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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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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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 →
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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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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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.
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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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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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.
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