Art Throwdown

The Annual Art Throwdown is expanding!  ArtConnected is very excited to bring Illinois high school art students more virtual competitions across a wider variety of mediums in 2021-22!
 

The Art Throwdown is a live, fast-paced, head-to-head, interscholastic Visual Arts competition where students will be given a timed Art Challenge. Art students will be asked to put their artistic skills to the test while competing against other area high school art students. Each artist will be faced with a hands-on, visually creative challenge. These art challenges will be 90-minutes and held in various art disciplines and media, such as drawing, painting, design, sculpture and digital photography. 

 

The 2021-22 challenges to be streamed “LIVE” via ZOOM, the ARTConnectED website and Instagram Live. Virtual events allow us to expand the competition to more students and across a wider variety of disciplines and mediums. Virtual also allows for expanded challenges. However, we know that there is nothing quite like a LIVE art event. So, we will also host a live, in-person challenge at the 2022  IHSAE Northern Exhibition in March! Regardless of the format, our aim remains the same: to bring students from various Illinois high schools together to engage in a whole different kind of art competition.

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Students' artwork will be adjudicated using the ARTconnectED’s Social Media platforms, such as Instagram and/or Facebook. Please understand this is a promotional event and ARTconnectED is looking to increase its digital footprint for the organization and it’s event sponsors.
 

NOTE: If student participants(s) don’t use Social Media, they may be at a disadvantage in terms of placing in this event and teachers may want to select a student who is actively engaged in Social Media platforms. This is a promotional event. Please be aware, this event will be recorded. A student's image, artwork or quotes may appear in ARTconnectED promotional materials.

Please contact Randy Sweitzer at r.sweitzer@ihsae.org, for more information regarding this year's Art Throwdown.

How many students can participate from each high school?


  • 5 Individual Challenges
  • 2 student per high school, per Challenge
  • Must be 1 Senior and 1 Underclassman per Challenge
  • Registered schools can enter up to 2 students in each of the 5 Challenges
  • Maximum of 10 students total per school




What are the Art Challenge categories?


The Art Throwdown will feature 5 Art Challenges from the following categories:

  • ILLUSTRATION - 10/21/2021 (virtual)
  • DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY - 11/18/2021 (virtual)
  • DESIGN - 2/6/2022 (virtual)
  • PAINTING - Northern Regional Exhibition - 3/13/2022 (live, in-person)
  • 3D SCULPTURE - 4/14/2022 (virtual)




What will the Art Throwdown look like?


  • The Art Throwdown will be a live, fast-paced, head-to-head, interscholastic visual arts competition where students will be given a timed Art Challenge.
  • Art students will be challenged to put their artistic skills to the test while competing against other area high school art students.
  • Each artist will be faced with a hands-on, visually creative challenge
  • Each round will have an announced time of 90-minutes.
  • A warning will sound when 15 minutes, 10 minutes and 5 minutes remain in the challenge.
  • ARTconnectED will not provide students with art supplies/materials.
  • If a Sponsor is added, supplies/materials may be provided for a particular challenge. TBD
  • Participants should have their own supplies and equipment for each event including.
  • Failure to abide by the “Virtual” Art Throwdown Rules will result in automatic disqualification.




Who can participate in the Art Throwdown?


  • Only REGISTERED SCHOOLS may participate
  • Click on this LINK to register your student participants.




How will judging be handled for the Art Throwdown?


  • The Art Throwdown will use several adjudication methods.
  • ARTconnectED Social Media Platform (most “LIKES” on ARTconnectED’s Facebook Page/Instagram)
  • Judges Selections




FAQs:


How will students get their supplies for each competition? Students will need to be in touch with their teachers regarding supplies. ARTconnectED….. Who should participate in these challenges? Participating students should excel in the category they are competing in.. What if a participating student doesn’t have Instagram or Facebook? This is a promotional event. It is in a students best interest to have a social media presence.