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ARTS AND CRAFTS

 

DIVISION/GRADE:

Level A – Grades 3, 4

Level B – Grades 5, 6

Level C – Grades 7, 8, 9

Level D – Grades 10, 11, 12

 

RULES:

RECORD SHEETS – A completed Arts and Crafts Record Sheet must be submitted with each Arts and Crafts exhibit at check‑in time.

 

NOTE: If multiple pieces make up the exhibit, a photograph of the complete exhibit should be attached to the exhibit, so the total exhibit can properly be displayed. For safety purposes any craft exhibit that resembles a sword, knife, or look-a-like weapon will be judged but will not be displayed.

  1. All crafts will be divided by category and division.

 

Categories are:

Basic Crafts – Basket Weaving Jewelry Making

Candlemaking Latch Hook

Cardmaking Lego

Ceramics Hand-formed & Molded Recycled Craft

**Gift Wrapping **Wearable Art

Any Other Craft - May not include any crafts included in the categories listed above (May include, plastic canvas, macramé, computerized art, leather, plastercast and/or plastercraft, and woodcraft)

 

Fine Arts - Painting & Drawing

Oil, charcoal, pastels, pencil, ink, acrylic or watercolor--on canvas, canvas board, or paper - framed as a picture - prepared for hanging. Canvas art on a wooden frame is considered prepared for hanging provided that frame has a hanger.

 

**Model Craft - Models & Dioramas A small-scale replica (no die casts).   These will be entered and exhibited in Magill Hall on Thursday of judging week.

 

Needlecraft - (Hand work) Knitting, embroidery, crocheting, needlepoint, crewel, candlewicking,

chicken scratching, hand quilting, tatting, huck embroidery, hemstitching; also pulled, drawn and

counted thread work and punch needle work.

Does not include latch hook, plastic canvas, machine knitting, machine quilting, or arm knitting/crocheting.

 

  1. ALL EXHIBITS MUST BE READY TO USE.
  2. All exhibits in Fine Arts must be exhibited ready for hanging. Frames are required unless the canvas is on a wooden frame. Fine Arts exhibits must use screw eyes and wire for hanging exhibits.
  3. Questions about appropriate type of display for a specific exhibit can be brought to the 4‑H Council no later than the second Monday in June. All other wall hangings, such as crewel, latch hook, counted cross stitch, etc. must be framed or ready for hanging as appropriate to the item and craft type. Exhibits not complete or ready for hanging will be lowered one ribbon placing.
  4. Attach to project: 4-H 618A-W “4-H Information Card” for description of work completed on the project. (REQUIRED). Be sure to indicate if item is from a kit or is an original design. If design is original, please include an explanation of the origin of its design.   Include information about time to assemble, materials used, tools used, and techniques. Exhibits without the information card will be lowered one ribbon placing.
  5. Any exhibit over 6 feet in size must get approval from the 4‑H Council to exhibit at the Fair (except Recycled Craft – they can be no larger than 36”x36”x36”.)If a 4-H member is wishing to create a project larger than the 36”x36”x36” for recycled craft they must gain approval from the 4-H Council. Contact the Extension Office prior to the June 4-H Council meeting to be added to their agenda.
  6. Suggestions given for exhibits are just that—suggestions—and are in no way requirements. Each year’s project should be more difficult.
  7. 4‑H members in advanced divisions of all craft projects are encouraged to experiment with original designs.
  8. Exhibits will be judged according to usefulness, originality, choice of material(s), suitability of design, workmanship, finish, and use of color.

BASIC CRAFTS:

 

Basket Weaving:

Suggested basket styles are listed in the Johnson County Arts & Craft Manual for each grade level.

FIRST TIME BASKET-MAKER : 4‑H member SHOULD ENROLL IN THEIR GRADE division, then follow guidelines, from Level A, making simple additions such as curls, twining, or a wrapped handle to create a project for the proper age category. No added decorations on baskets—like silk flowers, ribbons, etc. unless made with basket-reed, and not for Level A.

 

Candlemaking:

Beeswax rolled and gel candles are not to be exhibited.

Level A – One candle using a 1‑piece mold, one color, and no decoration. Remove from mold. It may be cylindrical, square, triangular or heart shaped. Exhibit candle in plain holder so that it may be removed to judge the bottom or in a flat box on a bed of soft tissue paper to prevent damage.

 

Level B – One or a pair of matched candles, with decoration added to either the inside and/or outside of the candle. Candles must be removed from their mold.

 

Level C – One or a pair of matched candles, using multiple colors. Candles must be removed from their mold.

 

Level D – Expand on what you learned in Levels A, B, and C. Candles must be removed from their mold or be hand formed.

 

Cardmaking

  • Computer generated cards are NOT part of this category; they belong in the Beginner level of the Computer project (if age is applicable).
  • Writing a greeting on the inside and/or outside is optional.
  • Cards can be presented for judging in a basket or box and tied with a ribbon or yarn; however, because of space limitations, they will be exhibited in a zip-lock baggie.

 

Level A – Exhibit five (5) cards or gift tags (may or may not be related in theme) with or without envelopes using at least one technique from three different categories as listed in the Johnson County Arts & Craft Manual.

 

Level B – Exhibit five (5) cards or gift tags (may or may not be related in theme) with or without envelopes using any technique from Level A and at least one technique from two different categories as listed in the Johnson County Arts & Crafts Manual.

 

Level C – Exhibit five (5) cards or gift tags (may or may not be related in theme) with or without envelopes using any technique from Level A and/or B and at least one technique from one category as listed in the Johnson County Arts & Crafts Manual.

 

Level D – Exhibit five (5) cards or gift tags (may or may not be related in theme) with or without envelopes using any technique from Level A, B or C and expand on what you have learned in Levels A, B and C.

 

Ceramics: Molded Ceramics

  • All pieces must be fired in the kiln to be considered Ceramics.
  • All pieces must be cleaned (remove mold marks, blemishes, etc.) by the 4‑H member.
  • All Ceramic exhibits must be initialed in the greenware. This is to be fired into the ceramic exhibit. If felt is used on bottom, initial(s) must show.

 

Greenware: A clay body that has not been fired in a kiln.

Bisque: Also known as white ware, it is the item after it has been fired in the kiln.

Glaze: A form of glass, which fuses to the clay body during firing in the kiln.

Stain: A non-fired decorative medium; manufactured with a variety of ingredients and either latex, acrylic, oil-base, or water-base colors.

Underglaze: A material that does not seal the surface of the ware, but must be used under a glaze and fired in the kiln.

 

Level A – Make a simple article using clear or crystal glazes and simple painting techniques. Articles could include flower pots, mugs, spoon holders, candle holders, simple figures or book ends. May use underglazes — NO STAINS.

Level B – One article or a set of articles using simple to modified molds, simple staining techniques, clear or crystal glazes. May use antiquing — NO DRY BRUSHING.

Level C – Choose one of the following:

  • one article using difficult molds, incorporating any of the glazing or staining techniques, that you have learned.
  • an article in porcelain, china painting, or stoneware.

Level D – Expand on what you have learned in Levels A, B and C.

 

Ceramics: Hand-Formed and Pottery

  • All pieces must be fired in the kiln to be considered ceramics.
  • All Ceramic exhibits must be initialed in the greenware. This is to be fired into the ceramic exhibit. If felt is used on bottom, initial(s) must show.

 

Level A – One article made. Suggestions: candy dish, vase, decorative dish or tray, candle holders, etc.

Level B – One article made or a set of articles made.

Level C and D – One article or a set of articles which best represents what you have learned. Display exhibit pieces only.

LEGO™: (Entered and Exhibited in Magill Hall)

  1. Exhibitor may exhibit one display, constructed from LEGO™ style blocks.

 

  1. Exhibits cannot exceed 28” wide by 36” long by 22” tall for 4‑H members in grades 3 through 9 (Level A, B, & C). 4‑H members in grades 10 through 12 (Level D) can have exhibits up to 36” by 36” by 36” in size. Absolutely no exceptions!

 

  1. All exhibits must be displayed on a board. Boards must be rigid (no posterboard, or cardboard) and may not be more than one inch larger than the creation. Suggested methods of attachment include string, twist-ties, wire, double sided tape or poster tack that can be removed during judging and replaced for display.

 

  1. Exhibits will be judged on workmanship, difficulty, and originality.

Level A – One simple creation using a kit or an original design.

Level B – One creation using a kit or an original design.

****For Levels A & B the “original design” will have a Res. Champ & Champ and the “kit” will have a Res. Champ and Champ.

Level C – One creation using an original design (Kits are not allowed at this level).

Level D – One creation using an original design (Kits are not allowed at this level).

 

GIFT WRAPPING:

  • Packages for exhibit in Grade 3-7 must be empty.
  • NO READY MADE BOWS MAY BE USED. All bows must be hand-made, but ribbon to make the bow may be purchased. Make sure bow is in proportion to the package size. Bow should show increased difficulty each year.
  • All exhibits must have a self-made gift card attached to the top of the wrapped package containing the following information:
  1. Occasion
  2. Age of person receiving the gift
  3. Who the gift is for – man, woman, boy, or girl

The self-made gift card must at least be as large as the project exhibit tag. Attach the exhibit

tag to the back of the gift card.

  • Ribbon may be used to compliment the package.
  • “Making your own wrapping paper” is defined as decorating plain or colored wrapping paper in ways such as painting, drawing, stamping with a design, stenciling, applying stickers, etc.,

 

Grade 3 – Wrap one package either square or rectangle (not to exceed 18-inches in any direction). Use purchased paper and one self-made bow. A self-made gift card must be attached (see general rule #3).

Grade 4 – Wrap one package either square or rectangle (not to exceed 18-inches in any direction).   Use purchased paper and one self-made bow. One article (such as a rattle, cookie cutter, small toy, artificial flower, etc.) must be attached to the bow to accent the package. A self-made gift card must also be attached (see general rule #3).

Grade 5 – Wrap one package either square or rectangle (not to exceed 18-inches in any direction).   Use purchased paper and one self-made bow. Articles (such as a rattles, cookie cutters, small toys, artificial flowers, etc.) must be attached to the bow to accent the package. A self-made gift card must also be attached (see general rule #3).

Grade 6 – Wrap one package either square or rectangle (not to exceed 24-inches in any direction). Wrap top and bottom separately using either purchased wrapping paper or make your own wrapping paper (see general rule #5). Bow must be self-made and may have articles attached to it. A self-made gift card must be attached (see general rule #3).

 

Grade 7 – Wrap one cylinder-shaped package not to exceed 24-inches in any direction. Make your own wrapping paper (see general rule #5). Show creativity in the use of package design and trim. A self-made bow is optional. If you choose to use a bow for this level, it must be self-made. A self-made gift card must be attached (see general rule #3).

Grade 8 – Make one self-made gift bag from a cereal box using your own wrapping paper (see general rule #5). Add handles and tissue paper. A self-made bow is optional. Make sure to weigh the bag down with a bag of beans or rice so bag will sit properly.

Grades 9 and above – Wrap one package/gift not to exceed 36-inches in any direction from the following options:

  1. Wrap an odd-shaped or irregular-shaped box (examples: octagon, round, oval, cylinder, etc.).
  2. Wrap a series of two or three packages in a tiered effect wrapped as one complete package. Make each tier of the total package/gift accessible for individual judging. Do not tape, glue, etc. together (examples: three stacked cylinders, 2 rectangular boxes, one box and two cylinders).
  3. Make a self-made, creative gift bag. Add weight (beans or rice) so bag will sit properly.
  4. Wrap one gift which is not wrapped in a box (example: umbrella, baseball bat, broom, coffee mug, etc.).
  5. Wrap a gift basket in clear cellophane so judge can see what is in it. Show creativity in the container you use.

Wrap the above described packages (a. through e.) in non-traditional materials (examples: make your own wrapping paper, newspaper, fabric, natural materials, scarf, diaper, baby blanket, cellophane, metallic materials, etc.). All packages/gifts must have creative bows and trim where appropriate. A self-made gift card must be attached.

 

Jewelry Making:

Jewelry can be strung, beaded, silverwork, or a combination of methods. All jewelry projects should be displayed on a board, in a box, or on a jewelry form; however, because of space limitations, they will be exhibited in a zip-lock baggie.  

 

Level A and B (Grades 36) Exhibit a single necklace, a single bracelet, a pair (2) of earrings, or other single item.

Level C & D (Grades 712) Exhibit a more complex single article or a set of articles. A set can be a bracelet and necklace, necklace and pair of earrings, bracelet and pair of earrings, or any combination of articles.

Each level of Jewelry should be more difficult and complex than the year before.

 

Latch Hook: framed pieces must be ready to hang, canvas pieces do not have to hang.

Level A – Make a small pillow, picture, or rug in a simple design. Pictures should be ready for hanging. Kits are permissible.

Level B – Choose one of the following:

  • make an article from a kit using a variety of color and a more advanced design. Pictures must be ready for hanging.
  • make your own design on the canvas and coordinate the colors of the article.

Level C and D – One article made. Combine the use of other materials in the exhibit, such as furs, felt, etc. Develop patterns with personal touch such as rug wall hangings, pictures using lettering for names, dates, and/or events; or develop patterns that have special meaning.

  • Completed exhibits must be bound and finished on the back either with cloth binding or by folding the raw edge inside the latch hook as shown in the Arts & Crafts Project Information. Folding the raw edges under and whipping/sewing them down or using masking tape as a finish are not acceptable.

Recycled Craft:

All Levels ‑ Exhibit one article made from items that have been previously used in one form and are now being recycled to be used in another form. i.e. a previously worn boot turned into a lamp. Project should contain a minimum of 65% reused items.

  • All recycled craft projects shall not exceed 36” x 36” x 36”.   (For Exception, please contact 4-H Council prior to June meeting for approval)

 

Wearable Art:

  1. Garment(s) either made by or purchased by the 4‑H member and decorated or embellished. The embellishments can be:

 

Simple embellishments: Tie-dye, iron-on art, heat-applied appliqué, puff paint/fabric marker, application of pre-made trim or embellishment, stamping or other simple embellishment.

 

Complex Embellishments: Beading, sequin art—original design of individual sequins or jewels, glued or sewn, onto garment/accessory. Stitched appliques, felting, fabric painting, machine or hand embroidery, cross-stitch, design own fabric, making own trim or embellishment and applying to garment or accessory, screen printing, or other complex embellishments.

 

  1. Each year’s project should be more complicated than the year before.

The project will be judged on workmanship, originality, neatness, and practicality of the embellishment(s).

 

  1. Wearable Arts can be modeled in the Fashion Review project (other garments can be added with it to make it a complete outfit—i.e. a tie-dye shirt with shorts) and a Fashion Review Record Sheet is completed.

 

  1. Qualifying accessories are those that are purchased and embellished according to the guidelines of the divisions. Accessories include: shoes, bags/backpacks/purses, headband/barrette, neckties, socks, scarves, and hats.

**Garments and/or accessories (including handmade jewelry) made by the 4-H member that qualify in another category, should be entered in an appropriate Arts & Crafts or Llama Craft project.

 

  1. Wearable Arts will check-in on Monday, with other Arts & Crafts projects!! If 4-H member is participating in the Fashion Revue—Wearable Arts category, the 4-Her is responsible for picking up garment/accessory or designating an adult to pick up the item(s) after Arts & Crafts judging is complete. The 4-H member will be responsible for the garment/accessory for the Fashion Revue judging and Style Show, as well as returning all garments/accessories in the Wearable Arts project to the correct exhibit hall on the county fairgrounds the following day for display during the Fair. If not returned to the exhibit hall and checked-in, 4-H ribbons and premium money will be forfeited for both Wearable Arts project and Fashion Revue—Wearable Arts project.

 

Level A – Incorporate one simple embellishment on a single accessory or garment with one simple embellishment.

 

Level B – Choose one of the following to exhibit:

Incorporate two simple embellishments on one garment

OR Incorporate one simple embellishment on a garment and one complimenting accessory

 

Level C – Choose one of the following to exhibit:

Incorporate one or more simple embellishments AND at least one complex embellishment on a garment

OR Incorporate one or more simple embellishments AND at least one complex embellishment on an accessory

OR Incorporate one or more simple embellishments AND at least one complex embellishment on a garment AND complimenting accessory.

Level D – Choose one of the following to exhibit:

Incorporate one or more simple embellishments AND at least one complex embellishment on a garment

OR Incorporate one or more simple embellishments AND at least one complex embellishment on an accessory

OR Incorporate one or more simple embellishments AND at least one complex embellishment on a garment AND complimenting accessory.

NOTE: Level C/D – Simple and Complex embellishments can be separated by piece and do not have to be combined on both pieces.

NOTE: Fashion Revue participants see Fashion Revue page for more details. See the judging schedule chart for specific project check-in times.

 

Any Other Craft: (can do up to two (2) different exhibits)

All Levels ‑ One article that does not fit in any other Basic Craft category. May include, plastic canvas, macramé, computerized art, leather, plastercast and/or plastercraft, and woodcraft)

Level A – One article using simple techniques.

Level B – One article or set of articles, expand techniques from previous level.

Level C – One article or set of articles. Combine techniques from previous levels.

Level D – Expand on what you learned in Levels A, B and C.

 

Fine Arts:

Painting: Oils, acrylics, watercolor—use of one of these mediums on canvas, canvasboard, paper, or waterboard. These media use some liquid, whether it be turpentine (spirits of), linseed oil or oils or water for acrylics or watercolors to spread the paint. The use of paint-by-number pictures is discouraged.

 

Drawing: Use of graphite (pencil/colored pencil), charcoal, ink or pastels. Usually, water and/or any other medium is not used to enhance the performance of these media. Paper is generally used with these media. Drawings must be exhibited under glass; matting is optional. There are two categories of Drawing Projects: Mono-chromatic, and Multicolored.

 

Fine Arts Exhibit: One completed picture ready to hang for home use.—framed as a picture - prepared for hanging with screw eyes and wire hanger. Canvas art on a wooden frame is considered prepared for hanging provided that frame has a hanger. All Fine Arts exhibits must be signed or initialed on the front of the picture. Paint on exhibit must be dry.

MODEL CRAFT:

Models: Including cars, trucks, boats, airplanes/spacecraft, and other models.

Suggestions include: racers, customized, stock and antique cars, boats, submarines, ships, historic ships, racing boats, semi‑trailers, pickups, vans, jeeps and other trucks, figures, motorcycles, doll houses built to scale, wood models, flying and display models for all types of aircraft, and all spacecraft, and other models. Except rockets suitable for launching.—see Aerospace project.

 

Dioramas ‑ Three dimensional miniature scene with painted or non-painted modeled figures and background.

 

  1. A member may enter no more than two (2) models. If entering 2 models, they must be separate displays. For example, if entering a car and a truck, they must be on two separate display boards.
  2. No snap together, bolt together, screw together, or nailed models allowed. These exhibits will receive a green ribbon.
  3. Boards used for displaying models must be rigid and not be more than one inch larger than the model. Exhibit will be dropped one ribbon placing if not meeting size requirements. Use of display board or display case is required, the model must be attached to the board. Suggested methods of attachment include string, twist-ties, or wire that can be removed during judging and replaced for display.
  4. Dioramas may not exceed 36”x36”x36”. ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS! Exhibit will be dropped one ribbon placing if not meeting the board and project size requirements. All Dioramas must be exhibited in the Diorama Class and built to scale.
  5. No live animals should be exhibited with the model.

 

 

NEEDLECRAFT:

Needlecraft - (Hand work) Knitting, embroidery, crocheting, needlepoint, crewel, candle wicking, chicken scratching, hand quilting, tatting, huck embroidery, hemstitching; also pulled, drawn and counted thread work and punch needle work.

Does not include latch hook, plastic canvas, machine knitting, machine quilting, or arm knitting/crocheting.

 

Detailed exhibit suggestions and skills to learn are in the Johnson County Arts & Crafts Manual.

 

Level A – Make and exhibit one small articles using basic stitches.

 

Level B – Do a more complicated pattern design, using only those stitches learned in Levels A and B.
EXHIBIT one article using any stitches learned. Using two types of stitches.

Level C –Do a larger, more complicated pattern design using stitches learned in this level with those previously learned.

EXHIBIT one large article using several different stitches, or two small articles using several different stitches, or an article which you designed, or any design on material other than canvas.

Include pattern and instructions you have written.

 

Level D – Expand on what you have learned in previous levels.

EXHIBIT one article, or a pair of articles.
Continue to increase difficulty level of pattern design and size each year to show progress over previous year. Members are encouraged to work out original designs for patterns.

 

 

 

STATE FAIR ENTRY: Two Fine Arts exhibits, two Needlecraft exhibits, two Model exhibits, and a total of six exhibits from the Basic Crafts categories.