3 Tips to Help Perfect Your Fine Arts Challenge Solution

By: Rachel Sullivan, DI alumna

Looking for ways to improve on your Fine Arts Team Challenge solution this season? Hear from Destination Imagination (DI) alumna, Rachel Sullivan, on some of the key things you should know.

A lot of teams don’t understand how to integrate something into a Presentation.

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Integration is frequently ignored or misunderstood, which can really hurt a team’s score. Integration is 33.3% of the Team Choice Element score and it often shows up in other parts of the Challenge. Just because an object is visible the entire Presentation does not mean it is well integrated. Just because a song or dance was presented during performance does not mean it is well integrated. So, how can you figure out if something is well integrated into the Presentation? Here are some questions to ask yourself:

  • Is it important to the story? Could you tell the same story if you forgot it at home? What if someone else wore the costume or played the character? Would it matter?
  • Does it add to or take away from the overall Presentation? Would removing it from the Presentation change the story significantly?
  • Would changing it change the Presentation? Would it matter if it was a different color or size?
  • Does it make sense? Often teams throw in a song, dance, or martial art form that makes no sense in the story. Though these things might be original and well done, they aren’t well integrated if they aren’t in the Presentation for a good reason.
Clear and Effective Storytelling
You don’t want Appraisers to feel like this after your Presentation:

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  • Viewers need to be able to follow your story easily. If someone can’t understand the skit without reading the Tournament Data Form, then your storytelling was neither clear nor effective.
  • Research how to tell a story. Stories should have a clear beginning, middle, and end. This is true in both Central and Instant Challenges.
  • Learn about theatrical techniques to help present the story effectively. Even if you have a great story, you have to talk loudly enough for the Appraisers to hear. Body language, blocking and staging, and costumes are also important for clear and effective storytelling.
  • Spend time practicing your skit. Don’t wait until the week before tournament to start learning your lines.
Don’t Double Dip
Not only is it gross at parties, it’s against the rules.
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Even though it’s always prohibited in the Challenge, a lot of teams try to “double dip.” This means that they list something as a Team Choice Element that’s already scored. This can lead to a low score or no score for that Team Choice Element because Appraisers can’t score something twice.

  • Read the Challenge before you choose your Team Choice Elements. Pay special attention to what is being scored. Remember—you can’t get points for the same thing twice.
  • Sometimes, teams double dip regular scoring elements. If the Challenge says that two objects must be separate, make sure they are separate.
Meet the Alumna: Rachel has been involved with Destination Imagination since 1991. Over the years, she’s been a participant, Team Manager, Appraiser, Challenge Writer, Regional Director, and duct tape diva. When she’s not doing DI, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family and all things Doctor Who.