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Visual Arts Fair

Our Lakeside Visual Arts Fair for LES artists in Grades 5-8 is traditionally held the weekend of the Lakeside Pops Concert—for the 2019-20 school year, this is the weekend of Feb 2. This event is a wonderful opportunity to encourage our students’ artistic abilities and showcase their talents!

Below you'll find:

  • Outline explaining the times and requirements of the show
  • Registration sheet and helpful hints


  • The Visual Art Fair is a weekend of artistic events consisting of a judged art exhibit.
  • The purpose of the Visual Art Fair is
    • To give students from area Lutheran elementary schools an opportunity to use and display their God-given abilities in the area of the visual arts.
    • To encourage and help students to improve their skills and knowledge in the visual arts.
    • To give student, parents and teachers an opportunity to observe what other students are doing in the visual arts.


  • Registration: School registration sheets should be completed and returned to Lakeside with entry fees for projects by the middle of January. Please register a group project only once. The fee is $2.00 per project, not per person. An appropriate number of judging cards will be sent to each school before the weekend of the fair.
  • Visual Art Fair Weekend:
    • Saturday (Day before Pops Concert on LLHS schedule of events):
      • Deliver and set up art display. 8-9 AM
      • (At least one adult from each school shall be responsible for delivering artwork and setting up the display.)
      • Judging 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM
    • Sunday:
      • Lakeside Pops Concert 1:30 PM, school is open by noon for viewing
      • Take down art displays, post concert about 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM


  • Eligibility:
    • All students in grades 5-8 from area Lutheran elementary schools are eligible to participate.
    • A group of two to four students, of a student plus a family member may submit a group project.
    • We recommend that teachers be selective in the quality, quantity and variety of works submitted.
    • Please submit a limited number of projects from one specific art lesson. Many schools have a school art fair where showing work by all students is possible.
  • Registration and fees:
    • A completed exhibit registration sheet and fees must be returned to Lakeside Lutheran High School no later than 10 days prior to the Fair.
    • Fees are $2.00 per project. All fees are non-refundable.


  • Quantity:
    • Each student may submit no more than 2 individual projects, with each preferably done in a different medium.
    • A student may submit one group project in addition to individual projects.
  • Originality:
    • Each entry must be an ORIGINAL work of art.
    • Exact copies of photos, cartoons, posters and other published materials are generally not considered original works of art.
    • Copyright laws prohibit exact replicas of visual works. A rule of thumb when using pictures by other people is to change them in some way to make them yours.
  • Presentation:
    • All entries must be appropriately prepared for display.
    • Two-dimensional pieces must be matted with poster board, mat board or other heavy paper. (construction paper is not considered suitable matting material)
    • Works not matted will not be judged!
    • Three-dimensional work must be able to stand by itself.
  • Judging Card:
    • Judging Cards will be sent to your school before the weekend of the Fair.
    • Each work of art must have a completed judging card firmly attached so it is visible from the front of the work. (it can be stapled, tied, taped, etc…)
    • Please do not attach cards to the bottom of 3-D works; the judges must be able to easily write on the cards.
    • Works that do not have a completed judging card attached will not be judged!


  • Judging:
    • Artwork will be judged Saturday by a panel of qualified judges.
    • All eligible entries will receive a rating of Superior, Good, or Fair and a brief, written critique on the judging card.
    • The purpose of this critique is to provide beneficial evaluation and help the artist grow and improve.
    • Students will also receive a certificate and ribbon for all eligible entries.
    • The judges will select some projects for:
  • Special Awards
    •  “The Judges Choice Award” These are often projects that show exceptional technique or creativity.