Arts & Crafts



Arts & Crafts is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Arts & Crafts.

Art 1
What you can do in this project: learn art through cutting, pasting and drawing; explore sculpting and constructing with fibers; paint and print using different materials.
Grades: 3-6
Resources: 23112, Elements & Principles of Design Card
4H472, Palette of Fun Member Sheet & Introduction

Art 2
What you can do in this project: explore art techniques, culture and history of art; learn artistic challenges in drawing, fiber arts and sculpting; develop graphic design techniques.
Grades: 7-12
Resources: 08140, Advanced Visual Arts: Sketchbook Crossroads
08141, Advanced Visual Arts: Portfolio Pathways

Arts & Crafts Leader
Resources: 07597, Arts & Crafts – A Palette of Fun
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about arts and crafts? Try the links below.

Arts & Crafts Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including arts and crafts. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details. If you are in grades 9-12, apply for the conference Art Team. This team of youth and advisors works with a professional artist on the design of a large public art piece and plans the conference Art Exhibit.

Wisconsin 4-H ArtBeat!
Created for 4-H members in grades 3-5 and their parents and leaders, 4-H Artbeat! is the introductory program for Wisconsin 4-H Arts and Communication!  Scheduled in March each year, at our State 4-H Camp, Upham Woods, the weekend will feature a look at a variety of arts projects including music, drama, visual arts, arts and crafts, juggling and more!  Also on the program will be a special “suprise” performance by one of Wisconsin 4-H’s most acclaimed performers!

Wisconsin 4-H Arts Camp
If you are in grades 6-8, sign up for the Visual Arts Track at the next 4-H Arts Camp. Youth in grades 9-10 who are experienced in the visual arts project can serve as instructors and counselors at this camp, scheduled each October at the Upham Woods Environmental Education Center, Wisconsin Dells.

Wisconsin 4-H Arts Leadership Lab
If you are a new or emerging youth or adult visual arts leader, sign up for the Visual Arts Track at the next 4-H Arts Leadership Lab, scheduled each fall.

County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Arts & Crafts Project. Just follow these links!

Art Junction
A collaborative art space for teachers and students.

Kinder Planet: Arts & Crafts for Children
Arts and crafts activities to amuse preschool and grade school youth.

Imagination Factory
An award winning art and environmental education site for kids, parents and teachers. Visitors learn how to make art using common, household trash as a source of free materials. Activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, papier-mâché, marbling and crafts, and a special section on holiday art and crafts.

Invention Dimension
Massachusetts Institute of Technology resource for those engaged in the “process of discovery.” Great list of sites for youth.

Kidspace Art
Drawing and painting activities for kids and adults to learn together. Supplements Pallette of Fun curriculum with activities and computer software.

Metropolitan Museum of Art
Started in 1870, the Metropolitan Museum’s collection features more than two million works of art from the past 5,000 years.

National 4-H Online Visual Arts Project
Visit this site for additional National 4-H Visual Arts Project activities, information and links.


Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Arts & Crafts Project, contact the following:

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several arts and crafts resources.

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.

UW-Extension State Specialist: Christina Rencontre