Highland Community College Art Day has unfortunately had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 crisis. We look forward to seeing you next April.

 

The Highland Community College Visual Art Department is currently making preparations to host the 40th Annual High School Art Competition, Art Day 2020. The event consists of a juried art competition, workshops, and various other art activities designed to challenge and enlighten participating students.

The competitive exhibition is designed to recognize artistic talent at the senior high level (grades 9-12) within the region. Last year’s Art Day was attended by 40 high schools which exhibited 1125 works of art. The Art Day experience is an excellent opportunity for students and art educators to view the creative efforts of their contemporaries and colleagues. As always we hope Art Day 2020 will be an enjoyable, exciting, and educational day for all who join in the activities.

 

Registration Information

Art Day 40 (2020) is scheduled for Thursday, April 23, 2020 and is open to all regional High Schools (grades 9-12).

If your school would like to participate in Art Day 2020, please use this form:

Art Day Registration Form Register Here!

Additional information will be sent to interested schools after the schedule and events have been finalized.

Your interest, participation, and enthusiasm are key to the continued success of Art Day. We look forward to seeing you and your students on April 23 for another enjoyable, educational, and successful event.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact:

Sam Perkins, Graphic Design Instructor sperkins@highlandcc.edu 785.442.6066

 

Art Day Events and Competitions

Art Hung on Display for Art Day

Art Competition

The Art Competition is the crowning event for Art Day. Each high school can bring up to 30 works of art to be displayed and judged. Art Day judges will view several hundred works of art and present Best of Show, Artistic Excellence, and Honorable Mention awards to selected works. The competition offers students the opportunity to publicly display their art and to view the work of their fellow students. The show is a wonderful source of inspiration and ideas for students and educators alike.

Art History

Theme -- 1520, 1620, 1720, and 1820

The art history competition is designed to test knowledge in the historical aspects of art from the Renaissance through Modern Art periods. Encourage your students to brush up on art history and enter this event. Each school is limited to ONE team of up to four (4) students.Teachers are more than welcome to take the test, and compete as individuals. As always, there will be a general section, and then a section following this year’s theme, "The 20s Throughout History." Location: Room MS-1 (in the CT Building)

Team Sculpture

Each high school can enter one team of students for this event. The specifics of this event will be revealed on the day of the contest. This contest is designed to challenge the students' abilities to work as a team as well as their understanding of three dimensional design, and the principles of physics. Each school is limited to ONE team of 4 students. Location: Greenspace north of CT Building.​ Suggested tools: wire cutters, pliers.

Wheel Throwing Competition

This traditional and eagerly attended event is designed to test throwing ability. Students will be allowed TWO pounds of clay and TWO minutes in which to throw a specified form. One attempt per half hour! Specific dimensions and judging criteria will be revealed during the event. The studio will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. to anyone who would like to participate. The art department will supply the necessary tools and materials. Visit the studio sometime during the day and give it a try or just cheer on your classmates. Location: Ceramics studio.

Wheel Throwing - Teachers

Teachers throwing clay on a pottery wheel

Art Instructors are invited to the Five Throw competition at 1:15 pm to dethrone last year's ruler of the wheel. Stop in and give it a spin. Location: Ceramics studio.

Sidewalk Chalk

Students drawing sidewalk chalk murals

Each school will have the opportunity to create an art history inspired sidewalk chalk drawing with a 'modern thematic twist. Drawings must be complete by 1:00 pm when judging begins.

Self-Portrait

Self Portrait

This event is designed to test the student’s personal expression and life drawing skills. Students will be supplied with paper, media, and a mirror. Participants will be allowed one hour to complete their portrait, working from direct observation. Location: CT 130 Drawing Room.

Button Making

Students create unique Art Day Buttons in this walk-in activity. Location: CT 113 Classroom.

Art-in-Action

People drawing a still life picture

Drawing a dynamic pose, using light, line and action. Drawings will be judged, and winners will be rewarded! Any medium allowed, artwork will be judged by ArtDay jurors. Location: CT117

Watercolor Painting

Students are invited to compete in a watercolor painting competition. The prize for this competition will be a set of oil paints. Location: TBD 

 

Judges

Candace Castle studied art at the University of Missouri and Florida State University. She returned to painting after 25 years in clothing design. She is also a member of the Missouri Valley Impressionist Society and the Missouri Watercolor Society. (http://candacecastle.com)

More coming soon!

 

Schedule of Events 

(subject to change) 

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.  Check in and Hang Artwork

 

Schools can check in at the registration desk located in the lobby of the HCC Wellness Center. HCC art students will be on hand to assist schools in hanging their artwork in the designated areas. Judging will begin at 9:00.

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  Workshops and Competitions

(See registration packet for detailed schedule of events.)

 

Team Sculpture Competition: This contest is designed to challenge the students abilities to work as a team, their understanding of the nature of clay, the laws of gravity, and the principles of physics. This is often a fun way to start the day. One team of up to four students per school.

Location: Outdoor greenspace north of the CT Building or alternatve location in event of rain.

 

Chalk Drawing Competition: Students will demonstrate their creativity and compositional skills with their art history inspired chalk drawings, reinterpreted with a modern or contemporary twist. Students may come and go throughout the day, there is no need to have a set team.

Location: Sidewalks (see map) This event will be cancelled in event of rain.

 

Self-Portrait Competition: Expressive Self-Portraits. (Competitive walk-in activity) Choose your paper, choose your media. Participation is based on available space, and is a walk-in event. You're allowed 45 MINUTES maximum! 

Location: Print/Drawing Studio CT-130

 

Throwing Competition: (Competitive walk-in activity) Students will throw a pot in a specified time, PRIZE awarded!

Location: Ceramic Studio CT-134

 

Art History Competition: (Student team competition, individual teacher competition)This event will test student knowledge in the area of art history from the Renaissance through Modern Art period. One team per school, up to four students per team. Teachers compete as individuals.

Location: MS-1

 

Button Making: Stop by this station and create a unique Art Day memento. 

Location: CT Hallway

 

Art Cards: Art cards are 2.5"X3.5" individual pieces of artwork. Art Cards should never be bought or sold, but rather traded. Make them, trade them, collect them!

Location: CT Hallway

 

Art-in-Action: Drawing a dynamic pose, using light, line and action. Drawings will be judged, and winners will be rewarded! Any medium allowed, artwork will be judged by Art Day jurors.

Location: CT-117

 

Design Slam: Design Slams are a challenge of design, skill, and presentation. This workshop will be in three separate divisions, logo design (illustrator), and photo montage/manipulation (photoshop) and the third being a head to head competition between the winners. May the best designer win!

Location: CT-116 (Mac Lab) 

1:00

Chalk Drawing Competition concludes and judging begins.

1:15

Three-Throw for the Pros (teachers only!!!) Stop by and watch your teachers battle for bragging rights and muddy clothes.

Location: Ceramic Studio CT-134

1:50 - 2:10

Awards Presentation: The judges will give a brief presentation describing what they looked for when allocating the awards.
Location: Culbertson Auditorium

1:50 - 4:00

Artwork can be taken down at this time.

 

Art Day Awards

School and Team Awards

1st, 2nd, 3rd place trophies   1A, 2A, 3A Schools
1st, 2nd, 3rd place trophies   4A, 5A, 6A Schools
1st, 2nd, 3rd place trophies   Art History Competition
1st place award   Team Clay Competition
1st, 2nd, 3rd place trophies   Chalk Drawing Competition
     

Competitions

1st place Award   Wheel Throwing Competition
1st place Award   Self-portrait Competition
     

Individual Student Awards

Best of Show   Best of Show Medal, Ribbon
Artistic Excellence   Artistic Excellence Medal, Ribbon
Honorable Mention   Ribbon
     

Art Instructor Awards

   
1st place Award   Wheel Throwing Competition
1st place Award   Art History Competition

 

Art Day Rules

  1. Participating schools may bring up to 30 pieces of artwork to be displayed in the art competition.

  2. Artwork must have an entry label attached to the front side of artwork in lower right hand corner. Artwork Labels.pdf

  3. High schools must submit their Master List at the registration table the morning of the show. (The Master list will be personalized and sent to participating schools via e-mail.)

  4. Artwork exhibited must have been produced during the 2019-2020 academic year.

  5. All artwork should remain hanging until 2:10 p.m.

  6. All two-dimensional work should be ready to display (matted or framed with a hanging device). You should bring your own pliers and tools for final adjustments. We will provide adequate space for displaying all three-dimensional work (see below for hanging suggestions).

  7. Artworks may not have awards from previous shows/contests attached.

Plagiarism

We often receive questions about why a derivative work received an award, and occasionally receive comments about plagiarism after the exhibit. Please remember that the HCC faculty do not evaluate the student's images. We don’t counsel judges on their criteria for awards, or how they should approach artwork that is not significantly developed beyond mere duplication. If you put yourself in the shoes of a juror, I think you’ll recognize why we don’t tell them how to judge art. Although we try to select judges who we respect and whom we think will approach the event with professionalism, in the past there have been some awards given to artworks that were not significantly changed in content or form or don’t seem to fit the majority consensus on technical or aesthetic excellence. That’s bound to happen when hundreds of awards are allocated.

Another concern raised is that student works have been given awards even though they are copies of an existing work. As you know there are untold millions of images on the internet- more uploaded every nanosecond- and it is simply not possible for a judge to always know when something is a copy. We don't currently have a plagiarism policy. I have been told some leagues require source images to be attached- we have not required that at this point, but may do so in the future.

A common practice in the art world is to title a derivative work as such. For example, if one is rendering a close copy of a famous work by Velasquez, or even a heavily modified version, one might title such a work The Maids of Honor (Las Meninas, after Velázquez). This is precisely what Picasso did when paying homage to his predecessors, and numerous artists continue this tradition of giving credit where it is due.

 

Hanging Artwork

All two-dimensional work should be ready to display (matted or framed with a hanging device). You should bring your own pliers and tools for final adjustments. The panels used for hanging artwork are 7 ft. all and 5ft. wide with 4" x 4" openings.

Possible ways to hang work:

 


Keep in mind we don't have the judges allocate awards by category- however we would like artworks hung in groupings by media.

Here are the groupings we have:

Ceramics
Photography
Sculpture
Jewelry and Metalsmithing
Painting Oil and Acrylic
Watercolor
Fiber Art and Textiles
Graphic Design
Mixed Media
Pencil Drawings
Ink
Charcoal, Pastel, and Conte

High School Art Faculty

If your image doesn't fit precisely into one category, put it in the most sensible spot.

 

Labeling of Art Work

All artworks entered in the competition must have an entry label. Labels should be attached to the front side of artwork in lower right hand corner. This label is important for identification purposes and links the work to the master list during the judging process.

The accuracy of the entry label is very important for judging and identification. Entry labels must be legible and contain all of the above information. (the comment line is optional)

Each high school will be assigned a unique entry code.
Entry code and coresponding identification number must be clearly marked on the label.
School code and numbers must correspond with the MASTER LIST

 

Master List of Entries

A personalized Master List will be sent to each high school that participates in Art Day. Student names, grades, and mediums should be typed or clearly printed on the master list. This list must correspond to information on artwork labels. It is essential for the judging process and for the correct spelling of names on awards. The Master List must be completely filled out and presented to us when you register the morning of the show.

 

Student Registration

In years past, teachers filled out an online form that allocated students to various activites - we no longer use that form or register students individually. Feedback indicated that it took a lot of time and really wasn't particualry useful because teams often change the day of.

Individual instructors will need to be aware of the activites that are limited:

Art History is limited to one team of 4 students.

Team clay is limited to one team of 4.

 

Scholarships to Highland Community College

Art

The HCC Art department is dedicated to helping talented students gain a solid foundation in the areas of fine art and commercial design. We currently award scholarships in the amount of books and tuition to full-time students interested in pursuing a career in art or design. Scholarship recipients are required to be enrolled in at least two 3 hour studio art class each semester, assist with HCC Art Day, submit work and assist in the set-up of the annual HCC Student Honors Art Show, maintain a 3.0 GPA in art courses, maintain a 2.0 GPA each semester, and maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. For more information, contact Todd Meier

Graphic Design

Graphic Design is a transfer program for students wanting a career using graphic arts and techniques of visual communication.  This curriculum is suggested for those intending to complete an associate in arts degree at HCC and then transfer to another institution to pursue a bachelor’s degree. Graphic designers might work in advertising, publishing, or corporate settings creating visual designs to enhance a variety of products or messaging. For more information, contact Sam Perkins

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