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Updated on January 25, 2018 at 9:33


SUIS Cross-Campus Art Contest and Art fair 2018

NB. Items highlighted thus need finalisation.


SUIS Cross Campus Art Fair                                                         

When : May 30th 2018                                                                     

Who : K-12 in all International programs                                      

Time : 10:00 – 11:30 Student Set-Up                                             

· 11:30 – 2:15 Judging                                                

· 2:00 All guests welcome!                                           

· 3:00 Awards Ceremony                                             

Where : JIAOKE Campus Gymnasium                                        

Public show of winning entries                                                       

When : June 1st-3rd

Where : M50 Shanghai Creative Arts District. Gallery TBD

Supporting details:

· Open to all SUIS schools international programs grades K-12.

· School can submit up to 3 art works from each grade for each of the 3 categories.

· School can select the top 3 Art works from their local campus Art fairs.

· Categories are 2D, 3D and Multi-dimensional Eg. Animation

· Art works that can be, should be mounted on display boards.

· Judges are being recruited from the local arts community.

· Awards will given to the top 3 winners in each category and grade level

· Selected Art works will be kept for a Gala art showing at a selected Shanghai Art Gallery

Organising Commitee

Chair: Mr. Kevin Harrison. Secretary: Ian A. Smith. Marketing: Tina. I.T.: Muhammad Usman. Specialist Art Advisors: Elicia Murdoch, Erik Meri and Ryan McDaid.


All Art departments from across the SUIS family of campuses are invited to enter student artworks according to the following criteria and age groups:-

Criteria for entries are as follows:-

The main criterion for all artworks is that they should be:

‘Inspired by the work of an artist or artists from another time and another place.

Each artwork entered should come with an ‘artist statement’ which gives an explanation of the artwork and includes the following information:-

1.    The title of the artwork

2.    The artist or art movement that inspired the artwork

3.    An explanation of the "message" of the art work. References to metaphor, symbolism, allegory etc. may be included here.

4.    For older students in particular, reference may also be made to image development strategies. For guidance on this please see the information at appendix 1.

5.    Any "please notice" items

6.    An evaluation of the artwork and any next steps the artist might take in applying the methods and principles to future artworks. 


The categories of artwork are:-

1.      2d works in any permanent medium e.g. watercolour paints, acrylic paints, oil paints, coloured inks, ink pen, felt-tip pen, marker etc. either singly or in any combination.  Non-permanent mediums e.g. pencil, chalk, oil-pastel and charcoal are acceptable but should be ‘fixed’ to avoid accidental damage. Collage and decoupage (cutting or tearing and sticking down paper or fabric) is also permissible either as a standalone technique or in combination with others. 

The size of these works is restricted to the range of A4 to A2.

(Or, could each entering department or campus be allotted a certain amount of space?)

2.    3d works in any suitable, stable medium. 3D work (sculpture) should conform to the main criteria of having been inspired by the work of an artist or artists from another time and another place.

The size of these works is restricted to being able to fit, completely (i.e. with the lid on), into an A3 printer-paper cardboard box. The weight of individual works is restricted to 10Kg.

3.      Multi-Dimensional Including Time-Based. This category is included as a catch-all for any art-works that do not fit into category 1 or 2. Examples of artworks that fit into this category are video-works,(including animation), installations, electronic or data-based works, sound-art, interactive works etc.  Artworks in this category still need to satisfy the main criteria of having been inspired by the work of an artist or artists from another time and another place. In addition there is a time limit of 2 minutes per video, including titles and credits. Video works should be in a format that can be presented (played, on a windows based computer system) and will be presented on a looped show-reel. Teachers who anticipate that, because their curriculum is focusing on artists or art-movements that may inspire any types of artwork that do not have an obvious or conventional means of display, please do contact the committee so that solutions may be found regarding feasibility for inclusion.


Entries will be judged according to grade: Kindergarten to grade 12. Artworks should have been created this school year.

Timings and Format:

There will be two art shows.

l  The first show will be held at JiaoKe campus and will be the initial showcase of all artworks entered. It is anticipated that this show will take place on Wednesday the 30th of May 2018[1]. Entries will be judged by a panel of visiting judges invited from creative industries outside of our schools.

l  The second show will feature the winning entries from each category and age-range and will take place at a public art gallery in the M50 Creative Arts Zone, Moganshan Lu in the Putuo district of Shanghai. It is anticipated that this show will take place on the weekend of 1st -3rd of June.

l  Items to be decided:

Prizes.  As well as the opportunity for students to show their work in a public art gallery, prizes will be awarded TBD

Winners’ certificates. 

Certificates of participation




Advertising and marketing.



Appendix 1.

Image Development and Design Strategies (from BC curriculum)

The visual arts involve the use of image sources and image-development and design strategies to transform ideas and experiences into visual images. (Note that “image” is used to describe all visual forms, both 2-D and 3-D.) Image sources provide the inspiration for the creation of an artwork. Image sources include:

emotions and feelings

ideas and concepts




other sensory experiences.

Image-development strategies are the processes used to transform these ideas and experiences in a particular way for particular effects. Image-development strategies include:

distortion—misrepresenting and pulling out of shape any part of an image
elaboration—embellishing or adding detail to part or all of an image
exaggeration—over-emphasizing or intensifying a portion or aspect of an image
fragmentation—detaching, isolating, or breaking up part or all of an image
juxtaposition—placing like or contrasting images or elements side-by-side in a way that changes the meaning or effect of each
magnification—increasing the apparent size of some or all of the elements in an image
metamorphosis—changing an image from one form to another
minification—decreasing the apparent size of an image
multiplication—reiterating or restating part or all of an image
personification—giving human characteristics to nonhuman forms
point of view—positioning the viewer physically relative to the created image
reversal—turning inside out, inverting, transposing, or converting to the opposite an effect in all or a portion of an image
rotation—revolving, moving, or rearranging an image or parts of an image
serialization—repeating multiple variations of an image in connection with each other
simplification—making an image less complex by the elimination of details.


Appendix 2

Rubric for student guidance and the guidance of judges at competition stage.






Following Competition Directions

All directions followed

Most directions followed

Some directions followed

No directions followed


Although the artworks should be inspired by artwork from another time and place, imagination and creativity should be used to create original work.

The student’s own ideas and imagination has been used to create work which appears fresh and original

The student’s own ideas and imagination used to good effect although the work seems less than original

Some elements of the student’s own ideas and imagination are apparent but the work seems largely familiar.

The work is recognized as being a direct copy of another artwork

Behaviour in class

Respectful and well behaved all of the time

Respectful and well behaved most of the time

Respectful and well behaved some of the time

Disrespectful and poorly behaved

Effort put into Project

The artwork was beautiful and patiently done; it was as good as hard work could make it.

With a little more effort, the work could have been outstanding; lacks the finishing touches.

The work shows average craftsmanship; adequate, but not as good as it could have been, a bit careless.

The work shows below average craftsmanship, lack of pride in finished work.

Artist statement

(See appendix 1)

The artist-statement contains personal and compelling evidence of engagement with the creative process that produced the artwork. It effectively explains the student’s design strategies, image-development strategies and how the artwork relates to the work of the artist(s) that inspired it. It is well presented and uses excellent grammar and rich vocabulary.

The artist-statement explains the student’s design strategies and image-development strategies and how the artwork relates to the work of the artist(s) that inspired it. Although still compelling it could have been more personal, detailed or clear. It contains a few grammatical errors that do not affect comprehension of the main ideas.


The artist-statement partially explains the student’s design strategies, image-development strategies and how the artwork relates to the work of the artist(s) that inspired it but fails in or omits one or more area and seems formulaic and less than compelling. It contains grammatical errors that affect comprehension of some ideas.

The artist-statement is unclear or unconvincing about the student’s design strategies and image-development strategies or how the artwork relates to the work of artist(s) that inspired it or some of these are missing altogether. The grammar is poor, confused or incomprehensible.



[1]This date coincides well with the JiaoKe Annual Arts Festival.