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Subchapter D: 2nd-8th Grades (1410)

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Subchapter D: 2nd-8th Grades (1410)

Section 1410: ART


(1) Summary. This contest involves the study of paintings from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. and paintings from selected Texas museums. The Art Smart Bulletin is the source for test material of history and art elements relative to the art selections. As part of their study, students will demonstrate an understanding of art history and interpret ideas and moods in original artworks while making informed judgments about the artwork.

(2) Contest Format. Part A requires contestants to identify the artist’s name, as it appears on the official list, and the title of 15 paintings selected randomly from the official list of 40 paintings as published in the Art Smart Bulletin and on the UIL website. Part B consists of 30 questions about art elements and art history characteristic of the 40 art selections. Both Parts A and B of the contest shall be conducted. Approximately 30 minutes will be allotted for Part A and 30 minutes for Part B of the contest exclusive of time required for instructions.


(1) Contestants.Students in officially prescribed grade levels below 9th grade who are eligible under Section 1400 and 1405 may enter this contest.

(2) Divisions. Districts shall offer either a separate division for each participating grade level or combined grade level divisions as specified in official contest procedures.

(3) Individual Competition. For each division, each school may enter as many as five contestants in the district meet.

(4) Team Competition. If the district has elected to include team competition, the combined scores of all contestants in each division from a school, divided by the number of contestants from that school, shall constitute the school’s team score. A team shall have at least three contestants compete to participate in team competition.


(1) Personnel. All personnel in this contest may be coaches of participating students, with the exception of the person choosing the selections to be used in Part A of the contest. This person shall not be the coach of any student in the competition.

(2) Verification Period. Contestants and coaches shall be given a period not to exceed 15 minutes to examine their test papers with official keys. Unofficial results should be posted. Questions should be directed to the contest director, whose decision shall be final.

(3) Official Results. After the verification period has ended and all test papers have been collected, the contest director shall announce the official results. Official results, once announced, are final.

(4) Points and Ties. Points are awarded as specified in Section 1408 (i). Tied individuals or teams split the total points equally for the two or more places in which a tie exists. Should there be a tie for first place, there will be no second place. Should there be a tie for second place, there will be no third place, etc.

(5) Certificates. Students who score 100% in both sections of the contest at the district competition are eligible to receive a 
Certificate of Achievement.

(6) Returning Materials. No materials from district contests may be returned to contestants prior to offical release dates.