Folk Art for Kids

Folk Art for Kids

July 22 - August 10, 2018

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. 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.

(+ Room & Board or other available options.)

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Folk Arts for Kids: Old-Time Blues, the Crossroads with Meredith Watson / July 22 – 27

Folk Arts for Kids: Old-Time Blues, the Crossroads

Each day will include music in the morning, arts and crafts during the middle of the day, and dance in the afternoon. A sample schedule is below, with approximate times:

  • 9am: We will do a different team building game each day, each of which relates to music, rhythm or performance. These come from Meredith’s background in teaching creative drama and are a great way to get everybody in the spirit for enjoying a creative, supportive environment at the start of the day.
  • 9:30am: Music Time. We’ll build box fiddles out of cardboard and use them to learn proper technique for holding and playing a fiddle. We will listen to some blues songs to learn the patterns in them, and then we’ll write our own! We will learn a few Appalachian ballads and songs. We will experiment with other instruments, learn some early jazz and swing songs, and create an orchestra and take turns being the conductor.
  • 11am: Art. We will use this time to start on our craft projects for the day. These will mostly consist of “crankies” and other visual representations of popular songs. We will also make paper bag puppet characters from songs that we learn in the morning, and use those to perform the songs for each other.
  • 12pm: Lunch
  • 1pm: Art, continued. We will resume our art projects that we started before lunch.
  • 2:30pm Dance: We will learn basic flatfooting steps and simple square dances each day. We will learn some basic swing dance moves and dance to some swing music!

Meredith Watson

Meredith Watson was born in Boston, Massachusetts, 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 sought out an education in theater and music. She was 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 was selected to attend 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 selected as 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 has 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.

CLASS CLOSED / Folk Arts for Kids: A Little Cajun, A Lot O’ Country with Heidi Thompson / July 29 – August 3

Folk Arts for Kids: A Little Cajun, A Lot O’ Country

Folk Arts for Kids: A Little Cajun, A Lot O’ Country – Grades K-5 – All Levels: In this exciting program, participants will explore various art media while being inspired by the themes of Cajun culture and Classic Country music. The first few days of camp will be spent exploring the theme of Classic Country. Participants will create clay animals, ink drawings, weavings, and paintings inspired by the sights and sounds of country music. The remaining portion of the week will be a colorful celebration, learning about the art and culture surrounding Cajun music and Mardi Gras. Participants will create colorful embossed foil masks and feather pieces with the colors of the Mardi Gras celebration.

Heidi Thompson

Heidi Thompson, a native West Virginian, holds a degree in Ceramics and Art Education from WVU. She has been working as an art educator for over 14 years and is currently employed by Upshur County Schools. In addition to her public school experience, Heidi also taught as an ArtsBank artist, provided art workshops at Artistry on Main in Buckhannon, WV,  and instructed for Randolph County Community Arts Center (RCCAC) summer camps. She is also a studio artist who sells her pottery throughout WV.

CLASS CLOSED / FULL Folk Arts for Kids: Exploring the Arts through the Ages with Kylie Proudfoot-Payne / August 5 – 10

Folk Arts for Kids: Exploring the Arts through the Ages – Grades K-5 

Augusta for Kids participants will explore visual art and heritage crafts through the creation of a variety of art projects. The class is a combination of project oriented and process oriented lessons where students will delve deeper into their interest in the arts while creating a solid foundation for taking a project from start to finish. Students will get the opportunity to present their work and reflect on the progress through critiques in an age appropriate environment. Students 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.