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Architecture

Plans for and models of structures and outdoor spaces.

Examples may include but are not limited to: Building designs, landscape designs, interior designs, urban plans. Can include 2D work such as hand-drawn sketches, computer-aided designs, blueprints, and floor plans, OR 3D work such as scale models made from foam core, balsa wood, cardboard, wooden blocks, polystyrene, found or reused objects, etc.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Only one (1) original project may be submitted. The project must be the creation of the competing contestant, rather than a replication of another architect’s design.

  • Six (6) copies of a typed 8-½ inch by 11-inch double-spaced paper must accompany the project. The content of the paper, which should not exceed five (5) pages, should include overall statement of goals and processes, design objectives, the history of the project and execution of the project. The student’s name, page number and branch must be on the top of each page. The six (6) copies of the paper must be submitted on or before the deadline specified.

  • Blueprints of the project must be 24 x 36 inches in length or width. The contestant must also submit a site plan, floor plan, a minimum of two (2) elevations and a section of the design at appropriate scale.

  • Contestants are required to conduct a minimum five (5) minutes oral presentation, explaining his/her project. This time limit does not include the time required for the judges to ask questions and the contestant to respond to the judges.

  • Contestants are required to construct a scaled model of his or her project. (Display tables and electricity will be provided by the national office.)

  • Contestants must submit a Verification form from a qualified architect with an earned professional degree or license. This person can also serve as a coach, working closely with the student during the course of the project to ensure the accuracy of the student’s research and qualification for entry.

  • Gold medalists advancing to the National Competition level will be required to upload images of their entries to a designated site.

NOTE: The deadline for submission of National registration documents is the first Friday in May. No materials or copies will be accepted at the National Competition

Contestants Will Be Judged By The Following Criteria:

  • Complexity of Project/Originality (15 pts.)

  • Planning and Space Concepts (10 pts.)

  • Aesthetics (10 pts.)

  • Consistency and Validity of Design Concepts (10 pts.)

  • Drawings (15 pts.)

    • Quality of line work,

    • Organization of drawings

  • Model (10 pts.)

    • Workmanship, Scale

    • Site Analysis/Design (15 pts.)

  • Construction Materials/Methods of Construction (5 pts.)

    • Written Statement (5 pts.)

  • Explaining Project, Establishing Parameters

    • identifying Project Limitations and Design Objectives

  • Verbal Presentation (5 pts.)

Drawing

The art of representing forms and figures on a surface by means of lines executed by hand or computer (digital) generated processes.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Only one (1) project can be submitted.

  • The National Office will provide easels.

  • The contestant is required to make an oral presentation, which will not exceed three (3) minutes, explaining the methods or techniques used in developing the project. Mounting and matting is preferred.

  • The submission should be no larger than 36 inches by 48 inches. Framing is optional.

  • The oral presentation must not exceed three (3) minutes.

  • Gold medalists advancing to the National Competition level will be required to upload images of their entries to a designated site.

NOTE: The deadline for submission of National registration documents is the first Friday in May. No materials or copies will be accepted at the National Competition

Contestants Will Be Judged By The Following Criteria:

  • Composition (20 pts)

  • Line/Form (20 pts)

  • Presentation (20 pts)

  • Technique/Craftsmanship (20 pts)

  • Theme (20 pts)

** A portion reprinted with permission from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers**

Filmmaking

The art and process of making motion pictures.

REQUIREMENTS:
Film

  1. Only one (1) film is to be entered.
  2. The running time of the film must not exceed five (5) minutes.
  3. A storyboard or project theme must be associated with the film

Please Note: Storyboards are NOT stills taken from the film, rather they are original drawings, sketches, etc. completed PRIOR to the execution of the film.

  1. Only one (1) film is to be entered in DVD format.
  2. The running time for the film must not exceed five (5) minutes.
  3. A playback unit will be provided.
  4. Films should be submitted on a single DVD packaged in a standard 5 1/4 x 7 1/2 plastic DVD case. Do not put labels on the DVD
  5. DVD’s must be compatible with standard set-top DVD players.

Do not simply burn a QuickTime or AVI file to a disc as data. This may render your film unplayable. Make sure your disc plays in a standard DVD player before you submit your entry.

NOTE:  The deadline for submission of national registration documents is the first Friday in May.  No materials or copies will be accepted at the National Competition

Contestants will be judged by the following criteria:

  • Creative (25 pts)
  • Storyboard  (10 pts) - how effectively did the competitor execute the ideas presented on the storyboard in their piece?
  • Originality  (15 pts)- Did the competitor try to challenge him/her self to do something different and interesting. Did they have a new and interesting way of retelling an old story/concept?
  • Creativity of approach or concept
  • Production (35 pts)
  • Direction/Structure  (25 pts) – the use of camera, choice of shots to help convey the story, framing, camera movement, clarity of story

Use of light (10 pts)  – Are actors and/or environment lit effectively 

  • Sound (15 pts)
    1. Use of audio effects /music  (10 pts)
    2. Audibility (5pts) – Is dialogue audible.
  • Post Production (25 pts)
    1. Editing  (20 pts)– Approach in editing to tell the story more effectively.
    2. Titles (5 pts)

Painting

Art created by applying pigment on a two-dimensional surface with a brush, knife, or hand and/or the manipulation of digital processes with a computer

Examples include but are not limited to: Oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, tempera, ink, encaustic, fresco, spray paint, etc. applied on canvas, canvas board, paper or any flat surface.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • Only one (1) project can be entered.

  • The National Office will provide easels.

  • The contestant is required to make an oral presentation, which will not exceed three (3) minutes, explaining the methods or techniques used in developing the project.

  • The contestant must be available to answer questions from the judges.

  • The submission should be no larger than 36 inches by 48 inches. Framing is optional.

  • Gold medalists advancing to the National Competition level will be required to upload their entries to a designated site.

NOTE: The deadline for submission of National registration documents is the first Friday in May. No materials or copies will be accepted at the National Competition

Contestants Will Be Judged By The Following Criteria:

  •  Color (20 pts)

  • Composition (20 pts)

  • Craft (20 pts)

  • Line/Form (20 pts)

  • Theme (20 pts)

* A portion reprinted with permission from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers**

Photography

The process, art and technique of capturing images with an analog or digital camera

Examples include but are not limited to: Black and white photographs, color photographs, digital or analog photographs, photograms, other experimental photography, etc.

REQUIREMENTS:

  • No more than six (6) photographs can be submitted or one (1) collage of work.
  • The photographs and/or mounting boards must be no larger than 20x16 inches and mounted on white, black, or gray color boards.
  • The contestant is required to make a minimum three (3) minute oral presentation, explaining the methods or techniques used in developing the project.
  • The National Office will provide display tables.
  • Gold medalists advancing to the National Competition level will be required to upload their entries to a designated site.

NOTE: The deadline for submission of national registration documents is the first Friday in May. No materials or copies will be accepted at the National Competition

Contestants Will Be Judged By The Following Criteria:

  • Cleanness (25 pts.)
  • Composition (25 pts.)
  • Effective use of Light (25 pts.)
  • Theme (25 pts.)

* A portion reprinted with permission from the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers**

Sculpture

The art of making three-dimensional forms or designs.

REQUIREMENTS:

  •  Only one (1) project can be entered.
  • The National Office will provide display table space.
  • Each contestant is required to make an oral presentation explaining the methods or techniques used in developing the project not to exceed three (3) minutes.
  • Craft projects (i.e. ceramics, macramé, etc.) will not be accepted.
  • Gold medalists advancing to the National Competition level will be required to upload images of their entries to a designated site.

NOTE: The deadline for submission of national registration documents is the first Friday in May. No materials or copies will be accepted at the National Competition.

Contestants Will Be Judged By The Following Criteria:

  • Concept (20 pts.)
  • Composition (20 pts.)
  • Craftsmanship (20 pts.)
  • How well the medium was applied (20 pts.)
  • Dimensional Form (20 pts.)

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