Folk Arts for Kids is a program for youth (k-5). Students explore arts and crafts through a variety of media and themes while getting a taste of the music and arts running within the week. See the program details for each week.
The Next Generation of Traditional Artists!
Augusta is dedicated to carrying traditions forward to new generations. While many of our regular classes 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 www.AugustaHeritageCenter.org.
Megan Brown, originally from Tepetate, LA, grew up to the sound of Cajun music at her grandparent’s Cajun restaurant. She has been singing all her life. Megan took to Cajun music and with it the French language at the age of 18, joining first with her accordionist brother, Briggs Brown. She was a co-founder of the all female Cajun group Les Bassettes and performed with Ryan Brunet and Les Malfecteurs, The Pine Leaf Boys, The Lafayette Rhythm Devils, and Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys. She has performed at many cultural events, including Festivals Acadiens et Creoles, Folk Roots Balfa Camp, the Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival, Festival International de la Louisiane, and many more nationally and internationally. She has been with T’Monde for the last five years. Megan has been working with kids of all ages for 15 years and is glad to be a second year teacher for Folk Arts for Kids during Cajun Week.
Folk Arts for Kids: Exploring Cajun Culture – Grades K-5 – All Levels: Join Megan Brown for a week of fun educational activities about Louisiana and its special culture and history. We will focus on five topics, including Mardi Gras, food, music and instruments, holiday celebrations, and dancing. Each day we’ll learn a little history and French vocabulary relevant to each topic, followed by an art project or field trip. We will build our own masks and capuchons (hats for Mardi Gras), run Mardi Gras, dye & paque eggs, make Acadian flags, learn some dance moves, and even get a chance to cook up a Cajun dish! Parents, please have an old t-shirt for students to decorate. Each student should also have a 2×3 poster board to make their capuchons.
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 themes while getting a taste of the music, dance, and other activities running within the week. See the website for detailed class descriptions. To register, specify Folk Arts for Kids and select the week of your choice
Sarah Ferguson, a native West Virginian, holds an art education degree from West Liberty State College. She has taught art in the public schools in Barbour County, given private art lessons for over 20 years, and has taught at many art camps throughout the state. She is an ArtsBank artist and teaches art classes at Randolph County Community Arts Center (RCCAC). Her artwork has been exhibited at the Mountain State Forest Festival, Strawberry Festival, Barbour County Fair, Stonewall Jackson Jubilee, and at RCCAC.
This session of Folk Arts for Kids will be an action packed week of creativity, arts and crafts, music, movement, and adventure. The participants will learn about the essence of Blues & Swing week at Augusta through a variety of experiences.
Participants will create mini memory quilts, based on the book Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold. They will make their own instruments to go along with the story Max Found Two Sticks by Brian Pinkney. Other activities based on various children’s literature include shadow puppet theather, saxophone watercolor paintings, and printmaking.
Other artistic experiences of the week include creating collages based on the artwork of Romare Bearden, and making sock snakes, which the students will then be able to play with. The class will be doing some dancing, hiking, and outdoor activities, so participants should wear appropriate clothing for the weather as well as comfortable shoes for walking. All class supplies are provided by Augusta, as well as a daily snack. Participants are welcome to bring a water bottle to class if they wish.
Emily Prentice was raised in Elkins. She attended Davis & Elkins College, graduating in 2015 with degrees in English and Fine Arts, and has worked on Augusta summer staff for the past three years. Her primary focus is using art as a way to unify her community. She spends most of her free time facilitating creativity through craft nights, collaborative zine projects, and public art. Emily’s own creative practice centers around illustration, fiber arts, collage, and anything DIY. Emily teaches children and teen classes and camps at the Elkins Sewing Center, as well as Color Theory for quilters, and leads open studio sessions there. She is super excited to teach at Augusta! It’s been her lifelong dream to design merit badges. You can find Emily’s work at the Buxton and Landstreet Gallery in Thomas, or at her website: emilyprentice.com.
Prepare for adventure! Augusta Explorers will earn merit badges as they take in all that Augusta has to offer. Participants will be spending lots of time outside, lots of time making stuff, and lots of time learning about Appalachian culture. Expect to be messy, curious, and creative. Class activities will include nature walks, plant identification, weaving, party games, ghost stories, square dancing, printmaking, singing, and much more. The class also take advantage of the amazing events happening around campus. At the end of class, Explorers will have assorted merit badges designed and embroidered by Emily, a banner for displaying badges, and a zine field guide that Explorers will fill with a week’s worth of Augusta memories. Participants should bring snacks, a shirt/smock/apron for messy activities, and an adventurous attitude!
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. She is an award winning landscape painter and dabbles in a variety of different art mediums.
Folk Arts for Kids participants will explore visual art and heritage crafts through the creation of a variety of art projects. Students will delve deeper into their interests in the arts while creating a solid foundation for taking a project from start to finish. Students will get an opportunity to present their work and reflect on the progress through critiques. 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 program through coordination with other Augusta instructors.