Art Rules

Please click the button to the right for each rule in arts category.

Arts General Rules
  • When an event has a spending limit and requires that receipts be provided (Crafts, Doll Costume, Gingerbread House, Needlework, Original Model, T-Shirt), it is acceptable to use items that you already have at home (e.g., flour for your gingerbread house, fabric for your doll costume, etc.), but you MUST include with your receipts a written statement explaining which items you already had on hand along with documentation of the approximate price you would have had to pay for those items had you actually purchased them (e.g., a clipping from a store’s weekly sales flyer, a price quote from an online retailer, ebay, Craig’s List, etc. — not a random number that you pulled out of the air). The value of any such items DOES count toward your spending limit.  Additionally, students must include identifying information on their project.  If a student does not include the requested information, there will be a 10 point deduction to the cumulative score.
Critique Sheets and Art Entry Slips

Please click the link below to download the art entry slips and critique sheet. 
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Arts Entry Forms 

Crafts

Club Album

Digital Logo Design 

Doll Costume

Gingerbread House(Traditional and Non-Traditional)

Kit Model

Needlework

Painting (Black/White,Oils&Acrylic/ Pastel/Watercolors)

Photo Essay

Photography

Poster Design

Original Models

Schulwappen

Shirt Design

Video Show

Club Album

Entry Limit:  One album per school: may be an individual or group project

The album may be dated from the day of the previous year’s Regional Contest (usually the first Saturday in February) until the day before the current year’s Regional Contest (usually the first Saturday in February).  It should include pictures, articles, artifacts, etc., concerning activities of the German Club.  Size and format is open to the choice of the contestants.  Originality is strongly encouraged.  This should not just be a photo album, but rather a record of the German Club activities.

Crafts

Entry Limit: Three crafts per school: may be individual or group projects.Only one craft may go on to State

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

A craft is the creation of something new and unique.  It should be representative of a style or genre, without being a copy of a specific item; however, it must relate to German culture.  Contestants must build all projects from scratch.  No kits. The craft must be clearly named, e.g. Dom, Kuckucksuhr, Trachtenhut, etc. and it should include a backdrop or diorama.  Project should include some form of documentation showing the style or genre that the student is trying to use, e.g. gothic cathedrals, Black Forest cuckoo clock, Bavarian-style hat, etc.  Possible entries are by no means limited to examples cited within these rules.  Documentation should include appropriate citation of sources.  Photos of the various stages of the creation process would also be helpful to the judges in determining if the project was actually constructed by the contestant(s).  Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Digital Logo Design

Entry Limit:  One entry per school: may be an individual or group project

Size Limits and Formats:  1 – 2 megabytes; 2400 x 2000 px;  .jpg, .gif, or .pdf

Note:  The 1st Place logo from Sprachfest will be used for any print or digital material, including the website for the following year.

The logo must be German related and some element of the design must relate to German contest.  The logo may be animated or still.  All images within the design must be original artwork and/or photos designed by or taken by the contestant(s).  Image(s) taken from Internet or any other source is unacceptable.  Contestant(s) may use pictures they have taken from prior contest years; however, no student faces may be visible.  There must be at least 5 different German words within the design.  Logos must be submitted on a standard USB drive (labeled with contestant name) and put in a 4” x 7” padded envelope.  Nothing should be on the drive except the submitted entry and double-check that there are no viruses!

Doll Costume

Entry Limit: Two dolls per school: may be an individual or group project – Dolls must be submitted by 2 separate contestants or groups of contestants

Doll Size Limits:  12 inches – 36 inches tall; Barbie-doll-size costumes are unacceptable.

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

The costume may be representative of traditions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, or Liechtenstein but must be a student-made folk costume for a doll.  The doll itself may be hand-made or store bought.  Contestant(s) must include a backdrop, which contains information about the costume and the place it represents.  Documentation should include appropriate citation of sources.  Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Gingerbread House

Entry Limit:  One house of each style, per school (may be an individual or group project):  Non-traditional, Traditional

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

Size Limits:  Length and width of primary structure:  minimum 9″ per dimension, maximum 24″ per dimension; height: 24″ max. (Measurements will be made from wall to wall with a 1/2″ variance.)  Length and width of base: maximum 36” per dimension. 

There are two categories, in which each school may enter:  traditional houses (like the Hänsel and Gretel house) and non-traditional houses (such as tree houses, shoe houses, castles, churches, etc.).  Contestant(s) must build all houses from scratch.  No kits.  Use any recipe.  The entire entry must be edible, except for the base.  The primary house or structure must have a roof on it.  Photos of the actual building of the house would be helpful to the judges in determining if the house was actually built by the contestant(s). Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Kit Model

Entry Limit: 3 models per school.Not a state qualifying event.

The models must be related to a German speaking country and exhibited in a diorama.Workmanship,attention to detail and accuracy are important.

Needlework

Entry Limit:  Two entries per school:  may be an individual or a group project – entries must be submitted by 2 separate contestants or groups of contestants

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

Only hooked rugs, embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, or quilting are allowed.  Everything must be related to a German theme, such as state or national symbols of German-speaking areas, landscapes, folk traditions, fairy tales, proverbs, etc.   Needlework should include some brief form of documentation either depicting an image that was replicated and/or the German relevance.  Documentation should include appropriate citation of sources.  Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Original Models

Entry Limit: Three models per school: may be individual or group projects.Only one model may go on to State.

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

An original model is a re-creation of a specific object that exists or existed in a German-speaking country or is/was a German-Texan structure.  Contestants must build all projects from scratch.  No kits.  The model must be clearly named, e.g. Kölner Dom, Brandenburger Tor, Bavarian Battle Helmet, etc and it should include a backdrop or diorama.  Project should include some form of documentation as to how the original structure/object looked, from various angles if possible.  Documentation should include appropriate citation of sources.  Photos of the various stages of construction would also be helpful to the judges in determining if the project was actually constructed by the contestant(s).  Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Painting

Entry Limit: A school may have 3 entries in each medium, but an individual student may enter only one piece of art in each medium.

All art must represent something Germanic. Although a participant may paint a beautiful apple, it would not be considered eligible. The art may be original or a copy of a painting or a picture. If the artwork is a copy, a picture of the original must accompany the entry.  If the art is original, its connection to a Germanic theme must be documented. If it is a landscape, please document the location in a German speaking country. If it is a portrait, please identify the subject and his/her relationship to German.

There are three categories: Oil and Acrylics, Pastels and Watercolors, and Black and White.These three categories do not go to State.

Photo Essay

Entry LimitThree photo essays per school:  may be an individual or group projects.Only one photo essay may go on to State.

Photo Limits: 10 – 20 photos

Photos must be originals taken by the contestant(s).  Photos may be either black-and-white or color, or a combination of both.  Any size photo is acceptable.  Photos must be mounted on only ONE sheet of poster board (22″ by 26″).  The photos may concern any subject, but they must be accompanied by a narrative story in German.  The story should be written on the poster board next to or under each of the pictures.

Photography

Entry Limit:Three entries per school: Entries consist of a single student’s work – NO group entries.  Photos must be submitted by three separate contestants. Only two entries may go on to State.

Size Limits:  5” X 7” minimum

Entries consist of 1 photograph, which may include only one image or multiple images.  Image(s) must be original and taken by the contestant.  Image(s) taken from Internet or any other source is/are un acceptable.  Image(s) may be either black-and-white or color, or a combination of both. Photo must be matted and/or framed.  The photo must have a German theme, which may be candid or staged.  The name of the contestant, the school, and the city must be on the back of the matte/frame.  For all images used, additional documentation must include  4” X 6” original, unaltered photo(s) indicating when and where taken .

Poster Design

Entry Limit:  One entry per school: may be an individual or group project

Size Limit:  One piece of poster board, 22″ by 26″

The poster may be about any German related topic.  There must be at least 10 different German words on the poster, or at least 10 words forming a complete German sentence or phrase.  Posters must be made by hand-drawing and/or with hand-made extras.  No computer-made posters will be accepted.

Schulwappen

Entry Limit:  One entry per school

Rules:  

The Schulwappen must be on a standard poster sheet. It needs to follow basic rules of heraldry:

  • Shield form
  • Appropriate pictures and colors to support school motto
  • A school motto of at least 5 German words

With the Schulwappen, students must include the meaning of the pictures and the colors. This should be on a separate sheet and may be written in German or English.

 

Shirt Design

Entry Limit:  One entry per school: may be an individual or group project

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

No German Club shirts.  The design of the shirt should be German related.  All words must be in German, with a minimum of 5 different words – no maximum .  Design must be artistically hand-designed, i.e., no store bought decals.  The design may be silk-screened, copied, or painted.  For the design to be eligible, it must be on a shirt or sweatshirt.  Receipts for the shirt and the supplies must be provided with the entry.

Video Show

Entry Limit: One video per school: At least 6 contestants must be included in the video.

Time Limits:  6 – 15 minutes

Video may be an original screenplay or a documentary and may not include animation. This may not be a video of your play, skit, puppet show, or duet pieces.  The video should be submitted on a standard DVD.  A DVD-player and TV will be provided at contest.  No European formats, please!  All dialogue must be in German.  One student from the group must be present at the designated time of judging with a backup method of viewing the video.  The video and three copies of the script should be in a 9 X 12 manila envelope, clearly marked with the title of the video, the name of school, the city, and the teacher’s name.  This envelope should be turned in to the designated room by 9:00 a.m. on the day of contest.  Judging includes originality, German dialogue, and the professional quality of the video presentation. Creativity is encouraged.

Upcoming

Winterfest

Feb. 2, 2019 
Jasper High School
6800 Archgate Dr
Plano,TX  75024     
Site Director: Jillian Reilly      Jillian.Reilly@pisd.edu

Jan. 12, 2019
Online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (early-bird deadline).

Jan. 19, 2019
Online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline).

Sportfest

Nov. 10, 2018
Trinity High School           

500 N Industrial
Euless,TX  76039     

Site Director :Hildegard Lombardo Hildegardlombardo@
hebisd.edu

More Important Dates

Feb. 23, 2019
Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos

Mar. 8, 2019
Gail Cope Scholarship applications due

April 26, 2019
Teacher Grant applications due

February 22, 2020
Texas State German Contest 2020

Contact Us

Winterfest
Beth Smith
fraubeth@att.net
Winterfest Mailing Address
328 High Brook Drive
Richardson, TX 78080


Site Director: Jillian Reilly      Jillian.Reilly@pisd.edu

TSGC Mailing Address
Texas State German Contests, Inc.
PO Box 2043
Boerne, TX 78006

Onsite Directors
Kayla Hill & Dr. Ewa Siwak
Dept. of Modern Languages
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666