The deadline is fast approaching for homeschoolers who want to enter this year’s Home School Legal Defense Association’s (HSLDA) art contest.
Deadline to submit entries: February 1st
Here are the 2010 Guidelines:
What should students submit?
Students must submit a piece of artwork which, through the art, defines the appropriate word below:
Category 1: Trustworthy
Category 2: Tranquil
Category 3: Tenacious
Themes were chosen to leave a lot of room for students’ imagination and interpretation. Students are to come up with their own ideas of what best defines the given theme. Students do not have to actually include the word or any text by way of answer in their artwork. The word is meant to be the inspiration and theme behind whatever image students decide to portray. Judges love when a student comes up with something they themselves had not thought of before.
Your entry must be original and appropriate for public display to our homeschooling audience (which is not meant to limit your creativity or choice of subject; for example, you are free to choose a serious or deep subject, such as suffering).
Who can enter?
Category 1: Homeschoolers ages 7 to 10 as of January 1, 2010.
Category 2: Homeschoolers ages 11 to 14 as of January 1, 2010.
Category 3: Homeschoolers ages 15 to 19 as of January 1, 2010.
For the purposes of this contest, an eligible student must have been home educated in the past year and received a majority of his or her education in the past year through home education.
What media/format should be used?
1. Flat, two-dimensional, artwork less than one-quarter-inch thick, not including mat or frame (drawing, painting, mixed media, etc.)
2. Completely original hand-done artwork (no tracing, photography, or computer-generated artwork).
For those pieces that make it to the final round:
3. All work must be matted and/or framed with a simple and lightweight matte or frame and have wire or other hanging hardware attached ready for hanging.
4. Maximum size including matting and framing is 48 by 48 inches. There is no minimum size.
5. It is highly recommended that you use plexi-glass rather than glass in the framing. We have received damaged artwork before from glass shattering in the mail. HSLDA cannot be held responsible for artwork damaged in the mail.
How much is the entrance fee?
1. $10.00—HSLDA Member Discounted Entry Fee
2. $15.00—Regular Entry Fee
1. One entry per person
2. Entries must include a completed and signed entry form (attached).
3. Entries must include an entry fee (only check or money order).
4. Preliminary entries must include an 8-by-10-inch color photograph, 8½-by-11-inch color copy, or 8½-by-11-inch color digital print of the artwork. Preliminary entries will not be returned. Do not send the original artwork—only submissions in one of the above media will be accepted.
5. Finalists will be contacted by the contest coordinator and must send in the actual artwork that was presented in the preliminary entry. Finalists will be instructed on how to submit their artwork for the final round.
Attn: Art Contest
One Patrick Henry Circle
Purcellville, VA 20132-3197
What is the Timeline for the contest?
1. Preliminary entries will be received after January 1 and must be postmarked no later than February 1, 2010.
2. Preliminary judging will take place in mid-February.
3. Finalists in each category will be selected and notified by letter and/or email in early March.
4. Final entries from finalists must be received by March 15, 2009.
5. Final judging will take place in late March or early April.
6. Winners will be notified by letter, and/or email or phone and announced on HSLDA’s contest website and e-lert service by late April, 2010.
7. Final entries will be on loan to HSLDA and may be displayed at HSLDA for one year.
What about judging?
1. A panel of judges selected by HSLDA will judge both the preliminary and final rounds.
2. Pieces will be judged on originality, creativity, and adherence with the theme.
3. The decision of the judges is final.
Prizes for Each Category?
Honorable Mentions (2)
Other information about the contest?
1. Proceeds from the contest will go to the Home School Foundation’s Special Needs Children Fund.
2. HSLDA has the right to use reproduction of entered artwork at its discretion.
3. All judgments are final and interpretations of the guidelines are at HSLDA’s sole discretion.
Please contact the Contest Coordinator at email@example.com with any questions.
See past winners: 2009 2008
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