On Monday morning, 4-H Non-original Visual Arts
and 4-H Visual Arts judging took place.
Participants may use media such as paper, clay, fiber, wood,
chalk/carbon/pigment, glass/plastic, metal, and nature to produce
their art. Some spend months preparing their projects, while others
finish their work close to the deadline.
Non-Original arts are made from kits, pre-printed designs, or
pre-molded pieces, and original arts are designs created completely
by the exhibitor.
The art is judged for its craftsmanship, originality, and
creativity, but that is just a small portion. 4-H members must also
have a general knowledge of art concepts and be able to share a
detailed explanation of their project.
4-H members are also judged on how well they explain project goals,
decisions, and results shown, and provide a self-evaluation of what
they might have done differently. In addition, 4-Hers have to
describe what skills they learned in addition to techniques and
design elements they used.
Both during and after judging the judges make comments indicating
where participants did well and where they could improve. The little
details can be significant.
Dalton Hemerough entered a project for the first time with an
original Spiderman drawing. Hemerough said he chose to draw
Spiderman because it is his favorite superhero.
Many 4-H members did projects using various media.
Sarai Jackson just joined 4-H this year and did a non-original clay
project, which she painted, and an original paper mache item.
Jackson said she had also done an animal science project.
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Celia Cross did a photography project using a bug's eye
view for her photo of Bethel Church right outside of Emden. Cross
said she sat down in both the front and back of the church then
looked up with the camera to takes the picture.
Alayna Briggs' photography project was a photo of berries at Sand
Ridge State Park near San Jose. Briggs said she also did an outdoor
adventure project in which she took a hike and made a board all
about the adventure.
Angelina McGinnis entered three visual arts projects.
One was a mask of her favorite superhero. Another is of a wolf, and
McGinnis said it started with her drawing shapes that eventually
became a picture of the wolf. Her painting was of the hill from the
movie Nightmare Before Christmas.
Sam Stuckey did an electricity project and a photography project.
Stuckey's photography project told a story about a water balloon
toss, which he described in five photos. For his electricity
project, Stuckey set up a switch on a circuit board to light a bulb.
He then labeled all the parts and wrote a report.
Chase Parr entered projects that included woodworking and
floriculture. Parr's woodworking project was a toolbox. For
floriculture, he entered snappies, snapdragons, and petunias.
As always, many talented children worked hard on their visual arts
projects. Top entries will be on display in the Expo building
throughout the week.