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: Blues, Swing, and Old-Time Tales (All Levels) – Leah Graeff

Blues, Swing, and Old-Time Tales (All Levels)

In this class we will explore Blues, Swing and Old-Time music’s individual folklore through their language, and imagery, while also paying attention to the folklore created through their relationships to each other. Students will work collaboratively and individually with a variety of 3D media to create visual narratives for various Blues, Swing and Old-Time songs, stories, and dance. We will also collaborate on an original piece to be performed at the end of the week.

Leah Graeff

Leah Graeff is a visual artist living and working in Lafayette and Grand Coteau, Louisiana. For seven years she worked as a teaching artist for the Acadiana Center for the Arts’ PACE (Primary Academic Creative Experiences) program where she collaborated with Lafayette Parish teachers to create arts integrated lessons that connect to curriculum standards. She also worked as a teaching artist with Vermilionville Living History and Folklife Park’s partnership with Local Learning, creating projects in Lafayette Parish schools that integrated local folklore and traditional crafts with contemporary art. She served as Education Director for the Children’s Museum of Acadiana, and worked as an artist with teachers on many DAF grants in Lafayette Parish. She currently serves on the Education Advisory Committee for the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, is a founding board member of Krewe de Canailles, a walking parade celebrating public art and folklore in Lafayette, Louisiana, and is Area Chair and Activities Coordinator or Scène des Jeunes, the children’s area of Festival International de Louisiane.

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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