Art Challenge



The deadline for registration is Friday, February 23. 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.


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 (visit Art Challenge Registration form).

NEW this year – Torn Paper Collage: Individual participants work without scissors to create torn shapes combined to create a 2D image. Colored paper and magazine pages will be available to create an assigned object. Paper pieces will be glued in place on a surface. Evaluation Criteria: Image represents the assignment (even if abstract), uses principles and elements (composition), craftsmanship (careful construction for a finished look) and creativity (unique solution). Duration: Session one.

Video Challenge: “Lights, Camera, Action!” Students will submit a two to three minute original digital video to highlight and feature their storytelling and production skills. Entrants will be judged on originality and creativity and their ability to share a defined concept in a cinematic style. Details for submission will be sent February 23 including subjects or genres and delivery format. Submissions will be due Wednesday, February 28.

3-by-3 Throwing Challenge: Participants will have three minutes and three pounds of clay to create a wheel piece. Evaluation criteria: Even thickness of clay body, symmetrical profile, interesting shape. (Best of two throwing sessions). Duration: Session two.

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 three teams per school. Evaluation criteria: Easily identifiable as an artwork from the past; image is updated to contemporary images, ideas or thought. Duration: Session one and two.

Handbuilding Challenge: Participants will use three pounds of clay to create a hand built 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.

Wire Sculpture Challenge: 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.

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: Students 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: Participants will draw five 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 will be given a theme for their mural at the beginning of the competition. Teams will be made up of three to five students. Team members will take turns drawing portions of the composition as directed by card instructions. Media: colored chalk. 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 nine 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.

Photography Challenge: 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 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. Students will be taking photos outside and inside – dress for the weather. If weather is too COLD the event will be moved inside. Duration: Session one.

Sketchbook Challenge: Participants will be given a list of items to sketch in sketchbook style. Participants will draw as many of these items during the session as they can. The evaluation criteria include the following: the objects are recognizable, completed the most sketched, 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
  • Wet Media: Watercolor, Ink Wash
  • Drawing: Pencil, Charcoal
  • Line Drawing: Pen and Ink
  • Dry Color media: Pastel, Color Pencil
  • Sculpture: Relief, Freestanding, Assemblage
  • Photography: Analog, Digital
  • Ceramics: Wheel thrown
  • Ceramics: Hand built
  • Printmaking: Monoprint, Relief, Silkscreen, Intaglio
  • Scratch Board
  • Mixed Media
  • Digital Art/Illustration
  • Package Design
  • Logo Design
  • Bookmaking
  • Stain Glass
  • Jewelry

Other Awards: Best of Show and Highest Points


This years judges include Charlotte Martin, Lauren Fitzgerald, Jenny Venn and Jonathan Wood. For more information, visit the Presenters and Judges page.


This years presenters include include Kacy Meinecke Photography and Christopher Gulick Sculpture. For more information, visit the Presenters and Judges page.

Art Challenge 2018 Schedule

Art Challenge 2018 takes place on March 2, 2018. For the full schedule, visit the Art Challenge 2018 schedule of events.