February 25, 2017
Texas State University, San Marcos
ArtRules

Please click the button to the right for each rule in arts category.

Arts General Rules
  • When an event has a spending limit and requires that receipts be provided (Crafts, Doll Costume, Gingerbread House, Needlework, Original Model, T-Shirt), it is acceptable to use items that you already have at home (e.g., flour for your gingerbread house, fabric for your doll costume, etc.), but you MUST include with your receipts a written statement explaining which items you already had on hand along with documentation of the approximate price you would have had to pay for those items had you actually purchased them (e.g., a clipping from a store’s weekly sales flyer, a price quote from an online retailer, ebay, Craig’s List, etc. — not a random number that you pulled out of the air). The value of any such items DOES count toward your spending limit.  Additionally, students must include identifying information on their project.  If a student does not include the requested information, there will be a 10 point deduction to the cumulative score.
Critique Sheets and Art Entry Slips

Please click the link below to download the art entry slips and critique sheet. 
By submitting an entry, you give permission for Sprachfest and Texas State German Contest to use your photograph for informational and/or publicity purposes.

Arts Entry Forms

Crafts Club Album

Digital Logo Design (New State Qualifying Event!!!)

Doll Costume

Gingerbread House(Traditional and Non-Traditional)

Needlework

Photo Essay

Photography

Poster Design

Original Models

Shirt Design

Video Show

Club Album

Entry Limit:  One album per school: may be an individual or group project

The album may be dated from the day of the previous year’s Regional Contest (usually the first Saturday in February) until the day before the current year’s Regional Contest (usually the first Saturday in February).  It should include pictures, articles, artifacts, etc., concerning activities of the German Club.  Size and format is open to the choice of the contestants.  Originality is strongly encouraged.  This should not just be a photo album, but rather a record of the German Club activities.

Crafts

Entry Limit:  One craft per school: may be an individual or group project

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

A craft is the creation of something new and unique.  It should be representative of a style or genre, without being a copy of a specific item; however, it must relate to German culture.  Contestants must build all projects from scratch.  No kits. The craft must be clearly named, e.g. Dom, Kuckucksuhr, Trachtenhut, etc. and it should include a backdrop or diorama.  Project should include some form of documentation showing the style or genre that the student is trying to use, e.g. gothic cathedrals, Black Forest cuckoo clock, Bavarian-style hat, etc.  Possible entries are by no means limited to examples cited within these rules.  Documentation should include appropriate citation of sources.  Photos of the various stages of the creation process would also be helpful to the judges in determining if the project was actually constructed by the contestant(s).  Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Digital Logo Design

Entry Limit:  One entry per school: may be an individual or group project

Size Limits and Formats:  1 – 2 megabytes; 2400 x 2000 px;  .jpg, .gif, or .pdf

Note: The 1st Place logo from each contest will be used for print or digital material, including the website for the following year. State qualifiers are encouraged to adapt/change their regional design to reflect the State Contest.

The logo must be German related and some element of the design must relate to German contest. The logo may be animated or still. All images within the design must be original artwork and/or photos designed by or taken by the contestant(s). Images taken from Internet or any other source are unacceptable. Contestant(s) may use pictures they have taken from prior contest years; however, no student faces may be visible. Any words, except for the contest name, must be in German. Logos must be submitted on a standard USB drive (labeled with contestant name) and put in a 4” x 7” padded envelope. Nothing should be on the drive except the submitted entry and double-check that there are no viruses!

Doll Costume

Entry Limit: Two dolls per school: may be an individual or group project – Dolls must be submitted by 2 separate contestants or groups of contestants

Doll Size Limits:  12 inches – 36 inches tall; Barbie-doll-size costumes are unacceptable.

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

The costume may be representative of traditions in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, or Liechtenstein but must be a student-made folk costume for a doll.  The doll itself may be hand-made or store bought.  Contestant(s) must include a backdrop, which contains information about the costume and the place it represents.  Documentation should include appropriate citation of sources.  Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Gingerbread House

Entry Limit:  One house of each style, per school (may be an individual or group project):  Non-traditional, Traditional

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

Size Limits:  Length and width of primary structure:  minimum 9″ per dimension, maximum 24″ per dimension; height: 24″ max. (Measurements will be made from wall to wall with a 1/2″ variance.)  Length and width of base: maximum 36” per dimension. 

There are two categories, in which each school may enter:  traditional houses (like the Hänsel and Gretel house) and non-traditional houses (such as tree houses, shoe houses, castles, churches, etc.).  Contestant(s) must build all houses from scratch.  No kits.  Use any recipe.  The entire entry must be edible, except for the base.  The primary house or structure must have a roof on it.  Photos of the actual building of the house would be helpful to the judges in determining if the house was actually built by the contestant(s). Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Needlework

Entry Limit:  Two entries per school:  may be an individual or a group project – entries must be submitted by 2 separate contestants or groups of contestants

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

Only hooked rugs, embroidery, needlepoint, cross-stitch, or quilting are allowed.  Everything must be related to a German theme, such as state or national symbols of German-speaking areas, landscapes, folk traditions, fairy tales, proverbs, etc.   Needlework should include some brief form of documentation either depicting an image that was replicated and/or the German relevance.  Documentation should include appropriate citation of sources.  Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Original Models

Entry Limit:  One model per school: may be an individual or group project

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

An original model is a re-creation of a specific object that exists or existed in a German-speaking country or is/was a German-Texan structure.  Contestants must build all projects from scratch.  No kits.  The model must be clearly named, e.g. Kölner Dom, Brandenburger Tor, Bavarian Battle Helmet, etc and it should include a backdrop or diorama.  Project should include some form of documentation as to how the original structure/object looked, from various angles if possible.  Documentation should include appropriate citation of sources.  Photos of the various stages of construction would also be helpful to the judges in determining if the project was actually constructed by the contestant(s).  Receipts for expenses must also be included in the documentation.

Photo Essay

Entry Limit: One entry per school:  may be an individual or a group project

Photo Limits: 10 – 20 photos

Photos must be originals taken by the contestant(s).  Photos may be either black-and-white or color, or a combination of both.  Any size photo is acceptable.  Photos must be mounted on only ONE sheet of poster board (22″ by 26″).  The photos may concern any subject, but they must be accompanied by a narrative story in German.  The story should be written on the poster board next to or under each of the pictures.

Photography

Entry Limit: Two entries per school: Entries consist of a single student’s work – NO group entries.  Photos must be submitted by two separate contestants.

Size Limits:  5” X 7” minimum

Entries consist of 1 photograph, which may include only one image or multiple images.  Image(s) must be original and taken by the contestant.  Image(s) taken from Internet or any other source is/are un acceptable.  Image(s) may be either black-and-white or color, or a combination of both. Photo must be matted and/or framed.  The photo must have a German theme, which may be candid or staged.  The name of the contestant, the school, and the city must be on the back of the matte/frame.  For all images used, additional documentation must include  4” X 6” original, unaltered photo(s) indicating when and where taken .

Poster Design

Entry Limit:  One entry per school: may be an individual or group project

Size Limit:  One piece of poster board, 22″ by 26″

The poster may be about any German related topic.  There must be at least 10 different German words on the poster, or at least 10 words forming a complete German sentence or phrase.  Posters must be made by hand-drawing and/or with hand-made extras.  No computer-made posters will be accepted.

Shirt Design

Entry Limit:  One entry per school: may be an individual or group project

Spending Limit:  $45.00 max. (Items used from home must be accounted for, given a monetary value, and included with receipts.)

No German Club shirts. The design of the shirt should be German related. All words must be in German, with a minimum of 5 different words – no maximum. Design must be artistically hand-designed, i.e., no store bought decals AND the design must be hand-applied by contestant(s), regardless of technique used, e.g. silk-screened, copied, or painted. Photos of the design and application process would also be helpful to the judges. For the design to be eligible, it must be on a shirt or sweatshirt.  Receipts for the shirt and the supplies must be provided with the entry.

Video Show

Entry Limit: One video per school: At least 6 contestants must be included in the video.

Time Limits:  6 – 15 minutes

Video may be an original screenplay or a documentary and may not include animation. This may not be a video of your play, skit, puppet show, or duet pieces. The video must be uploaded according to directions on the website. All dialogue must be in German. One student from the group must be present at the designated time of judging with a backup of the video on a flash drive. The flash drive and three copies of the script should be in a 9 X 12 manila envelope, clearly marked with the title of the video, the name of school, the city, and the teacher’s name. This envelope should be turned in to the designated room by 9:00 a.m. on the day of contest. Judging includes originality, German dialogue, and the professional quality of the video presentation. Creativity is encouraged.

Upcoming

Feb. 10, 2017
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. in order to qualify for early-bird price of $10 per student. Online registrations submitted after this point incur the regular registration fee of $12 per student. Also, deadline to apply for the Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship.

Feb. 10, 2017
Mary El-Beheri Memorial Scholarship applications due

Feb. 17, 2017:
State online registration due by 11:59 p.m. (regular deadline). Also,postmark deadline for State payment, regardless of whether you completed your online registration by the early-bird or the regular deadline.

Important Dates

Feb. 25, 2017
Texas State German Contest, Texas State University, San Marcos

Mar. 10, 2017
Gail Cope Scholarship applications due

April 30, 2017
Teacher Grant applications due

February 24, 2018
Texas State German Contest 2018

Contact Us

Texas State German Contest Director
Jennifer Christianson
jgchristianson@gvtc.com

Sprachfest/TSGC Mailing Address
Texas State German Contests, Inc.
PO Box 2043
Boerne, TX 78006

Onsite Directors
Kayla Hill & Dr. Ewa Siwak
Dept. of Modern Languages
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666