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Don’t forget to submit your entries to the 4-H office by the 3rd of the next month! Send a photo of your completed challenge to somer.meade@wsu.edu to be entered into our drawing for prizes at the end of our 4-H year.

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Instructions

MAY 2021

The Challenge: Create a model of a volcano in honor of the 41st anniversary of the eruption of Mt. St. Helens. You can use clay, legos, paper mache, or any other material you have on hand!

What you need: Building blocks, paper, crafting materials, playdough, cardboard, tape, measuring equipment, glue, or drawing supplies depending on what materials you choose to use.

How to prepare: Do your research on the best way to create a volcano. Think about what supplies you already have or what you might need. Come up with a plan for your construction, and write it down if needed. How much time will you need? Will you need the help of a grown up?

What to do: Once you have decided what and how you want to build start! Stop yourself to evaluate how things are going during your building time.  Remember that a model is not a replica, you do not have to have every detail perfectly represented.

Reflection Questions:  What made you choose the building materials you did? How would things have turned out differently if you had chosen different supplies? What about building the replica was hard? Do you feel okay with any mistakes or missing pieces of your replica?

For Fair Entry: Refer to the premium book for specifics. Each entry typically  must be accompanied by a 3″x5″ card to explain what it is where it can be used and/or why it was made. Include the technique of the craft, i.e., batik, copper tooling, leaded stained glass, textile, acrylic on velvet, glass beading, soap sculpture, oil painting, needlework, embroidery, etc. 

4-H Score Card for Creative Arts (PDF)

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Instructions

APRIL 2021

The Challenge: Build a model of something you did or a place you went over Spring Break. Use building blocks, LEGOs (C), paper, playdough, clay, cardboard, or whatever medium you prefer.

What you need: Building blocks, paper, crafting materials, playdough, cardboard, tape, measuring equipment, glue, or drawing supplies depending on what materials you choose to use.

How to prepare: Think about the things you did over spring break and what you would need to show in a model for someone else to recognize where you were or what you were doing. Try sketching out what you want to build before you get started.  Use colors!

What to do: Once you have decided what and how you want to build start! Stop yourself to evaluate how things are going during your building time.  Remember that a model is not a replica, you do not have to have every detail perfectly represented.

Reflection Questions: Thinking back on your spring break what do you remember? Were you surprised by the details you thought of? What made you choose the building materials you did? Do you think things would have turned out differently if you had chosen different supplies? What about building a model was hard? Do you feel okay with any mistakes or missing pieces of your model?

For Fair Entry: Refer to the premium book for specifics. Each entry typically  must be accompanied by a 3″x5″ card to explain what it is where it can be used and/or why it was made. Include the technique of the craft, i.e., batik, copper tooling, leaded stained glass, textile, acrylic on velvet, glass beading, soap sculpture, oil painting, needlework, embroidery, etc. 

4-H Score Card for Creative Arts (PDF)

Instructions

MARCH 2021

The Challenge: Take a picture of something that shows the start of spring or the changing of the seasons.

What you need: A camera or phone with picture taking capabilities

How to prepare: What are some of the classic signs that spring is coming? Where can you find these signs? What circumstances would make for the best photo that captures this (natural lighting, time of day, position, filters)? Make a list of locations, photos, and angles/conditions you want to try.  

What to do: Once you have brainstormed the focus for your photo and what conditions need to be met, take multiple photos and select the best one. You can edit the photo if needed. Once your photo is ready for sharing, write 2-3 sentences explaining what it is and how it demonstrates the start of spring/changing of the seasons. 

Reflection Questions: Why is it important to have a plan before you take pictures? Did having a list of the pictures you wanted to take help in the overall vision of your photo shoot? Are you more likely to be creative with your photography when you have a plan, or when you take photos randomly? Why? 

For Fair Entry: Refer to the premium book for specifics. In Skamania County, there is a Photography Class (traditionally 301). Entry Rules according to the 2019 Premium Book: All photos must be matted (optional), mounted, framed, and ready for hanging by string, or wire, firmly attached to the back (please, no tape of any kind) • Entrant must take original photo. Pictures may be black and white or color. • Print size: not less than 4 X 6 inches. Nothing over poster size (24” x 36”). • Prints and laser prints 4 X 6 inches and larger may be made by commercial processor. • Lens setting, exposure, film used, etc. may accompany entry for benefit and education of fair viewers, but will have no influence on judging.

4-H Score Card for Photography (PDF)

Activity adapted from Utah’s Discover 4-H Curriculum “4-H Photography Clubs”