The New Jersey 4-H Equine Arts Project is a creative and instructional program, which invites 4-H members to display their artistic talent and imagination, while developing life-time skills and abilities. Participants are able to express their appreciation of the horse through various art mediums, while at the same time they are expanding their cultural knowledge. Art projects enable 4-H'ers to learn the value of developing visual exhibits in areas of specific interest.
Through the various forms of equine art, club members learn about the physical anatomy of the horse, its proportions, skeletal structure, musculature, colors, markings, and behaviors and attitudes. They practice math skills in measuring fabric and patterns, or calculating distance and light settings on a camera.
Equine related craft projects are fun activities for club meetings. Many of the projects can be done together as a club, as well as individually. The "Clothes Horse" division teaches skills that can be economically beneficial to the 4-H'er from a savings and money-making point of view.
The culmination of the project is for the 4-H'er to be able to express him/herself, and to increase the awareness of the 4-H Horse Program to others through the use of graphics and photography. It also allows 4-H'ers who do not have a horse to create their "ideal" stablemate. The boundaries for this project are set by your imagination.