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AHSAE / Dogwood Festival Throwdown
Sunday, April 9, from 12pm to 4pm

AHSAE is displayed inside the PPC Community Center just inside the 12th Street entrance to Piedmont Park in the 81st anniversary of one of the largest and oldest festivals in the city, the:


The AHSAE (Atlanta High School Art Exhibition) is an interscholastic art exhibition featuring 143 works of art from almost 70 local high schools. Give yourself time to visit the festival and the high school exhibition when you participate or watch the Throwdown-x. You will be glad you did.



*** Parking is tough. Carpool, take MARTA or get dropped off.
For Detailed parking information go to: Dogwood website parking suggestions.

Throwdown takes place in front of the AHSAE, just inside the 12th Street entrance to Piedmont Park.

Report to check in between 12:00pm - 12:30pm. Fees collected: $5 per artist. Face-to-Face paper distributed. Bottled water available to all participants.

Set-up12:45 pm, 1pm Face-to-Face Quick Draw (lawn in front of AHSAE)
Contestants (up to four per school) will be placed into a single elimination bracket in which they will literally face off in 5 minute (and less) head-to-head portraiture heats. Contestants will have 5 minutes to render the clearest most expressive likeness of the artist across from them. All competitors should use dry linear media on provided paper.
Judge's Criteria: Entries will be judged immediately upon completion and the winners will advance toward the final.
Event Judge: Amber Singleton, TBA

After Face-to-Face: Two hours: En Plein Air Festival Challenge
Each school may have up to 2 teams consisting of 1 or 2 artists each. Paper provided. Bring drawing boards and mediums. Artists will be given challenge details and leave AHSAE after face-to-face to return with completed drawings at 3-3:15pm.
Event Judge: TBA

After Face-to-Face: 90 minutes: Poster Challenge
Teams of two artists per school. Bring dry mediums. Poster board provided. Theme TBD.

Judge's Criteria: The judge will determine criteria and select the winner based on adherence to the theme.
Event Judge: TBA

After Face-to-Face: Figure Drawing Challenge (lawn in front of AHSAE)
This is a timed live model observational drawing. The competition will occur in separate timed heats. Four entrants per school per heat. Contestants will be positioned in a semi-circle around the live model. Due to large numbers of artists this year, we will conduct a single elimination process with one final sketching challenge.
Materials: Contestants are required to bring their own preferred drawing media, and to bring drawing boards. Throwdown will supply chairs and paper. Time will be called every minute. Every drawing should be labeled with student's last name, school, and grade level, and time limit on the back of each drawing submitted for evaluation.

Live Model Figure Drawing Proposed Event Schedule:
GROUP ONE
1:30- The 5 minute competition will focus on gesture, drawing power, and speed.
1:45- The 10 minute competition will focus on gesture, proportion, light and shadow.
2:00- The 15 minute drawing will focus on correct proportion, anatomy, and correctly observed light and shadow.

GROUP TWO
2:30- The 5 minute competition will focus on gesture, drawing power, and speed.
2:45- The 10 minute competition will focus on gesture, proportion, light and shadow.
3:00- The 15 minute drawing will focus on correct proportion, anatomy, and correctly observed light and shadow.

FINAL SUDDEN DEATH CHALLENGE: The Best from Group One and Group Two. Five winners.
3:15- The 10 minute drawing will focus on correct proportion, anatomy, and correctly observed light and shadow.

TBD- 10 minute Teacher/ Adult / College level challenge. Open to Dogwwod Festival market artists, art teachers, teaching artist co-coaches, and chaperone adults (post-secondary) working with the team directly. This is an opportunity and a challenge to do what we are asking our students to do. Emphasis places on masterful mark-making and media implementation.
TBD- The 20 minute drawing will focus on stylistic interpretation. The artists will use the figure as inspiration but may then choose to depart from observed reality to create a highly personal interpretation of the model and the environment.

Judge's Criteria: Judging will occur and points will be tallied after the conclusion of each heat. The judges will not know the name or the school of the entries. Judging will assess work based on the stated aesthetic and technical criteria.
Event Judges: Amber Singleton, TBA

Scoring
In each event, points will be awarded to individuals with their scores contributing to the team total.
First Place= 5
Second Place= 4
Third Place= 3
Fourth Place = 2
Fifth Place= 1

Final judging placements will be binding and judges are not required or allowed to explain or defend their final decisions to anyone. Contestants, parents, and coaches are not to approach and/or question judges independently after their decision is rendered.

Press
Press releases and announcements are being sent to various publications and websites in the Atlanta community. Participating schools are asked to communicate their involvement to their systems and any community partners or organizations that they wish. Each team should secure proper parental, school, and district release forms from their respective systems to allow for maximum potential coverage.

Volunteers
Each team may bring a few volunteers to handle peripheral concerns, logistics, and extra documentation. Please remember that there will be limited parking. Teams should maximize carpooling.

Feedback/Debriefing
During and after the event we will be actively pursuing feedback regarding the event and how it should evolve to create a durable and impactful series of competitions. It is the intention of these competitions to keep the arts actively in the public eye while affording the students an elevated experience, solidifying and activating art programs in the schools, and creating a greater sense of consistency and collegiality between art programs across the region.

Documentation
All participants are encouraged to fully document the experience from start to finish. Schools are invited to bring their own photographers and videographers if possible.

Funding
Due to rising costs of paper and other supplies, and fees for models and guest judges, Art Throwdown is asking a $5 fee per competing artist. If any of your students find this fee a hardship let us know. Throwdown is meant to be as inclusive as possible. Minimal funding should be necessary to create a viable team. At this early stage no discussion has been formalized regarding sponsorships or of creating a formalized 'league' or 'conference.' It is worth discussion to relate this effort to existing interscholastic organizations like Thespian, Robotics, CTE, GMEA, and others, to tailor our experience to best suit the individual needs of our programs and district initiatives. Schools are encouraged to pursue funding and sponsorships as they see fit.

Sign up sheets will be emailed to you. Contact Cheryl Myrbo, contact page, for questions or concerns.

(Below) lists recent Throwdowns in Atlanta.


October 1, 2016 Botanical Garden Profile here.

On April 10, 1 - 3pm, the AHSAE/Dogwood Throwdown-x was held in front of the AHSAE.
AHSAE is displayed inside the PPC Community Center just inside the 12th Street entrance to Piedmont Park in the 80th anniversary of one of the largest and oldest festivals in the city, the:


The AHSAE (Atlanta High School Art Exhibition) is an interscholastic art exhibition featuring 148 works of art from almost 60 local high schools. Give yourself time to visit the festival and the high school exhibition when you participate or watch the Throwdown-x. You will be glad you did.



AHSAE / MODA/ Dogwood Festival Throwdown
Sunday, April 10, from 1pm to 3pm


*** Parking is tough. Carpool, take MARTA or get dropped off.
Featured Parking Location: 999 Peachtree--Located at 10th and Peachtree, 999 Peachtree is the largest parking facility closest to PIedmont Park. Park here and enjoy a two block stroll or a shuttle ride to the park. Handicap parking is available.

Throwdown takes place in front of the AHSAE and MODA, just inside the 12th Street entrance to Piedmont Park.

1pm, Face-to-Face Quick Draw (lawn in front of AHSAE)
Contestants (up to four per school) will be placed into a single elimination bracket in which they will literally face off in 5 minute head-to-head portraiture heats. Contestants will have 5 minutes to render the clearest most expressive likeness of the artist across from them. All competitors should use dry linear media on provided paper.
Judge's Criteria: Entries will be judged immediately upon completion and the winners will advance toward the final.
Event Judges: Tim Settimi, TBA

1 pm: 2 hours: Landscape Challenge
Each school may have up to 2 teams consisting of 2 artists each. Paper, supplies provided. Artists will be given challenge details and leave AHSAE at 1pm to return with completed drawings at 3pm.
Event Judge: TBA

1 pm: 1 hour: Photography Challenge
Two individually competing artists per school. Bring camera, or cell phone with cords to upload images. Artists will be given challenge details and leave AHSAE at 1pm; you will have one hour for the challenge. Report back at 2:00.
Event Judge: TBA

1:00 pm: Museum of Design, Poster Design Challenge
Create a poster (click for challenge description) that persuades climate change. (lawn in front of MODA space)
Judge's Criteria: The judge will determine criteria and select the winner based on adherence to the limitations/expansion upon the freedoms of the challenge.
Event Judge: TBA
Facilitator: MODA representative (Meredith White)
*The Museum of Design Atlanta ("MODA") area is right next to the AHSAE in the festival.

1:30pm , 90 minute: Monster/Alien/maquette clay challenge TBA
Each school may have 2 individual artists. Artists will be given challenge details at 1:30pm. Clay provided. Some tools available, but bring your favorite sculpting tools! Event Judge: TBA


1:45 pm: Figure Drawing Challenge (lawn in front of AHSAE)
This is timed live model observational drawing. The competition will occur in four separate timed heats. Two entrants per heat. Contestants will be positioned in a semi-circle around the live model.
Materials: Contestants are required to bring their own preferred drawing media, and to bring drawing boards. Throwdown will supply chairs and paper. Time will be called every minute. Every drawing should be labeled with student's last name, school, and grade level, and time limit on the back of each drawing submitted for evaluation.

Live Model Figure Drawing Proposed Event Schedule:
1:45- The 5 minute competition will focus on gesture, drawing power, and speed.
1:55- 10 minute Teacher/ Adult challenge. Open to Dogwwod Festival market artists, art teachers, teaching artist co-coaches, and chaperone adults (post-secondary) working with the team directly. This is an opportunity and a challenge to do what we are asking our students to do. Emphasis places on masterful mark-making and media implementation.
2:10- The 15 minute drawing will focus on correct proportion, anatomy, and correctly observed light and shadow.
2:30-The 30 minute drawing will focus on stylistic interpretation. The artists will use the figure as inspiration but may then choose to depart from observed reality to create a highly personal interpretation of the model and the environment.
Judge's Criteria: Judging will occur and points will be tallied after the conclusion of each heat. The judges will not know the name or the school of the entries. Judging will occur based on the stated aesthetic and technical criteria.
Event Judges: TBA

Scoring
In each event, points will be awarded to individuals with their scores contributing to the team total.
First Place= 10
Second Place= 7
Third Place= 5
Fourth Place = 3
Fifth Place= 1
Final judging placements will be binding and judges are not required or allowed to explain or defend their final decisions to anyone. Contestants, parents, and coaches are not to approach and/or question judges independently after their decision is rendered.

Press
Press releases and announcements are being sent to various publications and websites in the Atlanta community. Participating schools are asked to communicate their involvement to their systems and any community partners or organizations that they wish. Each team should secure proper parental, school, and district release forms from their respective systems to allow for maximum potential coverage.

Volunteers
Each team may bring a few volunteers to handle peripheral concerns, logistics, and extra documentation. Please remember that there will be limited parking. Teams should maximize carpooling.

Feedback/Debriefing
During and after the event we will be actively pursuing feedback regarding the event and how it should evolve to create a durable and impactful series of competitions. It is the intention of these competitions to keep the arts actively in the public eye while affording the students an elevated experience, solidifying and activating art programs in the schools, and creating a greater sense of consistency and collegiality between art programs across the region.

Documentation
All participants are encouraged to fully document the experience from start to finish. The Grady High School broadcast television program, GNN, will be on site filming the event. Schools are invited to bring their own photographers and videographers if possible.

Funding
Minimal funding should be necessary to create a viable team. At this early stage no discussion has been formalized regarding sponsorships or of creating a formalized 'league' or 'conference.' It is worth discussion to relate this effort to existing interscholastic organizations like Thespian, Robotics, CTE, GMEA, and others, to tailor our experience to best suit the individual needs of our programs and district initiatives. Schools are encouraged to pursue funding and sponsorships as they see fit.



AHSAE/MODA/Dogwood Throwdown Sign-Up Sheet

For printable version of this pdf file go here.



*** Parking is tough. Carpool, take MARTA or get dropped off.
Featured Parking Location: 999 Peachtree--Located at 10th and Peachtree, 999 Peachtree is the largest parking facility closest to PIedmont Park. Park here and enjoy a two block stroll or a shuttle ride to the park. Handicap parking is available.

Throwdown takes place in front of the AHSAE, just inside the 12th Street entrance to Piedmont Park.

Artists provide drawing boards and sketching tools.
AHSAE provides drawing paper, chairs.

February 20, 2016 -- Throwdown, High Museum



HIGH Museum Throwdown on Saturday, February 20, from 9 am to 1 pm

Confirmed Judges:
Aditi Tolia-Pande, MoDA, Graphic Design Challenge
Lisa Tuttle, Fulton County Arts, The Arts Exchange, curatorial challenge
Stephanie Kong, Wonderroot, performative drawing
Mary Grace Phillips, Walthall Fellow, performative drawing
E. Vicente Martinez, Van Herpen Design Challenge
Marquetta Johnson, VSA/Kennedy Center Challenge
Stephanie Cash, Burnaway, Exhibition review
Susannah Darrow, ArtsATL, Exhibition review

Welcome to THROWDOWN 2016! We look forward to your participation and products as we continue to evolve this event. Please read the document below and organize your team participation with the event descriptions in mind as there are requirements for some pre-planning, collaboration and event time overlaps.

Teams may choose to participate in some or all of the challenges. All challenges will be judged and scored adding up to final point totals for each team. Some challenges are individual, some require teams of two or more active artists to be considered for judging, and some are more open school-based collaborations.
This event will continue to push the definition of Throwdown toward further collaborations between students within our school art programs, departments within the schools, and with outside organizations including the High Museum of Art, Museum of Design Atlanta, Arts ATL, Burnaway, and the Georgia VSA. We are planning to tap into the 21st century practices that define art now by requiring interactive teams to use available technology including CAD, photoshop, graphic design programs, smartphone technologies, as well as more traditional drawing, sculpting and model making.
Some of these events will necessitate you and your teams to begin planning and producing almost immediately. You will have the time between now and the day of the event to prepare and build the objects that you will present to the judges on the day of the event. This procedure more closely matches the nature of other interscholastic events like GMEA Festival, Thespian One-Act Competition, debate, mock trial, as well as traditional sports competitions, and others in which the challenge or topic is well known before the event and the product is prepared and presented. This is coupled with the process-driven on site competitions for a very comprehensive test of the depth and breadth of our programs.

Event Competition Categories:
Timed figure drawing, face-to-face portraiture, exhibition review writing, Iris Van Herpen inspired fashion, Large-scale Performative drawing, Looping Vine Video, curatorial/exhibition design challenge, VSA/Kennedy Center Art Challenge, collaborative sculpture, and MoDA Political Poster graphic design challenge. Complete definitions of each challenge are found below.

Scrimmage Timeline: Proposed
8:45-9:45AM Gather, load-in, Assemble in Hill Auditorium
9:45-10AM Move to Stent Atrium for Opening Collaborative event with Marquetta Johnson.
We will not be allowed to enter the museum until 10 am sharp.
10:00-10:15AM Button Making demo and fabrication
10:15-10:30AM Move to event spaces
10:30-12:15AM Event and judging window.
12:30-1:00PM Head to Head Portraiture and Fashion Show in Stent Atrium
1:00-1:10PM Move to Hill Auditorium for remaining presentations and awards
1:15-1:45PM Photo and video presentations
1:45PM Announcement of event winners and team awards
2:00PM Dismissal

Figure Drawing Challenge: 10:30-11:15 AM, Stent Atrium
Judge: TBA
Two independent varsity artists per team, per heat. The same artist may compete in more than one heat. Up to four more may draw along as warm up or “JV” inclusion, though only the two designated artists will be up for adjudication. Varsity artists have first priority over materials, viewing locations and positions.
This is timed live model observational drawing. Contestants are to bring their own preferred linear drawing media, paper, and drawing boards. Contestants will be positioned in a semi-circle around the live model. Contestants are to bring their own easels or drawing mules if desired. Tables and chairs will be provided by the High.
The competition will occur in three separate timed heats: 5, 10, and 20 minutes.
Please note the different emphases on the different events. Judging will occur based on the stated aesthetic and technical criteria.
The 5 minute competition will focus on gesture, drawing power, and speed.
The 10 minute Challenge will focus on proportion, anatomy, and correct light and shadow observation.
The 20 minute drawing will focus on stylistic interpretation. The artists will use the figure as inspiration but may then choose to depart from observed reality to create a highly personal interpretation of the model and the environment.
Time will be called every minute by one of the attending Art Teacher Coaches.
Judging will occur and points will be tallied after the conclusion of each heat.
Drawings should be labeled with student's last name, school, and grade level, and time limit on the back of each drawing submitted for evaluation. The judges will not know the name or the school of the entries.

Exhibition Curating and Design Challenge: 10:30-12:00: Education Center Classroom
Judge: Lisa Tuttle, Fulton County Arts Council, The Arts Exchange
One two person team per school will present. No limit to the number of students involved in design and production. Community consultants are encouraged to comment and suggest, but not dictate the final product and presentation.
Each school will consult the permanent collection of the High Museum and distill a theme or organizing principle around which to curate an exhibition. Each school's team will be responsible for selecting artworks aligned to the specified theme and displaying them in a 1”:1' scale architectural maqette with a footprint no larger than 3' x 3'. A typed statement and a fully representative imageography including artist(s) name(s), date(s) of production, size, media, and provenance will be supplied to the judge and the team will formally defend their selection and design rationale to the judge in a 5 minute presentation. The exhibition will contain a minimum of 20 and a maximum of 25 art pieces presented in scale. No fewer than 50 percent of the works are to be from the High Museum permanent collection. See the museum's website: for a full view of the collection. The remaining works may be selected from any other source. Judging will be based on art historical and critical erudition, cogent art selection supporting and presenting the stated theme, masterful model making, and clear well-practiced presentation. Teams are welcome to consult with curators and architects from their school communities to create the most powerful presentation possible. This challenge is very similar to the "Set Design Theater Tech IE" from the Georgia State Thespian conference.
See their website for comparison: Georgia Thespians

FACE-TO-FACE PORTRAITURE: 12:20PM: Stent Atrium
Judge: TBA
Dry linear media on 9 x 12 paper
Contestants will be placed into a single elimination bracket in which they will literally face off in short head-to-head portraiture heats. Contestants will have 5 (or less, each round allows less time to create the drawing.) minutes to render the clearest most expressive likeness of the artist across from them. Entries will be judged immediately upon completion and the winners will advance toward the final until one artist remains. The four artists who remain up to this point will be runners-up and awarded points that correlate to their finishing placement.

Exhibition Review: Two entries per school: Stent Atrium
Judge: TBA
Two individual artists per team.
Each school will bring two finished individually created 2d works prepared by two different artists to be presented in a gallery setting. The artists may also compete in other competitions. Works should be matted appropriately. Framing is not suggested. Works will be on display from 10:15-12:55PM. Each work must be accompanied by a one page typed statement by the artist describing process, influences, and intentions. Works should not exceed 36” in either dimension. Schools are required to bring their own easels for presentation. Works are to be labelled thoroughly on the back for identification. Rankings will be at the discretion, taste, and erudition of the Judge.

Large Scale Performative Drawing: 11:15-12:15: Stent Atrium
Judge: Stephanie Kong, Wonderroot, Mary Grace Phillips, Walthall Artist Fellow
One three-person interdisciplinary team per school
This challenge will require three artists to collaborate and "perform" a 2 minute piece that combines spoken word, singing and/or "utterances," "instrumental music," or "sound'" and mark-making. The team will choose a theme or organizational structure to address that will be communicated by the performance itself. A smooth 8' x 8' masonite surface will be provided by Grady High School to receive a large drawing surface (white seamless paper) that will be positioned in the center of the Stent Atrium. The drawing surface will be 7' x 7' and will be taped into place to protect the floor of the Stent. Graphite is the designated medium for this challenge. No large sharpie markers, Krink pens, Molotow, or other wet markers will be allowed. No liquid or spray media will be allowed. Costumes are not a part of this challenge though the performers' clothing must be taken into consideration as a function of the performance. Extra props beyond the musical instrument and the drawing device are not a part of this challenge. A one page typed statement will be made available to the judge and to the audience prior to performance. The team will reference and rehearse this performance as they see fit. Performance will be judged on the mastery and expressiveness of individual talents, cohesiveness of the expressions of each artist in concert, and expression of the stated theme.
This is not a skit. This is performance art. It will be the responsibility of each team to research performance artists and groups like Fluxus, Blue Man Group, Bruce Naumann, Kurt Schwitters, Laurie Anderson, Heather Hanson, Tony Orrico, among many others. You tube has a wide variety of explanations and demonstrations of the differences and similarities between "Performance Art" and "theater."
Any amplification needs shall be provided by each school as per individual needs. All sound must be performed live. No recordings allowed.
Performances must be appropriate for the general audience of the High Museum. No profanity, overt radical political messages, rude gestures, or other potentially offensive expressions allowed. Keep it PG.

Sculpture Challenge: 10:30am: Education center classroom
Judge: TBA
One team per school, two contestants per team.
Teams will have 60 minutes to create a freestanding sculpture addressing a theme to be announced at the time of the competition.
Schools are required to bring their own collection of hand tools, tapes, glues, clamps, blade tools, cutting boards, etc. to create the work. Schools will bring their own collection of sculpture materials such as cardboard, wire, paper, plastina, fabric, foam, string, etc. Ceramic Clay is not suggested. No power tools will be allowed. Spray paint, spray glue, oil based materials, and torches or flames of any kind are not allowed. Hot wire foam cutting will not be allowed.
Teams will write a short statement regarding the approach and ideology contained in the work to clarify artistic intentions for the judges and audience.
Judgment will occur immediately upon completion.
Judgment shall be based on novel use of materials to address the possibilities of the selected theme, structural integrity, cooperative work ethic in process, and practical technique including tool use, efficiency, and clean-up.
Final judging will encompass the piece on the work table so sculptors should have the workspace clean as a function of viewing within the specified time.
Each school will be responsible to clean up their own areas and leave no trace in the educational areas upon departure.

Political Poster Design Challenge: 10:30-12:00PM: MoDA Museum, across Peachtree St. From the High.
Judge: Aditi Tolia-Pande
One team per school. Two contestants per team.
A design challenge shall be issued in which participants will have 60 minutes to create the product. Schools will be responsible to provide their own equipment to support their production choices. The concurrent exhibition at MoDA emphasizes the relationship between design and propaganda. More information is available at: The challenge will be posed with regard to this exhibition.
The Judge will select the winners based on adherence to the limitations, masterful use of available technology, and expansion upon the freedoms of the challenge.

Art Review Write-Off: 10:30-12:00 PM: in the Galleries.
Judges: Stephanie Cash, Burnaway
Two independent writers per team.
Parameters of this challenge are yet to be defined. However, student writers will be asked to critique one of the exhibits on display at the High. Final stipulations will be presented shortly.

Periscope On-Site broadcast of THROWDOWN.
Judge/Facilitator: Susanah Darrow, ArtsATL
"Periscope is a social media video platform that we have been using to do live coverage of events. It goes through Twitter and does require a smart phone, but is very easy to use. We have used it for live broadcasting of events like Flux Night or Elevate and other performances. (Here is the webpage.) In my mind, Periscope could be a cool way to have students live broadcast the Throwdown, more so than as a way to review a show. I'd be happy to open up ArtsATL's Periscope page for the Throwdown and have them use that to do the broadcasting. "

Looping Vine Video Challenge: 10:30-12:00PM, throughout the High Museum in permissible spaces.
Judge: TBA
Looping video: up to 3 collaborative contestants per team: up to 2 teams per school: teams will create a 6 second looping video in the High Museum using cell phone technology. There is no theme designated for this challenge. The video should push the limits of cell phone editing apps and image manipulation capacity to create as dynamic a loop as possible based on imagery captured inside the High Museum. The video must be posted to Vine and will be accessed and projected during the final session at 1:00PM in the Hill Auditorium.

Iris Van Herpen Inspired Fashion: 12:45PM: Stent Atruim
Judge: E. Vicente Martinez, Fashionado.com
There is no limit to the number of members of this design team, however, two design representatives and two models will present each school in this challenge. A list of members and their roles in this challenge shall be supplied to the judge at the time of presentation.
Each school will work to create two garments designed and produced in the mode of Iris Van Herpen. Garments are to be created and brought to the High Museum complete and ready for presentation. These garments are to be modelled and presented in a fashion show/runway setting. An impromptu runway will be cordoned off in the Stent Atrium. The garments must cover the body and may or may not include headpieces, masks, gloves, or shoes. Of course, there should be no nudity or chance of “malfunction”. Leotards or other close fitting undergarments may be used to prevent inappropriate exposure. The leotard is not to be used as a base for building the design. Products will be judged by their craftsmanship, sculptural integrity and beauty, novel use of materials, and driving ideological principles. Teams are invited to use 3D printing or other novel applications materials and technology to design and fabricate these garments. Schools are invited to collaborate with their engineering departments, robotics teams, and neighboring universities or architecture and design firms to address this challenge. It is the choice of the school to create “male”, “female”, or androgynous garments.

VSA/Kennedy Center Art Challenge facilitated by Marquetta Johnson: 60 minutes: education center classroom
Judge: Marquetta Johnson, High Museum and VSA (Vision, Strength, Arts) Georgia
Two individual contestants per school. This challenge is supported by a grant from the Kennedy Center. Contestants are to create an original work of art according to the theme “…….”. Students participating in this challenge must be a part of the PEC in each school and/or have a designated disability. Students are invited to practice the skills necessary to complete this challenge as a part of their IEP or 504 plans. Collaboration between the art teacher and the PEC personnel is necessary to accurately address this challenge. A full explanation of this challenge will be forwarded to all schools and their PEC departments by Marquetta Johnson and your regional PEC representatives.

Scoring
In each event, points will be awarded to individuals with their scores contributing to the team total.
First Place= 10
Second Place= 7
Third Place= 5
Fourth Place = 3
Fifth Place= 1
Final judging placements will be binding and judges are not required or allowed to explain or defend their final decisions to anyone. Contestants, parents, and coaches are not to approach and/or question judges independently after their decision is rendered.

Access and Services
All pre-registered participants, coaches, and volunteers will receive museum admission for the day. The High Museum does not provide parking. The High Museum has food available for sale. Teams are responsible for their own meals and refreshments. The High Museum is not responsible for art work left at the museum after the event.

Press
All press releases relating directly to the identity of the High Museum must first be sent to the High Museum for approval. Press releases and announcements are being sent to various publications and websites in the Atlanta community. Participating schools are asked to communicate their involvement to their systems and any community partners or organizations that they wish. Each team should secure proper parental, school, and district release forms from their respective systems to allow for maximum potential coverage.

Volunteers
Each team may bring a few volunteers to handle peripheral concerns, logistics, and extra documentation. Please remember that there will be limited parking. Teams should maximize carpooling. Only registered participating artists, teachers, and direct logistical supporters will be included for free entry into the museum. All other attendees must be ready to pay for entry. All memberships are honored of course. The High Museum cannot validate parking.

Feedback/Debriefing
During and after the event we will be actively pursuing feedback regarding the event and how it should evolve to create a durable and impactful series of competitions. It is the intention of these competitions to keep the arts actively in the public eye while affording the students an elevated experience, solidifying and activating art programs in the schools, and creating a greater sense of consistency and collegiality between art programs across the region.

Documentation
All participants are encouraged to fully document the experience from start to finish.

Funding
Minimal funding should be necessary to create a viable team. At this early stage no discussion has been formalized regarding sponsorships or of creating a formalized "league" or "conference." It is worth discussion to relate this effort to existing interscholastic organizations like Thespian, Robotics, CTE, GMEA, and others, to tailor our experience to best suit the individual needs of our programs and district initiatives. Schools are encouraged to pursue funding and sponsorships as they see fit.


The last fall 2015 Throwdown-x was held in the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, 9am September 19.

Events included:**

1. Landscape drawing/painting: up to 4 participants per team: ink, graphite, colored pencil, watercolor: Students have 90 minutes to dash into the ABG grounds and produce an 18 x 24 image including richly detailed foreground and convincing illusion of deep space. Image must include identifiable plant life, human figure(s) to populate the scene, and representation of architecture (either, and/or) garden architectural elements and Atlanta skyline.

2. Botanical illustration: up to 2 participants per team: colored pencil (may be water soluble pencil): 90 minutes: Contestants will draw by chance from a bowl the name of an orchid from the orchid house. A map will show the location of the particular orchid. Artists will create an image using colored pencil that accurately documents the plant as it would in a botanical guide and will be judged by a professional illustrator.

3. Wearable sculpture inspired by something in the garden: up to 4 sculptors per team: 90 minutes onsite with presentation/performance during the final gathering: Work may/should be completed prior to arrival: Suit is to be "performed" for 1-2 minutes though not necessarily in the way we did the Nick Cave Soundsuits last spring: The sculpture must also include some kind of prop to augment the action or movements of the suit. Teams may collect natural materials from the grounds of the gardens and augment the sculpture on site.

4. Lupe drawing: Up to 2 contestants per team: 90 minutes: fine tip pens, color pencil: Artists will be given samples or specimens of plants and will use a magnifying loupe(10x) to create an accurate illustration of the magnified image.

5. Looping video: up to 3 collaborative contestants per team: up to 2 teams per school: teams will create a looping video in the gardens using cell phone technology. The video must be short and of the style used with the Vine App. Final cuts will be projected before the entire group at the closing.

It may be possible to add events such as writing or poetry composition. We are always trying to throw a larger net into other creative disciplines. We just don't want to add time and get caught in Music Midtown traffic.

**We are looking for professional judges who specialize in each of these areas.

Teams should bring their own supplies and equipment for each event including paint, pens, brushes, drawing boards, etc. Just like any sports team has to bring their own stuff. No oils or spray paint will be allowed for this event. Please also be ready to take lots of pictures and videos of the event in progress.


The last spring 2015 Throwdown-x was held in front of the AHSAE in the Atlanta Dogwood Festival, 1pm April 12.
AHSAE is displayed inside the PPC Community Center just inside the 12th Street entrance to Piedmont Park in one of the largest and oldest festivals in the city, the:


The AHSAE (Atlanta High School Art Exhibition) is an interscholastic art exhibition featuring 152 works of art from almost 60 local high schools. Give yourself time to visit the festival and the high school exhibition when you participate or watch the Throwdown-x. You will be glad you did.



AHSAE / MODA/ Dogwood Festival Throwdown
Sunday, April 12, from 1pm to 3pm


*** Parking is tough. Carpool, take MARTA or get dropped off.
Featured Parking Location: 999 Peachtree--Located at 10th and Peachtree, 999 Peachtree is the largest parking facility closest to PIedmont Park. Park here and enjoy a two block stroll or a shuttle ride to the park. Handicap parking is available.

Throwdown takes place in front of the AHSAE and MODA, just inside the 12th Street entrance to Piedmont Park.

1pm, Face-to-Face Quick Draw (lawn in front of AHSAE)
Contestants (up to four per school) will be placed into a single elimination bracket in which they will literally face off in 5 minute head-to-head portraiture heats. Contestants will have 5 minutes to render the clearest most expressive likeness of the artist across from them. All competitors should use dry linear media on provided paper.
Judge's Criteria: Entries will be judged immediately upon completion and the winners will advance toward the final.
Event Judges: Jes Gordon, Buckets of Color and Katie Bush, High Museum

1:30 pm: Museum of Design, Chair Design Challenge (lawn in front of MODA space)
Participants will have 90 minutes to ideate and produce a model prototype of the proposed product: a chair designed to accommodate their designated character.
Tools required: sketchbooks or loose paper; pencil/pen; and colored pencils.
MODA will supply model building materials such as; clay, wire, and cardboard.
No laptops or software will be allowed in this competition.
Using the design thinking process student teams will be asked to design a chair. Students will be presented with a storycard describing a user whose needs and preferences they will need to accommodate in their design. The teams will draw thumbnails and then build a sketch model with the provide materials (clay, wire, cardboard, etc.) Finally the teams will present a storyboard showing how they designed their chair and how they addressed the users design needs.
Your design needs to adhere to the following constraints:
(1) Incorporate at least two design elements that serve the needs of your given end-user.
(2) As presentation of the final design is a critical part of the design process; your final storyboard should include a product name, a sketch, a description of the chair, and what user needs it serves.
(3) Your built model should represent the original sketch and while it does not have to be a working-model it should have a physical representation for most of the design functions your team lists as functions of your final chair.
Schools may enter up to two students for this event.
Judge's Criteria: The judge will determine criteria and select the winner based on adherence to the limitations/expansion upon the freedoms of the challenge.
Event Judge: TBA
Facilitator: MODA representative (Alice Weston or Aditi Tolia)
*The Museum of Design Atlanta ("MODA") area is right next to the AHSAE in the festival.

1:45 pm: Figure Drawing Challenge (lawn in front of AHSAE)
This is timed live model observational drawing. The competition will occur in four separate timed heats. Two varsity entrants per heat, though up to four others may draw along to warm up (these four will not be judged). Contestants will be positioned in a semi-circle around the live model.
“Varsity” Entrants: Only the varsity entrants (those actually competing) will be considered for judging. These entrants must be pre-determined. Varsity artists have first priority over materials, viewing locations and positions.
Materials: Contestants are required to bring their own preferred drawing media, and to bring drawing boards. Throwdown will supply chairs and paper. Time will be called every minute. Every drawing should be labeled with student's last name, school, and grade level, and time limit on the back of each drawing submitted for evaluation.

Live Model Figure Drawing Proposed Event Schedule:
1:45- The 5 minute competition will focus on gesture, drawing power, and speed.
1:55- 10 minute Teacher/ Adult challenge. Open to Dogwwod Festival market artists, art teachers, teaching artist co-coaches, and chaperone adults (post-secondary) working with the team directly. This is an opportunity and a challenge to do what we are asking our students to do. Emphasis places on masterful mark-making and media implementation.
2:10- The 15 minute drawing will focus on correct proportion, anatomy, and correctly observed light and shadow.
2:30-The 30 minute drawing will focus on stylistic interpretation. The artists will use the figure as inspiration but may then choose to depart from observed reality to create a highly personal interpretation of the model and the environment.
Judge's Criteria: Judging will occur and points will be tallied after the conclusion of each heat. The judges will not know the name or the school of the entries. Judging will occur based on the stated aesthetic and technical criteria.
Event Judges: Jes Gordon, Buckets of Color and Katie Bush, High Museum

Scoring
In each event, points will be awarded to individuals with their scores contributing to the team total.
First Place= 10
Second Place= 7
Third Place= 5
Fourth Place = 3
Fifth Place= 1
Final judging placements will be binding and judges are not required or allowed to explain or defend their final decisions to anyone. Contestants, parents, and coaches are not to approach and/or question judges independently after their decision is rendered.

Press
Press releases and announcements are being sent to various publications and websites in the Atlanta community. Participating schools are asked to communicate their involvement to their systems and any community partners or organizations that they wish. Each team should secure proper parental, school, and district release forms from their respective systems to allow for maximum potential coverage.

Volunteers
Each team may bring a few volunteers to handle peripheral concerns, logistics, and extra documentation. Please remember that there will be limited parking. Teams should maximize carpooling.

Feedback/Debriefing
During and after the event we will be actively pursuing feedback regarding the event and how it should evolve to create a durable and impactful series of competitions. It is the intention of these competitions to keep the arts actively in the public eye while affording the students an elevated experience, solidifying and activating art programs in the schools, and creating a greater sense of consistency and collegiality between art programs across the region.

Documentation
All participants are encouraged to fully document the experience from start to finish. The Grady High School broadcast television program, GNN, will be on site filming the event. Schools are invited to bring their own photographers and videographers if possible.

Funding
Minimal funding should be necessary to create a viable team. At this early stage no discussion has been formalized regarding sponsorships or of creating a formalized 'league' or 'conference.' It is worth discussion to relate this effort to existing interscholastic organizations like Thespian, Robotics, CTE, GMEA, and others, to tailor our experience to best suit the individual needs of our programs and district initiatives. Schools are encouraged to pursue funding and sponsorships as they see fit.



AHSAE/MODA/Dogwood Throwdown Sign-Up Sheet

For printable version of this pdf file go here.



*** Parking is tough. Carpool, take MARTA or get dropped off.
Featured Parking Location: 999 Peachtree--Located at 10th and Peachtree, 999 Peachtree is the largest parking facility closest to PIedmont Park. Park here and enjoy a two block stroll or a shuttle ride to the park. Handicap parking is available.

Throwdown takes place in front of the AHSAE, just inside the 12th Street entrance to Piedmont Park.

Artists provide drawing boards and sketching tools.
AHSAE provides drawing paper, chairs.
MODA Chair Challenge artists provide drawing tools and colored pencils.
MODA provides chair "building" materials and paper.


We have room for approximately nine competing schools.

School Name:
Art Coach:
Community Coach:
Volunteers (if any):

1pm , 30 minute: AHSAE Face-to-Face Drawing Challenge (each school may have up to 4)
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1:30pm , 90 minute: MODA Chair Design Challenge (One two-person team)
1.
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1:45pm, AHSAE Figure Drawing Challenge (6 individually competing artists per school team; two per event)
5 minute:
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10 minute/adults (teachers, artists) only:
1.
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15 minute:
1.
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30 minute:
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Please email jpg of completed form to cherylmyrbo@gmail.com.


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Check out the broad profile from our most recent Throwdown in Atlanta.
March 7, 2015 -- Throwdown, High Museum




HIGH Museum Throwdown on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm

Competition Event Summary:
Figure Drawing, Challenge, Product Design Challenge, Art Review Write-Off, Gallery Display Competition, Digital Photo Challenge, Collaborative Mural, Wearable Art Performance Competition.

Scroll down for detailed event summaries and requirements.


HIGH Museum Throwdown on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 9 am to 1 pm

10 to 11 am, Robinson Atrium (Stent Wing): Figure Drawing Challenge
This is timed live model observational drawing. The competition will occur in four separate timed heats. Two varsity entrants per heat, though up to four others may draw along to warm up (these four will not be judged). Contestants will be positioned in a semi-circle around the live model.
"Varsity" Entrants: Only the varsity entrants (those actually competing) will be considered for judging. These entrants must be pre-determined. Varsity artists have first priority over materials, viewing locations and positions.
Materials: Contestants are required to bring their own preferred drawing media, and to bring easels or mules if desired. Throwdown will supply chairs, paper and drawing boards. Tables and chairs will be provided by the High. Time will be called every minute. Every drawing should be labeled with student's last name, school, and grade level, and time limit on the back of each drawing submitted for evaluation.

Event Schedule:
10:00- The 5 minute competition will focus on gesture, drawing power, and speed.
10:10- 10 minute Teacher/Adult challenge. Open to art teachers, Teaching artist co-coaches, and chaperone adults (post-secondary) working with the team directly. This is an opportunity and a challenge to do what we are asking our students to do. Emphasis places on masterful mark making and media implementation.
10:30- The 15 minute drawing will focus on correct proportion, anatomy, and correctly observed light and shadow.
10:55- The 30 minute drawing will focus on stylistic interpretation. The artists will use the figure as inspiration but may then choose to depart from observed reality to create a highly personal interpretation of the model and the environment.
Judge's Criteria: Judging will occur and points will be tallied after the conclusion of each heat. The judges will not know the name or the school of the entries. Judging will occur based on the stated aesthetic and technical criteria.
Event Judge: Will be announced later on.

10 to 11 am, Blue Studio (Stent Wing), Digital Photo Challenge
Contestants (two contestants per team) are to create a series of three photographs centering on a museum based theme of their choice. Students must bring their own photography equipment and computer equipment that will allow them to edit, modify, and modulate their photos as they see fit. Contestants will be asked to defend both their aesthetic and technical thought processes that led to the final presented results. Final results will be viewed in projection. Projectors will be provided by the High Museum.
Judge's Criteria: The judge will decide the criteria that will determine placement.
Event Judge: Will be announced later on.

10:00 to 11:30 am, Museum of Design Atlanta*, Graphic Design Challenge
A design challenge shall be issued in which participants will have 90 minutes to ideate and produce a rough draft of the proposed product (a promotional flyer on behalf of an upcoming event at MoDA).
Participants will be asked to utilize sketchbooks or loose paper; pencil/pen; and colored pencils. No laptops or software will be allowed in this competition. An informational packet referencing content and specifications will be provided to each participant at the start of the program.
Schools may enter up to two students for this event and choose to allow their design contestants to work independently or as a two-person team. Therefore, either one or two entries per school will be considered.
Judge's Criteria: The judge will determine criteria and select the winner based on adherence to the limitations/expansion upon the freedoms of the challenge.
Event Judge: Chelsea Jackson, B.F.A. candidate, Art Education, Georgia State University, Class of 2015 (May). Served recently as Graphic Design event judge for the 2015 Skills USA Regional 3 competition.
*The Museum of Design Atlanta ("MODA") is directly across Peachtree Street from the High Museum.

10:15 to 11 am, Lecture Room (Stent Wing) Art Writing Workshop
Stephanie Cash from BURNAWAY arts magazine will lead a 45 minute writing workshop that will teach foundational writing skills for art criticism and review. There is no competitive element to the writing workshop. The writing workshop is intended for those who wish to participate in the write-off (see below), though it is not a requirement. Writing workshop participants do not have to participate in the write-off.

11 to 12 noon, Lecture Room (Stent Wing) & Museum Galleries, Art Review Write-Off
Competitors are to choose one of the two exhibits for review, two independent writers per team. Writers will create a 500-word review article on site. Writers can go into the galleries to take notes and return to the Lecture Room to compose their work.
Judge's Criteria: Criteria will be determined by the panel of judges.
Event Judge: Stephanie Cash (BURNAWAY), Faith McClure (ArtsATL)

11 to 11:30 pm, Robinson Atrium (Stent Wing), Face-to-Face Quick Draw
Contestants (up to two per school) will be placed into a single elimination bracket in which they will literally face off in 5 minute head-to-head portraiture heats. Contestants will have 5 minutes to render the clearest most expressive likeness of the artist across from them. All competitors should use dry linear media on 18 x 24 paper.
Judge's Criteria: Entries will be judged immediately upon completion and the winners will advance toward the final.
Event Judge: Will be announced later on.

11:30 am to 12:30 pm, Curatorial Row (Stent Wing), Gallery Display Competition
Each school can bring up to two “finished” 2d works to be presented in a gallery setting. Schools are required to bring their own easels for presentation. There is no theme or size restriction, however, be warned that exceptionally large works may be difficult logistically.
Judging is promptly at 12:30 pm.
Judge's Criteria: The judge will be in charge of criteria that will determine rankings.
Event Judge: Will be announced later on.

11:30 to 12:30 pm, Robinson Atrium (Stent Wing), Collaborative Painting Inspired by Jose Parla
Schools will establish a team (one collaborative team of three people per school) that will create a two dimensional work on a 36” x 48”white primed panel created by each participating school. Teams will have 60 minutes to create a finished work.
Preparation Requirement: Teams should specifically reference work of José Parlá, which is currently on exhibit at the High Museum of Art, and supports the narrative of the response. The nature and composition of the piece can be worked out in advance though no part of the work can be pre-made and simply collaged in place. The piece must be made from scratch. Proposal sketches and reference images are allowed to support the production.
A written statement will accompany the image to inform the audience of the intentions of the artists. This statement can be written ahead of the actual image creation time window. As in the AP portfolio, the writing can only serve to clarify the nature of the work. The writing itself is not part of the judging criteria.
Day-Of Information: The flats can be laid on to work tables or placed on easels. The painting flat may be moved into whatever position in the work area may be necessary to create desired effects.
Teams will bring any and all materials, tools, and media preferred to create an original work. Dry media and washable tempera is preferred. No spray, aerosol, or other volatile materials or processes are allowed. The final image should be dominantly two-dimensional though it may also include collage/other methods.
Judge's Criteria: Final work will be judged on technical mastery, appropriation and synthesis of reference images and ideas, teamwork, and final subjective aesthetic assessment by the judge. Artists' statement does not factor into judging.
Event Judge: Jessica Caldas

11:30 to 12:30 pm, Blue Studio (Stent Wing), Dimensional Paper Sculpture Challenge
Teams (one collaborative team of two people per school) will have 90 minutes to create a freestanding sculpture based on a theme selected on site by the judge.
Materials: Teams will be supplied with a uniformly stocked box of sculpture materials. Schools are required to bring their own collection of hand tools, tapes, glues, clamps, etc. to create the work. We strongly suggest bringing an extension cord and/or power strip. No electric tools are permitted with the exception of hot melt glue guns.
Day-Of Information: Teams will write a short statement regarding the approach and ideology contained in the work to clarify artistic intentions for the judges and audience.
Judge's Criteria: Judgment will occur immediately upon completion. Judgment shall be based on novel use of materials to address the possibilities of the selected theme, structural integrity, cooperative work ethic in process, and practical technique including tool use, efficiency, and cleanup.
Event Judge: Will be announced later on.

12:30 to 1 pm, Robinson Atrium (Stent Wing), Wearable Sculpture Performance Challenge
Teams/schools will work together to create a wearable sculpture ahead of the event. Wearable sculptures will be used for performance during Throwdown. The sculptures and the performances will be juried independently.
Wearable Art Criteria: The nature of the suit in its final conception is up to each team entirely. There is no theme or requirement except to try to use as much found material as possible. The suit shall cover the performer entirely. Some make up may be used to darken or hide the face, hands, or feet if necessary but the suit itself must be the prime driver of the sculpture.
The suit must be "performed."
Inspiration: Teams are strongly encouraged to look at the work of Nick Cave, Branden Collins, Jimmy Kuehnle, and/or Mike Stasny while developing their wearable art. Please also view videos of these artists' performance art to catch a glimpse of the nature desired for this event.
Judge's Criteria: The sculptures and the performances will be juried independently. The 1-2 minute performance will be judged on the ability of the performer to bring out the feeling, movement possibilities, and sound generation possibilities of the sculpture. The judge will also decide the criteria for the sculptures themselves.
Event Judge: George Long, Anne Archer Dennington

Scoring
In each event, points will be awarded to individuals with their scores contributing to the team total.
First Place= 10
Second Place= 7
Third Place= 5
Fourth Place = 3
Fifth Place= 1
Final judging placements will be binding and judges are not required or allowed to explain or defend their final decisions to anyone. Contestants, parents, and coaches are not to approach and/or question judges independently after their decision is rendered.

Press
Press releases and announcements are being sent to various publications and websites in the Atlanta community. Participating schools are asked to communicate their involvement to their systems and any community partners or organizations that they wish. Each team should secure proper parental, school, and district release forms from their respective systems to allow for maximum potential coverage.

Volunteers
Each team may bring a few volunteers to handle peripheral concerns, logistics, and extra documentation. Please remember that there will be limited parking. Teams should maximize carpooling.

Feedback/Debriefing
During and after the event we will be actively pursuing feedback regarding the event and how it should evolve to create a durable and impactful series of competitions. It is the intention of these competitions to keep the arts actively in the public eye while affording the students an elevated experience, solidifying and activating art programs in the schools, and creating a greater sense of consistency and collegiality between art programs across the region.

Documentation
All participants are encouraged to fully document the experience from start to finish. The Grady High School broadcast television program, GNN, will be on site filming the event. Schools are invited to bring their own photographers and videographers if possible.

Funding
Minimal funding should be necessary to create a viable team. At this early stage no discussion has been formalized regarding sponsorships or of creating a formalized "League" or "Conference." It is worth discussion to relate this effort to existing interscholastic organizations like Thespian, Robotics, CTE, GMEA, and others, to tailor our experience to best suit the individual needs of our programs and district initiatives. Schools are encouraged to pursue funding and sponsorships as they see fit.


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2014 Throwdowns and earlier, below:



AHSAE Figure Drawing Throwdown -- at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival
April 13, 2014
(scroll down for AiA td-x, SCAD td-x and High Museum TD)

Participating schools**
Druid Hills High School
Norcross High School
North Cobb Christian School
Parkview High School
Chattahoochee High School
Walton High School
The Galloway School
St. Francis High School
Atlanta Girls' School
SKA Academy of Art and Design
Home Schooler



Single challenge hosted by the AHSAE in the Atlanta Dogwood Festival April 13. North Cobb Christian School won overall.





AiA Figure Drawing, Clay Sculpture and Logo Design Throwdown
March 23, 2014
(scroll down for SCAD td-x and High Museum TD)


Participating schools**
Grady High School
Chamblee High School
Milton High School
Parkview High School
St. Francis High School
East Coweta High School
Starr's Mill High School
North Atlanta High School




Triple challenge td-x hosted by Art Institute of Atlanta, Dunwoody: March 23.
Teams from Grady, Chamblee, North Atlanta, Milton, St. Francis, East Coweta, Starr's Mill and Parkview competed.
East Coweta won overall.


SCAD Figure Drawing Throwdown
March 7, 2014
(scroll down for High Museum TD -- 1/18/14)


Participating schools**
Grady High School
North Gwinnett High School
North Springs High School
Parkview High School




Single challenge sketching td-x hosted by SCAD March 7. Teams from Grady, Brookwood, North Gwinnett and Parkview competed. Grady won overall.



HIGH Museum Throwdown
Saturday, January 18, 2014
Welcome to THROWDOWN 2014! We look forward to your participation and products as we begin the new season.

Participating schools:**
Atlanta Girls' School
Henry W. Grady High School
North Atlanta High School
North Gwinnett High School
North Springs High School
One Love Generation
Riverwood High School

Scrimmage Timeline
9:30-10:00am Gather, load-in, assemble in Hill Auditorium
10:00am Welcome, Introduction, Opening Comments, move to event spaces
10:30-11:30am Still-Life Drawing, Logo Design competitions
11:00-Noon Exhibition Review Write-Off
12:00-1:00pm Figure Drawing, Gallery Drawing competitions
1:30-3:00pm Collaborative Mural (90 min.), Collaborative Sculpture (60 min.)
2:00-3:30pm Digital Story Telling Club, create stories for screening at Awards Ceremony
3:30-4:00pm Test DST Projects in theatre
4:00pm All Move to Hill Auditorium
4:00-5:00pm DST Screening, Feedback, Score Presentation and Awards

Still Life Challenge: 10:30 am: Stent Atrium
Two independent varsity competitors per team.
A pre-arranged still life containing a variety of objects and surfaces will be in the center of the Stent Atrium.
Competitors will be provided with a table and a sheet of 24 x 36 paper. Schools should provide their own media of choice. No solvent based media allowed.
Competitors will have exactly 60 minutes to create a still life work based on the provided arrangement.
Judging will be based on mastery of geometry, proportion, composition, illusion of surface quality, light and shadow, and use of color. Local color not required.
Drawings should be labeled with students last name, school, and grade level on the back of each drawing submitted for evaluation. The judges will not know the name or the school of the entries.

Gallery In-Situ Drawing: Noon: in the galleries
Two independent varsity competitors per team.
Artists will be released in to the galleries with a drawing board and 24 x 36 paper to create an observational drawing of one of the many exhibit spaces NOT including the travelling exhibits or the non-gallery spaces, i.e. the cafe, the bathrooms, etc.
Artists will have exactly 60 minutes to create the drawing and return it to the designated judging space. Dry media only. Color is not required.
Drawing should exhibit mastery of proportion, illusion of depth, point of view, light and shadow and at least one human figure.
Rulers or other straight edges are permitted.
Drawings should be labeled with students last name, school, and grade level on the back of each drawing submitted for evaluation. The judges will not know the name or the school of the entries.

Figure Drawing Challenge: Noon, Stent Atrium
Two independent varsity artists per team, per heat, up to six competing artists total.
This is timed live model observational drawing. Chairs, paper and drawing boards will be supplied by the event. Contestants are to bring their own preferred drawing media. Contestants will be positioned in a semi-circle around the live model. Contestants are to bring easels or mules if desired.
The competition will occur in three separate timed heats. Two varsity entrants per heat, though others may draw along. Varsity entrants must be pre-determined. Only the varsity entrants will be considered for judging. Varsity competitors get priority choice of drawing position.
Please note the different emphases on the different events. Judging will occur based on the stated aesthetic and technical criteria.
The 5 minute competition will focus on gesture, drawing power, and speed.
The 15 minute drawing will focus on correct proportion, anatomy, and correctly observed light and shadow.
The 30 minute drawing will focus on stylistic interpretation.
Time will be called every minute.
Judging will occur and points will be tallied after the conclusion of each heat.
Drawings should be labeled with students last name, school, and grade level on the back of each drawing submitted for evaluation. The judges will not know the name or the school of the entries.

Exhibition Review: 1:30 judging: Two entries per school
School will bring two "finished" 2d works to be presented in a gallery setting. There is no theme or size restrictions however exceptionally large works may be difficult logistically. Basically, it has to fit through the door. Schools should plan to bring easels for presentation.
Rankings will be at the discretion of the taste and erudition of the Judge.

Collaborative Painting: 1:30 pm: Responding to "Go West"
One collaborative three person team per school
Schools will establish a team that will create a two dimensional work on a 36" x 48" white primed panel flat provided by Grady High School. The flats can be laid onto work tables or placed onto easels from the figure competition. The painting flat may be moved into whatever position in the work area necessary to create desired effects.
Teams will have 90 minutes to create a finished work.
Teams will bring any and all materials, tools, and media preferred to create an original work. The final image should be dominantly two-dimensional though it may also include collage and combine elements. Dry media and washable tempera will be used.
Teams should specifically reference work in the Go West exhibit that supports the narrative of the response. The nature and composition of the piece can be worked out in advance though no part of the work can be pre-made and simply collaged in place. The piece must be made from scratch. Proposal sketches and reference images are allowed to support the production.
A written statement will accompany the image to inform the audience of the intentions of the artists. This statement can be written ahead of the actual image creation time window. As in the AP portfolio, the writing can only serve to clarify the nature of the work. The writing itself is not part of the judging criteria.
Final work will be judged on technical mastery, appropriation and synthesis of reference images and ideas, teamwork, and final subjective aesthetic assessment by the judge. The work should center on the theme, "Responding to the Go West exhibit on display at the High Museum of Art."

Sculpture Challenge: 1:30 pm: Education Center classroom
One collaborative Two-person team per school.
Teams will have 60 minutes to create a freestanding sculpture based on a theme selected on site.
No electric tools except for hot melt glue guns.
Teams will be supplied with a uniformly stocked box of sculpture materials. Schools are required to bring their own collection of hand tools, tapes, glues, clamps, etc. to create the work.
Teams will write a short statement regarding the approach and ideology contained in the work to clarify artistic intentions for the judges and audience.
Judgment will occur immediately upon completion.
Judgment shall be based on novel use of materials to address the possibilities of the selected theme, structural integrity, cooperative work ethic in process, and practical technique including tool use, efficiency and clean-up.

Logo Challenge: 10:30 am: Education Workshops
Two contestants per team. Schools may choose to allow the designers to collaborate or to work independently. Therefore, either one or two entries per school will be considered.
A real business owner is in search of a new logo concept for her company. Details of the company and reference images will be supplied to the designers at the start of the timed period. Competitors may choose their approach and may use traditional pen and paper, or may choose to use computer design to create the logo. Schools will be responsible to provide their own equipment to support their production choices.
The business owner will select the finalists and will award the winner with a check for $100. Any further use of the logo by the company and any further contract arrangements will be the independent responsibility of the designer(s) and the business owner.

Art Review Writing: 11:00am - Noon: in one of the two travelling exhibitions; Tuilleries or the Bunnen photography exhibitions.
Two independent writers per team.
Competitors are to choose one of the three exhibits for review. A 500 word review article will be written on-site for review by professional art writers.

Scoring
In each event, points will be awarded to individuals with their scores contributing to the team total.
First Place= 10
Second Place= 7
Third Place= 5
Fourth Place = 3
Fifth Place= 1
Final judging placements will be binding and judges are not required or allowed to explain or defend their final decisions to anyone. Contestants, parents, and coaches are not to approach and/or question judges independently after their decision is rendered.

Press
Press releases and announcements are being sent to various publications and websites in the Atlanta community. Participating schools are asked to communicate their involvement to their systems and any community partners or organizations that they wish.
Each team should secure proper parental, school, and district release forms from their respective systems to allow for maximum potential coverage.

Volunteers
Each team may bring a few volunteers to handle peripheral concerns, logistics, and extra documentation. Please remember that there will be limited parking. Teams should maximize carpooling.

Feedback/Debriefing
During and after the event we will be actively pursuing feedback regarding the event and how it should evolve to create a durable and impactful series of competitions. It is the intention of these competitions to keep the arts actively in the public eye while affording the students an elevated experience, solidifying and activating art programs in the schools, and creating a greater sense of consistency and collegiality between art programs across the region.

Documentation
All participants are encouraged to fully document the experience from start to finish. The Grady High School broadcast television program, GNN, will be on site filming the event. Schools are invited to bring their own photographers and videographers if possible.

Funding
Minimal funding should be necessary to create a viable team. At this early stage no discussion has been formalized regarding sponsorships or of creating a formalized "League" or "Conference." It is worth discussion to relate this effort to existing interscholastic organizations like Thespian, Robotics, CTE, GMEA, and others, to tailor our experience to best suit the individual needs of our programs and district initiatives. Schools are encouraged to pursue funding and sponsorships as they see fit.

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