Welcome to the 2012 – 2013 Program

Welcome to the 2012-2013 Inspirations Art Program. We are very excited by this years theme and know the students will create work that will astound us all. Here are a few notes to bear in mind as you conduct this program at your school.

The school level competition needs to be completed by 25 January 2013.The first and second place winners in each category and at each age level need to be sent to the school hosting your regional levels. The regional awards presentations will be held on 22 February 2013. The first and second place winners in each category and at each age level need to be sent to the school hosting the state levels. The state awards presentation will be held on 22 March 2013.
In order to make judging as impartial as possible please attach all entry forms to the bottom/back of the project. Names should not be visible until after the judging process is complete.  If the artist wrote their name on the front of the work please cover the name using a non-permanent method.
There is a $100.00 participation fee per school. This fee is used to purchase medals and trophies at the regional and state levels. The fee is due by 30 November 2012. Please send your fee to C.S. Lewis Academy, 364 N SR 198, Santaquin, UT 84655. Be sure to note with the payment that this is for the Inspirations Art Program. Let us know if you need a payment extension.
Please familiarize yourselves with the rules so you can pass on correct information to your students.  If you have any questions, please first consult the Frequently Asked Questions section of the blog.  If you still have questions you can either contact your school’s Inspirations representative or leave a comment by clicking on the word “comment” under the post and leave your question there.  Please include contact information and we will get back to you as soon as possible. 
We are looking for schools who would like to host either the regional levels or the state level of the competition. Please let us know if you are interested in being a hosting school.
Inspirations is a great program. With a little time and effort you will see your students shine and we promise you will learn from them and be amazed.
Thanks for all you do,
Reba Vest, Chantelle Ray & Liz Hine
Inspirations Art Program Director & Board

Photography Rules

PHOTOGRAPHY RULES
DESCRIPTION
A Photography
entry must be an original black-and-white or color image produced by a
photographic process.  The entry must
relate to the theme.
The entry can incorporate such
techniques as montage, multiple exposure, photographic collage, negative
sandwiches, and photo grams.  Images may
be manipulated conventionally by the student.  However, no digital manipulation is allowed.  Images should demonstrate the student’s
proper use of photographic techniques such as depth of field and exposure.  They can be made using various lenses,
filters, and light sources.  Photographs
with added graphics over the image, including lettering, are not acceptable.
Whether an entry uses a variety of
techniques or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the
student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.  Technique is less important than a
well-developed concept.
RETURN OF ARTWORK
Artwork return will be coordinated
through your school.  If you have any
questions please call your school.  We
will be returning Regional and State artwork at the Region/State assemblies.
PRESENTATION
*Print the entries on
paper or other two-dimensional material
*No digital
manipulation of any sort is allowed, including Photoshop.
*Mount all prints on a
cardboard mat, poster board, or some other sturdy material.
*Shrink-wrap or
transparent plastic covering is optional but highly recommended.
*Framed entries,
original film (negative or transparencies), and multi-dimensional pieces are
not accepted.
*Place the Official
Entry Form in a sheet protector and tape it to the back of the photograph, on
top
of the shrink-wrap if
used.
* There is no size
limit but if the piece advances to the region or state level then the artist’s
family must accept
responsibility for
transporting the art work for judging and awards nights.
*Keep a copy of your
work, DO NOT SEND US THE ONLY COPY.
*Students MUST adhere
to the general rules, as well as the Photography Rules.

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Theatre Rules

THEATRE RULES
DESCRIPTION
Students
submit original theatre work.  The
scripts must be the work of one playwright.  The playwright may or may not be
one of the performers.  It may not exceed
five minutes.  Costumes, make-up and
stage sets are not necessary.  However,
if costumes and stage sets are used, they must be conceptually created by the
individual student playwright creating the theatre work.  (Parents may supervise, but NOT create).   Submit DVD, computer disc or Flash Drive of
production along with script.  Script
must be typed or legibly handwritten.
Categories for theatre include:
-Individual Storytelling:
An original story performed orally
by the creator/storyteller.
-Mime
                A
performance of a play without words, using illusions and gestures, of a
character that expresses ideas and feelings through movement including
                                -who
they are, where they are and what they are doing.
-Monologue:
                A
dramatic soliloquy performed by one individual. 
The script must be original and performed by the creator of            the script.
-One Act:
                A
play that consists of only one act, with no long separation between scenes.  It must be written by one student and not
exceed 5 minutes.  The play may have up
to three actors.  If costumes, stage sets
and make-up are used, they must also be created by the individual student
playwright creating the theatre work.
LENGTH
Length
of entry must be between 1 minute and 5 minutes.  Performance tapes that exceed five
minutes or are shorter than one minute will not be judged.
PERFORMANCE
Students
are required to submit a video of their work. 
The creator may or may not perform in the play, but must write, direct,
block, costume, and dress the set themselves. 
Students are not required to perform live.
PRESENTATION
All age divisions must submit a DVD, computer disc or Flash Drive of their original performance along with the
script.
These cannot exceed five
minutes.  All
entries must be identified with the student’s name, grade division, address,
and the entry’s title.  The entry should
be packaged in a plastic or cardboard container (also identified with student’s
name, grade division, school, year and the entry’s title) with the script and
placed in a large manila envelope.  The
Official Entry Form must be secured to the outside of the envelope.  (We recommend that the Entry Form be placed
in a plastic sheet protector.) 
*Students
must adhere to the General Rules in addition
to the Theatre Rules. 

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Digital Arts

DIGITAL ART
DESCRIPTION
Students
create an original work using digital means. 
This includes digitally altered photos, 3-d images created through the use of a
computer program such as photoshop, carerra, DAZ Studio, or other 3-d
program.  It also includes any form of
computer manipulated imagery.  Image
collage is permitted.
RETURN OF ARTWORK
Artwork return will be coordinated
through your school.  If you have any
questions please call your school.  We
will be returning Regional and State artwork at the Region/State assemblies.
PRESENTATION
* There is no size
limit but if the piece advances to the region or state level then the artist’s
family must accept the responsibility for transporting the art work for judging
and awards nights.
*Entries may be submitted on paper
or on a CD.
*Mount all paper entries on sturdy
cardboard mats, but NOT in wooden, metal, plastic, or glass frames.  NO FRAMES OF ANY KIND WILL BE ACCEPTED.
*Shrink-wrapping is optional, but
highly recommended.
*Lamination is discouraged because
it can permanently damage the surface of the artwork.
*Place the Official Entry Form in a
sheet protector and tape it (with masking tape) to the back of the artwork on
top of the shrink-wrap.
*Keep a copy of your work, DO NOT
SEND US THE ONLY COPY.
*Students must adhere to the General
Rules as well as the Digital Art Rules.
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Visual Art Rules

VISUAL ART
DESCRIPTION
A Visual Arts entry
must by an original print, drawing, painting, collage, metal etching or punch
work, fiber work etc. that relates to the theme
Whether an entry uses a
variety of techniques or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how
well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.  Technique is less important than a
well-developed concept.
RETURN OF ARTWORK
Artwork return will be
coordinated through your school.  If you
have any questions please call your school. 
We will be returning entries competing at the Regional and State level at
the Region/State assemblies. 
PRESENTATION
*All art must be flat
and not exceed more than a 1/4 inch thickness from the surface of the art work. 
This includes all two-dimensional materials and images, including small,
flat items, such as string, fabric, and screening, which have maximum surface
contact with the face of the image. 
Nothing three-dimensional may extend off the surface of a work,
including noodles, beans, beads, and boxes.
*Art is not limited in
size, but must be able to be moved for display purposes.   If the
piece  is large and it advances to the
region or state level then the artist’s family must accept responsibility for
transporting the art work for judging and awards nights.
*Entries may be
submitted on paper, canvas board, cardboard, hot or cold press board, or canvas
(not to exceed 1/4 inch thickness).
*Mount all paper or
canvas entries on sturdy cardboard mats, but NOT in wooden, metal, plastic, or
glass frames.  NO FRAMES OF ANY KIND WILL
BE ACCEPTED.  Canvas stretched over a
wooden frame is not considered a frame and is acceptable.
*Shrink-wrapping is
optional, but highly recommended.
*Lamination is
discouraged because it can permanently damage the surface of the artwork.
*Place the Official
Entry Form in a sheet protector and tape it to the back of the artwork, on top
of the shrink-wrap, if used.
 *Students must adhere to the general rules, as
well as the Visual Arts Rules.
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3D Art Rules

3-D ART RULES
DESCRIPTION
3-D art
comprises any art form having length, breadth, and depth.  This includes visual arts that exceed the ¼
inch thickness rule.  Any of the
following are acceptable:
-Sculpture:
* Any medium that will hold up to
storage restrictions.
* Can be a combination of mediums.
* No loose pieces that can become
separated.
* No kits allowed.
-Jewelry:
* Can be made from any
material.  If chains or pin or earring
mounts are used, they can be purchased. 
All other aspects of the Jewelry need to be original from the
perspective of the artist.
* No kits allowed.
 -Arts:
* Can include mobiles, wind chimes,
kites, collages, dioramas, or visual arts entries that do not meet the
qualifications of thickness in the Visual Arts
category.
* No kits allowed.
-Ceramics:
* Must be created completely by the
students although they may receive help in firing if necessary.
* No kits allowed.
* No precast ceramics allowed.
* Must be created from scratch by
the artist.
PRESENTATION
*Art is not limited in
size, but must be able to be moved for display purposes i.e.) no installations. 
*Three dimensional entries must be accompanied with computer disc
of photos of the project from all sides and angles to show perspective.  A ruler or yardstick should be included in
the photos to show size and perspective. 
The regional and state levels will be judged from the photos only.
* Computer disc should
be labeled with the student’s name, grade division, school, year and the
entry’s title .  .  The disc should be placed inside of a large
envelope or page protector and the Official Entry Form must be secured to the
outside of the envelope or page protector. 
*At the Region and
State levels of Inspirations, artists may be invited to share their actual work
of art at the Awards Assemblies.  If your
entry moves on to these levels, please hold on to your art work until after the
assembly.
School Level Judging:
*The actual artwork must be present. 
3D art is not accepted until the school due date for the safety of the
project.
*Students must adhere to the General Rules in addition to the 3-D Art Rules.
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General Rules

Inspirations
Art Program
General
Rules
Every child can submit one entry
for each of the nine categories at the school level.  So every child could have nine different
entries.  Each entry must be accompanied
by an Inspirations Entry Form.  
The first and second place winners
in each category and age group will be sent on to the regional competition.
All participants are required to fill out, in
its entirety, and sign the Inspirations’ Entry Form.  Students who have not completely filled out
the form will not be eligible for the program. 
The school Inspirations committee should review the entry forms and
allow students the opportunity to complete any entry forms prior to school
level judging.  In situations where a
student cannot fill out the entry form or write legibly, a parent can fill out
the form and sign her/his child’s name
Each entry must be the original
work of one student only.  They may not
have assistance from teachers, parents, or friends unless there is a special
case (such as for someone with a visual or physical disability).  Because the program is designed to encourage
and recognize each student’s individual creativity, help from an adult or
collaboration with other students is not allowed.
All of the entries must be original
works.  Use of copyrighted material is
prohibited.  Do not borrow from
copyrighted material.  Plagiarism is
defined as taking and using another person’s ideas or writings or inventions as
one’s own.  Plagiarized entries will be
disqualified and returned to the student.
Entries must be related to the
yearly theme.  There is no wrong way to
interpret the theme.
Entries must comply
with the General Inspirations Rules as well as the corresponding category
rules.  Please refer to the individual
category rules before submitting an entry to ensure compliance.  All rules may be found on our blog:
charterinspirations.blogspot.com.  If you
have any questions, feel free to contact the Inspirations advisor at your
school.
ALL ENTRIES WILL BE JUDGED
ACCORDING TO INTERPRETATION OF THE THEME, CREATIVITY AND ORIGINALITY, AND
ARTISTIC MERIT.
WORKS NOT ACCEPTED

*Artwork that is inappropriate or
contains any objectionable material.
*Reproductions and enlargements of
other artwork.
*Plagiarized works.
*Paint by number or art
kits.
AGE DIVISIONS
Students
are divided into 4 groups based on grade. 
Each group will be judged on the ability level expected at each
level.  The groups are:
Kindergarten
– 2nd grade
3rd
grade – 5th grade
6th
grade- 8th grade
9th
grade – 12th grade
CATEGORY DESCRIPTIONS
Visual Art:

*Any original flat artwork no more than 1/4” thick from the surface of the art work.  There is no size limit but if the piece advances to the region or state level then the artist’s family must accept responsibility for transporting the art work for judging and awards nights.
*Mount on a sturdy mat or paper.  DO NOT USE FRAMES (Canvas stretched over a wooden frame is not considered a frame and is acceptable).
Examples include pencil, charcoal,
ink, colored pencil, pastels, chalk, crayon, serigraphs, linoleum cuts,
woodcuts, computer-generated art (no clip art), vegetable prints, tempera, oil,
acrylic, watercolor, paint a T-shirt or other fabric, metal etching or punch
work, and sand painting.  This list is
not definitive.
Photography:

*Any original
photographic artwork
*Mount entry on a mat,
poster board, or a sturdy paper – NO FRAMES
* There is no size
limit but if the piece advances to the region or state level then the artist’s
family must accept responsibility for transporting the art work for judging and
awards nights.
*Collage may be
utilized

*No
photo alterations of any kind including, but not limited to Photoshop or other
photo editing software/websites

Examples include prints, black and
white or color, photo gram, montage, sandwich, photo collage, and multiple exposures.  This list is not definitive.
Musical
Composition:
*Any original musical composition
*Record on a CD
* No longer than 5 minutes and no shorter than 1
minute
*No notation is required, just make
a recording
Examples include drums, pots and
pans, piano, voice, or any instrument, including made-up instruments, are all
acceptable.  This list is not definitive.
Theatre:
*Any original theatre
work
*Students may or may not
perform, but must do all other work: write script, direct, create optional
costumes and scenery by themselves.
No group effort.
*Submit a DVD,
or computer disc with script. Script must be typed or legibly handwritten.  You must start the image after 10 seconds of
black
*No longer than 5
minutes and no less than 1 minute
Examples include monologue,
one act, storytelling and mime.  This
list is not definitive.
Literature:
*Any original creation using words
*Typed or legibly handwritten on a
8 ½ by 11 paper
*No more than 2000 words
*Two copies must be submitted
*Grade-appropriate grammar and
punctuation (no parental editing)
Examples: a story,
poem, biography, autobiography, an interview, and an essay.  This list is not definitive.
3-D Art:
*Any original artwork greater than 1/4” thick
*No limit on size, however it must be movable for display
purposes
*Submit the actual artwork and cd or disc containing photos
showing all sides (include ruler or yard stick to illustrate size).
*No kits or precast are acceptable. It must be original
work only
*3-D entries will
only be accepted on the due date.  Bring
the actual project and cd or disc of the photos.
Examples include jewelry, wind
chimes, mobiles, kites, collages, dioramas, ceramics, clay sculpture, rock art,
play dough, wood working, metal soldering, stained glass, junk art, mosaics,
toothpicks, and popsicle sticks.  This
list is not definitive.
Film/Video:
*Any original
film/video/computer-generated creation with or without sound
*No longer than 5 minutes and no
shorter than 1 minute
*Submit on a DVD or computer disk.  Start the image after 10
seconds of black
*The STUDENT is filming the action
– the student is NOT the action.  Someone
else is not filming the student doing something, i.e. a piano recital.
Examples include claymation, torn
paper, animation from drawings, live action, computer generated, narrative,
documentary, fiction, or nonfiction. 
This list is not definitive.

Choreography/Dance:
*Any original
choreographed movement performance
*There can be up to 3
performers.  Student may or may not
perform, but they must do all other work: 
create costumes (not required) and choreograph the dance
*Submit on a DVD.  Start the image after 10
seconds of black.
*No longer than 5
minutes and no shorter than 1 minute
Examples include
ballet, clogging, modern dance, ballroom dance, or karate.  This list is not definitive.
Digital Art:
*Any original digital
art work
* There is no size
limit but if the piece advances to the region or state level then the artist’s
family must accept responsibility for transporting the art work for judging and
awards nights.
*Mount on a sturdy mat
or paper.  DO NOT USE FRAMES.
Examples include photopainting,
digital collage, algorithmic/fractals
(completed on computer), digital painting, 3-d programs, any form of computer
manipulated imagery, photos altered through computer means. This list is not
definitive.

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Choreography/Dance Rules

CHOREOGRAPHY/DANCE RULES
DESCRIPTION
Students submit originally choreographed movement composition
recorded on a computer disc, DVD or Flash Drive. 
The choreography must be the work of one student that demonstrates
creativity and clarity of theme.  The choreographer may
also be the performer or one of the performers. 
Costumes are not necessary. 
However, if costumes are used, the costumes must be conceptually created
by the choreographer.  (Parents may
supervise, but NOT create.)
LENGTH
Length of entry must be between 1 minute and 5 minutes.  Performance tapes that exceed five
minutes or are shorter than one minute will not be judged.
PRESENTATION
All age divisions must submit a computer disc, DVD or Flash Drive of their choreography/dance performance.
DVD
These cannot exceed
five minutes.  All
entries must be identified with the student’s name, grade, school, year and the
entry’s title.  The entry should be
packaged in a plastic or cardboard container (also identified with student’s name,
grade, school, year and the entry’s title) with the script if desired and
placed in a large, manila envelope.  The
Official Entry Form must be secured to the outside of the envelope. 
*Students must adhere to the General Rules in addition to the
Choreography/Dance Rules.

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Film / Video Rules

FILM/VIDEO
DESCRIPTION
Students
may submit original creations in film/video with or without sound.  The works can be fiction or nonfiction but
must relate to the current Inspirations theme. The student must be the director,
screenwriter and cameraman.  The STUDENT
is filming the action – the student is NOT the action.  He or she may choose to use one or more
different filming techniques, i.e.) tripod use, hand held, montage, cross cut,
etc.  Someone else is not filming the
student doing something, i.e. a piano recital. 
If using a computer the student must do all of the work.  If he/she chooses to appear in the
production, a camera on a tripod may be used. 
All storyboarding, editing, etc. must be done by the student.
Animation
Animation
may be drawn, images made from a collection of objects, clay, torn paper, etc.,
or computer generated.
Narrative
A story
told by film/video or computer generated. 
This is not the same as a storyteller narrating an original story, but a
story told through the images created.
Documentary
Nonfiction
narration using documentation, narration, facts, and images.
Experimental
Exploration
in movement, light, and montage.
Media Presentations Using Computers
These
must be completely original and the student must do all the work.  No cut and paste accepted.  PowerPoint presentations are not considered
art and will not be accepted.  Copyright
laws must be followed.  Software should
be used only to enhance the work of the student.  The intent is to use this as a way to present
the student’s work.
LENGTH
Length
of entry must be between 1 minute and 5 minutes.  Performance tapes that exceed five
minutes or are shorter than one minute will not be judged. 
PRESENTATION
All age divisions must submit a DVD, computer disk or Flash Drive of their original performance.  If film equipment is used, the film must be
transferred to DVD, computer disk or Flash Drive for presentation.
DVD
These cannot exceed five
minutes.  All
entries must be identified with the student’s name, grade division, address,
and the entry’s title.  The entry should
be packaged in a plastic or cardboard container (also identified with student’s
name, grade, school, year and the entry’s title) and placed in a large, manila
envelope.  The Official Entry Form must
be secured to the outside of the envelope. 
It is recommended that it be placed in a plastic page protector and
securely taped on. 

*Students must adhere
to the General Rules in addition to the
Film/Video Rules.

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Literary Composition Rules

LITERATURE RULES
DESCRIPTION
Literature entries may be works of
fiction or nonfiction.  Prose and poetry are
acceptable.
Whether an entry uses a variety of
techniques or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the
student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.  Technique is less important than a
well-developed concept.
PRESENTATION
*Entries must not exceed 2,000
words.
*Two copies are to be submitted.
*Entries can be typed either on a
typewriter or with a computer, or can be legibly handwritten.
*Number all pages.
*Illustrated
entries, including “books,” with pictures drawn by the student are acceptable;
however only literary content is judged.
*Entries are to reflect
grade-appropriate grammar, punctuation, and spelling.
-Format:
 *Submit entries on 8 ½  x 11 inch paper. 
 *Submit both copies in a manila file folder
with the Official Entry Form stapled to the back of the folder.
 *Do not mount entries.
 *Write the student’s name on the back of each
page in case pages become separated.
*Collections of poems or short
stories are not acceptable; only one piece of literature may be entered.
ASSISTANCE:


Dictation and typing
*Students may have their entries
typed by another person. Transcribers should make every attempt to retain the
same level of language and accuracy that is reflected in the student’s original
entry.
*Students
for whom English is not their first language may submit a literature entry in
their own language.  An interpretive
translation must accompany the entry.
*Translators
should make every attempt to retain the same level of language and accuracy
that is reflected in the student’s original entry.
*Keep a copy of your work, DO NOT
SEND US THE ONLY COPY.
*Students
must adhere to the general rules as well as the Literature Composition Rules.
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Musical Composition Rules

MUSICAL COMPOSITION RULES
DESCRIPTION
A Musical
Composition entry may be for voice,
instruments, or a combination of both. 
Lyrics may or may not be included in vocal compositions.  The composition is not to exceed five
minutes.
Use of notation software is permitted.  The entry must be played in real time and
prepared by hand or on computer paper appropriate for instrumentation and voicing.  
Whether an entry uses a variety of
techniques or a simple approach, it will be judged primarily on how well the
student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.  Technique is less important than a well-developed
concept.
PRESENTATION
 *Adults may not assist.
*The entry must be longer than 1
minute and may not exceed 5 minutes. 
*Students are not required to
perform their own compositions.  A
student’s composed work may be performed by a group.
*Score
size:
-Entries should be no larger than 11 inches by 14 inches
-Band and orchestra compositions may be 11 inches by 16
inches
                -*Do
not mount or bind the scores
*Recording
requirements
-All age divisions must submit a CD
recording of the composition
-Submit CD’s in a plastic or cardboard
container, both identified with the student’s name, grade division, school,
year and entry’s title.
-Pack the CD with the score (if included)
in a large envelope.  Make sure the CD cannot fall out accidentally.
-Secure the Official Entry Form to the outside of the
envelope.  (We recommend that the Entry
Form be placed in a plastic page protector.)
Recommendations
for quality recordings
1. Make the room you record in as
quiet as possible.  Close windows and
turn off all noise-making devices in the room such as air
conditioners, fans, telephones, etc.  Do
not place the recording device on top of an instrument or speakers.
2. Don’t record at too loud a level
(in the red zone on the meter) or too soft (meter barely moving).
3. Record a short test and then
listen to it while watching the meter. 
If needed, improve recording quality by changing the record volume or
microphone location.
4. Have 2 seconds silence at the beginning and ending of the recording. 
*Keep a copy of your work, DO NOT
SEND US THE ONLY COPY.
*Students
must adhere to the General Rules, as well as the Musical Composition Rules.

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Coming Soon!

We are so sorry that this blog and information you all need was not ready when we said it would be.  Our committee of three has had a few medical hiccups, but are now back in full and working hard to get things posted for you.  Everything will be done by Friday, Sept 28th.

Thank you for your patience and understanding.  And thank you for your participation in this great program!