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Clowning (Grades 4-12)
Youth will discover the history of clowning while developing their own clowns' character complete with makeup and costume. Youth will study famous clowning acts, create their own props, learn about communication, etiquette, performing, puppetry, ventriloquism, balloon artistry and much more.

Drawing and Painting (Grades 5-12)
Youth will draw with pencil, chalk, crayon, pen and ink; blend and shade; draw from nature; make surface rubbings; paint with watercolor, poster paint, oil and acrylics; use the brush; mix colors; and mat and frame their art and much more.

Advanced Visual Arts (Grades 7-12)
Youth will develop their artistic skills and talents while learning the elements and principles of design. Youth explore art techniques, art history and culture, the science behind the art and artistic challenges. The introductions provide clear directions for the helper to facilitate the art activities. The guides are designed so youth may also discover art techniques individually.

Theatre Arts - Imagination in Action (Grades 3-12)
Youth put their Imagination in Action when using this dynamic theater arts series. These materials offer activities in acting, puppetry, and stagecraft. Play the Role emphasizes movement, voice, and playing a scene. Become A Puppeteer teaches the types of puppets; how to create a puppet and puppet stage; development of puppet character; how to create and present a puppet skit; and puppetry therapy.  Setting the Stage allows youth to tap into their unique skills and talents behind the scenes, including costumes, sound, lighting and props, makeup and stage management.

Wood Arts (Grades 3-12)
Youth will learn about wood and techniques for working with wood as an art form. Activities include working with driftwood, dry wood, wood whittling, chip carving, wood burning, painting wood items and decoupage.

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Youth engage in nonverbal, verbal and written activities that stretch and strengthen personal communication skills. Youth practice and gain confidence in communicating in a variety of situations. They gain confidence as strong communicators as they present oral reasons, plan and present speeches, communicate assertively, practice making a good first impression and mentor others.  Youth polish their communication skills and develop a public presence by speaking in public, exploring communication careers, writing resumes, interviewing for a job, developing presentations, dealing with anxiety and much more!

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  • Communication Arts

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(Grades 3-9)
Youth will learn to work with leather stamping tools and to finish leather, leather carving tools, a swivel knife and to punch holes for lacing. Two levels of project books and a leader's guide are available. 

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Learn how to use your digital or film camera to take quality pictures and how to evaluate them.  Level 1 covers camera settings, lighting techniques, and composition skills. Topics in level 2 include taking candid photos, adjusting shutter speeds, planning techniques and taking close ups and panoramas. In level 3, youth will learn about different lenses, filters, special film, light meters, shooting reflections, framing, viewpoints, still-life, symmetry, and color composition.

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  • Educational Trunks (trunks related to the Photography project include "Digital Camera Trunk #1 and #2, and "Professor Franklin's Photo T-Shirt Program")

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Interested in a project?
Contact your local extension office to enroll in the project. Some project books are available online and will be listed under "Resources & Links". Other project books and materials can be ordered through your local extension office.


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Center for 4-H Youth Development
Phone: +1 (701) 231-7251
Campus address: FLC 219
Physical/delivery address: 1400 Centennial Blvd, Fargo, ND 58102
Mailing address: NDSU Dept. 7280 / PO Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
Page manager: 4-H

Last Updated: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 1:45:02 PM