everything! To be honest, she came home that way every day. She had
a wonderful experience here this week.” Parent of camper
after 2007 summer camp program when asked what positive experience
her child reported.
Fort has created a new hands-on arts-based curriculum that is
available to schools through outreach workshops at the schools or at
Pricketts Fort as part of a field trip experience. Lessons are available for all grade levels from
Kindergarten through 12th grade. For more about program offerings,
see the Program
The curriculum was first envisioned to meet several
needs: Pricketts Fort’s need for year round educational offerings
and schools’ need for on-site program options. The program is based
on the belief that the teaching of art in an historic context
strengthens the learning of both the art and the history. Through
artisan-led hands-on learning, students are introduced to a wide
range of historic arts while being introduced to the artisans,
processes and background of the historic period of Pricketts Fort.
For specific information about how the lessons fit into WV CSOs for
Social Studies and Art plus 21st Century Leaning Skills, see the
The curriculum is broken down
into three Units: Trades, Leisure and Domestic Arts. Within these,
students can learn a wide range of activities from blacksmithing a
dogwood flower, to cross-stitching their initials in a “sampler,” to
playing the mountain dulcimer. Arts presented include the visual
arts, music, drama, storytelling and dance. Each lesson contains
historical background, artist profiles, literature connections,
Multicultural and American Indian connections, assessment, guiding
questions, vocabulary, bibliography and references cited. For
details of these and all lessons, see the Curriculum.
hope that you enjoy the material provided here and consider a
Teaching History Through the Arts workshop or a field trip to the
Fort. To request a visit see the Request
Form on the Educators’ page.