Samantha Hebel, New London High School Drawing long Term Prompt: Create an atypical superhero (which is your alter-ego) referencing the style of Stan Lee and early Marvel comics as you develop your imagery. Your drawing should include the following three scenes: You at your typical space/environment, one transforming into your atypical superhero, and one of the superhero in their lair
The 2013 State Visual Arts Classic competition took place at UW- Madison on Friday April 12th. Students from across the great state of Wisconsin took part in individual and team events, using their artistic skills to creatively solve the prompts that were given to them. A few of the outstanding Long Term projects that earned first place awards at State VAC are featured in this article. Samantha Hebel from New London High School, coached by Bob Smith, won a first place medal for her drawing solution. Carly Goedhart from Northwestern High School, coached by Amy Mack and Charles Hessel, was awarded a first place rating for her printmaking project. Erica Rich of the West Salem district, coached by Quenten Brown, earned a first place award for her ceramic vessel. These three students are just a small sampling of the outstanding artwork that was showcased this year at the State VAC competition.
The top three teams in the Art History Quiz Bowl are the following: 1st Place- New Lisbon High School, coached by Cindy Costello, 2nd Place- Waukesha South High School, coached by Mike Foster, Theresa Leal, and Allison Olson, 3rd Place- Marshall High School, coached by Elizabeth Schlieger. The top three teams for the Team Critical Thinking competition are as follows: 1st Place – Lincoln High School, coached by Dana Rice, 2nd Place- West Salem High School, coached by Quenten Brown, and 3rd Place- Hortonville High School, coached by Gail Draeger. The subsequent teams were ranked as the top three Overall Teams at this year’s VAC State competition: 1st Place - Lincoln High School, coached by Dana Rice, 2nd Place- Waukesha South High School, coached by coached by Mike Foster, Theresa Leal, and Allison Olson, and 3rd Place- West Salem High School, coached by Quenten Brown.
This year’s VAC competition was successful because of the many judges from across the state that volunteered their time to critique the Onsite and Long Term projects, the coaches who put in endless hours preparing their students for the Regional and State events, all of the colleges and universities that hosted the eight VAC Regionals, the organization and dedication of the Regional Chairs, Terri Marche and Doug Marschalek of UW-Madison who once again hosted the State VAC Competition, the hard work of the State VAC Chairs and Contacts, the School Districts that recognize the importance of allowing their students compete in VAC, and most importantly the students who brought their energy and enthusiasm for art. Thank you once again to all who helped make this event a positive experience for Wisconsin’s aspiring artists.
Carly Goedhart from Northwestern High School Printmaking Long Term Prompt: Research WWII propaganda posters which used stereotypes to convey a message. Using this knowledge create a 2 to 3 color propaganda poster that focuses on a contemporary global issue. The final poster should integrate text and image.
Erica Rich from West Salem High School Ceramics Long Term Prompt: Review the tie downs created by Don Reitz. Create a vessel or urn form that has a tied down lid. Select a stereotype that contains you and create a bas-relief on the surface of the form to give a hint of the stereotype that is contained within the vessel.
The Visual Arts Classic is a great way to have your students use their learning and innovation skills, because VAC focuses on critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. These are skills that are highly sought after in businesses that want to meet the needs of an ever-changing society.
While working on their Long Term projects, prior to the Regional, students will devise a number of solutions to the prompt that is provided for their studio area. The prompts are unique problems that will challenge students to use conventional art materials in new ways. Students will create a written statement that supports their solution to the Long Term prompt. At the Regional competition students will use the materials they were asked to bring to solve the Onsite prompt in their chosen studio area. Students will quickly brainstorm possible answers to the Onsite prompt and then construct a high quality piece of art with the limited materials. The students will also compose a statement that justifies their aesthetic choices for their Onsite project.
During group critiques on the Long Term and Onsite studio projects students will examine the artwork of other students as well as their own art. This art analysis session allows students to learn how to refine their own artwork in the future, accept constructive criticism from their peers, and how to provide positive feedback to their peers. The critiques also offer students the opportunity to be evaluated by professional artists in an amenable environment.
During the Team Critical Thinking Competition students will work with their teammates to develop a presentation using only the listed materials. Students will use written, verbal, and nonverbal communication while creating their solution to the Critical Thinking problem. Students are evaluated not only on the final presentation but on their ability to listen, accept, and consider all the ideas brought forth in their group during the development stage.
The Team Art History Quiz Bowl pushes students to learn more about the twelve selected artists by having them research the life and artwork of each of the artists prior to the competition. Students will share what they have learned about the artists with their teammates in preparation for the Quiz Bowl. Students work together at the Quiz Bowl to decide on one answer for each question, in this fast paced event.
Have your students start working on developing their 4C’s, by establishing your own VAC team today. Please visit our web page at http://www.wiarted.org/visioneer-design-challenge.html or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Students and coaches,
Quiz Bowl questions are due to Diane Urban, VAC Quiz Bowl Chair, by Sunday January 20, 2013. Please email the questions, answers, and sources that you utilize to develop each question to Diane at email@example.com. It is advantageous for your team to create Quiz Bowl questions as they may be used the Regional and State Quiz Bowl Competitions. Please create questions that use the artist name as the answer or other relevant information related to this year’s artists, Questions that are based on images related to this year’s artist or their artwork are encouraged, as long as the image and source of the image is provided. Please refer to the 2013 study guide, located under the organizational materials of the Regional Documents for sample questions. Please do not send true/false questions.
Thanks in advance,
Danielle Penney, B.F.A., M.A.
Visual Arts Classic State Chair, WAEA
Visual Arts Classic Workshop at the Milwaukee Art Museum
Feb 5 & 6, 2013 (choose one date), 12:45–2:30 PM
Prepare your Visual Arts Classic team with a workshop at the Museum. Students will explore the history and context of works of art that either relate to or are by artists in this year's competition theme. (Please note: Many, but not all, of the artists in the theme are represented in the Museum’s Collection.)
12:45-2:00 PM Docent-Led Tour Students will participate in a 1 hour, 15 minute long docent-led tour linking real works of art to the competition theme. They will have the special opportunity to visit the Herzfeld Study Center and view works on paper in a curatorial area that is normally closed to the public.
2:00-2:30 PM Self-Guiding Time Since many VAC groups visit from out-of-town and this is their first visit to the Museum, this year we are including self-guide time for groups to explore the Museum further. Note that a chaperone must still accompany students on this portion. Our docents will assist in pointing your group to areas of particular interest to you. Teachers might use this time to allow students to take photographs, look more closely at works shown on the tour, synthesize your visit, or begin any special projects you are leading as VAC Coach.
$4 per student, 1 chaperone per 10 students required
Register online at http://mam.org or call 414-224-3842.
Contact: Chelsea Kelly, Milwaukee Art Museum School and Teacher Programs Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org
As teachers and Visual Arts Classic coaches we strive to design projects that will not only build our students knowledge of a wide range of mediums and allow them to express themselves creatively, but also give them a greater understanding of art history. I will be using my summer travels to Ireland, France, and England as a source for new curriculum. I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of one of the 13 Fund For Teachers Fellowships that were awarded in the state of Wisconsin. Through my fellowship experience I was able to study the art and architecture of the Middle Ages, in order to revamp my current Middle Ages Unit. As I continue to create and revise lessons I will share them on the WAEA website. It is important for us as teachers and coaches to continue to find inspiration from the art that surrounds us and to share our excitement for art and creative processes with our students.
This year the prompts will be designed around the theme Art and Stereotypes. We will have a list of artists and cultures posted on the VAC portion of the WAEA website. The following people were instrumental in making our June planning meeting a success: Robert Smith, Jim Dietz, Judy Grochowski, Nancy Walker Zabler Beth Schlieger, Dani Graf, Kyle Clemins, Leah Wood, and John-Paul Butcher. Nancy Walker Zabler and Judy Grochowski have stepped down from their roles in facilitating VAC at the State level and will be greatly missed for their wisdom and energy that they have provided to VAC for so many years.
Thankfully three more teachers have stepped up to work at the State level, Beth Schlieger from Whitewater High School, Shannon Kamm from Baldwin High School, and John-Paul Butcher from Osseo-Fairchild High School. Shannon is taking on the role of registration chair and will be more than happy to send each coach the Long-Term prompts once she has your registration check and has confirmed that your WAEA/NAEA membership is up to date. You can help accelerate your VAC registration by emailing Shannon a copy of your current WAEA/NAEA membership email@example.com. John-Paul will be coordinating the judges for State VAC, so if you or someone that you know are interested in judging please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Shannon will be working with me to make sure that the gallery and Critical Thinking Competition are run smoothly and she can be contacted at email@example.com. Once again Diane Urban will serve as our Quiz Bowl Chair. Students may send their Quiz Bowl questions, answers, and sources to Diane at firstname.lastname@example.org, this is a great advantage for each team as their questions may be used in either the Regional or State level Quiz Bowls. The State VAC planning committee expects to have the prompts ready at the beginning of the school year.
For those of you who are not familiar with VAC, it is a competition for High School students that encourages team building skills through the Critical Thinking and Quiz Bowl competitions, allows students compete individually in one of eleven studio categories, and allows them to have fun while learning more about art history and studio production. We currently have eight regional competitions, located throughout the state, where students will participate for the opportunity to compete at the VAC State competition on Friday April 12, 2013. Regional dates will be posted on the website as they become available. If you are a division three, four, or five school you may have up to two eighth grade students on your team. If you have any questions about VAC 2012 or if you are interested in starting a team at your high school please do not hesitate to contact me, Danielle Penney, at email@example.com.
Visual Arts Classic[VAC] Blog
VAC Contact Information:
Please direct all questions about the prompts to:
VAC Prompt Chair
Please send registration, checks and membership information to:
VAC Registration Chair
Mia van der Paardt
1003 Tiffany Street
Boyceville, WI 54725
715.643.3647 ext. 421
If you are interested in judging State VAC this year, plase contactState judges contact:
State Judges Contact
Please send your quiz bowl questions with answers and sources to:
VAC Quiz Bowl Chair