Thousands of Michigan kindergarten through sixth grade children participated in the 2014 Michigan 4-H Art Exchange with China. Of those thousands, one hundred pieces were selected to send to China. Artwork by April Herron, Harrison, from Larson-Hillside S.P.A.R.K.S. Program 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, 4-H Program Coordinator.
The Michigan children’s artwork sent to China will be exhibited in schools in Shandong Province. The artwork will also be featured on the Michigan 4-H China Art website http://4h.msue.msu.edu/programs/arts/china_project.
In addition to the artwork sent to China, only a certain number were allowed to be sent to MSU for the selection process. Thirty six counties participated this year and sent area children’s artwork selected to represent their schools and afterschool groups as part of the 2014 Michigan 4-H Art Exchange. Artwork selected from Clare County students included Tyler Matthews, Emily Herron, April Herron, Kaydasin Sant and Emily Wolf from the Larson-Hillside S.P.A.R.K.S. Program in Harrison, MI.