Welcome!

Coordinators of the 9th Annual Repurposed Doodad Sculpture Competition are excited to announce this year’s competition will be held virtually! This unique competition focuses on three-dimensional art and challenges young people to reuse unconventional art materials in response to an environmentally conscious theme. It is free to enter, and all sculptures are accepted into the contest as long as they adhere to the theme and guidelines, and are uploaded by April 30, 2021 @ 9:00 p.m. Be sure to read all contest guidelines.

Kindergarten through 12th grade students enrolled in public, charter, private, and home schools located within Hillsborough County, Florida are eligible to participate. The all-volunteer Doodad Committee, part of nonprofit Tampa Regional Artists, collaborates with local organizations and generous sponsors in order to organize this annual competition. Since 2012, 922 sculptures have been created by over 3,100 students with almost $32,000 awarded.

Theme & Doodad

This year’s theme, Bees & Trees, asks students to research why pollinators (e.g., honey bees, bumblebees, butterflies) are important within our ecosystem and food supply, how human activity adversely affects them, and what actions can be taken to increase pollinator habitat. Then, creatively problem-solve how to design and build a sculpture using this year’s Doodad material; paper board packaging (e.g., cereal boxes and paper towel tubes). Finally, new this year, students record short videos of their artist statements to upload along with images of their sculptures.

 

Thank you to our 2021 Sponsors!

9th Annual Repurposed Doodad Sculpture Competition Guidelines

Doodad is going virtual in 2021!

 

WELCOME!  Kindergarten through 12th grade students enrolled in public, charter, private, and home schools located within Hillsborough County are eligible to participate. This unique competition focuses on 3-dimensional art and challenges young people to reuse unconventional art materials in response to an environmentally conscious theme. The all-volunteer Doodad Committee, part of nonprofit Tampa Regional Artists, collaborates with local organizations and generous sponsors in order to organize this annual competition. Since 2012, 922 sculptures have been created by over 3,100 students with almost $32,000 awarded.

 

GUIDELINES

 

ACCEPTED

NOT ACCEPTED

Cereal boxes, paper towel tubes, and/or similar type of paper board packaging MUST be used.

No cereal box, paper towel tube or similar type of paper board packaging is used to create sculpture.

This type of paper board packaging can be used in any way; however, some part of the material MUST be visible.

No part of a cereal box, paper towel tube or similar type of paper board packaging material is visible.

Other materials may be used, but MOST of sculpture must be constructed with cereal boxes, paper towel tubes and/or similar paper board packaging.

Only a small part of sculpture is created with cereal boxes, paper towel tubes, and/or similar type of paper board packaging material.

Individual or group work may be submitted, and MAJORITY of design and construction MUST be completed by student(s).

Majority of design and construction of sculpture completed by teacher or other adult(s).

Sculptures MUST be original and relate to the theme.

Sculpture is plagiarized, violates copyright laws, and/or does NOT relate to theme.

Artist statement MUST answer 1) How your sculpture represents your research about the theme? and/or 2) How has your thinking changed about the connection between creating with unconventional art materials and the environment?

Artist statement doesn’t address either question, and/or only explains the process and procedures used to create the sculpture.

Entries and video artist statements must be uploaded using Doodad’s online competition platform.

Online entry form was NOT completed for a submitted sculpture.

There is no limit to the number of sculptures individual students or groups of students may enter. Sculptures that meet accepted guidelines are eligible to be judged for monetary awards and exhibited.
The Doodad Competition has adopted the Copyright and Plagiarism guidelines from the Scholastic & Writing Awards.

TIMELINE

 

EXTENDED DEADLINE

Fri, April 30 @ 9:00pm

page1image1536258784Deadline to upload sculpture images, entry information, and video artist statements Online Competition Platform: link to be release soon!

Sun, May 9 @ 9:00am

Begin online judging & online People’s Choice voting

Wed, May 19 @ 9:00pm

End online judging & online People’s Choice voting

Wed, May 26 @ 12:00pm

Awards announced and virtual exhibition posted on Doodad website

June 7 –  June 11

Checks mailed for award winning sculptures

THEME & AWARD CATEGORIES

Theme—Bees & Trees
Research why pollinators (e.g., honeybees, bumblebees, butterflies) are important within our ecosystem and food supply, how human activity adversely affects them, and what actions can be taken to increase pollinator habitat. Then, creatively problem-solve how to design and build a sculpture using this year’s Doodad material, paper board packaging (e.g., cereal boxes and paper towel tubes). Finally, new this year, students record short, videos of their artist statements to upload along with images of their sculptures.

Judge Awards—a panel of judges select sculptures for monetary awards in each grade category based on originality, unique use of the repurposed Doodad material, and adherence to the theme and guidelines.

ELEM

(GRADES K-2)

ELEM

(GRADES K-2)

MIDDLE

(GRADES 6-8)

HIGH

(GRADES 9-12)

Bees & Trees

Bees & Trees

Bees & Trees

Bees & Trees

People’s Choice Awards—the general public votes online for their favorite sculptures and sculptures that receive the most overall votes receive monetary awards.

For a printable copy of these guidelines please click here: Guidelines_Doodads_doublesided_2021

Starting April 21st, a panel of judges select sculptures for monetary awards in each grade category based on originality, unique use of the repurposed Doodad material, and adherence to the theme and guidelines.

Elem (grades K-2) Elem (grades 3-5) Middle (grades 6-8) High (grades 9-12)
Bees & Trees Bees & Trees Bees & Trees Bees & Trees

At the same time, the general public votes online for their favorite sculptures.  The sculptures that receive the most overall votes receive monetary awards as the People’s Choice Awards.

After judging and voting closes on May 8th, the award-winning sculptures are announced on May 15th by 12:00 p.m. on the Doodad website along with a virtual exhibition of all the entries.

 

Click HERE to upload photos of Doodad sculpture & 1 min video artist statement.

Coming soon!

Important Links

 

 

     Did You Know?

    Honeybees alone pollinate at least one-third of our global food supply and directly impact approximately $16 billions worth of crops in the U.S. Some crops depend almost entirely on honeybee pollination, such as almonds, blueberries, and cherries. Across North America and Europe, more than 20,000 types of bees and other pollinators suffer dramatic species loss due to habitat loss from the use of pesticides and the climate crisis.