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Section 230 – Category Descriptions

Fine Art By-Laws
Sections 199-263

The following Rules and Guidelines pertain to every category 1- 14

  • All artwork entered into the TAPPS Art Competition must have an ARTWORK INFORMATION FORM filled out, signed and included at State registration.
  • If an identifiable person is in the artwork;
    • If the person is from observation (live model) and or imagination: Model Release signature and indicate that work is from observation and or imagination on ARTWORK INFORMATION FORM.
    • If the person is from a photo:  Model Release signature, copy of original photo and indicate whether photo was taken by student or non-student on ARTWORK INFORMATION FORM.
  • Students should be encouraged to use their own photos for ideas. However if a student chooses to use other reference material the following apply:
    • If a student is using Public Domain images (and not all images on the internet are public domain) they must provide the web page w/image on it (screenshot). See Section 229 for further clarification.
    • If a student copies an image from a magazine (i.e. National Geographic) or copies a calendar image without permission, the work will be disqualified. Once the student receives permission from the original artist, in writing, they may treat the image like a public domain image and use it only for inspiration.
  • Mat/mounts cannot exceed 2” from any one side. Additionally, mounts must be visible.
  • All artwork must have an Official TAPPSter Label attached:
    • 2D artwork labels must be adhered to the lower right hand corner of the front of the work. See TAPPS art page for visual information and directions.
    • 3D artwork labels must be adhered to a white or black 3″x 4″ matboard.  Categories possibility affected are 5 (Painting), 10 (Sculpture), 11 (Relief), 12 (Fashion), 13 (Applied Design), 14 (Pottery). This matboard will lie next to the work.

 CATEGORY 1 : DRAWING – BLACK AND WHITE

  • Drawing must be rendered in any single or mixed black and white media that is dry.
  • Drawings must be applied to a single color background.
  • Suggested mediums: charcoal, black ballpoint pen, calligraphy pens, sharpie, pastels including conte (black and white), black and white scratchboard, graphite
  • Must be a:
    • single image
    • single mat opening
    • on a single flat paper surface.
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 18”x 24”.
  • Maximum mat size not to exceed 2” from all sides and must be black or white.

CATEGORY 2 : DRAWING – COLOR

  • Drawings rendered in any single or mixed color media that is dry.
  • Drawings must be applied to a single color background.
  • Suggested mediums: markers, colored pencils, color ballpoint pen, crayon, multicolored scratchboard, colored pastels including colored conte.
  • Must be a:
    • single image
    • single mat opening
    • on a single flat paper surface.
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 18”x 24”.
  • Maximum mat size not to exceed 2” from all sides and must be black or white.

CATEGORY 3 : COMMUNICATION DESIGN – to include all the below types:

  • Graphic Design – art that pertains to arranging printed words and images including original signs, symbols, logos, calligraphy, magazine and CD covers, business cards, stationery, posters, brochures, book jacket covers, labels, greeting cards, restaurant menus, calendars and packaging/marketing.
  • Illustration Design – art that enhances and creates a visual representation of associated text and includes: advertisements, fashion (i.e. Andy Warhol’s shoe illustrations) magazines, newspapers, illuminated manuscripts, caricature drawings, textbooks and medical illustrations, and flyers.
  • Sequential Design – combining words and images to form entertaining and effective narratives such as comic strips, manga, children’s book illustrations, and storyboards.
  • Students may use the computer for public domain graphics, text, clipart and fonts (students are required to include internet documentation as evidence of permission from source(s) – see Section 229 for further clarification on public domain).
    • Any photos used/scanned must be student-taken only. All original student photos and or student-scanned original artwork must be included in notebook documentation AND on the back of the work – these should be 4″x6″ in size – copy paper is permitted.
    • Copyrighted images are not allowed.
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 18”x 24”.
  • Maximum mat size not to exceed 2” from all sides and must be black or white.

CATEGORY 4 : COMPUTER RENDERED ART

  • Students are to ONLY use the computer directly to create work in this category.
  • Students will create all elements of the work of art directly on the computer, including ANY text that is added, using a mouse or pen tablet (such as Wacom) only.  Text cannot be downloaded from the internet nor taken from any software program.
  • Finished work will be in 2D form only.
  • Students cannot scan drawings to work from.  All work must originate from computer renderings/sketches by the student
  • Students must provide a minimum of (3) screenshots (whole computer screen, including computer program with work) to show early, mid- and late progress – attach to back of entry AND in notebook.
  • Computer program used must be listed on the back of the work AND on Information Form.
  • Work must be on a single flat paper surface.
  • Maximum size of artwork not be exceed 18”x 24”.
  • Maximum mat size not to exceed 2” from all sides and must be black or white.

CATEGORY 5 : PAINTING

  • Any single or mixed media that is wet including these suggested mediums: oil, acrylic, watercolor, ink wash, liquid ink, gouache, tempera, spray paint, and any other liquid substance.
  • Must be:
    • a single image
    • on a single flat surface (such as canvas, canvas board, watercolor paper, panel, etc.)
    • dry on the day of the competition
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 24”x 36”
  • Maximum mat size not to exceed 2” from all sides and must be black or white.  Canvas, canvas boards and panel do not need to be matted/mounted

CATEGORY 6 :PRINTMAKING –  

  • Art made by the process of printing on a flat surface. Includes any 2D printing technique applied to a 2D single, flat surface.
  • Suggested works to include printing on a single surface such as paper, wood, metal, fabric, etc.: monotype, collograph, woodcut/linocut, intaglio, lithography, etching, silkscreen  
  • Media to be applied by printmaking process(es) only.
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 18”x 24”
  • Maximum mat size not to exceed 2” from all sides and must be black or white.

 CATEGORY 7 : 2D MIXED MEDIA 

  • 2D Mixed media is any artwork that has been created from more than one media
  • Suggested works to include: collage, assemblage, cut paper, batik, layered works, fiber-based/handmade paper art, additive and subtractive, printmaking with media added by hand, or any combination of media
  • Media can be wet and/or dry.
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 36”x 48” and (1”) from starting surface
  • Maximum mat size not to exceed 2” from all sides and must be black or white.

 CATEGORY 8 : PHOTOGRAPHY Black and White

  • This category includes only original black and white photos taken by the student that are:
    • unaltered
    • altered
  • All submitted, final photos must be printed on photographic paper only and be a minimum size of 8”x 10” and a maximum size of 16”x 20”
  • Original student photos may be cropped for better composition, or edited using a computer software program, but will need to be a maximum size of 16”x20” cropped/edited. If cropped/edited, the original photo(s) (prior to the cropping/editing) printed on 4″x 6″ copy paper need(s) to be attached on back of entry AND in notebook.
  • Maximum mat/mount size not to exceed 2” from all sides and must be black or white.
  • White edges of photo act as a mat so either trim them before matting, mat over them, or print full page without the white edges.

CATEGORY 9 : PHOTOGRAPHY Color

  • This category includes only original color photos taken by the student that are:
    • unaltered
    • altered
  • All submitted, final photos must be printed on photographic paper only and be a minimum size of 8”x 10” and a maximum size of 16”x 20”
  • Original student photos may be cropped for better composition, or edited using a computer software program, but will need to be a maximum size of 16”x20” cropped/edited. If cropped/edited, the original photo(s) (prior to the cropping/editing) printed on 4″x 6″ copy paper need(s) to be attached on back of entry AND in notebook
  • Maximum mat/mount size not to exceed 2” from all sides and must be black or white
  • White edges of photo act as a mat so either trim them before matting, mat over them, or print full page without the white edges.

 CATEGORY 10 : SCULPTURE

  •  Artwork in the round – three-dimensional art objects created by molding, carving, casting, constructing, assembling or other shaping techniques. Work must stand or be able to hang freely.
  • Student may use any material including, but not limited to: clay, cardboard, metal, acrylic, wood, glass, stone, marble, textiles, plastics, and found objects. Examples to include but not be limited to: Ceramic or glass sculptures, such as busts, figures or abstract forms, mixed media assemblages to be viewed as a sculpture (in the round)
  • Altered books need to be viewed upright and from all sides.
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 36” wide, 36” deep and 50” tall (including any stand use for hanging).
  • All clay must be fired to bisque

CATEGORY 11 : RELIEF

  •  Artwork intended to be viewed from one side only.
  • Relief artwork is intended to extend a minimum of an inch (1”) above or below the surface.  Work will be flat on the back, and meant to be viewed from one side only.
  • Prefabricated shadow boxes are not allowed.
  • Student may use any material including but not limited to: clay, paper, cardboard, metal, acrylic, wood, glass, stone, marble, textiles, plastics, and found objects.
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 36” wide, 36” tall and no more than 15” deep
  • Works will be displayed flat on the table

 CATEGORY 12 :FASHION DESIGN, TEXTILE ARTS and JEWELRY DESIGN – To include all the below types:

  • Any item intended to be WORN and functional, including but not limited to: hats, dresses, handbags, scarves, jackets, etc.
  • Fully realized objects – (including but not limited to): weavings, hand-made paper, quilts, fiber arts, crocheted pieces, embroidery works, handmade books, felting, rug making, fabric art, etc… Note: while the material the student might be working with may be purchased, whatever they do to the material (i.e. fabric, thread, paper, buttons, etc.) must be done by hand, or hand-run machine (i.e. sewing machine).
  • Any jewelry in any medium including, but not limited to: – metal, semi-precious stones, glass, clay, wire, paper, etc. Students can enter a necklace and earrings as a set –to count as one entry.
  • Prefabricated patterns, packages, kits or molds are not allowed.  For example, students may not buy a dress pattern, jewelry-making kit, pre-made wax designs for casting or 3D printed piece to use for their work.  Student must: design, invent, fabricate, build, construct and create all aspects of their work.
  • Students are encouraged to include documentation of creative process.  
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 36” wide, by 36” deep by 78” tall (including mannequin).
  • 3D Printing is NOT allowed 

CATEGORY 13 : APPLIED/INDUSTRIAL DESIGN – To include all the below types:

  • Original student design of any architectural structure, potentially functional/functional and decorative item for household use, furniture, etc…
    • Student must: design, fabricate, build, invent, construct and create all aspects of their work.
    • Prefabricated patterns, kits or molds are not allowed.  For example, students are not allowed to use pre-made instructions for a bookshelf, store-bought ceramic molds, architectural landscaping kits or 3D printed models/pieces to assemble for their work.
    • Suggested materials that could be used include: paper, wood, metal, glass, mosaic tiles, cardboard, foam board, clay, textiles, etc…
    • This category emphasizes concept in design rather than fully-realized, functional end products. As such, the mechanical and electrically engineered aspects are not the focus. Examples of non-qualifying purchased elements would be wires, gears, cords, motors.
    • Work can be a set of student-created concept renderings of a particular item/structure.  At least 3 renderings of different views/aspects made by hand or CAD program is required.  CAD designs require at least 3 computer screenshots of student progress stages for documentation as well as the 3 final renderings.  
    • A fully-realized object, prototype or scale model is encouraged, but is not required.
    • All elements must be created by hand. The use or purchase of wire, string, nails, etc. for construction purposes is acceptable, but all embellishments must be created, not found or purchased
  • Students are encouraged to include documentation of creative process.
  • Any text used must be typed.  Any entry that is not full-scale must have a typed legend for comparison. 
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 36” wide, by 36” deep by 70” tall.
  • 3D Printing is NOT allowed.

CATEGORY 14 : POTTERY, CERAMICS and PLASTIC ARTS –

  • Any artwork that is: wheel thrown, hand-built, cast, slumped, molded
  • Work must have a functional, practical and useful purpose.
  • All work that should be fired must be fired. Bisque-fired work that has not been glazed is acceptable.
  • Work is this category could include but not be limited to: cups, plates, bowls, tea sets, baskets, planters, vases, platters etc…
  • Media in this category to include but not be limited to:  clay, metal, wood, glass, stone, plastic, etc.
  • Maximum size of artwork not to exceed 36” wide, 36” deep and 42” tall.
  • 3D Printing is NOT allowed

 CATEGORY 15 :SENIOR PORTFOLIO –

  • A selection of six (6) pieces of artwork which are representative of the quality and excellence of the senior’s work during their high school years (9-12).
  • Senior Portfolio works are not eligible to compete in any other category.
  • A portfolio with more or fewer than 6 pieces will be disqualified.
  • Mounted photographs of entries that are not able to travel to the state competition may be submitted instead of the actual work.
  • While a senior portfolio is viewed as a unit for judging purposes, every work within the portfolio should follow all rules and regulations within the TAPPS Art Manual – including all size restrictions. However, works can still be entered that have been framed. An individual piece that does not adhere to the rules and regulations will subject the entire portfolio to disqualification.
  • In addition to the senior portfolio entry, students may submit a maximum of 750 word Artist Statement (typed) answering as many of the questions below as they feel would be helpful in explaining their selection of art pieces for their portfolio:
    • Why did you select the works you submitted for your Senior Portfolio?
    • How do you hope people will react when they view your works?
    • When did you create these works – how recent are they?
    • What role does art play in your life?
    • What piece or pieces are your favorite – the works you are most proud of

CATEGORY 16 :ON-SITE DRAWING

  • Each school may enter up to 3 students into the State Competition.
  • Students will be provided with drawing paper that has the official TAPPS stamp and official TAPPSter label.
  • Students must bring their own drawing supplies, drawing board.
  • Students must use graphite pencil or stick only.
  • Student will create a composition based on direct observation of the still life only; drawing one, a few, or all of the objects in the still life.
  • The finished piece will be judged from the spot it was drawn.
  • Pieces are not be moved or removed until the judging is complete.
  • There is no folding of paper, mounting of paper, or matting of paper allowed in this category.
  • Sign up for this event will be through the TAPPSTER.com website.

CATEGORY 17 :ART HISTORY –

  • Each school may enter an unlimited number of students into the State Art Competition.
  • Students must provide a computer to take the test.
  • TAPPS will provide a login access.
  • The test is derived from 40 TUNE IN art images that change every two years.
  • This is a multiple choice test. The test will include color images of at least 20 of the works of art available for selection. The test is timed and only accessible within a time period set by TAPPS.  
  • The study materials, practice tests, “Art Smart Bulletin” booklet and prints must be ordered from tuneinnet.com.
  • Study materials may not be present during testing as supervised by the member school.

CATEGORY 18  :SEEK AND SKETCH – BLACK AND WHITE

  • Each school may enter up to 2 students to compete in this event.
  • Students will be provided with:
    • Official TAPPSter entry label
    • one sheet of TAPPS official stamped drawing paper.
  • Students will provide the following:
    • dry black and white media (see Category 1 for media options)
    • drawing board.
  • There will be 2 hours for this event.  Works will be time-stamped.
  • Students are not to draw indoors, they must stay outside and away from off limit areas.
  • Final works must be turned in on the stamped drawing paper.
  • Students will create a work of art that is black and white only. Students may not include any images of people in their final drawing.
  • Student may use any dry media they choose to complete this project in and it may be mixed.
  • Final works will not be mounted or matted.
  • Sign up for this event, with a specific time assigned, will be through TAPPSter.
  • Disqualification of the work of art will result if:
    • teachers, school representatives and/or parents are discovered assisting students in any way, including critiquing and advice during the two hours of this event
    • artwork is returned past the deadline.

 CATEGORY 19 : SEEK AND SKETCH – COLOR

  • Each school may enter up to 2 students to compete in this event.
  • Students will be provided with:
    • Official TAPPSter entry label
    • one sheet of TAPPS official stamped drawing paper.
  • Students will provide the following:
    • dry color media (see Category 2 for media options)
    • drawing board.
  • There will be 2 hours for this event.  Works will be time-stamped.
  • Students are not to draw indoors, they must stay outside and away from off limit areas.
  • Final works must be turned in on the stamped drawing paper.
  • Students will create a work of art that is in color. Students may not include any images of people in their final drawing.
  • Student may use any dry color media they choose to complete this project in and it may be mixed.
  • Final works will not be mounted or matted.
  • Sign up for this event, with a specific time assigned, will be through TAPPSter.
  • Disqualification of the work of art will result if:
    •  teachers, school representatives and/or parents are discovered assisting students in any way, including critiquing and advice during the two hours of this event
    • artwork is returned past the deadline.

CATEGORY 20 :SHORT FILM Competition

 The Competition shall be open to every member school that included Art on the annual TAPPS contract.

  • CONTENT
    • Films should meet the minimum community standards for the school and TAPPS; with TAPPS having the final say with regards to appropriateness.
    • TAPPS membership includes schools from across the state and with different standards for acceptable content and presentation.   TAPPS has determined certain subject matter, themes, content, or portrayal including but not limited to the following list, will not be acceptable for short film performance in TAPPS competition:
      • Profanity or using the Lord’s name in vain (in an irreverent or disrespectful manner or as an expletive) even as euphemism is prohibited
      • Abortion
      • Adultery
      • Homosexuality
      • Incest
      • Suicide
      • Teen Pregnancy
      • Any illegal acts including but not limited to substance use.
  • GENERAL INFORMATION
    • Films must be made within the current school year which begins with TAPPS activities in the fall.
    • Student must be in good academic standing as outlined in TAPPS and member schools policy during the contest time period.
    • Submissions will be accepted beginning January 1st.
    • Deadline for submissions and documentation materials is as posted on the TAPPS Calendar.
    • Fee – a $30.00 screening fee shall be accessed on each submission – fees will be reflected on a school’s fee form at the State Meet.
      • Each school may enter up to 3 short films in each of the following categories:
        • Narrative
        • Documentary
        • Animation- traditional animation, claymation, hand-drawn, stop-motion
    • Entries may be the work of 1 student and no more than 3 students.  This limit does not include on-screen talent.
    • Definition of Adult Involvement.  Adults participating:
      •  must be approved by the school
      • may be an advisor to the students
      • may be used as On-Screen Talent
    • Time Limits
      • Narrative and Documentary films shall be 3 to 10 minutes in length
      • Animation entries shall be 1 to 3 minutes in length
    • Brief introduction and outline of the film process will be required of all works submitted and will be part of the overall time allotment. Introduction to include:
      • Director, major actors
      • Central concept (plot if applicable)
      • Filming process
      • Additional Information may be included.
  • JUDGING 
    • Criteria to be used:
      • Originality
      • Cinematic storytelling
      • Technical execution
      • Overall presentation of concept/story
    • Submitted films will be judged by a panel of three judges
      • Determined by TAPPS
      •  Judges will be knowledgeable of the film industry and HS-level work.
      • Each film will receive a written critique from the judging panel.
      • Schools will be notified of results prior to the Championship Meet.
      • Winning films will be viewed during the Championship Meet if facility space allows. 
  • AWARDS
    • The top six films in each category within each Division shall receive awards.
  • Copyrighted materials include but are not limited to:
  • Music and Pictures: Schools are responsible for the legalities of the music, location use, and pictures used in the film.  Teachers must certify that all necessary permission and/or licensing has been obtained from the owner of any and all rights, including copyright, of all music and images used in the TAPPS Short Film contest by the school.  TAPPS is not responsible for obtaining any necessary permission or licencing of the music performed or images used by the school during the course of the TAPPS competition.