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Kelton ISD Art Students Advance to State Vase

Posted Date: 02/24/2018

Kelton ISD Art Students Advance to State Vase

Region 16 Visual Art Scholastic Event 2018

On Saturday, February 24, 2018 approximately 1,063 pieces of high school artwork were judged at the Region 16 Visual Art Scholastic Event, VASE.  Students and teachers from all over the Texas Panhandle came to Amarillo High School for this annual event sponsored by the Texas Art Education Association.   VASE is a UIL equivalent contest much like TMEA All-State Music.  The students may enter one or two pieces of original artwork that they prepare for the contest by matting and composing a written response to six statements.  At the event, students meet with a qualified judge where they will be interviewed on their concept and artistic decisions.  The judge then rates the artwork and the student’s artistic knowledge and content according to TAEA standards.  Students receiving the highest rating will be awarded regional medals and their work will be judged again in the Area Contest at the conclusion of the regional judging. 

Area winners will also receive an area medal and their work will go on to compete at the State Visual Arts Scholastic Event on April 27-28, 2018 at San Marcus High School in San Marcus, TX.

This is an exciting and valuable educational experience for high school art students throughout the Panhandle.

Kelton ISD competed in VASE (Visual Art Scholastic Event)

Students and Artwork Attending VASE 2018


Back row: Nolan Spruell, Abby Tolbert, Kade Hathaway, Cheyenne Blacksher, LeighAnne Cook          Front row: Makena Porter (not pictured) , Molli Flowers, Dulce Pena, Lesly Alvarado, Emily Cook


9 out of 10 of these students received a Rating 4 on both works of art they entered, which is the best rating you can get. From the 4 rated entries three Kelton ISD students are advancing on to State VASE. The students that didn't go to state Mrs. Harless is also very proud of because they were just as much apart of the competition as the rest and handled it well.

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 will evaluate student artwork using the following standard:

  • Rating 4 Superior
  • Rating 3 Excellent
  • Rating 2 Average
  • Rating 1 Below Average

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 a Superior (Rating 4) rating at the state event.

Kelton Students going to State VASE

The three students going to State VASE are:

LeighAnne Cook with “Caution” and “Grandaddy’s Rooster”, Cheyenne Blacksher with “Felix” and “Doc”, Abby Tolbert with “Friday”

They are among the top 10% in the whole state of Texas going to State. These three students are advancing to STATE VASE in San Marcus, Texas on April 27-28 2018.




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