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West Kingdom Arts and Sciences Minister

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As Arts & Sciences Minister, I encourage and support all activities in pursuit of Medieval and Renaissance Arts & Sciences. Everyone is welcome to enjoy all aspects of these endeavors and is highly encouraged to become involved ~ learn something new, teach something you love, hone your skills. SCA Arts & Sciences are all the crafts, skills, and technologies practiced in the time period and cultures that the SCA covers.

Official duties include coordinating the efforts of Principality, Baronial and Shire Arts & Sciences officers, and promoting the dissemination of accurate information about the fields under study. The A&S Minister also assists the Chronicler in confirming the validity of research presented to the membership in publication form.  The Arts & Sciences Minister will hold competitions, host classes, and reach out to local groups & guilds to encourage all skills. Please share your stories, ideas, methods and we will post them as inspiration.

NOTE On West Kingdom Competitions: In order to promote as many entries as possible the West Kingdom A&S Competition set has 16 categories that are completely open and 4 categories that are more defined (marked with an asterisk*).  For the 16 open categories a qualifying entry will be anything that could reasonably fall within that category. A direction in each category has been suggested for these categories but it is only a suggestion. Please feel free to enter anything that would fit within that category.  Each entry will be judged on its own merit and will not be compared to other entries.  If you have questions please feel free to contact the A&S Minister.  Attached to this page is the judging sheets for objects and performances.  You will need 3 judging sheets per entry.  Please feel free to print and fill these out to submit with your entry.  Additional forms will be available during all West Kingdom A&S Compeitions.  

2016 West Kingdom Competition Schedule (as of 9/19/2015):

Twelfth Night - January 2016

12th Night Practical Science Textiles Textiles with Embellishments
12th Night Technical Science Woodwork Toys
12th Night Fine Arts Illumination Fairytales
12th Night Performing Arts Period Instrumental/Vocal Performance Song that References the Seasons

Beltane Coronation - May 2016

Beltane Practical Science    
Beltane Technical Science    
Beltane Fine Arts    
Beltane Performing Arts    

Arts & Sciences Tourney - June 2016

A&S Tourney Practical Science Cooking Something to keep hydrated
A&S Tourney Technical Science Leatherwork Leather that holds something
A&S Tourney Fine Arts Needlework Resembles Plants
A&S Tourney Performing Arts Original Recitation A story about art
A&S Tourney Practical Science Weaving For Clothes
A&S Tourney Technical Science   Something that Holds Water
A&S Tourney Fine Arts   Painting with Oils
A&S Tourney Performing Arts   A monologue

Purgatorio - August 2016

Purgatorio Practical Science Brewing Basic Mead 
Purgatorio Technical Science Glasswork can be worn as jewelry 
Purgatorio Fine Arts Calligraphy
sacred texts 
Purgatorio Performing Arts Physical Performance Performance with a prop


2015 Competition Schedule (Principality of Cynagua):

Cynagua Spring Coronet- May 2015

Fine Arts: Underpinnings– 16th century Western European –  Documentation Required
Technical Sciences: Tack and kennel – horse and/or hound equipment / kennels  No Documentation Required
Research Paper: Horse “power” during the Middle Ages

Cynagua Fall Coronet- October 2015

Fine Arts:  Coats – any country - pre-1600 – No Documentation Required
Technical Sciences: Wood working – benches - Documentation Required
Research Paper: Gothic Architecture, how were they able to build those cathedrals with high ceilings.

2015 Competition Schedule (Principality of the Mists):

Coming Soon!

2015 Pied d'Argent Competitions:

March Crown - Francois Nouvelle
Beltane - Maiden Lane
Arts & Sciences - Beaulte de Castille
June Crown - Jenny Pluck Pears
Purgatorio - Petite Rhiens
October Crown - Gelosia


Arts & Sciences Resources

Arts & Sciences Complete Handbook
Arts & Sciences Ministers Information
Competition Guidelines
Collegium Occidentalis Website
Order of the Golden Poppy
West Kingdom Guilds


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