Folk Arts



Folk Arts is a statewide 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 Extension Publications. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Folk Arts.

Folk Arts
What you can do in this project: explore traditional folk arts; learn more from your family and community; learn storytelling; decorate eggs and make baskets.
Grades: 5-12

Folk Arts Leader
Resources: NCR534, Folk Arts Leader Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Folk Arts? Try the links below.

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


Wisconsin State Fair Activity Stations
Each Activity Station features fun, hands-on activities on Visual Arts, Sewing, Woodworking, Agriculture and other topics. Coordinators need youth to help staff the stations and teach young fair goers. Look for latest information under Wisconsin State Fair Youth Expo.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Folk Arts Project. Just follow these links! Folk Art
How to collect and make different types of folk art, including quilting, sculpture and rosemaling.

American Folklife Center
Features selected collections from the Library of Congress Archive of Folk Culture as well as online exhibitions on various topics. Collection materials include photographs, manuscripts, and audio- and video-recordings.

Great Web Sites for Kids
List produced by the Association for Library Service to Children. Categories include the Arts.

Museum of American Folk Art
Web site features examples and other information on what is folk art. The American Folk Art Museum, 45 W. 53 rd St., New York, NY, 10019, is dedicated to exploring the diversity of American culture as expressed through folk art. Founded in 1961, the museum has an outstanding permanent collection, lectures and workshops, the Folk Art Explorers tour program, the Folk Art Institute, and an award winning quarterly magazine, Folk Art.


Project Support

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

Cooperative Extension Media Collection
This lending library features several folk arts-related resources. Check out “The Wisconsin Gardener” video series that features folk art items that you can make from materials in your garden.

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