Visual arts rules and Regulations



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VISUAL ARTS
Visual Arts Rules and Regulations

  1. In order to exhibit in Visual Arts, the 4-H member must be enrolled in:

Visual Arts

  1. See General Project Guidelines.

  2. Projects exhibited are to be made by the exhibitor during the current 4-H year (September 1 – August 31). Exhibitors are encouraged to date the project when it is made. Photos used as a source should be taken by the artist.

  3. Design Source – Be prepared to explain how and where you got the idea for this project. If a photo, sketch, purchased kit or other idea source was used, bring it with you for judging firmly attached to your exhibit.

  4. All items must be properly prepared for display—example: Items intended to be hung must be prepared for hanging on the display hooks. The hanging device should be sturdy enough to support the weight of the object. Framed items NOT intended to be hung should be noted as such on the exhibit tag and a photo of the artwork being displayed should be included.
  5. Drawings and paintings should be matted and preferably framed under glass. (Exceptions: Oil and acrylic paintings do not require glass and are not required to be matted.) Water color, chalk, pen, ink, computer-generated art, etc. do require some protective covering. Protective covering involves using a variety of methods such as: Framing, laminating, covering with clear plastic wrap or contact paper, etc. Gallery frames are acceptable. Canvas paintings that continue “over the edges” are acceptable without frames; however, the piece must still be prepared for hanging. Matted pieces without frames are acceptable; however, the piece must be prepared for hanging OR it must include a photo of the artwork displayed in a non-hanging manner.


  6. Visual Art projects made from a borrowed design, kit, or pattern are NOT eligible for State Fair Competition. State Fair entries must be an original design created by the exhibitor (except in Heritage Arts which may follow a pattern). Copyrighted or trademarked designs are not acceptable; this includes Team or School logos. Kits and preformed molds are not considered original. Combining parts of different patterns (pictures, photos, images from internet or magazine) with the member’s own ideas can result in an original design, but simply changing the color, pattern and/or size of a pattern does NOT make the design original.

NOTE: This also applies to ideas found on a site such as Pinterest. If you create a replica of what you see somewhere else, it is not your original design.

  1. Stepping stones and painted rocks are not allowed in the Visual Arts project and should be entered in the Do Your Own Thing – Miscellaneous category.

  2. Exhibitors may submit one entry per class.

  3. County may submit one entry per class for state fair with the exception of Chalk/Carbon/Pigment which is two entries.

FOOD DECORATING - BEGINNER

  • Exhibit four decorated cookies, using a minimum of four different
    techniques. Exhibit may use cookies OR cookie forms.

  • Exhibit four decorated cupcakes, using a minimum of four different techniques. Exhibit may use cupcakes OR cupcake forms.

Exhibit a single layer decorated cake, using a minimum of four different techniques. Exhibit may use cake OR cake form

FOOD DECORATING – INTERMEDIATE
  • Exhibit four decorated cookies, using a minimum of five Level 2 techniques. Exhibit may use cookies OR cookie forms.


  • Exhibit four decorated cupcakes, using a minimum of five Level 2 techniques. Exhibit may use cupcakes OR cupcake forms.

  • Exhibit a single layer or two-layer cakes, using a minimum of five Level 2 techniques. Exhibit may use cake OR cake form.


FOOD DECORATING - ADVANCED

Exhibit a decorated, stacked and/or tiered cake, using a minimum of four Level 3 techniques. Exhibit may use cake OR cake form.


FOOD DECORATING - MASTER

Exhibit to include a one-page written description of your project, including goals, plans, accomplishments, and evaluation of results. Include up to four pictures of your accomplishments AND exhibit an original design decorated cake using more than five techniques. Exhibit may use cake OR cake form.


CHALK/CARBON/PIGMENT - Any work done with pencils, chalk, pens, ink, paint, charcoal, dyes, etc. on canvas, paper or glass. This would include all painting, sketching, drawing, cartooning, printing, etc. NOTE: Enter painting on wood, metal, textiles, stones or other unusual surfaces in Heritage Arts. Painted and/or glazed preformed ceramics and painted porcelain dolls are not eligible for State Fair Exhibit.



CLAY - Any item made of clay – may be fired or unfired, hand formed or thrown on a wheel. Self-hardening clays are fine. Fire/oven-cured and cornstarch clay may be used. Items can include, but are not limited to,

clay statues, bowls, jewelry, etc. Preformed ceramics are permitted at the county level in Class 05/SubClass B, but are not state fair eligible.


COMPUTER GENERATED ART

Any original artwork created in any software package. Color or black and white exhibits are acceptable. Exhibit may not include scanned work, clip art,



downloaded images from the internet, any imported image, or photographs. All pixels must be original. Photo Mosaics are NOT allowed. Exhibit must be labeled with application(s) used. Computer project enrollment is not required. NOTE: Wood and metal exhibits created through the use of laser cutting programs/devices should be entered in this class. If the art created is designed to hang, then the entry should have some protective covering, such as a glass frame and be prepared for hanging. If the art is something that has been created with a laser cutting program/device and is NOT designed to hang, it does not require protective covering nor does it need to be prepared to hang.

FIBER - Any item made of fiber. Examples could include quilts; fabric collage; soft sculpture; stitchery, weaving, embroidery, cross-stitch, wearable art and duct tape artistry. Decorated textiles (such as painted shirts or stenciled clothing) should be entered in Heritage Arts. Non-original cross-stitched, knitted and crocheted items should be entered in Heritage Arts. Machine knitted items are not appropriate for this class.




GLASS/PLASTIC

Any item made of glass or plastic. Possible items to exhibit include stained glass, etched glass, mosaics made of glass, glass beading, plastic jewelry, etc. Interlocking building block creations (such as Legos) are not permitted in this class and should be entered in Exploratory/Do Your Own Thing – Block Construction. Stepping stones and wall hangings that include cement decorated with glass or plastics items are not suitable for this class.

HERITAGE ARTS


Exhibit an item of traditional art learned from another person or from a pattern (NO KITS) may be entered. Cross-stitched, knitted and crocheted items by pattern must be entered in this class. Machine knitted items are not acceptable for this class. Other possibilities include: needlepoint, counted cross-stitch, crewel, embroidery, cut work, hardanger (embroidery openwork), macramé, baskets, candles, pysanki (decorated eggs), quilts from a traditional pattern, traditional handmade dolls with handmade costumes, decorative painting on wood, metal, fiber, or candles. All baskets should be entered in Heritage Arts.

METAL


Any item made of metal such as sculpture, tin punch, engraved metal, and jewelry. Items intended for industrial use (such as tools or shop items) are not considered Visual Arts. Metal items that have been partially or totally created through the use of laser cutting programs/devices should be entered in the Computer-Generated Art.

NATURE


Any item made of natural materials such as wreaths, cornhusk dolls, etc. Items are to be made of NATURAL materials (which may be purchased). Securing elements such as glue and wire may be used in the construction as long as they do not detract from the overall “natural” appearance. For example, articles such as dried pressed flowers may be displayed under glass since it is necessary for protection/preservation of the natural materials. Candles are not suitable as entries. (Baskets should be entered in Heritage Arts.)

PAPER - Any item made of paper. Examples could include origami; greeting cards; paper-cut designs; paper mache; hand-made paper; paper collage; paper models of architecture; etc. Paper twist articles, made from directions in craft books and stores ARE NOT original and are not appropriate for this class. Scrapbooks should be exhibited in Visual Arts-Scrapbooking.

SCRAPBOOKING - BEGINNER

Exhibit one album or notebook, either 8 ½” X 11” or 12” X 12”, with a front and back cover. The album/notebook must have a minimum of 4 pages (front and back), exhibited in page protectors. “Embellishments” are defined as the decorations or special details and features that add to a page and make it more visually appealing. Embellishments may include, but are not limited to, ribbon, clips, special lettering, etc. Beginners must use a minimum of four embellishments and tell a story with pictures.


SCRAPBOOKING - INTERMEDIATE

Exhibit one album or notebook, either 8 ½” X 11” or 12” X 12”, with a front and back cover. The album/notebook must have a minimum of 4 pages (front and back), exhibited in page protectors. “Embellishments” are defined as the decorations or special details and features that add to a page and make it more visually appealing. Embellishments may include, but are not limited to, ribbon, clips, special lettering, etc. Intermediate level exhibitors must use a minimum of eight embellishments and tell a story with pictures and journaling.


SCRAPBOOKING - ADVANCED

Exhibit one album or notebook, either 8 ½” X 11” or 12” X 12”, with a front and back cover. The album/notebook must have a minimum of 4 pages (front and back), exhibited in page protectors. “Embellishments” are defined as the decorations or special details and features that add to a page and make it more visually appealing. Embellishments may include, but are not limited to, ribbon, clips, special lettering, etc. Advanced level exhibitors must use a minimum of 12 embellishments and tell a compelling story with pictures, journaling and other media

THREE DIMENSIONAL DESIGN MIXED MEDIA

Art pieces in this class must be comprised of at least three different media. No one medium can make up more than 40% of a piece. The piece should be free-standing (not meant to be hung) that is observable on at least three different sides. Originality and design are important concepts. Craft and preformed or assembled projects are not acceptable.

WOOD – Any item made of wood (wood carving, sculpture, collage,

wood burning, etc.). Utilitarian wood items made from patterns or kits (e.g.

outdoor or indoor furniture, shelves) should be entered in woodworking not in

visual arts. Popsicle stick crafts are not acceptable for State Fair entry. Wood

items that have been partially or totally created through the use of laser cutting

programs/devices should be entered in Computer-Generated Art.




LEATHER

Any item made of leather. This can include belts, purses, moccasins, pictures, vests, hats, saddles, wall hangings, etc. Exhibits selected for State Fair will be exhibited under Heritage Arts and must meet state fair exhibit requirements.




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