Art Challenge

FRIENDS UNIVERSITY ART CHALLENGE, 2016
FRIDAY, MARCH 4, 2016

Register

The deadline for registration is February 22. After the deadline, you will receive an email notifying you of any available openings for the challenges, should they not fill up, and you may submit additional names. They will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

You can register by filling out the art challenge registration form.

Challenges

The art challenges are hands-on competitions that will take place throughout the morning of the event. Students must register for the art challenges in advance so that adequate materials will be available. The number of students allowed per challenge, per school, is limited in order to provide a quality, rewarding experience for everyone (see attached Art Challenge Registration form).

Art Masterpiece Chalk Mural Challenge: Each school team will have the opportunity to create an image (maximum size 3-foot by 5-foot) of an art history idea with a modern interpretation. Teams will be made up of three to five students. Participants may bring a sketch of the planned mural and art reproductions of the original artwork. Media used will be chalk on brown craft paper. LIMIT: This event will be limited to 3 teams per school. Evaluation criteria: Easily identifiable as an artwork from the past; image is updated to contemporary images, ideas or thought. (Reference: See the updated examples of Grant Wood’s American Gothic.) Duration: Session one and two.

NEW Handbuilding Challenge: Individual participants will use 3 pounds of clay to create a handbuilt sculpture from an assigned topic that will be given at the beginning of this session. The Evaluation criteria include the following: resembles the topic assigned, viewable from all angles, and finished appearance/high craftsmanship. Duration: Session one.

Tallest Cylinder Challenge: Individual participants will have 3 pounds of clay and five minutes to throw a cylinder, the taller the better. Evaluation criteria: Tallest standing cylinder (must be opened as a cylinder). (Best of two throwing sessions) Duration: Session two.

Wire Sculpture Challenge: Individual participants will create wire sculpture images by bending and shaping wire. The content will be assigned at the beginning of the challenge. Evaluation criteria: Strongly resembles the object depicted; made of one continuous line of wire. (Reference: Alexander Calder’s circus figures) Duration: Session one.

NEW Cardboard Sculpture: Individual participants will create a sculpture relief using cardboard from an assigned topic that will be given at the beginning of this session. The Evaluation criteria include the following: Resembles the topic, viewable from all angles, and has finished appearance/strong craftsmanship. Duration: Session one.

NEW Rolled Paper Quilling Relief Challenge: Teams of two participants will create a sculpture relief by rolling/quilling paper from an assigned topic that will be given at the beginning of the session. The Evaluation criteria include the following: resembles the topic assigned and finished appearance/high craftsmanship. Duration: Session two.

Ad Layout Computer Challenge: Individual participants will be provided graphics and text to build a layout for an ad using any of the following programs, Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign and Word. Students will be given 55 minutes to construct the ad using the design principles to build visual hierarchy. Evaluation criteria: Size, placement and boldness of text establishes a visual hierarchy. Arrangement of text and graphics demonstrates successful use of compositional elements and principles. Duration: Session one or two.

Quick Draw Challenge: Individual participants will draw 5 gesture drawings from a model in 10 minutes. Using one of these as a reference, the participants will have the rest of the session in which to elaborate upon the image, which might include a setting, details, etc. Participants will have a choice of drawing media. Evaluation criteria: Complete image developed from the initial pose. Composition is interesting to look at through the successful use of compositional elements and principles. Duration: Session two.

Theme Mural Challenge: Teams of 3 to 5 members will be given a theme for their mural at the beginning of the competition. Teams will be made up of three to five students. Media used will be chalk on brown craft paper. Evaluation criteria: Most organized composition; separate parts fit together as a cohesive whole. Duration: Session one or two.

Drawn Logo Design Challenge: Individual participants are given a prompt at the beginning of the challenge, individual participants will draw a logo to meet specific content. Using a brainstorming process, participants will design 9 sketches, then select the best option and draw it with care as a final design. Media: pencil. Evaluation Criteria: Originality (not a typical response), Craftsmanship (carefully drawn) Content: (includes the required details). Duration: Session one.
NEW Photography Challenge: Individual participants will use their cell phone to photograph a specific assigned topic to be completed during the session. Participates MUST have INSTAGRAM and LAYOUT from INSTAGRAM COLLAGE preloaded on their wireless smart phone before the challenge begins. The Evaluation criteria include the following: images represent the assignment, the photos use the principles and elements in composition and the image is in focus. Duration: Session one.

NEW Sketchbook Challenge: Individual participants will be given a list of items to sketch in sketchbook style. The evaluation criteria include the following: the objects are recognizable, completed number of sketches, some detail is added to the sketch. Session two.

Juried Art Competition/Exhibit

This competitive exhibition is designed to recognize artistic talent at the senior high level (grades 9-12) within the state of Kansas. The following prizes will be awarded for the art exhibit: 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in the following categories of each media area:

  • Painting: Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil, Ink Wash
  • Drawing: Pencil, Charcoal, Pastel, Pen and Ink
  • Sculpture: Relief, Free-standing, Assemblage
  • Photography: Analog, Digital
  • Ceramics: Wheel thrown, Hand built
  • Printmaking: Monoprint, Relief, Silkscreen, Intaglio
  • Digital Art
  • Mixed Media
  • Package Design
  • Logo Design
  • Bookmaking
  • Digital Illustration

Other Awards: Best of Show

Judges

This years judges include Ted Krone, John Ernatt, Jenny Venn and Jonathan Wood. For more information, visit the Presenters and Judges page.

Presenters

This years presenters include Brad Ruder and Joshua Tripoli. For more information, visit the Presenters and Judges page.

Art Challenge 2016 Schedule

Art Challenge 2016 takes place on March 4, 2016. For the full schedule, visit the Art Challenge 2016 schedule of events.