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RE: Competitions: Scholastics

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Nagel, Judy (judy.nagel)
Wed, 26 Aug 1998 17:52:11 -0500

Amanda, Your observations are valid. I have had the honor of judging
some competitions and presentation plays a big part. Keep in mind that
the people judging are more than likely visually oriented people too and
will respond favorably to an aesthetic presentation. Also I would
recommend that when submitting to a competition of any kind, you read
the fine print of the application and follow the rules. It is
surprising how many entrants do not. This can be the difference in
winning or not. I offer this FYI. I hope it helps. Judy Nagel

> -----Original Message-----
> From: amanda clarke []
> Sent: Wednesday, August 26, 1998 2:56 PM
> To: KHeifetz
> Cc:
> Subject: Re: Competitions: Scholastics
> I am not sure if this is the information you are requesting, but I
> think
> all will benefit from it.
> Last semester, my Prof volunteered my art methods class to help out
> with
> the competition. We were responsible for repacking the artworks after
> judging.
> We were lucky enough to see what really happens as the works are being
> judged. My Prof was one of the judges. Each work was looked at
> and I mean brief. Many works were passed off quickly, mere seconds.
> Think of it like looking at a resume for a job. I was stunned at how
> quickly they were able to determine if a work was "acceptable" or not.
> There were a total of three judges.
> This is some information I committed to my own personal memory:
> When preparing student'd work for judging, treat it as you would for
> your
> own personal gallery show. Some of the works were poorly handled,
> with
> finger prints and marks. The works that were matted looked better
> than
> those that were not.
> Realistic renditions of people and animals need to be done
> exceptionally
> well, pay close attention to the composition and arrangement.
> When packing up student works, once again pack them as you would your
> own.
> Some of the packing jobs were poor at best.
> Take this opportunity to TEACH your students about the career of a
> Professional artist. Teach them about exhibitions, presenting your
> works,
> and professionalism. Most of the studens who are serious about art
> will
> benefit from this information, while others may come to appriciate
> artists
> and their jobs a little more.
> If you ever get the opportunity to help out during a Scholastics show,
> do
> it will open your eyes.
> Amanda Clarke
> On Mon, 24 Aug 1998 KHeifetz wrote:
> > Would like to know how some of you deal with the Scholastics Art
> Competition.
> > In my school district, there is a great deal of pressure to produce
> for this
> > event. I find that when the local competition is exhibited, there
> are a great
> > wealth of recognizable copies that are from photos, yet have been
> altered. I
> > realize that the rules in this competition say that other works can
> provide
> > inspiration but it is so disheartening to see this. The judges
> continually
> > look for the super realism and generally are the same judges....many
> are from
> > a prestigous private university. I so much want my students to
> continue
> > entering but the pressure to conform and the lack of originality
> make my
> > students question me why they can't copy? Many of the art teachers
> throughout
> > this region just teach for this competition...they will work on
> only several
> > drawings or paintings for an entire
> > semester. Help!!!!!!
> > ann
> >

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