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New England Malayalee Association, Boston USA

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DRISHYA® 2018 :: Drawing/ Painting Competition Classifications and Rules
DRISHYA® 2018 :: Drawing/ Painting Competition Classifications and Rules

New England Malayalee Association

DRISHYA® 2018 – Annual Talent Show and Competitions

Drawing/ Painting Competition Classifications and Rules



  • Adults (18 years or older)
  • Youth  (14 to 17 years)
  • Junior (11 years to 13 years)
  • Sub-Junior (8 years to 10 years)
  • Kinder (5 years to 7 years)


Performance Time


  1. The art topic will be provided according to the age divisions above.  One topic per age division will be selected randomly and announced 5 minutes before the contest begins. Thus the contestants will not know the art topic ahead of time. The contestants will have 60 minutes to complete a drawing/painting on the “given topic.”
  2. The artwork must be an original composition drawn by the contestant, onsite (i.e., in the Contest Room).
  3. The art work must be produced only on the paper provided.
  4. Only a pencil will be provided for the artwork; however contestants are encouraged to bring their own coloring pencils, crayons, or paints to work with.
  5. No markers are allowed.
  6. The drawing/painting submitted will not be returned under any circumstances. NEMA shall reserve the right to publish the piece of artwork, name, school and photo of any participant in any manner it deems fit.
  7. An individual may only perform once in a single competitive category.
  8. Participants must be within the age range as of January 1, 2018.
  9. Copying or getting inspiration for the work from any sources, online or offline will immediately disqualify the entry.
  10. NEMA reserves the right to request proof of age, to verify the age of the participant if needed.
  11. Judges decisions are final. Participants are not to contact the judges to get the feedback on the performances.



The scoring is as follows:

   ORIGINALITY/Uniqueness 30 pts


Definitions of Judging Format

  1. BEAUTY/EFFECTIVENESSWhat is the general appeal of the piece of work?  Some aspects to look for:
    1. repeating shapes, patterns, and symmetry
    2. harmony and visual balance
    3. colors that complement each other
    4. textures both visual and physical
    5. movement or flow
    6. correct proportions of figures and objects
    7. ability to capture the viewers’ attention
  2. SKILL TECHNIQUE:  Some things to consider:
    1. Use of mediums in the art work.
    2. Is the topic presented skillfully?
    3. Is there intentional and consistent technique throughout, or do parts of the work appear rushed and incomplete?
  3. ORIGINALITY/Uniqueness: Some things to look for:
    1. Does this work possess creativity and individuality?
    2. Does it show imagination?
    3. Does it reflect both knowledge of and experience with the subject or topic being depicted?
    4. Does the piece stand out in some way that others don’t?  And is that a distraction or an enhancement to the piece?
  4. INHERENT MEANING: Some things to consider that would further deepen the enjoyment of the piece:
    1. In presenting the work has the artist imbibed meaning to it?  That is, does it portray or convey a message?
    2. Is there a story the artist is trying to convey?
    3. Does it evoke specific emotion?  Is it simply visually appealing and there is no deeper intent to be derived.
    4. Is the art work symbolic or metaphoric?


The winners are chosen as follows:

  1. If only one participant is registered for a category, an honorary mention will be given
  2. For a category with two or more participants, a first place winner is declared.
  3. For a category with three or more participants, a first place and second place winners are declared.
  4. For a category with four or more participants, a first place, second place and third place winners are declared.
    **Judges decisions are final**

Participant Certificates will be awarded to all participants on the day of the event.

Trophies/Medals and winner certificates will be awarded to all winners at Drishya Finale.

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