Select students to compete in art UIL competition

| February 18, 2018

By Hailey Massey |

Since the beginning the spring semester there has been one commonality in every art class on campus: certain individuals, selected by their art teachers, are working on pieces to be placed into VASE- the Visual Arts Scholastic Event. With the students hard at work, many art teachers are eager to see finished pieces.   

Art students are putting finishing touches on their pieces for VASE. Photo by Hailey Massey

The process of preparing for VASE sounds fairly easy, but it is actually very tedious. Art I and II teacher, Ruth Hui takes time in selecting students to compete in VASE, taking multiple traits into consideration in making the final verdict.


“[I choose] by their dedication to their artwork and how creative they can be when is comes to a project,” Hui said.

      Once selected, she asks the students what type of piece they want to submit. After the final concept is laid out, she starts encouraging students to work. Hui gives the students an elongated time period for finishing their pieces and critiques their pieces for them which helps them the most.

     “I like to go through the state winners from the previous year to kind of see what judges are looking for,” Hui said. “Just try to give them as many ideas as I can.”

     Hui says the art teachers read through all the rules and guidelines and try to prepare their students for answering the judges’ questions.

    VASE is scheduled to be held Feb. 24 and 26 at Marshall High School. The students must complete their pieces by Feb. 20 in order to have them correctly framed, canvases wired in order to hang, and the correct type of protection for transportation.

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