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ARTIST CERTIFICATION

Requirements for Certification

Basic certification
The Artist's work must demonstrate skills consistent with the Institute's high standards, techniques & attention to detail. 
The Artist must be familiar with over cutting, undercutting, shaping, etching and ladders. 
The Artist must produce two simple cutting guides of their own design. (25 pieces min.)  
The Artist must submit two works for judging. One must be simple flowers (not a single flower), and the second work can be one of the Artist’s choice, but not flowers.

Level II certification (Feathering and Furring)
The Artist must show proficiency in feathering and furring and must be able to execute intricate work. 
The Artist must produce two cutting guides of their own design. (50 pieces min.) 
The Artist must submit two works for judging. The first work must show a scene that includes animals with fur. 
The second work must use the feathering technique. 
If one of the works includes both animals and birds, the second work can be of the Artist’s choice.

Level III certification (Vue d’optique)
The Artist must be capable of producing multi-level work. This can be an elaborate scene, with or without animals, and with or without people. 
The Artist must produce two cutting guides of their own design. (75 pieces min.)
The Artist must submit two works for judging. The first work can be an Anton Pieck or a Kim Jacobs picture, or any other picture of similar complexity. If you are not sure if your picture would qualify, contact PTI for clarification through email with a picture of the print for review. The second piece can be of the Artist’s choice, but must use advanced level techniques. 

ARTIST'S CERTIFICATION FEES

The fees listed below are for the certification process only. (They do not include seminar or workshop fees). For projects that do not pass the judging process, you will receive detailed explanations from the three judges as to why they did not pass.  You will also receive suggestions on how to improve the piece so that it can pass at the next judging session. If the same work is resubmitted, there is no additional judging fee. However, if a different work is submitted, a new judging fee will apply. The work will pass with two out of three judges’ agreement.

Basic Certification
Application fee: $10 
Judging fees for two projects $40.
Evaluation of 2 cutting guides. $40  
Total: $ 90

Level II Certification (Feathering and Furring)
Application fee: $10
Judging fees for two projects $50
Evaluation of 2 cutting guides $50  
Total: $ 110

Level III Certification (Vue d’optique)
Application fee: $10 
Judging fees for two projects $50
Evaluation of 2 cutting guides $50
Total: $ 110

Order all 3 Levels together for $290 ( a $20 discount).

The Institute recognizes that many paper tole artists around the world are not able to attend the training seminars and workshops offered in the U.S.A.  We however offer certification to any paper tole artist. Any certification will apply the Paper Tole Institute standards as detailed on the "Paper Tole Standards" page on this website.  Artists can prepare themselves for certification by becoming familiar with the standards as outlined and by practicing those standards before submitting art work for judging. Applying the PTI standards will help the Artist to submit projects acceptable to the judges the first time.

Projects must be shipped to The Paper Tole Institute, Dotty Maddox, 5616 Dustin Court NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico 87120 for everywhere EXCEPT EuropeShipping costs to and from the Institute are the responsibility of the applicant. 

Please note that the judges are not judging the size of the piece of paper tole but the complexity and execution of the work.  You do not need to send large pieces of art in order to pass the certification levels. If you are going to send large pieces of art for judging please DO NOT send them with glass in the frames!!  You do not have to send the art framed just packaged as to prevent damage to the art. 

THERE IS CURRENTLY NOT AN ARTIST CERTIFICATION IN EUROPE AND IF THERE IS ONE IN THE FUTURE THE CERTIFICATION FEES WILL BE DIFFERENT. Artists in Europe need to send an email to Marit Gabler, Jernbanegaten 14, 1706 Sarpsborg, Norway for fees, information, application and judging



APPLICATION FOR ARTIST CERTIFICATION

Applications for Artist's certification can be made by mail or email. All applications must be accompanied by the application fee. Please complete all areas of the application form for quicker processing.