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High School Festival: Art & Design

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Understanding and creating art and design is a valuable talent to explore. Enter your work and get feedack. And hear from professional artists and designers in masterclasses.

Competitions

Two-Dimensional Art

  • Lettering/Calligraphy (pen and ink, brush and ink)
  • Drawing (pencil, colored pencil, pen and ink, pastel)
  • Painting (oil, acrylic)
  • Painting (gouache, watercolor)
  • Printmaking (linoleum, woodcut, etching, dry point, serigraphy)
  • Mixed Media (combinations of media)

Three-Dimensional Art

  • Ceramics (fired pottery)
  • Crafts (felting, book arts, macramé, weaving, appliqué, basketry, batik, etc.)
  • Sculpture (clay, wood, stone, etc.)
  • Textile/Apparel

Photography

  • Single original black-and-white or color photograph. Not a series.
  • Photographed on a prosumer or professional level SLR, DSLR or a mirrorless camera system

Submissions

2-D Guidelines

Digital image files must meet the following specifications

  • JPEG file only.
  • Photograph the artwork without glass. You may photograph the artwork with a mat if applicable. The quality of the image submitted will necessarily be a factor in evaluating the work of art. Poorly lit, out of focus, or poorly cropped images will detract from the competitive nature of the artwork. Do not send images containing watermarks. Please refer to the tips for photographing artwork below.
  • The labeling of your images is very important. Label your image files as required in the file upload field on the Individual Submission Form.
  • Do not include any special characters or symbols.
  • Complete the entire form and load one (1) image before submitting the registration.

3-D Guidelines

Digital image files must meet the following specifications

  • JPEG file only.
  • Photograph the artwork from several different angles. Show up to five views of the artwork. The quality of the image submitted will necessarily be a factor in evaluating the work of art. Poorly lit, out of focus, or poorly cropped images will detract from the competitive nature of the artwork. Do not send images containing watermarks. Please refer to the tips for photographing artwork below.
  • The labeling of your images is very important. Label your image files as required in the file upload field on the Individual Submission Form.
  • Complete the entire form and load 3–5 images taken from different angles before submitting the registration.

Recommendations for Taking Photos of Artwork

  • Use a DSLR camera. Phone camera images are not recommended and may not compete well.
  • Use a tripod—do not shoot artwork using a handheld camera.
  • Set file type to “Large JPG.”
  • Set camera to Autofocus.
  • For 2D work, use two lights angled at 45° to the artwork. This eliminates glare and fully illuminates the work of art.
  • For 3D work, use the two light method above with a possible third light source positioned high and aimed at the back or front of the work of art.
  • Shoot against a black, white, or neutral gray solid cloth or other material. This is especially important for 3D entries.
  • Use a gray card to set light balance.
  • Use Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, or a similar image editing software to crop, correct color cast, light balance, etc. Attempt to get your image to appear as similar to the original as possible.
  • Save or export as a JPG file.

Limitations

  • Students may win first place more than once in successive years with different pieces.
  • Any student who does not fulfill all of the contest requirements will forfeit their right to win but will receive judges’ written critiques.