2010 Connecticut 4-H
Expressive Arts Day
Connecticut 4-H Expressive Arts Day
March 13, 2010, 9:00AM – 3PM
University of Connecticut
Greater Hartford Campus
1800 Asylum Avenue, West Hartford, CT
9:00 a.m. Registration – Library Building Auditorium
9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremonies
9:45-10:45 Session I
A. Fashion Revue evaluation for all Fashion Revue participants
B. Talent Show Practice Session
C. Public Speaking Finals Seniors – Speech (Hartford, Fairfield, Litchfield & Middlesex Counties)
D. Public Speaking Finals Seniors – Visual Presentations (New Haven, New London, Tolland & Windham Counties) E. Public Speaking Finals Juniors – Speech (Hartford, Fairfield, Litchfield & Middlesex Counties)
F. Public Speaking Finals Juniors – Visual Presentations (New Haven, New London, Tolland & Windham Counties) G. Origami Workshop – Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding. The goal of this art is to create a
representation of an object using geometric folds and create patterns preferably without gluing or cutting the
paper. This workshop seeks to introduce participants to some of the basic folds and techniques used in this
popular art form. Attention will be given to interpreting diagrams and instructions found in popular books so
participants can continue practice on their own.
H. Going Green – Creating with Scraps – First session open to fashion revue participants only. Why purchase a
new beanbag, purse or iPod holder when you can make your own? Conserve resources and help to go green
when making one of these objects from felt or fleece. Get creative and embellish your creation by choosing
from many different types of trims.
11:00-12:00 Session II
A. Fashion Revue practice session for all Fashion Revue participants
B. Public Speaking Finals Continued Seniors – Speech (New Haven, New London, Tolland & Windham Counties) C. Public Speaking Finals Continued Seniors – Visual Presentations (Hartford, Fairfield, Litchfield & Middlesex) D. Public Speaking Finals Continued Juniors – Speech (New Haven, New London, Tolland & Windham Counties) E. Public Speaking Finals Continued Juniors – Visual Presentations (Hartford, Fairfield, Litchfield & Middlesex) F. Origami Workshop - see description above
G. Going Green – Creating with Scraps Workshop – second session open to all Expressive Arts Day participants.
See description above.
12:15-1:00 Lunch – Zachs Community Room – School of Social Work 1:00-3:00 Awards Program in the Library Building Auditorium
This portion of the event includes the 4-H Fashion Revue, Talent Show, Public Speaking
and award presentations
Health Forms for Youth Not Accompanied by Parent
If a parent or guardian will not be accompanying a youth participant to Expressive Arts Day, the chaperon
accompanying the youth must have a 4-H Member/Volunteer health form in his or her possession for each
participating member not accompanied by a parent or guardian. The health form must be signed by the youth’s
parent or guardian. Participants not accompanied by an adult must complete the 4-H Member/Volunteer health
form and submit at the registration check in.
Directions to UConn Greater Hartford Campus Take I-84 east/west to Exit 43, Park Road. Turn right onto Park Road and immediately left onto Trout Brook Drive.
Turn left onto Asylum Avenue and take the first right. Parking is available on Saturday behind the Library building
when you first enter the campus. Visitor parking is also available beyond the intersection of Trout Brook Drive and
Asylum Avenue. Visitor parking lots are on the right, opposite the campus.
Connecticut 4-H Expressive Arts Day is a new and expanded version of State 4-H Day. This exciting one-day
event provides participants with the opportunity to celebrate the 4-H Expressive Arts in Connecticut. The day will
include the Connecticut 4-H Public Presentation Finals, 4-H Fashion Revue, the 4-H Photography & Art Contest,
4-H Textile Arts Contest and the 4-H Talent Show. Workshops, lunch and an awards program complete the day.
All youth and adult participants must register and pay a registration fee. A registration form is included in this
The purpose of this packet is to distribute complete and concise information on the objectives, eligibility
requirements and guidelines for each of the contests and events happening on this day.
Registration forms for all activities (except Public Presentations) must be received no later than
close of business on Monday, February 1, 2010.
? To develop life skills in communication and expressive arts
? To provide an opportunity for 4-H members to demonstrate their creativity through the expressive arts.
? To develop poise and self confidence before an audience
? To provide a state level expressive arts showcase for 4-H members
Workshops Workshops will be offered which allow participants to expand their expressive arts horizons. The workshops will
give participants the opportunity to use their creativity, learn new skills and, in one instance, conserve resources
and go green.
? Events are open to all registered Connecticut 4-H members ages 7-19.
? Age is determined as of January 1, 2010.
? The 4-H Public Presentation Finals are the culmination of the local public presentation events held at the
county level. Please see guidelines for your local public presentation event.
? All adults and youth must register and pay a $10.00 registration fee. Registration forms must be received
no later than close of business on Monday, February 1, 2010.
? Once registered, all participants will receive guidelines specific to their event.
Guidelines and Evaluation for Each Contest or Program
4-H Public Presentation Finals
A speech for both junior and senior divisions is a presentation using note cards only. Visual presentations may be a
demonstration (one person, not a team), illustrated talk or Power Point presentation.
The Junior Public Speaking Contest
? Each county is invited to send 1 junior (age 9-12 as of 1/1/10) in the visual presentation category and one in
the speech category.
? Delegates from each county will compose the Junior Elite Speaker Corps.
? 4-Hers must attend the day and give their presentation to receive their recognition.
? All presentations and speeches must be done individually and last 3-5 minutes.
? All power point presentations must be submitted by the Monday prior to the Contest Evaluation
? At the conclusion of each presentation, the judges may ask the speaker a question related to the speech
topic, their 4-H experience or future plans.
? Junior Elite speakers will give their presentation at the State program and judges (up to 2) will provide
comments to each speaker.
? Junior Elite speakers will receive recognition for being chosen as a county delegate during the Awards
portion of State Expressive Arts Day. The highest scoring junior speaker in each division will receive
The Senior Public Speaking Contest
? Each county may send one senior (age 13-18 as of 1/1/10) finalist in the speech category and one senior
finalist in the visual presentation category.
? 4-Hers must attend the day and give their presentation to receive recognition.
? All presentations and speeches must be done individually and last 5-8 minutes.
? All power point presentations must be submitted by the Monday prior to the Contest
? The highest scoring senior speaker in each division will share their presentation during the Award program
later in the afternoon.
? Senior speakers will give their presentation at the State program.
? Each judge (up to 2) will score each speaker independently using numerical scores and written comments.
? At the conclusion of each presentation, the judges will ask the speaker a question related to the speech topic,
their 4-H experience or future plans.
? The scores will then be averaged at the end of the contest.
? Speakers not meeting the time requirement will be penalized.
? All delegates will receive recognition. The highest scoring senior speaker in each division will receive
Participants for these contests are selected at the County level. Specific contest information will be mailed
4-H Fashion Revue
All 4-Hers (ages 7-19) are invited to participate in the Fashion Revue at Connecticut Expressive Arts Day.
There will not be any local revues this year so this is your opportunity to participate with a garment that you
make or one that you select. Plan your exhibit now and be sure to pre-register by February 1st! More
information will be sent directly to you after you register. There will be additional time to finish your
garment as the evaluation will take place on March 13. Seniors, 13 and over, will be eligible to be selected to
a State Court of Honor.
The 4-H Fashion Revue.
The 4-H Fashion Revue is part of the Connecticut Expressive Arts Program. Participants will have the opportunity
to attend workshops, have their outfits evaluated and model them for family, friends and other participants during
Junior 4-H members, ages 7-12 as of January 1 of the current year may choose to make any garment including
pants, skirts, pajamas, etc. or a complete outfit depending on their sewing skill level. They may also choose to take
part in the Smart Shopper Consumer Education Project by selecting an outfit and completing the required notebook.
Senior 4-H members, 13 and over as of January 1 of the current program year, who wish to be considered for the
State 4-H Fashion Revue Court of Honor must complete one of two categories; a sewn project that is a complete
outfit or a consumer education project.
? Sewn Project – Incredible Creations
The participant must sew the complete outfit. A complete outfit is any outfit which can stand alone,
that does not need additional pieces in order to be worn. The participant must also select
appropriate accessories which may be new or already in their wardrobe.
? Consumer Education Project – Smart Shopper
The participant uses the Smart Shopper Workbook to assess their needs. Using the workbook they
complete a notebook and purchase a complete outfit for $35.00 or less. This amount includes the
cost of any accessories. Some pieces of the outfit may be recycled garments or an item already in
the participant’s wardrobe, but seldom or never used.
Each participant will receive a blue, red or white ribbon. In addition, a State Court of Honor will be named for both
the Sewn Project – Incredible Creations Category and the Consumer Education – Smart Shopper Category. The
court of honor will be selected from the senior 4-Hers that have received a blue ribbon and have meet the above
criteria. A rosette ribbon and/or an award will be presented.
Registration form must be submitted to the State 4-H Office no later than February 1, 2010. Specific contest
information will be mailed to participants after their registration has been received.
4-H Photography & Art Contests
State 4-H Photography & Art Contests
? Any items submitted must have been taken or created by the 4-H member submitting the entry.
? The following information must be attached to the back of each entry: Name of 4-H member; age; address,
including town/city; State & zip; county affiliation & phone number.
? There are two separate divisions that may be entered. Entrants must submit their items within the division
that applies to them – Junior ages 7-12 OR Senior ages 13-19.
? NO frames or mat boards on any artwork or photos. Photos may be inserted in a page protector if desired.
? Artwork or photography may be of any subject.
? An individual may submit a total of up to two (2) items.
? Captions on artwork or photos are optional.
? In Addition:
? Traditional prints, enlargements, digital photographs or photos printed by member are acceptable.
Digital photos should be of a high resolution for best results in enlargements.
? Color or black and white allowed.
? Sizes accepted will be 4”x 6”, 5”x 7” or 8”x 10” only.
? All photos, including digital, must be printed out on photo paper.
? Art entries:
? Artwork is considered to be items which could be framed, such as sketches, watercolors, drawings and
paintings. For this contest, however, no frames or mats are allowed.
Judges will be selected from qualified individuals in the field of photography, graphic art or fine arts. Artwork and
photography will be judged in separate categories. The decision of the judges is final and not subject to change.
All photos and artwork will be judged and receive appropriate ribbons using the Danish system. A “Best of Show”
Award rosette will be given in both senior and junior divisions in both photography and art work. Photos may be
scanned and originals returned at a future date. The CT 4-H Program will use all items for promotional purposes
throughout the year.
Registration form and contest entries must be submitted to the State 4-H Office no later than February 1,
2010. A confirmation letter will be mailed to participants after their registration is received.
thParticipants only need to register and pay $10 registration fee if attending the March 13 event. If you are
not attending, please just send in your entries.
4-H Textile Arts Exhibit
? Exhibits must be received by the New Haven County Extension Center by February 1, 2010.
Arrangements for delivery can be made with your local Extension 4-H staff member.
? Exhibits will be evaluated prior to the Connecticut 4-H Expressive Arts Day and will be displayed
during the program.
? Exhibitors are responsible for picking up their exhibits at the end of the day.
? Exhibits must have been made by the 4-H member between April 1, 2009 and March of 2010.
? All items must be sewn, woven or stitched. “Non sewn” items, such as hand tied fleece blankets or
items that are hot stitched or fused together will be not be accepted.
? 4-H members may exhibit up to two different items in each category.
? All items will be judged and Danish ribbons (blue, red and white) given out. In addition, a best of
show award will be given to the outstanding junior and senior exhibits.
? Quilt, Quilted wall hanging or quilted article
? Knitted article
? Crocheted article
? Needlework article: Crewel, Counted Cross Stitched or Needlepoint
? Sewn Accessory (purse, hat, tote bag, pillow etc.)
? Woven article
? Felting, sewn or as used in needlework
Please protect items in plastic.
Registration form must be submitted to the State 4-H Office no later than February 1, 2010. Entries must be
submitted to the New Haven County Extension Center by February 1, 2010. Specific contest information
will be mailed to participants after their February 1 registration has been received.
4-H Talent Show
? Talent acts may be presented by an individual or group.
? Talent acts may be drawn from dance, dramatic, variety, instrumental and vocal arts.
? Each act should be a maximum of five (5) minutes.
? Participants should consider the following items when selecting and presenting a talent act:
a. stage presence and professionalism – overall confidence, poise, and ability to
communicate with the audience.
b. technical ability – voice quality, pitch, projection, use of instruments and
c. appropriate dress or costume
d. difficulty of selection of act
f. audience appeal
? Animal acts, use of fire, acts requiring excessive time to set up and special lighting are not allowed.
? The auditorium to be used for the talent show will have a microphone and a sound system for a cd.
Participants should bring their own amplifiers and equipment to prevent any compatibility issues.
? A piano is not available for use.
? A cd or dvd of intended performance must be submitted along with registration form by February
There will be no judging of performances. The talent show is intended to give 4-H members an
opportunity to showcase their creativity through the performing arts. The show will be evaluated to
determine if future judging is appropriate for this event. All participants will receive participation ribbons.
Registration form along with cd or dvd of intended performance must be submitted to the State 4-H Office
no later than February 1, 2010. Specific information will be mailed to participants after their registration is
Connecticut 4-H Expressive Arts Day
Please return registration form by close of business on Monday, February 1 to Nancy Wilhelm, State
4-H Office, 1376 Storrs Road, Storrs, CT 06269-4134. Include $10.00 registration fee for each
person. Make checks payable to the University of Connecticut. If you have any questions, please contact
Nancy Wilhelm at 888-368-7428 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Complete Mailing Address
Age County 4-H Affiliation
Please check off all that apply:
____I will be participating in the 4-H Fashion Revue. Fashion Revue participants do not make
____I will be participating in the Connecticut 4-H Photography & Art Contest.
____I will be participating in the Textile Arts Contest.
____I will be participating in the 4-H Talent Show.
____Adult/parent attending with youth participant
Session I Choices: (Please make one choice) Session II Choices: (Please make one choice)
_____Talent Show Practice _____ Origami Workshop
_____ Origami Workshop _____ Creating with Scraps Workshop
_____ Yes I will be attending lunch
_____ No I will not be attending lunch.
If you have any special dietary needs, or if special accommodations are needed, please indicate in writing
below. Requests for special accommodations should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.