Personal Skills – Art

Art Cow

Why travel to the Big City when the Durham Fair has its own art gallery? From traditional painting and drawing to mixed media and recycled art, there are art categories to tempt both museum-goers and artists alike. We also offer fun activities for the whole family, such as our Art Detective Scavenger Hunt and Sketchbook Challenge, described below. So drop by the Art Department, where you’re sure to find (or design!) a masterpiece to make the Fair even more memorable!

Yearly Categories Include

  • Painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor)
  • Drawing (pencil, colored pencil, pastel, pen & ink, charcoal, etc.)
  • Portraits of people, flowers, trees, animals
  • Landscapes and Seascapes
  • Farm Scenes and Still Lifes
  • Mixed Media (2- or 3 dimensions)
  • Eco-Art (using recycled materials)
  • Humor in Art (parody, trompe l’oeil, humorous topic)
  • Sculpture
  • Printmaking
  • Folk Art (any medium)
  • Miniatures
  • Art produced when 75 years or older

Special Categories for 2024, Any Medium

  1. Tropical: Art inspired or representing the tropics.
  2. Shapes: Basic shapes, All art starts with basic shapes.
  3. Reflection: Create a piece of art that may reflect in water, glass, marble, metal or memory.
  4. Art Inspired by Art: Recreate a favorite artwork in a different medium!

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Art Detective Scavenger Hunt

Kids of ages love this popular contest that lets them earn a fair ribbon! All they have to do is identify enlarged snapshots of portions of the year’s Art Department entries. Available Thursday through Sunday.

Sketchbook Challenge Friday

Artists 16 and up are invited to sketch a scene from Friday's Fair. Register at the Art Department, and we’ll supply the paper, sketchbook. We have a limited supply of sketching materials, you are welcome to use your own. Entries must be turned in by 9 pm Friday. Fairgoers will judge the entries all day Saturday and the winner will earn a special rosette!