Graphic Art

General Rules:

  1. Each student may submit up to four (4) entries
  2. No names are to appear on the entries. All contestants will be given a form and number by which to designate their entries (at the registration table), and will be registered under the student’s TSJCL school and student ID code.
  3. All entries must have a classical theme. This is defined as a Greek/Roman, classical mythology, or classical historical theme.
  4. Do not use any copyrighted characters or ideas unless you submit a copy of written permission from the holder of the copyright as detailed below. If you use copyrighted material without permission, your project will be disqualified. This includes digital scrapbooks and multimedia projects.
    1. If the work or idea you want to use was first published after 1922, it is probably protected by copyright. You must obtain permission in writing and submit it with your project. We will accept e-mails. Start early. It sometimes takes months to get permission. If the work or idea you want to use was published after 1922 and is NOT under copyright, you need to supply written proof of its copyright status as well.
    2. Fair Use is the right to use portions of copyrighted materials for purposes of education, commentary or parody. You may use or display digital images in connection with presentations. An educational multimedia presentation may include:
      1. up to 10% or 1,000 words, whichever is less, of a copyrighted text work, but no more than three poems by one poet, or five poems by different poets from any anthology.
      2. up to 10%, but no more than 30 seconds, of the music and lyrics from an individual musical work.
      3. up to 10% or three minutes, whichever is less, of a copyrighted motion media work (e.g. an animation, video or film image)
      4. a photograph or illustration in its entirety but no more than five images by an artist or photographer or no more than 10% or 15 images, whichever is less, from a published collective work.
  5.  For more detailed explanations, see: and
  6. Art contest entries will be brought to the convention. Entries may not be picked up until after the time designated in the convention program. TSJCL assumes no responsibility for the artwork not picked up at the end of the convention.
  7. Art entries MUST be accompanied by this TSJCL note card: Please note that the sponsor’s signature is required – failure to include signature will result in disqualification. A template of this index card will be available at the conventions.
  8. All 2-d art MUST have sturdy backing/stiff matting unless it is painted on canvas. Entries not meeting this requirement will be penalized 10 points.
Judging Criteria
Use of Medium/Degree of Skill: 20%
Creativity/Originality: 30%
Neatness: 10%
Interpretation of Classical Theme: 30%
Overall Effect: 10%
  1. Watercolor OR pastels
    1. Only one of the following forms of media may be used:
      Watercolor or pastels
    2. Entries must be stiff-matted. No frames/glass allowed.
  2. Monochromatic Drawing
    1. Only one of the following forms of media may be used:
      pencil, charcoal, or ink
    2.  Entries must be stiff-matted. No frames/glass allowed.
  3. Polychromatic Drawing
    1. Only one of the following forms of media may be used:
      colored pencils or ink
    2. Entries must be stiff-matted. No frames/glass allowed.
  4. Oil Paint OR Acrylic Paint
    1. Only one of the following forms of media may be used:
      Oil paint or acrylic paint
    2. Entries must be stiff-matted or on canvas. No frames/glass allowed.
  5.  Mosaics
    1.  Suggested media: sequins, colored glass, beads, etc.
    2. No kits may be used.
  6. Mixed Media
    1. Two-dimensional art will be placed in this category if it combines two or more groups.
    2.  Excludes all three-dimensional media.
    3.  Entries must be stiff-matted. No frames/glass allowed.
  7.  Sculpture
    1.  Should be handmade only, no molds.
    2.  Hint-generally a single medium: starting with one piece and modifying it to form a representation of a living entity.
    3.  Also includes bas-relief, intaglio, and in-the-round.
  8.  Pottery
    1. Pottery should be a handmade container (vase, jar, urn, etc.)
    2. N.B. The vessel must be made by the student.
  9.  Models
    1.  Should be actual three-dimensional representation of an object not a flat picture, and may be any size.(a reproduction of a building, chain mail, etc.)
    2. No kits may be used; must be made by the student.
    3. It is generally a representation of an inanimate object.
    4. No part of the model may be produced by a 3D Printer.
  10.  Electronic Artwork
    1. Contest entries in this category include images created or enhanced by any electronic device that manipulates or enhances images and is not a component of a digital camera.
    2. Entries must be stiff-matted. No frames/glass allowed.
    3. Entries must be 4” x 6” to 81⁄2 ” x 11” in size.
  11.  Miscellaneous (One entry per school is permitted.)
    1.  Projects that do not fall into the above categories should be entered here.
    2.  Artwork which fits into another category will not be accepted in this category.
    3. Suggested products: dolls, decorative stitching, and jewelry.