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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.

PLEASE NOTE: In order to promote as many entries as possible the West Kingdom A&S Competition set has 14 categories that are completely open and 4 categories that are more specific (marked with an asterisk*).  For the 14 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.

2014 Competition Schedule (as of 01/06/2014):

March Crown - 2014

Pied d'Argent  - Villanella

Beltane- April 2014

Technical Science: Metalworking --- such as Blades;
Practical Science: Brewing --- such as Small Brews;
Performing Arts: Original Composition --- such as Story on Knightly Virtues (3 to 5 minutes)
Pied d'Argent  - Maiden Lane

Mists Spring Coronet- April 2014

Fine Art:  Mask Making
Performing Arts:  Dramatic Performance, 3-minute maximum

Cynagua Spring Coronet- May 2014

Fine Arts: Headdresses – 15th century Western European Women’s – chaperon, Hennin, padded roll – No Documentation Required
Technical Sciences:  Casting – buckles, buttons and other fasteners - Documentation Required
Research Paper: Wind and water power in the Middle Ages.

Mists Spring Investiture- May 2014

Practical Science:  Weaving
Technical Science:  Games & Toys

A&S Tourney- June 2014

Practical Science: Cooking --- such as Fermented Foods
Performing Arts: Dance --- such as Teach a Couples Dance
Performing Arts: Performance --- such as Monologue from a period play (not Shakespeare)
Fine Arts: Needlework --- such as People
Performing Arts: Instrumental --- Airs*
Technical Science: Research Paper --- Large Structures*
Fine Arts: Calligraphy --- such as Legal Writs
Practical Science: Brewing --- Fruit Brews*
Practical Science: Cosmetics*
Pied d'Argent  - Jack-a-Lent

June Crown - 2014

Pied d'Argent  - Contrapasso

Cynagua Investiture Display- July 2014

TBA

Purgatorio- August 2014

Technical Science: Leatherwork --- such as Shoes
Fine Arts: Textiles --- such as Hand Covering
Fine Arts: Costume --- such as Hats
Pied d'Argent  - Goddesses

Mists Fall Coronet- September 2014

Technical Science:  Lighting Implement (candle, candlestick, lantern, lamp, etc.)
Fine Arts:  Memento Mori (funeral art & mementos)

Cynagua Fall Coronet- October 2014

Fine Arts: Lace - tatted or bobbin –No  Documentation Required
Technical Sciences:  Metal findings:  Documentation Required
Research Paper:  The evolution of blacksmithing during the Middle Ages.

October Crown - 2014

Pied d'Argent  - Black Alman

Mists Fall Investiture- November 2014

Performing Arts:  Humorous Song, 3-minute maximum
Practical Science:  Cosmetics (concoction used as makeup or beauty product in period or detailed research paper if authentic ingredients are unsafe)

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.

 

 

Arts & Sciences Resources

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