Walk With The Arts 2018

About Walk With The Arts

Students placing tiles on display wall.

Every September, The Berea Arts Counsel sponsors Walk With The Arts to bring every fourth grader from Madison County to Indian Fort Theater. With over 950 students gathered, artists set up booths along the trail. Craftspeople, artists, and musicians shared with each student through demonstrations and hands-on experiences. Fourth graders were exposed to a variety of arts such as music, dancing, painting, woodworking, ceramics, and more.

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Walk With The Arts 2017

Students using clay to create a story on a clay tile

Students told stories through the tiles they were making

Every September the fourth grade classes from elementary schools in Madison County travel to the Indian Fort Theater. Roughly 1000 4th graders gather to learn about the traditional crafts from the area during a festival known as Walk With The Arts.Craftspeople set up booths along the trail. Some booths teach the students about the different crafts. Others, like ours, invites them to try it for themselves.

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Sweeping Away Estill County

Just a few days after we were in Estill County for the jewelry workshop with the art camp, we were back with the same group to make brooms! Very excited kids greeted us, ecstatic to do another craft. It was amazing to see their faces light up when they saw us! Continue reading Sweeping Away Estill County

PAGE Afternoon in Weaving

Girls weaving a bookmark on an inkle loom.

The girls working on inkle looms

The Partnership for Appalachian Girls’ Education visited Berea College’s Craft Education Center this summer for a workshop in weaving and textiles. The girls learned to weave bookmarks on inkle looms, fabric on a large loom, and bracelets on cardboard looms. These were not exactly new skills for many, but some had never done anything like this.

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Estill County Copper Frenzy

Campers use metal stamps to hammer in designs on copper discs

Campers stamp their copper pendants

The Estill County Extension Office invited the Berea College CEOP to do a copper workshop with their Art Camp. With around 25 kids from a very under served area in Irvine, KY, this art camp is one of the only times these kids are exposed to this type of art. As we were setting up, the kids couldn’t concentrate on anything else.

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Reminiscing on Potters Gone Bybee

the old sign for the Bybee Pottery still hangs on the backside of the building

The back of the old Bybee Pottery building

Years after Bybee Pottery closed its doors, the building still stands as a testimony of the work that was put in to the business. This rundown and caving structure was once home to the second oldest pottery in the country. Founded in 1809, the pottery was continuously run for over 2 centuries, before freezing production in 2009. Almost a decade later, we decided to stop by and explore.

Opportunities Unlimited- Accomplishing Unbe-weave-able Things!

Three volunteers assist a student in weaving on the inkle loom.

Volunteers help teach a student to weave on the inkle Loom

Recently, we here at the Craft Education and Outreach Program had the chance to experience something entirely new. A group from Michigan came down for a weaving workshop, but there was a catch. All of the students and many of the volunteers were visually impaired to some degree. We had never worked with a group like this, and it definitely was a learning experience for everyone!

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BAC Art Camp: Intensive Clay Experience

A camper pulling the sides of the pot she is throwing on a potters wheel

Serena throwing a pot on the wheel

Week three of the Berea Art Council art camp was a clay intensive workshop for local teenagers. These teens worked hands-on with clay on the potters wheel and hand sculpting. Some of the campers came in with experience, but for some this was a whole new experience. Either way, it was an amazing opportunity for everyone involved, not just the campers.

A girl uses thin stain glaze to paint the pot she has thrown during camp.

Morrigan stains a pot she has thrown.

The campers learned to throw clay on the potters wheel, and got to explore different shapes and techniques. They learned mugs first, and after getting a handle on those (haha), they moved on to bowls. The campers got to experience the entire process that potters go through when creating their pieces. After throwing the pieces, the teens painted their pots with a stain, creating their own patterns and designs. Once the pots dried, the campers assisted in glazing the pieces, and helped load them into the kiln for firing.

The campers making whistles out of molded clay.

The campers working on their whistles

Mugs and bowls weren’t the only thing the teens worked on this week. They formed whistles out of clay, using only a small stick and their hands. They had to keep testing the sound and reworking the clay until a strong sound came from the hollowed out shape.

The Campers also got to explore the Ceramics collection of the Berea College Appalachian Center. The pieces in the collection are greatly varied, from local pieces to old African styles. The teens enjoyed the face jug the most, and seeing the evolution of ceramics at the college.

A camper using stain to paint a bowl for the Empty Bowl project fundraiser held by the college.

David painting an Empty Bowl

At the end of the week, before the parents arrived, the campers got to paint a bowl for the Empty Bowls Project held at the college every March. The project is to help raise money for the local food banks and pantries so they can provide to local families in need.  For more information click here.

The end of the last day was the show. The campers got to explain and demonstrate the process to their families.  The week proved to be successful as the campers became the teachers.



Berea Arts Council 2017: Time for Pre-Teens!

The Second week of the Berea Arts Council sponsored art camp consisted of 25 campers aged 10-13. The campers learned to throw pottery on the wheel, weave on two types of looms, and other crafts.

One student counselor at the camp noted that the kids were, “very self motivated and independently driven. You can always tell that their minds are in motion as they work. Creative thinking is common among them.”

Another worker commented on the freedom the kids were given.

“They enjoy having the chance to make something for themselves, by themselves, without [being told] exactly what to do. It was great to see them taking control of what their own minds were creating.”

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Berea Arts Council Art Camp 2017

Craft Outreach and Berea Arts Council teamed up for art camp again to teach some local young ‘uns how to throw pottery, how to paint, how to hand build clay flower pots, how to make copper pendants, and much more. The first week was a group of 6-8 year old Berea kids. It was a pleasure to watch their creativity and confidence blossom as they learned, worked, and got their hands dirty!

When a heavy downpour started, campers ran for the Craft Education Center. These two campers got drenched!

When a heavy downpour started, campers ran for the Craft Education Center.

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