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Fill out the form below to register for the 2019 Scholarship Competition.

Participants must be high school seniors graduating in the academic school year 2019-2020.



 

Frequently Asked Questions:
(Click Here for a PDF version of the rules)

 

What time should I arrive to register?
Students should arrive no earlier than 8:00 a.m.  You will need identification such as a valid school ID in order to register.

Competition Sessions
Session 1: 9 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Session 2: 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
STUDENT MUST PARTICIPATE IN BOTH SESSIONS.
NOTE: Session times are approximate

 

Does the Academy provide me with supplies?
No. YOU MUST PROVIDE YOUR OWN ART SUPPLIES.

 

The materials required are:

Figure Drawing:
Artwork must be created in black and white.  Examples of media include charcoal, pencil, and graphite.  You will need either a 15" x 20" or 16" x 20" white illustration board, cold pressed surface.

 

Still Life:
Artwork must be created in color.  Examples of media include colored pencil, pastel, and watercolor with the exception of oil paint.  You will need either a 15" x 20" or 16" x 20" white illustration board, cold pressed surface.

 

Should I bring lunch?
All students will be provided with lunch from the Academy during the lunch break.

 

What time will the competition end?
The competition should end between 4pm-4:30pm.

 

What are the Awards?
(2) 2-Semester Scholarship for Full-Time Study.
(10) 1-Semester Scholarships for Full-Time Study.
(18) 1/2 Semester Scholarships for Full-Time Study.

 

How do I get to the Academy?
Click here for a google map: American Academy of Art
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Click here for the CTA's website: www.transitchicago.com

 

Is there parking?
Click here for parking options.

 

When will I be notified if I have placed in the competition?
All students will receive a notification letter by January 2020.

 

COMPETITION CRITERIA

This competition is based on realism.  Any work that is abstract or non-representational will not meet the criteria and unfortunately will be disqualified.  You will turn in BOTH pieces of artwork on WHITE illustration board to qualify for the competition.

FIGURE DRAWING:

Elements to concentrate on include space and form, as well as creating value with light and shadow.  Most importantly, you should focus on proportion and anatomical accuracy.  (Spray fixative is not permitted.)

STILL LIFE:

You must work in color and may use any medium with the exception of oil paint.  You do not have to represent the entire still life, but you must include at least three objects that are positioned next to each other in the still life composition.  (Spray fixative is not permitted.)

Elements to concentrate on include color theory, perspective, form, accuracy and proportion, as well as creating value with light and shadow.  

 

RULES FOR THE 2019 SENIOR SCHOLARSHIP COMPETITION

1) Participants must be high school seniors graduating in the academic year 2019-2020.

2) Participants must create a complete figure drawing in black and white using either a 15x20 or 16x20 white illustration board, cold press surface. 

3) Participants must create a still life in color using either a 15x20 or 16x20 white illustration board, cold press surface.
 

4) You must attend both the life drawing and still life sessions. You will turn in both pieces the day of the event.
 

5) No marks of identification are to appear on the front of the artwork. However, the participant’s name, address, telephone number, and high school must be printed on the back of each piece in the upper right corner.
 

6) The drawings will be judged by the American Academy of Art’s faculty. Criteria for judging will be based on fundamental skill.
 

7) Participants are limited to one entry per student.
 

8) Awards are for full-time programs.
 

Award announcements will be made in January 2020.
Scholarship winners must enroll no later than Monday April 27, 2020
and must begin their studies during the Fall 2020 academic term.


All admission procedures and requirements apply to scholarship recipients.
Matriculation must be directly from high school.
No cash awards will be granted.


Participants must claim their artwork by May 15, 2020.

 

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If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at 312-461-0600.

 
Sincerely,
 
American Academy of Art
 
 

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