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Crafts

Crafts (three entries per school)
1. A craft can be anything three dimensional that is not strictly a sculpture or a textile, and that conforms to rule #2.
2. Type of projects are limited to the following:
A. Jewelry making
B. Stained glass
C. Candle making
D. Flower arranging (only if the student has made the flowers) Decorative castings: Anything from a mold as long as the student pours it himself and places upon the base his personal mark. Cannot be painted with tempera paint.
E. Wearable art using applique, paints, batik, or tie-die items
F. Basketry: Made totally from scratch and enhanced in some manner
G. Jewelry: Using shrink art, copper enameling, paper mache, or paper sculpture on a specific carrier
H. Diorama: A scene or setting totally handcrafted by use of mixed-media, using no commercial parts
I. Painted designs on glass, wood, or metal objects
J. Woodburning
K. Sand art
L. Ribbon crafts (both paper and fabric)
M. Decoupage
3. No kits or commercially produced plans, or parts of such are acceptable. Purchased pin backs or earring backs for jewelry are acceptable.
4. Entries are to be original and handmade, not copied from a pattern. Containers and garments used for these projects may be purchased. Original student plans (sketches or patterns) must be included with the work.

General Rules for Art Categories
1. Each entry must be consistent with the purpose and standards of the MACS Festival as found in the General Information section.
2. Entries will not be restricted to sacred themes, but entries which reflect sensualism, humanism, occultism, or worldliness will be disqalified; basically, any subject detrimental to spiritual edification will not be allowed.
3. Each entry will be the original creation of the participant alone, but the participant may have had advice or instruction.
4. Each entry must have been created since the last MACS Festival.
5. Existing artwork or photographs may not be copied. Students should do original work based on subjects familiar to them, drawn or painted from imagination or from actual life.
6. It is recommended that two-dimensional works chosen for exhibit be framed or mounted and that three-dimensional works include an attached base if needed for exhibit.
7. Each student msut complete a judging form and sign the statement of originality.
8. Each entry must have attached to one of the judging forms a completed “Artist’s Idea Statement” which gives the source of his idea and explains briefly how he developed his art work from the idea.

General Information
Purpose.
The purpose of the Minnesota Association of Christian Schools Fine Arts Festival is to assist the youth of our Minnesota Christian Schools in developing their talents for the Lord’s service and to provide an opportunity for fellowship among our youth.

Eligibility. Students from MACS member schools who are in ninth grade (or equivalent) or above, and have not attained the age of 19 by September 1 of the current school year may compete. Students who are in the seventh and eighth grades may compete in the Orchestra/Band and Handbell categories.

Limitations. Only projects which were started since the last MACS Arts and Academic Festival may be entered for participation in the current festival. Students participating in the BIble/Speech Festival may enter up to four performance events. Students may take up to three writing or academic tests. Students participating in the Music/Arts Festival may participate in six performance events NOT including band and choir, and five non-performing events such as arts, photography, or science project.

Festival Ratings. The participants are evaluated by the following standard: Superior (95.5-100), Excellent (89.5-95.49), Good (84.5-89.49), and Fair (59.5-84.49). Any number of students in each event will award places rather than rating: Bible Quizzing, Bible Memory, Spelling, and Academic Test.

Awards. All students will receive certificates according to the rating they receive. Students who achieve superior ratings or first place in individual categories will also receive a medal. Large groups which receive a superior rating will receive trophies.

Dress, Grooming, and Conduct. It is expected that each participate will follow general MACS standards for dress. Given the nature of the festival this would include skirts or dresses to the middle of the knee for women and shirt with ties for men. Men should not have long hair in front or back. Eyes and ears must be clearly visible. Hair must not be below the natural hair line. Men should be clean-shaven with sideburns no longer than the middle of the ear. The conduct of participants is expected to meet the standard for believers in I Timothy 4:12. Patience, kindness, and good sportsmanship is the exemplary rule to follow at all times for all students, sponsors, parents, and visitors. Insubordination or disruptive behavior by any student, sponsor, parent, or visitor toward a judge or festival official will not be tolerated. Behavior which does not exemplify a Christian will be grounds for disqualification.

Photography Policy. No flash photography may be used during performance. Groups may pause a moment after performing if a flash photo is desired. Camcorders, video recorders, and non-flash still photos can be used only if the head judge in a competition room had granted permission.

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