Folk Art for Kids

Folk Art for Kids

July 7 - 26, 2019

Folk Arts for Kids is a program for youth who have completed  kindergarten through 5th grade. Participants explore arts and crafts through a variety of media and projects while getting a taste of the music, dance, and other activities running within the week. Each Folk Arts for Kids workshop runs concurrently with the music and dance themes listed below, plus arts, crafts, and folklore workshops and evening mini-courses. See the program details below for each week. Folk Arts for Kids workshops meet from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Each of the Folk Arts for Kids workshop leaders is a talented artist as well as an exceptional teacher. We want the children to participate in a variety of folk art forms – crafts, art, music, and dance – and have the opportunity to experience all the music and dance that fills our campus each week. – Beth King, Director

Augusta is dedicated to carrying traditions forward to new generations through Folk Arts for Kids, the Teen Augusta Program, and our adult level workshops. While many of our regular workshops are tailored for adults, younger people who are able to maintain an adult level of participation are welcome. See FAQs for information regarding youth and chaperones.

Scholarships are available for young folks for our regular sessions. For scholarship guidelines and to apply, go to

Tuition Guide:
$225/week if paid before June 1. $
250/week if paid after June 1.

Registration will open on March 5, 2019. 

(+ Room & Board or other available options.)

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2019 Workshop Leaders and Classes. Click any name below to open more details. Click again to close.

July 7-12, 2019: Exploring Cajun Country (All Levels) – Kendall Broussard

The goal of this class is to learn new crafts in a unique and exciting way! This will be done with an introduction to the people, traditions and landscapes that encompass Louisiana. Each participant will bring home many self-made crafts.

Louisiana Cajuns have many unique and distinguishing qualities. This class will explore many of these along with the related folk art. Activities such as natural egg dyeing, cooking native foods and playing traditional games will be explored. Native animals and habitats unique to Louisiana will be studied. Participants will learn about different Mardi Gras customs, focusing on how to make masks and costumes and performing a Mardi Gras “run”. Along with learning Cajun songs will be instruction on how to dance a traditional two step and waltz. Cajun French vocabulary will be introduced and used during the class. Each student is asked to bring an old tee-shirt to be used as part of an activity, as well as lots of creativity!

Kendall Broussard

Kendall Miller Broussard is excited to bring her energy and enthusiasm for Cajun culture to the Folk Arts for Kids class to Augusta this year. She is a native of Iota, Louisiana and granddaughter to longtime Augusta instructors Larry and Jackie Miller. Through the example of her grandparents, Kendall has fostered a love of Cajun music, language and traditions. She is a wife, mom of three young children and teacher by profession, holding a Master’s Degree in Education.

July 14-19: Old-Time Blues, the Crossroads (All Levels) – Meredith Watson

Old-Time Blues, the Crossroads (All Levels)

Class description coming soon!

Meredith Watson

Meredith Watson was born in Boston, MA, where she began studying classical dance at the Boston Ballet School at the age of three. Through her years of dance performance, she developed a love of the performing arts and pursued an education in theater and music. She featured in countless productions at the Wheelock Family Theater in Boston, and taught classes as a teenager in acting, movement, and choreography at the Harwich Junior Theater in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

She attended the prestigious National High School Institute at Northwestern University, where she studied Theater Arts, and subsequently received her BFA in Acting and Music from the Tisch School of the Performing Arts at New York University. While attending NYU, she met acclaimed Bel Canto vocal coach Jeff Halpern, with whom she studied privately for seven years.

She has performed in and played music for many productions with the award-winning off-broadway theater company “Collaboration Town.” In 2009, she was a ?nalist in the Telluride Acoustic Blues competition at the Telluride Blues and Brews Festival, and quickly garnered the attention of modern acoustic blues luminaries Chris Smither and Jorma Kaukonen.

She has taught guitar techniques, song arranging, and vocal harmony both privately and in workshops throughout the country, and spent three years teaching fiddle at the Junior Appalachian Musicians Program in Black Mountain, NC.

Since 2012, she released two records and toured extensively in the US, UK, and Ireland with her band Locust Honey. Her original song “Blue” was featured in the 2017 film The Dinner, and will appear on its upcoming soundtrack.

July 21-26: Exploring the Arts through the Ages (All Levels) – Kylie Proudfoot-Payne

Exploring the Arts through the Ages (All Levels)

Folk Arts for Kids participants will explore visual art and heritage crafts through the creation of a variety of art projects. The workshop is a combination of project-oriented and process-oriented lessons where participants will delve deeper into their interests in the arts while creating a solid foundation for taking a project from start to finish. Participants will get the opportunity to present their work and reflect on the progress through critiques in an age appropriate environment. Participants will paint, print, weave, bind, mold, sew, experiment, and more as they learn about how the heritage crafts are connected to the world today. They will have the opportunity to experience the wider Augusta experience through coordination with other Augusta instructors while exploring the D&E campus with their sketchbooks.

Kylie Proudfoot-Payne

Kylie Proudfoot-Payne lives in Barbour County and graduated from Davis & Elkins College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology / human services and art education. She currently teaches with ArtsBank, an artist in residence program in the Randolph County schools with a focus on STEAM education. Kylie is primarily a landscape painter but experiments in a variety of mediums and techniques in order to incorporate art in all aspects of life.

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