Oil or Acrylic Painting

Oil or Acrylic Painting (six entries per school)
1. The medium may be either oil or acrylic paint.
2. Use of an airbrush is not permitted.
3. The painting is to be done on canvas, canvas board, bristol board, or wood.

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
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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