The basic rules for the CPSA International Exhibition have been the same for some time. Rules for the Explore This! Exhibition changed slightly in 2009 to make it distinct from the International. With the introduction of new and innovative products, however, it has becime necessary to clarify the definition of colored pencil and revisit the status of some products.
NOTE: The use of Neocolors for the International Exhibition wil no longer be allowed starting in 2013.
- Work copied from copyrighted or published materials including images that were purchased or used with permission. (The concept, design and execution of the artwork shall be solely that of the artist.)
- Work copied from someone else's photograph - even with permission.
- Work produced by simply coloring over any kind of a printed digital image (such as photos or computer printouts).
Collaborative works executed by more than one artist, including classroom projects and exercises. (It is acceptable, however, to work on a painting of your own design in a classroom or have it critiqued by others as long as you are the primary creative force.)
- Colored pencils that are wax-based, oil-based or water-soluble, including woodless colored pencils. Click here for a definition of colored pencil. See acceptable products for international exhibition.
- Graphite or tinted graphite pencil used under/between layers of colored pencil.
- Solvents or water used to dissolve colored pencil.
- Any manufacturer prepared surface.
- Two-dimensional artwork on a single surface.
- Handmade papers made by a manufacturer or the artist, but with no additional surface preparation or application of grounds.
- Crayons and pastels including wax-based, oil-based, and water-soluble products (Caran d’Ache Neocolor, Cretacolor Aquastics, etc.).
- Any other medium which is not colored pencil (ink, watercolor, acrylic, etc.).
- Drawing products that are composed of solid watercolor paint (Cretacolor Aquabriques, etc.)
- Artist prepared grounds and surfaces.
- Collage, multiple surfaces, or three-dimensional work.
- Colored pencil must be the predominant medium.
- Work must include some other medium or technique that is NOT allowed for the International Exhibition.
- Hand-coloring a photograph or other digital image exactly is not acceptable. However an original drawing of a completely different subject over a digital or printed image is allowed.
- Scratchboard, with colored pencil as the predominent media.