The 4-H slogan is “Learn by Doing” and that’s exactly what will be offered beginning in January through August! The Discovery 4-H Club will continue a Photography Project in their STEAM program, merging technology and arts together for youth.

This 4-H Photography Project’s goals are to make photography equipment available, assist youth with improving their photography skills, and enter photos from local youth into the Jefferson County Fair in August 2018. The project cost each month will cover the printing of up to 6 photos of 8×10” size, which will be held with our 4-H Club until it’s time to enter them into the fair. Additionally, their own 4×6” photos will be available for the students to place in a provided scrapbook, which will document their growth as photographers (and the album can be entered into the fair).

Each meeting youth will show off the photos they took the two weeks previously, and discuss the previous assignment. We’ll then dive into another assignment, sometimes with a guest speaker, and have photographers and hobbyists available for trouble-shooting and additional help. Some of the assignments will be technical (composition, night photography, still life) while others will be artistic expressions of the subject (spring, love, the elements). Optional field trips will be offered, hopefully once a month.

After our meeting, students will continue taking photos with their camera in their daily life. They will have until the following Sunday to email in their favorite 3 photos to Danell for printing, who prints through a professional print lab. For instance, for our first meeting on January 5th, the students will need to email in by January 14th, and they will be printed and available for critique, discussion, and showing off at the next meeting on January 19th.

Meetings will be held the 1st and 3rd Friday of every month; 3:30-5:30pm, starting January 5th, 2018. Cost to participate is $25 per month (with scholarships available). The project is open to all kids, ages 8 to 16, who are or can be enrolled in 4-H in Jefferson County.

Don’t own a camera? That shouldn’t stop you from being able to participate. Let us know if you’d like to borrow one.

There are only 12 spots available to start, so get your budding photographer signed up soon! Contact Danell Swim Mackey at to sign up!


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