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Sketch Artist Competition Rules

7.2 Trials
Sketches must depict actual courtroom scenes observed by the courtroom sketch artists on the competition day. Sketches must be created and completed entirely on the day of competition solely by the courtroom sketch artists without the help of any source or person. The courtroom sketch artists will sketch trials in which his/her school is competing in at the regional level. The courtroom sketch artists will be allowed to sit in the jury box in front of or off to the side of the scoring judges during the trials in order to sketch. If artists are done with their sketches before the next round begins, they may sit with their team as a visitor.  Once the trial begins, the courtroom sketch artists may not move about the courtroom. The courtroom sketch artists may work throughout the trial rounds and during breaks. The courtroom sketch artists may not communicate with any member of the Mock Trial teams or any observers in the courtroom during the trials.

7.3. Specifications
Sketches must be done on white paper no smaller than 8.5 x 11 inches and no larger than 11 x 17 inches. Sketches may be black and white or pastel. Any dry medium may be used. The use of paint is not permitted. Courtroom sketch artists are responsible for ensuring their work area is left neat and orderly with all trash disposed in the appropriate trash receptacle. Courtroom sketch artists must supply their own materials. Sketch pads will be checked at registration to confirm that the sketch pad consists of blank pages throughout the pad.

7.4 Judging Components
Sketches will be judged on accuracy of proportion, realism, authenticity with regard to traditional courtroom sketching, figure/ground relationship, and use of contrast. Each component has a value up to five points.

Each courtroom sketch artist may submit one sketch for judging at the regional competition. Sketches must be delivered to the Regional Mock Trial Coordinator by the beginning of the closing assembly when the Regional Mock Trial Coordinator is collecting everything from the teachers and artists.  A completed Sketch Submission Form must be attached to the front of the sketch by paperclip at the time of submission. The Regional Mock Trial Coordinator or designee will deliver all sketches to the State Mock Trial Coordinator, so they may be judged by the judges. Judges consist of art teachers/professors, professional artists, etc. with as many as 10+ judges.

The State Mock Trial Coordinator will assign each sketch a random number and remove the Sketch Submission Forms. Numbered sketches will be evaluated anonymously by a judging team after the regional competitions. The judging team will select the state winner from the regional submissions statewide. 

Sketches will be judged on the following criteria: accuracy of proportion, realism, authenticity with regard to traditional courtroom sketching, figure/ground relationship, and use of contrast. Each component has a value up to five points.

The winner of the State High School Mock Trial Courtroom Sketch Artist competition will be announced no earlier than five business days following the regional competition on the SC Bar Web site at www.scbar.org/lre. The Courtroom Sketch Competition winner will receive a certificate and a non-financial award to be awarded in front of their peers at his/her school’s awards day.

7.5 Release
All submissions in the High School Mock Trial Courtroom Sketch Artist Competition become the property of the South Carolina Bar and may be used by the Law Related Education Division for any purpose it deems appropriate, including but not limited to reproduction and dissemination.

7.6 Submission Form
A Sketch Submission Form must be completed and attached by paperclip to the sketch entry. There is a maximum of one entry per courtroom sketch artist. The Sketch Submission Form can be found in the Forms and Supporting Information Section.