Home Environment

Co-Superintendent: Sue Pearman
Co-Superintendent: Jennifer Epp
Co-Superintendent: Melissa Mracek
Co-Superintendent: Melinda Vlieger

Rules

  1. Home Environment Exhibits are evaluated by these criteria:
    1. Items must be designed to be used for home decorating, home furnishing or home management (no clothing, purses, note cards, scrapbooks/photo albums, etc.)
    2. Accessories should be of high quality (as compared to quick, simple crafts), suitable for use in the home several months throughout the year. Holiday-specific items are discouraged. 
    3. Items should show creativity and originality, along with the application of design element sand principles. Youth are required to include the design elements and principles they used along with simple directions for how they made their project with their exhibit. Information on the elements and principles of design may be found in the Design Decisions manual, as well as Portfolio Pathways and Sketchbook Crossroads.
    4. Entered in correct class: What medium was changed or manipulated? What medium is the majority of your exhibit made from?
    5. Items should be ready for display in the home: pictures framed, wall hangings and pictures ready to hang etc. No single mat board or artist canvas panels allowed. Wrapped canvas (if staples not visible on edge) is accepted without framing. Make sure hangers are strong enough to support the item. Items not ready for display will be dropped one ribbon placing.
    6. All static exhibits must have received a purple ribbon at the county fair to advance to state fair.
    7. Items should not be made for beginning level or other projects (ex: simple (10 minute) table runners or woodworking). Exhibits from the beginning level projects, Design My Place, are county only and not state fair eligible.
  2. Quota of Exhibits - Based on current year total of Home Environment project enrollment. This total does not include Design My Place or Clover Kid entries. Entries should represent the county's best items, not just fill a quota. Sending delicate, breakable, or valuable items is highly discouraged.
    • 0-150 Projects: One entry per class per county for Design Decisions, Sketchbook Crossroads, Portfolio Pathways, and Heirloom Treasures.
    • 151-300 Projects: One entry per class per county for Design Decisions, Sketchbook Crossroads, Portfolio Pathways, and Heirloom Treasures plus an additional 10 entries. No more than two entries per class.
    • 301+ Projects: One entry per class per county for Design Decisions, Sketchbook Crossroads, Portfolio Pathways, and Heirloom Treasures plus an additional 15 entries. No more than three entries per class.
  3. Size of Exhibits - Exhibits may be no taller than 7 feet and no wider than 6 feet. All exhibits must be easily lifted by two 4-H staff.
  4. Number of Entries per Individual - One entry per exhibitor per class. Limit of two entries in ALL home environment projects per exhibitor. 
  5. Entry Tags - An entry tag which includes a clear description of the entry must be securely attached to each Home Environment exhibit. Use color, pattern or picture descriptions to aid in identification. No straight pins.
  6. Identification - In addition to the entry tag, a label with the exhibitor’s name and county should be attached to each separate piece of the exhibit. 
  7. Supporting Information - Supporting information is required for all Home Environment exhibits. Information must include elements or principles of design used and steps taken to complete project. Tag templates can be found on the 4-H State Fair website: https://unl.box.com/s/8tlog5jhw8fa2cztvrh6y71pq1rp8e6v Exhibits without supporting information will be dropped a ribbon placing.
  8. Loft Gallery – State Fair judges will choose 15-20 art exhibits to be displayed in the Loft Gallery located on the third floor of the East Campus Union. These items will be retained by the State Fair Superintendents for display through November and December, and returned to the counties in January.

Classes

DIVISION 257 - DESIGN DECISIONS

Attach information to explain steps taken. Information must also include element or principle of design used (p. 9-12). 
Scoresheet SF201: Classes 1-3, 5
Scoresheet SF200: Classes 4, 6-18, 23-25 
Scoresheet SF207: Classes 19-20 
Scoresheet SF203: Classes 21-22

  • C257001 - Design board for a room - Include: color scheme, wall treatment, floor treatment, etc. OR floor plan for a room. Posters, 22 x 28, or multimedia presentation (on CD). Show what you learned with before and after pictures or diagrams, samples, story, cost comparisons, optional arrangements, etc. 
  • C257002 - Problem solved, Energy savers OR Career exploration – Identify a problem (as problem windows, storage needs, inconvenient room arrangement, cost comparison, energy conservation, waste management, etc.) OR, explore a career related to home environment. (what would it be, what education is needed, what would you do, etc.) Using poster, notebook, multimedia presentation (on CD) or other method, describe the problem and how it was solved OR your career exploration. (p. 74-93) 
  • C257003 - Solar, wind, or other energy alternatives for the home – Can be models, either an original creation or an adaption of kit. If kit, label and explain what was learned and how the item could be used in or on exterior of home. (p. 74-93) 
  • C257004 - Technology in Design - Incorporate technology into a proejct related to home environment; for example, using conductive thread to create a circuit that enhances a wall hanging.
  • C257005 - Community Service Activity - Show what was done as a community service activity related to this project. In a notebook, photo story, or poster, show the purpose and results of that activity. Ex: painting a mural at a daycare or 4-H building, helping an elderly person paint or clean their home, etc. May be an individual or club activity. 
  • C257006 - Window Covering -- May include curtains, draperies, shades, shutters, etc. 
  • C257007 - Floor covering – May be woven, braided, painted floor cloth, etc. May be exhibited as a poster or multimedia presentation (on CD).
  • C257008 - Bedcover - May include quilt, comforter, bedspread, dust ruffle, canopy, etc. For quilts, state who did the quilting. (No tied fleece blankets.) (p. 50-53) 
  • C257009 - Accessory -- Original Needlework/Stitchery 
  • C257010 - Accessory – Textile – 2D (table cloth or runner, dresser scarf, wall hanging, etc. No tied fleece blankets or beginning/10-minute table runners.) 
  • C257011 - Accessory – Textile – 3D (pillows, pillow shams, fabric bowls, etc.) 
  • C257012 - Accessory - 2D
  • C257013 - Accessory –3D (string art, wreaths, etc.)
  • C257014 - Accessory – Original Floral Design

For classes 15-18, determine entry by what medium was manipulated. 

  • C257015 - Accessory – Original made from Wood – burn, cut, shape or otherwise manipulate
  • C257016 - Accessory – Original made from Glass – etch, mosaic, stain, molten or otherwise manipulate 
  • C257017 - Accessory – Original made from Metal –cut, shape, punch, sculpt, reassemble or otherwise manipulate. 
  • C257018 - Accessory – Original made from Ceramic or Tile. – Treatment to exhibit must go through process that permanently alters the medium. Painting alone is not sufficient. 
  • C257019 - Accessory –Recycled/Upcycled Item for the home - reuse a common object or material in a creative way. Include description of what was done to recycle or reuse item in your attached information. 
  • C257020 - Furniture – Recycled/Remade, made or finished by using a common object or material in a creative way. Include description of what was done to recycle or reuse item in your attached information.
  • C257021 - Furniture -- Wood Opaque finish such as paint or enamel. 
  • C257022 - Furniture – Wood Clear finish showing wood grain. 
  • C257023 - Furniture -- Fabric Covered - May include stool, chair seat, slip-covers, headboard, etc. 
  • C257024 - Furniture – Outdoor Living - Furniture made/refurbished suitable for outdoor use. (NOTE: May be displayed outside). Include description of what was done to recycle or reuse item in your attached information. 
  • C257025 - Accessory – Outdoor Living - Accessory made/refurbished by 4-H member suitable for outdoor use. (NOTE: May be displayed outside.) Include description of what was done to recycle or reuse item in your attached information.

DIVISION 260 - SKETCHBOOK CROSSROADS

Scoresheet SF200: Classes 1 – 9

Use techniques from manual or comparable techniques. Attach information to explain steps taken. Information must also include element or principle of design used. (p. 8-9)

  • C260001 - Original pencil or chalk drawing ready to hang. Scratch art accepted here. (p. 10-21)
  • C260002 - Original ink drawing ready to hang. (p. 22-28)
  • C260003 - Home accessory made with fiber (p. 29)
  • C260004 - Home accessory made with felted wool (p.29-33)
  • C260005 - Home accessory made with cotton linter (p. 34-36)
  • C260006 - Home accessory using batik (p. 37-39)
  • C260007 - Home accessory made by weaving (p. 40-47)
  • C260008 - Home accessory made with fabric exhibitor has dyed (p. 48- 50)
  • C260009 - Original sculpted or thrown home accessory made with clay (no purchased items) (p. 53-62)
  • C260010 - Nebraska Life Exhibit - An art exhibit using one of the techniques in the above classes to show how art can define a sense of place, or life in Nebraska. For example - a pencil or ink drawing depicting life in Nebraska, using natural resources such as native grasses to make a weaving, using natural fibers for felting, or using roots, nuts, plants or flowers to dye fabric. Include the required information listed above and how this project represents life in Nebraska.

DIVISION 261 - PORTFOLIO PATHWAYS

Scoresheet SF200: Classes 1-6

Use techniques from manual or comparable techniques. Attach information to explain steps taken. Information must also include element or principle of design used. (p. 8-9)

  • C261001 - Original acrylic painting based on techniques learned in Unit I of Portfolio Pathways, framed and ready to hang. (p. 12-13) 
  • C261002 - Original oil painting based on techniques learned in Unit I of Portfolio Pathways, framed and ready to hang. (p. 26-33) 
  • C261003 - Original watercolor based on techniques learned in Unit I of Portfolio Pathways, framed and ready to hang. (p. 14-17) 
  • C261004 - Original sand painting based on techniques learned in Unit I of Portfolio Pathways, framed and ready to hang. (p. 20-21) 
  • C261005 - Original encaustic painting based on techniques learned in Unit I of Portfolio Pathways, framed and ready to hang. (p. 34-35) 
  • C261006 - Home accessory made with any printing technique in Pathways Unit II. (p. 36-56)
  • C261007 – Nebraska Life Exhibit - An art exhibit using one of the techniques in the above classes to show how art can define a sense of place or life in Nebraska. For example – solar printing; making prints using shed snakeskin or plant; an acrylic, oil; watercolor painting of scenes of your community or the surrounding area; or using objects from nature to make the painting. Include the required information listed above and how this project represents Nebraska life.  

DIVISON 256 - HEIRLOOM TREASURES/FAMILY KEEPSAKES

Scoresheet SF206: Class 1 
Scoresheet SF205: Classes 2-4

This project area is for items with historic, sentimental or antique value that are restored, repurposed or refinished to keep their original look and value. It is not for “recycled” items. For example, a bench would be considered an heirloom if the original finish is restored, but if decorated by painting it would be considered recycled. Entering highly valuable items (especially small ones) is discouraged, as exhibits are not displayed in closed cases. NOTE: Resources to support this project area are available on the 4-H website. Attach information including: 1. List of steps taken to complete your project. Before and after pictures are encouraged. 2. Keepsakes documentation: how you acquired the item and the history of the item may be written, pictures, audio or video tape of interview with family member, etc.

  • C256001 - Trunks - including doll-sized trunks or wardrobes. 
  • C256002 - An Article either a repurposed "treasure" (accessory) from an old item or an old "treasure" (accessory) refinished or renovated - May include a display of a collection or collectibles, being careful not to destroy value of the collection. 
  • C256003 - Furniture - either a repurposed "treasure" from an old item or an old "treasure" refinished or renovated. May include doll-sized furniture. 
  • C256004 - Cleaned and Restored Heirloom Accessory or Furniture - A reconditioned and cleaned old piece of furniture or accessory that is functional for use or display. Item might be cleaned and waxed, and simple repairs made. Item would not be refinished or repainted, but reconditioned to restore it to its original look or to prevent it from further damage as a valuable heirloom. Consult extension publication Care and Conservation of Heirloom Textiles for information on textiles.  (Refinished items go in classes 2 – 3.) This class is for situations where it may be best to do very little to the item to maintain its antique value. Item or article should be of complexity suited to an advanced project. 

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