Crafty Kids

Historic Horse Names

By Greg Hardison, KHS Student Programming Administrator

Camp ArtyFact’s Spring Break 2014 week ended with a bright exhibition of student artwork highlighted by large collaborative sculpture and an exciting marionette horse race presented by our youngest campers.  Our instructors offered unique ways for the students to artfully interpret the KHS collections that they interact with during the week.

Students in the “Kentucky Icons Sculpture” class toured the “A Kentucky Journey” exhibition to look for iconic topics.  They then collaborated to create a large foam sculpture that will become a centerpiece in the Summer Camp student exhibition, called “Dreams Take Flight.”  They also found inspiration in a new art display that interprets the story of the two planes flown by Tuskegee airmen through a painted horse sculpture.  This is the same approach that Camp ArtyFact uses to engage students:  interpreting history through new artworks!

Louise Jones, director of Special Collections and Library, shared historic documents that illustrated the traditions of naming horses.  The students in the “Kentucky Horse Traditions Class” created paintings, drawings and marionette puppets inspired by the collections.  The Library team also shared various historic book examples with our “Make Your Own Book” class, who used these ideas as inspiration for creating bound books of their own original stories.

And finally, students in the “Good Guys vs. Bad Guys” class explored what makes people choose sides.  They even attempted to rewrite history by changing the outcomes of several historic grudges.  They examined the relationships between the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville, the Hatfields and McCoys, soldiers and their enemies, and created new artwork inspired by the discussions and games. For example, the students attempted to stage a rematch between UK and  UofL with a basketball shootout.  The UK students won by one point.  History was not changed.

Of course, we couldn’t do any of this without our wonderful teen volunteers.  They helped create a fun and engaging environment, with lots and LOTS of singing and dancing to the “Frozen” animated film soundtrack.  Additionally, they have all been awarded with the Presidential Service Award for their dedication to KHS over the last year.

Registration for our Summer camps will open soon!  Don’t miss out on the fun!

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