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Section 229 – General Information

Fine Art By-Laws
Sections 199-263


  • Refer to Section 230 for specific Categories and detailed descriptions
  • Refer to Section 231 for specific information about the TAPPS State Art Competition
  • Refer to art page for all current news briefs on the Art Competition.
  1. NO group projects with the exception of Short Film.
  2. Rules, news briefs, and important art-only information will be posted on the art page of the TAPPS website.


    All artwork must have been done within the last two school years with the exception of Senior Portfolio.


    Any one student may not enter more than 2 pieces in any one category 1-14 .


    Schools will have the opportunity to enter a maximum of 3 entries per category 1-14.


    1A-5A Schools will be allowed a total of 28 works of art in categories 1-14.  

    6A Schools will be allowed a total of 30 works of art in categories 1-14. 

    • unlimited Art History (cat. 17) students (test will be offered once, and all schools will need to enter their students into tappster on or before selected school test date.  All students must test at the same selected time)
    • unlimited Senior Portfolio (cat. 15) submissions. In order for seniors to compete in this category, schools must have their entry into TAPPSTER no later than the date posted on the TAPPS website.
    • a maximum of Three (3) On-Site Drawing (cat. 16) entries
    • a maximum of Two (2) Seek and Sketch Black/White (cat. 18) entries
    • a maximum of Two (2) Seek and Sketch Color (cat. 19) entries
    • a 

      maximum of Nine (9) Short Films (cat. 20) (3 per category).


    No entry can be re-entered into the State Competition after placing 1st through 8th in any previous year, in any category, except for Senior Portfolios (previous works that have placed may be entered in the set of 6 total works).

  8. Students may sign their work.
  9. There are size limitations on work being entered in the competition. Please review Section 230 for further information on specific size limits by category.
  10. Artwork must be set flat on the tables ready for judging. No easels or frames can be used.
  11. No batteries, electricity, running water or other outside influences are to be functioning while at the competition in any work of art.
  12. All entries are to be input into TAPPSTER
  13. Before schools can enter student entries they must take and pass the SCOPE Test and submit their Student Eligibility form. All these are located on
  14. The TAPPS Art Competition will close for all adds, deletes and changes on the date posted on the TAPPS website.
    • Once the competition has closed for all changes, adds, and deletes, schools will NOT be able to make changes to their entries on TAPPSter
    • Late entries are subject to double fees, school sanctions, and the possibility of not competing.
    • Student substitutions ONLY (no additions) for categories 16 (On-site Drawing), 18 (Seek B/W), 19 (Seek Color) can be made until the date posted on the TAPPS website.  Substitutions for these categories will be made through our CONTACT US link.
    • Senior portfolio selections do not move into other categories. They remain together as a set of six.
    • The 1st round of portfolio judging will be in the form of a digital submission of all 6 works of art. A Senior Portfolio packet with instructions and all necessary documentation necessary will be available on the TAPPS website (click on art page).
      • Ten (10) Portfolios in each Division will move on to the 2nd round of judging to take place at the TAPPS State Art Competition.
      • If a school has an advancing portfolio(s) they will be notified before the entry deadline.  
      • All portfolios advancing to State will place 1st through 8th with 2 HM and be provided with an opportunity for critique.
      • After the Senior Portfolio notification deadline, non-advancing senior portfolio individual works which meet qualifications may be entered into TAPPSter and counted as part of the category 1-14 works a school can bring to the State Competition.
    • Must be matted or mounted, except for work done on canvas/panel.
    • Black or white mats/mounts only.
    • Single mats only – no multiple mats allowed.
    • Maximum mat size not to exceed 2”. This applies to all categories.
    • Once a school receives their labels at registration they are to be put onto the front lower right hand corner of the artwork.
    • Must have a black/white mat no larger than 3″x 4″ next to the work for the label.
    • Once a school receives their official TAPPSter labels at registration, they are to be put onto the matboard and then placed next to the work of art. Categories possibly affected are 5 (Painting), 10 (Sculpture), 11 (Relief), 12 (Fashion), 13 (Applied Design), 14 (Pottery).
    • For the purpose of TAPPS Art Competition, direct reproduction of another artist’s work or images off the internet (non-public domain) is prohibited.
    • Copying a published photograph, painting, or drawing is ILLEGAL, not just undesirable, and the work will be disqualified from competition.
    • All students should be encouraged to use personal photographs and imagination in place of other people’s work such as magazines, books, and the internet.
      • If students choose to use PUBLIC DOMAIN IMAGES:
        1. Students must include a copy of the Public Domain image/images as part of their documentation.
        2. On the same page with the public domain image, the release of copyright must also be visible in writing along with the website html designation.
        3. Suggested Public Domain resources:
          • Wikimedia Commons
          • (all images licensed under CC0 license)
        4. Accepted Public Domain documentation examples can be found on the website under the art page.
        5. Conclusions: Understand “public domain” as the permission to freely use (display, modify, print, etc.) an image without asking permission from the image author. However, it is still your responsibility, to make sure depicted content (people, logos, private property, etc.) is suitable for application and does not infringe any rights.
        6. Authentic Public Domain images, with correct documentation, can be rendered without having to be changed 3 ways.
      • Student-taken images must have a copy of the photo/photos and completed Artwork Information Form included in documentation.
      • Additionally, student-taken photos can be rendered without having to change them 3 ways.
      • Non Student-taken images must have a copy of the photo/photos and completed Artwork Information Form with the permission filled out from the original artist/photographer.  Non-student photos can be rendered without having to change them 3 ways as long as the student has permission (via the Artwork Information Form) from the original artist.
      • Regardless of photo source, if there is a recognizable person there MUST be a Signed Model Release on the Artwork Information Form.  If more than one recognizable person is present in work, additional forms need to be signed and included with documentation.
      • When students choose to use someone else’s work (non-public domain) as the basis for their work, they must provide written permission from the copyright holder and a copy of the original image.  Students are encouraged to use 3 significant changes.
        • 1st significant change: COLOR OR LACK THEREOF.  Mondrian work might be interesting in monochromatic. But the student couldn’t stop there. They should be inspired by the artist and their work as well as other artist (maybe Monet) to compare side by side with the goal to create a work that is fresh and new.  Example: changing one of Picasso’s blue period pieces to yellow while copying the content of the piece exactly is not a significant change. Copying a landscape from a calendar and only modifying the colors some but copying the layout is not significant change.
        • 2nd significant change: MEDIA/MEDIUM CHANGE.  Taking a painting by Pollock and reinventing it into a 3D work is significant. Taking a painting done in oil and recreating it in acrylic is not significant. Using mosaic pieces and wood to interpret a Matisse would be significant. A colored sand landscape from a painted landscape would also be significant.
        • 3rd significant change: UNIQUE ADDS AND OR DELETES.  Changing the viewer’s angle, distorting the image, taking something away or adding something as an extension, re-positioning the items in the work are approaches. Texture where there wasn’t any, or adding pattern would be significant. Combining the insects and stairs of M.C. Escher and the haunting quality of Dali into an interesting work would be significant change.  Adding architectural elements where none existed before would be significant change.
        • Size is NOT a significant change.
  19. DOCUMENTATION: To avoid work being disqualified:
    • Schools will assemble a notebook with the following included in it:
      • All signed and completed Artwork Information Forms will be included for all artwork entered.
      • Teacher or Representative contact information for the duration of the Competition
      • iii. Inventory Forms
      • Fee Form
      • Fee Check
      • Schools will have all artwork verified at registration and approved to be placed in the facility.
      • vii. Schools will be provided with all official TAPPSter labels at registration.
      • viii. Schools will be provided with a state schedule and any other State information necessary.
      • This notebook will stay in the gym for the duration of the competition.
      • Once registration is complete, schools will be able to place their work in the facility.
      • Schools may be allowed to provide proper documentation until check-in is complete. Proper documentation includes:
        • Artwork Information Form which includes: Model release and student and teacher signatures
        • Source photos
    • TAPPS artwork may not include:
      • NUDITY
        • NUDITY is not permitted in TAPPS artwork.
        • The human body will be clothed from the arm-pit to 3 inches above the knees.
        • Children under the age of 10 may be clothed in activity appropriate outfits (for example: a bathing suit, if at the beach or an athletic uniform if playing a sport).
        • The only exception for a study of the human form with less restriction will be the portrayal of Jesus during the scourging, hanging on the cross, or burial – each with the appropriate garb.
      • profane references to anything,
      •  obscene language
      • extreme violence
      • self mutilation
      • any content that offends the moral standards of the community, fellow peers, and the TAPPS Board of Directors and Officers.
      • Any attempt to override the restrictions will cause the artwork to be disqualified.
      • All students must be listed on the Eligibility Form.
      • This form must be filled out on TAPPSTER and submitted electronically to TAPPS.
      • This form must be submitted prior to competing in any TAPPS Competitions.