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AHSAE / Dogwood Festival Throwdown
Sunday, April 15, from 12:30pm to approximately 4pm

AHSAE is displayed inside the PPC Community Center just inside the 12th Street entrance to Piedmont Park in the 82nd 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.



We need judges and challenge coordinators. Email art.throwdown@gmail.com
*** Parking is tough. Carpool, take Uber, a taxi, 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.

***To participate, email art.throwdown@gmail.com to request a sign-up form, fill in as many challenges as you wish--to compete for "winning school" you must compete in every challenge--and send the form back asap. Challenges fill up fast.

***Report to check in between 12:00pm - 12:30pm. Fees collected: $5 per artist. (small bills please!) If any of your students find this fee a hardship let us know. Throwdown is meant to be as inclusive as possible.

Face-to-Face paper and Throwdown buttons distributed. Atlanta Dogwood Festival, AHSAE and Throwdown provide paper, poster board, clay, chairs, tables, model, judges, coordinators, and location. 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. One winner.
Event Judge: TBA

1pm, 2 hours: Poster Challenge (until 3pm)
Teams of two artists per school. Bring dry mediums and poster-making supplies. Poster board provided. Social issue theme announced at beginning of challenge.

1pm, 90 minutes: Maquette Clay Character Challenge (until 2:30pm)
Two individual artists per school. Character details announced at beginning of challenge. 3lbs of clay per artist provided. Bring your favorite sculpting tools! High school and college artists judged separately.
Event Judge: Cheryl Myrbo

ANNOUNCING NEW CHALLENGE: 1pm, 2 hours: Digital Art Collage Challenge (until 3pm)
Two teams of two artists per school. The theme will be announced at the beginning of the challenge and students will have 2 hours to photograph and manipulate their digital images. Students must bring their own cameras, devices, laptops and applications and be prepared to combine images and display for final judging on a laptop. WiFi will not be available through Throwdown, so competitors must manage image sharing via hotspots or direct linked cables.

1pm, 2 hours: Festival Landscape Drawing Challenge (until 3pm)
Two individual artists per school. Paper provided. Bring drawing boards and mediums.
Event Judge: TBA

1:40pm, After Face-to-Face: Figure Drawing Challenge
Two entrants per school per heat. This is a timed live model observational drawing. The competition will occur in separate timed heats. 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.

Proposed Schedule: times are approximate
1:40- The 5 minute competition will focus on gesture, drawing power, and speed.
1:50- The 10 minute competition will focus on gesture, proportion, light and shadow.
2:05- The 15 minute drawing will focus on correct proportion, anatomy, and correctly observed light and shadow.

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.

2:30- 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.
Event Judge: TBA

ANNOUNCING NEW CHALLENGE: 2:30pm, One hour: Figure in a Composition Challenge (until 3:30pm)
This is timed live model observational drawing; final drawing must include the exhibition or festival background. The competition will feature pairs from participating schools. One artist sketching -- One model.

Materials: Contestants are required to bring their own preferred drawing media, and to bring drawing boards. Throwdown will supply 2 chairs per team and paper. Be prepared ahead of time with a standing or seated pose, and who is the model and who is the artist. We have space for three teams inside the AHSAE and more teams outside -- in the festival setting.
Winner chosen will potentially become next year's AHSAE Throwdown tshirt.



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 at your request. Contact Cheryl Myrbo, contact page.


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