ARTS & CRAFTS
STATE FAIR exhibits will be: Fine Arts -two entries per county.
Basic or Miscellaneous Crafts -Six entries per county.
Model Craft -two entries per county. Needlecraft -two entries per county.
For judging, 4-H Arts and Crafts will be broken down into 3 levels:
Beginner-grades 3, 4 and 5
Intermediate-grades 6, 7 and 8
Advanced-grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.
Honor group exhibitors of each level will be considered for State Fair entry. Crafts will be judged at the Fairgrounds.
1. Any member may enroll in the Arts & Crafts project.
2. The objectives of this project are to be creative and skillful. A wide variety of things may be done in the Arts & Crafts project, however, all articles made should be useful (beautiful and practical) as possible. For safety purposes, any craft that resembles a sword, knife, or look-a-like weapon will be judged, but will not be displayed.
3. Completed record sheets are due into the Extension Office on July 2, 2018, 4:00 PM. No records, or late/incomplete record sheets will result in an exhibit being considered for EXHIBITION ONLY—NO PLACING. A separate record sheet must be turned in for each category.
4. The project must be completed in time for exhibit at the county Arts & Crafts judging at the County Fair.
5. Members will be allowed to exhibit a maximum of three (3) arts & crafts projects, one (1) from each category: Basic, Fine Arts, Needlecraft.
6. The exhibit will be entered in one of the main categories listed.
7. Attach a “4-H Craft Information Card”: Each exhibit shall have an information card with exhibitor's name, grade, name of article, was exhibit from a purchased kit or an original design and a description of how the project was constructed/crafted.
BASIC & MISCELLANEOUS CRAFTS
Exhibit one or a set of articles from the suggested crafts listed below, or from a craft of your choice, which best represents what you have learned, and complete craft record sheet.
Things to learn: (1) uniformity in color; (2) absence of air bubbles; (3) smoothness of surface: (4) finishing of seams; (5) finishing of bottom where wick is inserted; (6) balance and creativity. Candles are to be removed from their molds.
To learn (1) to manipulate clay; (2) to join pieces; (3) how to apply simple glaze; (4) purpose and procedure for firing. Ceramic molds should not be displayed.
To learn how to follow direction on kits, hook canvas correctly and finish ends of canvas. Learn to be creative and original with designs. Learn to coordinate colors.
To learn (1) how to work with leather and leather tools; (2) to stamp designs; (3) lacing, (4) carving; (5) dyeing of leather.
Things to learn: (I) various kinds of yarns and cords; (2) various uses and techniques of different knots; (3) combinations of textures, colors and ornaments.
Learn about various gauges, grain and finishes of metal you select. (2) Select a suitable design, related to shape, size, and use of article. (3) Learn and use safe practices in handling metal tools and materials. (4) Learn and practice shaping or finishing of metal article.
Things to learn: (1) selection of plaster craft; (2) how to clean and smooth seams, rough edges and bumps; (3) basic and advanced painting skills; (4) different finishing techniques.
POTTERY (Hand Formed)
Things to learn: (1) manipulation of clay; (2) join pieces; (3) application of glazes; (4) purpose and procedure for firing.
To learn to select and use basic reed materials and to learn to make a good design through shape and proportions. To learn to weave an entire article. To learn advanced weaves using other than reed materials and introduce the use of color.
Things to learn: (1) different kinds of paints; (2) proper way to hold the tube; (3) proper finishing techniques; (4) shading techniques; (5) creating your own designs.
To learn preparation, selection and application of finishes to hardwoods and softwoods. To learn how to apply design with paint, water colors, chip carving, colored pencils, or wood burning.
Any other MISCELLANEOUS CRAFT not covered in the above crafts, needle craft or fine arts. Examples: Paper Mache, Stone Polishing, Enameling, Wire or Cord Sculpture, Collage, Beads (made into jewelry), String or Wire Art, Shrink Art, Cloth Flowers, miniatures, etc.
FINE ARTS (Painting & Drawing)
Choose one of the following mediums: oil, watercolor, charcoal, ink, pastels, acrylic or pencil.
1. Select or prepare background material (canvas, canvas board or paper) suitable for the painting or drawing medium chosen.
2. Select a subject appropriate for the background, your interest and experience. A beginner will want to start by selecting a simple subject, such as shapes only.
3. Prepare a simple plan of what you will do, considering space and color relationship.
4. Experiment with equipment and techniques for using the medium selected.
5. Try several pictures.
6. Experiment with matting and framing the finished pictures. Consider color, texture, depth, and weight.
7. Exhibit one picture or set, framed and ready for hanging. Canvas art on a wooden frame is considered prepared for hanging provided that frame has a hanger
8. No “paint by number” allowed.
NEEDLE CRAFT (Hand work)
Includes all types of needle work such as crocheting, knitting, embroidery, needlepoint, etc.
CROCHET, EMBROIDERY (OR CREWEL), KNITTING, NEEDLEPOINT, HAND QUILTING, TATTING, PUNCH NEEDLEWORK, CANDLEWICKING, CHICKEN SCRATCHING, HUCK EMBROIDERY, HEMSTITICHING, PULLED/DRAWN/COUNTED THREAD WORK.
(NO MACHINE KNITTING, MACHINE QUILTING, LATCH HOOK, PLASTIC CANVAS, OR ARM CROCHETING/KNITTING).
Exhibits must be a small scale replica and meet the following criteria:
A. Must be of injected styrene plastics.
B At least 25% of the exhibit must be painted.
C WOOD, PAPER, CLAY, DIE-CAST, OR SNAP TOGETHER MODELS ARE NOT PERMITTED.
D. Screws are not permitted.
E. Pre-painted, or pre-decaled factory models are not permitted.
F. If the model is being built from kit, include a copy of the instructions with the craft information card.
G. Legos are not considered models and are to be exhibited as a Basic Craft, or Do Your Own Thing.
Members will be allowed to exhibit a maximum of five (5) Model Crafts, one from each category: Aircraft, Miscellaneous, Railroad, Road Vehicles and Watercraft.
REQUIREMENTS: During the year the member may build various models prior to the exhibit requirement.
Members may build any Aircraft kit. Total cost is unlimited, but it is recommended that first year members cost not exceed $20, and second year members' costs not to exceed $30. Members may do any painting or detailing of the model that they desire.
EXHIBIT: Completed Aircraft Model.
Members may build any Model kit that does not fit into any of the other Model categories. This is to be a small scale replica.
EXHIBIT: Completed Small Scale Replica Model.
Members may build any Railroad kit. Suggestions for beginning members; car, locomotive, or building kit construction. Kit directions are to be followed for a kit of any model railroad type. Any scale may be used. Suggestions for more advanced members; car, locomotive or building cross knitting (kitbashing). One kit structural redesign, two or more kits combined for a "new" model. Some kit should be the basic starting point.
EXHIBIT: Completed Railroad Model. No Dioramas allowed.
Members may build any Road Vehicle kit (includes cars, trucks, cycles, and/or farm equipment). Total cost is unlimited, but it is recommended that first year members build a 1/25th scale model, cost not to exceed $20, and second year members build a 1/24th or 1/25th scale model, cost not to exceed $30. Members may do any painting or detailing of the model that they desire. More advanced members may select any model kit of any material (wood, metal, etc.) they choose. This can be your own design. There will be two categories which are (1) kit, (2) original.
EXHIBIT: Completed Road Vehicle Model.
Members may build any Watercraft kit. Total cost is unlimited, but it is recommended that first year members' cost not to exceed $20, and second year members' cost not exceed $30. Members may do any painting or detailing of the model that they desire.
EXHIBIT: Completed Watercraft Model.