Communications and Expressive Art

The goals of the 4-H Communications Programs are to develop public speaking skills, creativity, expression, organizational skills, and confidence in the young people taking part so they can successfully and positively present their ideas, feelings, and opinions to others.

With the help of curriculum, events, workshops, and resource material from the 4-H Office, youth work with their club leaders to create presentations and artwork. Listed below are some of the opportunities for youth to strengthen their communications and expression skills.

4-H Public Presentation contests:

Please read the rules and guidelines for this year very carefully, as this document contains all the information about preparing for and participating in the Public Presentations Program. Be sure to review the scorecards ahead of time so you know what the judges are looking for!

The Big E New England Center:

The New England Center is one of the main buildings at the Big E fair in West Springfield, Massachusetts. It is also a non-competitive public speaking/communications opportunity! The New England Center features artwork and crafts, as well as 4-H exhibitors from all New England states!

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State 4-H Photo Fine Arts Fair:

An opportunity for 4-Hers to exhibit their artwork to the public. This is a competitive event with ribbons given out.


Washington County Fair Farm School:

4-H Farm School is a non-competitive program held annually at the Washington County Fair. Farm School gives youth the opportunity to educate and entertain the public by showcasing their 4-H animal and/or agricultural projects. Farm School participants will talk with fairgoers, especially small children and families, about their chosen topic. Live animals are encouraged! Youth will talk about their project’s unique needs and characteristics, such as grooming, training, showing, anatomy, or care of an animal and methods or techniques related to an agricultural product (e.g. soap, milk, etc.).

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Exhibit Hall at the Fairs:

Fair exhibit halls also offer the opportunity for youth to express their project work, ideas and knowledge gained.

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Art Workshops

4-H usually hosts 2-3 art workshops throughout the year to encourage youth to creatively express themselves. 2023 Art Workshop Registration link here. Flyer below.

2023 Art workshop with Moonstone Art Studio

We also have some fun printable lesson plans and our YouTube Channel Stress Free Art lessons on Acrylic Painting and Watercolors.