the workshop for all to admire.

The Michigan 4-H Creative Arts Celebration Workshop was successful in growing creativity, gratitude, friendships and fun.

Reindeer burlap sacs

Reindeer food burlap sacks craft made at a make-and-take table.

Michigan State University Extension and the Michigan 4-H Youth Development program help to prepare youth as positive and engaged leaders and global citizens by providing educational experiences and resources for youth interested in developing knowledge and skills in these areas.

To learn about the positive impact of Michigan 4-H youth leadership, citizenship and service and global and cultural education programs, read our 2016 Impact Report: “Developing Civically Engaged Leaders.” Additional impact reports, highlighting even more ways Michigan State University Extension and Michigan 4-H have positively impacted individuals and communities in 2016, can be downloaded from the MSU Extension website.

Other global educational opportunities can be found on the MSU Extension Global and Cultural Education website. For more information about 4-H learning opportunities and other 4-H programs, contact your local MSU Extension office.

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