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. Note (Aug 2021): Critique sheets for online events have not yet been updated. All other critique sheets are up-to-date for Winterfest 2022.

By submitting an entry, you give permission for Winterfest and the Texas State German Contest to use your photograph for informational and/or publicity purposes.

Arts Entry Forms 

Crafts

Club Album

Digital Logo Design 

Doll Costume

Gingerbread House (Traditional and Non-Traditional)

Kit Model

Needlework

Painting (Black/White, Oils/Acrylics, Pastels/Watercolors)

Photo Essay

Photography

Poster Design

Original Models

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 per school 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 or model of an existing item or structure; however, it must relate to German culture.  Contestants must create 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, crocheted article in Bavarian colors, 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

This event is submitted and judged virtually. The entry is due one week prior to contest day. 

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

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. 

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

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. All visible elements of the project 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. This event does not qualify for State.

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 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 per school 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

There are three categories: Oil and Acrylics, Pastels and Watercolors, and Black and White. Painting events do not qualify for State.

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.

Photo Essay

This event is submitted and judged virtually. The entry is due one week prior to contest day. 

Entry Limit: Three photo essays per school; may be an individual or group project. Only one photo essay per school may go on to State.

Photo Limits: 10 – 20 photos

Format: .pdf

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. Student(s) may arrange photos and text digitally and convert the file to a PDF for submission, or mount photos and text on one sheet of poster board (22″ by 26″), take pictures, and create a PDF for submission. The photos may concern any subject, but they must be accompanied by a narrative story in German. The story should be on the next to or under each of the pictures. Your submission must be a single PDF. The first page of the PDF must include your name(s), school, the name of the event (“Photo Essay”), and the title of your entry. Subsequent pages should contain your pictures and accompanying story.

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.

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

This event is submitted and judged virtually. The entry is due one week prior to contest day. 

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

Time Limits:  6 – 15 minutes

Format: .pdf

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.  All dialogue must be in German. Judging includes originality, German dialogue, and the professional quality of the video presentation. Creativity is encouraged. Your submission must be a single PDF. The PDF must include your name(s), school, the name of the event (“Video Show”), the title of your video, the script, and MOST IMPORTANTLY, THE HYPERLINK to the YouTube/Vimeo video of your performance.