Registrants in the Art Division may submit entries in the following categories:

  • Three Dimensional Art
    • Ceramics
    • Sculpture
    • Mixed Media
  • Two Dimensional Art
    • Drawing
      • Black and White
      • Color
    • Painting
      • Abstract (subjective)
      • Realistic (objective)
      • Watercolor
    • Graphic Design
  • Photography
    • Black and White
    • Color
    • Artistic

Each school may submit up to five entries per grade level, per category. Each student may submit only one entry per category.

Read the General Information and General Rules.

Festival Delivery Instructions

  • All Art Division entries must be delivered to the state office or postmarked by the deadline as stated on the current year’s Registration Form. Art will not be accepted after that time.
  • Art Division entries and score sheets must be picked up on Saturday after adjudication is complete.

General Art Division Rules

  • Art entries must be entirely the original work of one eligible student and not previously submitted.
  • Each Art Division entry must have a Visual Art & Photography Official Entry Form attached to the entry upon delivery. If the information page is not present, is missing any information, or is not legible upon delivery at the art gallery, the entry will receive a 2-point rule violation per evaluator. The page must include the following information:
    • Participant
    • Category
    • Designation of medium (state the materials used to create the piece; visual art entries only)
    • Explanation of medium (explain how the piece was created in technical terms by stating equipment used, process, etc.)
    • School name, city and state
  • Only the Official Entry Form is required (rule #2). An essay or story explaining the message or the theme of the piece is not allowed.
  • If set up or assembly is required for the display of Art Division entries, it must be completed by the student.
  • Graphic Design entries are required to creatively and effectively interpret the annual theme.
  • The overall size (including mounting and matte) of any entry in the Art Division must be no smaller than 4 by 6 inches and no larger than 32 by 32 inches (except for Visual Art, Three-Dimensional).
  • Framing other than matte board is not allowed.

Visual Art Guidelines

Each entry will be evaluated on criteria established by LCS Festival including the following:

  • Selection
    • Appropriate—appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this festival in subject & taste; overly “religious” subject, symbols, or theme are not required.
    • Fresh concept – demonstrates a fresh approach.
  • Communication
    • Range of appeal – relevant and appealing to multiple audiences.
    • Originality – displays individualistic style; avoids overused ideas or concepts.
    • Initial impression – meaning and general intent readily grasped; immediate visual impact.
    • Visual impact – imagery that is visually compelling; forceful, subtle, or vivid.
  • Presentation/Technique
    • Neatness – clean appearance; free of smudges.
    • Flow – a natural flow of image(s) for the viewer’s eye.
    • Organization – apparent focal point; organization of compositional elements.
    • Consistency – consistent use of medium.
    • Proportion – appropriate use of space.
    • Use of color/values – consistent and visually enhancing color and/or gradation.
  • Technique – proper use of the medium.
  • Finished presentation – completeness; 2D entries must be mounted (with no framing other than matte); overall size, including mounting, can be no smaller than 4 by 6 inches and no larger than 32 by 32 inches; 3D entries may be no larger than 32 x 32 x 32 inches.
  • Effectiveness
    • Effectiveness – produces an overall effective visual impression or impact
    • Preparation – an apparent effort of time and thought in preparation.
    • Understandable concept – the combination of subject selection, communication, presentation/technique, and effectiveness in attaining a response.

Visual Art, Three-Dimensional

Visual Art, Three-Dimensional entries are defined as either sculpture that can be viewed from all sides or a work that simulates the effect of depth or the illusion of a third dimension.

In the Visual Art, Three-Dimensional category, the following mediums are accepted:

  • Mixed Media
  • Sculpture
  • Ceramic

Entries do not have to be overtly “religious” in subject or theme.

Mounting is not required. The overall size may be no smaller than 6 inches by 6 inches by 6 inches and no larger than 32 inches by 32 inches by 32 inches.

Ceramics

  • All work in this category is from pre-formed molds, a potter’s wheel, or free formed.
  • Work may be stained, glazed, dipped, painted, or unpainted.
  • Work may be fired or unfired.
  • Relief or freestanding are allowed.

Sculpture

The following media shall be acceptable:

  • Wood – carved or whittled
  • Plaster –armatures, molds, or casting
  • Clay – greenware, modeling, sculpey, air-dried, homemade, terra cotta, versa, oven baked, self-hardening, polymer, model magic, oil based, or homemade.
  • Stoneware/Soap – crea-stone, carved, casting, soapstone or bar soap of any kind
  • Metal – wire, metal punch, art emboss, color foil, nuts, bolts, and screws.
  • Paper – paper mache or paper pulp
  • Entries may be painted, stained, unpainted, fired, air dried, or oven baked.
  • The use of a mold is allowed if the student has made the mold himself.
  • Relief or freestanding are allowed.

Mixed Media

  • This category applies to all work that contains more than one media and represents three dimensions. This would include two-dimensional art work with a physical object affixed to the medium for the effect of “depth” (i.e. oil on canvas with a real spoon affixed to the canvas for ‘effect’).
  • Entries may be on paper, board, canvas, or any surface.

VISUAL ART, TWO-DIMENSIONAL

In the Visual Art, Two-Dimensional category, the following mediums are accepted:

  • Acrylics
  • Collage
  • Montage
  • Stained Glass
  • Oils
  • Watercolors
  • Comic Strip
  • Mosaic
  • Sketches (ink, pencil, chalk, charcoal)

Entries do not have to be overtly “religious” in subject or theme.

Visual Art, Two Dimensional entries must be mounted. Paintings on stretched canvas are considered mounted already. The entry may be framed with cut matte board. Framing other than matte board is not allowed. Entries must adhere to the size requirements under General Art Rules #6.

DRAWING – BLACK AND WHITE OR COLOR

  • The following media shall be acceptable:
    • Charcoal – sticks or pencils
    • Pencil – graphite or colored only
    • Ink – black or colored (pens, calligraphy or felt tip)
    • Pastels – soft, oil, pastel pencils or chalk, or conte crayons
    • Markers – washable or permanent
  • Any weight or color drawing paper may be used. Any surface is acceptable, not to exceed 32 x 32 inches.

PAINTING – ABSTRACT (SUBJECTIVE) AND REALISTIC (OBJECIVE)

  • The media shall be either oil, acrylic, gouche, or tempera paint (i.e.: pans, cakes, tubes, liquid, or powder)
  • Entries may be on canvas or paper or any surface that does not exceed 32 x 32 inches.
  • Entries painted on canvas do not need to be matted.

WATERCOLOR

  • Paints used must technically qualify as watercolors. (i.e.: pans, cakes, tubes, or watercolor pencils)
  • Translucent and opaque techniques are acceptable.
  • Adding adhesive or other medium will then qualify picture as Mixed Medium.
  • Entries may be on paper or watercolor paper.

GRAPHIC DESIGN (EXHIBITION)

In the Graphic Design category, the following mediums are accepted:

  • Advertisement
  • Flier
  • Web Page
  • Billboard
  • Letterhead
  • Brochure
  • Logo
  • Bulletin
  • Newsletter
  • Business card
  • Poster

Graphic Design entries must be mounted flat on art board (foam core or matte board). Entries must adhere to the size requirements.

Entries in the Graphic Design category may take any of the following forms: finished piece, full-color drawing or comprehensive full-color dummy or proof. Digital imagery and computer illustrations are appropriate for this category but must be high-resolution (at least 300 dpi at 100% of output size). Students should submit the best representation of their design.

GRAPHIC DESIGN GUIDELINES

Each entry will be evaluated on criteria established by LCS Festival including the following:

  • Selection
    • Appropriate—appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this festival in subject and taste
    • Fresh concept – demonstrates a fresh approach
  • Communication
    • Originality – displays an individualistic style; avoids overused ideas or concepts.
    • Range of appeal – relevant and appealing to multiple audiences
    • Initial impression – immediate visual impact; meaning and theme interpretation readily grasped
    • Visual impact – imagery that is visually compelling; forceful, subtle, or vivid
  • Presentation/Technique
    • Organization – apparent focal point; organization of compositional elements
    • Consistency – consistent use of medium
    • Proportion – appropriate use of space
    • Clarity – well defined in its intent
    • Use of color/values – consistent and visually enhancing color and/or gradation
    • Use of type – correct spelling, interesting use of fonts and font sizes, interesting use of upper/lower case
    • Technique – proper use of the medium
    • Finished presentation – completeness; graphic design entries must be mounted flat on art board or matte board and no smaller than 4 by 6 inches; no larger than 32 by 32 inches
  • Effectiveness
    • Effectiveness – produces an overall effective visual impression or impact
    • Preparation – an apparent effort of time and thought in preparation
    • Understandable concept – the combination of subject selection, communication, presentation/technique and effectiveness in attaining a response

PHOTOGRAPHY

PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDELINES

Each entry will be evaluated on criteria established by LCS Festival including the following:

  • Selection
    • Appropriate—appropriate level of difficulty; appropriate for this festival in subject and taste; overtly “religious” subject, symbols, or theme are not required.
    • Fresh concept – demonstrates a fresh approach
    • Style – keeps with genre (traditional or digital)
  • Communication
    • Range of appeal – relevant and appealing to multiple audiences
    • Originality – displays an individualistic style; avoids overused ideas or concepts.
    • Initial impression – meaning and general intent readily grasped; immediate visual impact.
    • Visual impact – imagery that is visually compelling; forceful, subtle, or vivid.
  • Presentation/Technique
    • Elements of design – incorporation of shape, line, pattern, texture, space, framing, size, angle, and cropping.
    • Flow – a natural flow of image(s) for viewer’s eye.
    • Organization – apparent focal point; organization of compositional elements.
    • Lighting – effective use of light; develops mood and nuance.
    • Consistency – consistent use of medium.
    • Proportion – appropriate use of space.
    • Use of color/contrast – black and white reveals contrast; color is clear and appropriate for image.
    • Technique – proper use of the medium.
    • Finished presentation – completeness; photograph must be mounted (no framing other than matte) with overall size no smaller than 4 by 6 inches and no larger than 32 by 32 inches.
  • Effectiveness
    • Effectiveness – produces an overall effective visual impression or impact
    • Preparation – an apparent effort of time and thought in preparation.
    • Understandable concept – the combination of subject selection, communication, presentation/technique, and effectiveness in attaining a response.

PHOTOGRAPHY (BLACK/WHITE or COLOR)

  • Photograph must be in black and white only.
  • Size of the photograph will be no smaller than 4” x 6” and no larger than 32”x 32”.
  • Photos are to be matted and not framed.
  • Each entry should consist of one photograph only.
  • Photos from a traditional or digital camera.
  • Digital Alterations: All photographs should accurately reflect the subject matter and the scene as it appeared. Photos that have been digitally altered beyond standard optimization will be disqualified. Acceptable are adjustments to color, contrast, brightness and sharpness; removal of dust and scratches; cropping; black and white conversions; and use of HDMI (high dynamic range imaging), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range. Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene); the addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos; or the use of artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are watercolor, neon glow, posterizing, stained glass, and others which do not show the scene in its originality.
  • Title for the photograph. The artistic photography entry which has been digitally altered should have a title. On the Photography Official Entry Form write the title of the photograph along with 2-4 sentences describing the theme of the picture.

PHOTOGRAPHY (ARTISTIC)

  • Photograph maybe in either black and white or color or a combination.
  • Size of the photograph will be no smaller than 4” x 6” and no larger than 32”x 32”.
  • Photos are to be matted and not framed.
  • Each entry should consist of two photographs. One photograph is the original picture taken and the second photograph is the artistic photograph entry with digital alterations.
  • All photos from a traditional or digital camera only. Photographs taken with a cell phone are not acceptable.
  • Digital Alterations: Acceptable artistic alterations are adjustments to:
    • color, contrast, brightness and sharpness;
    • removal of dust and scratches; cropping;
    • black and white conversions; and
    • use of HDMI (high dynamic range imaging), where multiple exposures of the same scene are combined for a greater tonal range.
  • Other acceptable artistic alterations are selecting objects/subjects within a picture or selecting the whole picture to apply the use of artistic digital filters and effects. Examples of artistic filters and effects are:
    • watercolor,
    • neon glow,
    • posterizing,
    • stained glass, and
    • others which do not show the scene in its originality.
  • The addition, duplication, deletion or moving of objects in the photos is also acceptable.
  • Not acceptable are photo composites (combination of two or more photos, not of the same scene).
  • Title for the photograph. The artistic photography entry which has been digitally altered should have a title. On the Photography Official Entry Form write the title of the photograph along with 2-4 sentences describing the theme of the picture.