Local youth send “visual letters” to china

Above: (L-R) Farwell students Rose Miedziahowski, Macy Campbell, Dayna John, Izabele Ellul and Teacher Brenda O’Brien.

Above: (L-R) Farwell students Rose Miedziahowski, Macy Campbell, Dayna John, Izabele Ellul and Teacher Brenda O’Brien.

Thousands of Michigan kindergarten through sixth grade children participated in the 2013 4-H Art Exchange with China. Of those thousands, eighty pieces were selected to send to China.  Artwork by Farwell Area Schools and Harrison Area Schools after school program: S.P.A.R.K.S was part of that select group.

As part of the art exchange, Michigan children are asked to paint or draw “visual letters” for Chinese children their own ages. “A visual letter is like a written letter in that both tell stories, share important ideas and feelings, and connect children regardless of where they live. However, the medium is different in that visual letters use images, written letters use words,” said Michelle Stiglich, Clare & Gladwin County 4-H Program Coordinator.

The Michigan children’s artwork sent to China will be exhibited in schools in Shandong Province.

In addition to the artwork sent to China, only a certain number were allowed to be sent to MSU for the selection process.  Twelve counties participated this year and sent area children’s artwork selected to represent their schools and afterschool groups as part of the 2013 4-H Art Exchange. Clare County youth whose artwork was selected were: Xavier Coffin- Harrison, Izabele Ellul-Farwell, Dayna John-Farwell, Rose Miedziahowski-Farwell, and Macy Campbell-Farwell.

For more information about the 4-H Art Exchange and other 4-H programs, contact Michelle Stiglich, 4-H Program Coordinator, at stiglic2@anr.msu.edu, MSU Extension-Clare County at (989) 539-7805 or Jan Brinn, MSUE China Art Coordinator brinn@anr.msu.edu Allegan County MSUE Office 269-673-0370.

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