LHS Artists receive superior ratings at VASE event; McDonald advances to State

Visual Art Scholastic Event

This Saturday Lytle High School Art Students traveled to East Central High School for the Regional Visual Art Scholastic Event Competition.  Students were interviewed by Art Jurors and given a score based on their artistic technique as well as their verbal response to constructive criticism.  Students art work with a rating score “4” were then placed on exhibits for other local art students, parents and friends to view.  From those exhibits, jurors then carefully picked those art pieces that would continue onto State Competition.

I am so proud and excited to announce that all of our students who entered artwork scored a Rating 4 Superior and Brianna McDonald’s work “The Flutist” –Graphite Pencil, was qualified to proceed to the VASE State Competition!!!!!!

Students who scored a Rating 4 Superior at the Regional Meet:

Jacob Brown

“Cry Me A River”- Water Color

“#memyselfandi- Mixed Media

Leala Marquez

“For Once”- Graphite Pencil

“Then Something”- Acrylic

Victoria Nicholson

“Messy Tear”- Mixed Media

Angela Renteria

“Mi Familia”

Aubrey Torres

“Take Me Back”-Pastel

“Lasassy”- Graphite Pencil

Morgan Sanders

“Dandelion Field”- Acrylic

“Given”- Color Pencil

Brianna McDonald

“The Flutist”- Graphite Pencil            VASE State Qualifier

“Snow Days”- Color Pencil

The 2015 State VASE Event will be April 24-25, 2015 in Dallas, Texas.

Congratulations to Brianna McDonald and all other Lytle High School Artist who placed a Superior Rating “4” at the Regional meet!!! Go Pirates!!!

Miss Gomez

Art Teacher

HS VASE Background

Texas Visual Art Scholastic Event will begin its 21st season in January of 2015. The first VASE event was held in 1994 with just over 400 student entries. In 2014 the Texas VASE hosted 25 Regional High School events with 26,838 registered entries. 1,626 entries advanced to the State Event held in Bryan, Texas at Bryan High School, April 10-11. At the state event 818 artworks were awarded an All-State Superior Rating and 152 artworks were granted Distinguished Status with the coveted Gold Seal Award. In addition, 35 students were awarded scholarships based on works they created on-site at the State Event Scholarship Workshop. Scholarships ranged from $100 to $1,000.

The Texas Art Education Association (TAEA) has sponsored the Visual Art Scholastic Event (VASE) since 1994. VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. Students are provided the opportunity to bring artworks created in their art classes to their regional event where they are interviewed by a certified juror who evaluates their work based on a standard based rubric and their understanding of the art processes involved in the development of their artwork. Only academically eligible high school students in grades 9-12 from throughout Texas can participate in VASE.

Jurors will look for originality of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) for visual art, and the interpretation of the student's stated intent. Jurors at the regional level will evaluate student artwork using the following standard:

        Rating 4 Superior

        Rating 3 Excellent

        Rating 2 Average

        Rating 1 Below Average

At the state level the following rating system is used:

        Rating 5 Distinguished (given only to Gold Seal artwork)

        Rating 4 Exemplary (in meeting the criteria)

        Rating 3 Superior (in meeting the criteria)

        Rating 2 Excellent (in meeting the criteria)

        Rating 1 Accomplished (in meeting the criteria)

Students compete on four different experience levels depending on the credits in art that the student has received at the time of the regional event:

        0 to 1 credit in art are juried on the Division I level

        1.5 to 2 credits in art are juried on the Division II level

        2.5 to 3 credits in art are juried on the Division III level

        3.5+ credits in art and/or AP are juried on the Division IV level

Medals are awarded to those students receiving a Superior (Rating 4) rating in each division at the regional event and medallions are awarded to those students receiving an Exemplary (Rating 4) rating at the state event. The "Gold Seal" medallion is the top state award presented to Distinguished works of art chosen by the state jury panel.

VASE State Information

This is the culminating event of a year of hard work and creative genius on behalf of the art students, teachers, and administrators in Texas!!! This event begins with each of the Regional Events scheduled during the months of January and February. The State of Texas is divided into 20 Education Regional Service Centers. These regions serve as the dividing boundaries for participation in the regional events. Students in the various regions are invited to participate in their Regional Event. The students are interviewed and their artworks are juried by certified, professional TAEA jurors. A Rating IV is the mark of a superior, exemplary, work of art. This qualifies the student to be entered in to the VASE Area Event. After the jury process is complete the artworks that qualify to participate are then processed for the State Event.

The State Event is held annually in April and sponsored this year at the Hilton Anatole Dallas hotel. At the event, students and teachers are given a warm welcome and the event schedule for the day. While the artworks are being juried, the students are participating in professional workshops, lectures, slide presentations, demonstrations, and outdoor sketching opportunities. The event is intended to provide a forum for art teachers and students to meet and to grow artistically and personally.

All of the entries are exhibited and open for viewing after the jury process has been completed. This provides opportunities for students to view the works of other student artists and to see the vast talents and fresh ideas of other students their age. The Awards Ceremony is the exciting end to a long day! Students and teachers eagerly await the results of the jury panel. It is an awesome sight to see these young people burst into shouts of joy for each other when their name is called at the Award Ceremonies. This recognition represents the pinnacle of artistic success in the VASE program. This work of art has now been juried through three levels and has received the Superior Rating IV. Each student receiving a Superior Rating is draped with the VASE State Medallion. Many art students are now lettering in the Visual Arts and are receiving letter jackets and chenille patches.

Posted on February 9, 2015 .