JR VASE Overview
Online registration opens in November and closes in April.
Regional Events are held during the months of April and May.
Only academically eligible 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students can enter a maximum of two original artworks.
Teachers are responsible for registering online at https://www.taea.org/vase.
Teachers must complete and submit all necessary forms, and they must verify if a student is academically eligible to participate.
Students must attend the Regional Event and have their original artwork with them at the time of their adjudication.
At the Regional Event, students are interviewed with their artwork by a juror to determine the degree each artwork demonstrates originality of concept, technical expertise, understanding of the TEKS, and the interpretation of the student's stated intent.
The jurors evaluate the art using a numeric rating system based on an established rubric.
Artworks receiving a Superior Rating (IV) are presented a Regional Medal.
Special Recognition & Contributions
Each student that enters receives a Certificate of Merit for having his or her artwork selected to participate at the Regional level. Regional medal awards are presented to students who receive Superior Rating (IV) at the Regional Event. Silver Medals are presented to students selected from those receiving a Superior Rating.