To evaluate the artwork we use a score metric of 0 (poor/inadequate) to 5 (excellent/exceptional).
The more points, the higher the artwork is ranked.
Does the work challenge the viewer’s mind? Does the work encourage the viewer to exercise his imagination? Does it cause the viewer to bring something to the work itself, to ask questions, to invite an intellectual challenge? In judging artwork, does the piece tend to help “educate,” or somehow engage or promote discussion? Is there something about the work that, despite obvious flaws still captures one’s attention or imagination? Distinctive experimentation with tools and materials. Applies higher order of thinking and creative skills to relay complex ideas.
Creativity / Originality
Is the work original and/or creative? Does the painting have something special about it that is important to note? Does the artist use the medium in an unusual, personal, imaginative, or unique way? In judging artwork, ask yourself if does the work show evidence of a strong personal viewpoint? Is there some aspect of the painting that breaks the mold, or makes it stand out from what might be considered the norm? Is there evidence the work was done “free hand,” without the aid of technological projection (the exception would be the projection of one’s own free hand preliminary work).
Is the work engaging, with strong emotional appeal? Is there evidence of passion, of caring deeply about some aspect of the work? Is the piece emotionally challenging, whimsical, surreal, imaginative, or seductive? Does the work have a poetic or spiritual quality about it? These are useful questions to consider when evaluating artwork.
Serendipity / Risk Factor
Does the artist play it safe, or does the artist display a willingness to take a risk, take a chance, or effectively break the rules (transgression). While evaluating the artwork, does it exhibit some form of spontaneity, with or without an attempt at mastery of a medium? Does the artwork somehow seek new ground or show evidence of making good use of a serendipitous event?
Another step in judging artwork is to ask if the piece has cultural, social, or political relevance? If so, does the work choose an approach that is understandable? Is the work accomplished in a manner that easily communicates with its audience? Is the cultural, social or political relevance unique, and/or likely to, in some way stand the test of time?
Some Design Elements to consider in judging artwork might be: Color, Line, Edge, Shape, Space, Texture, and value. Are the chosen elements applied appropriately, and if not, are the reasons consistent with the style and direction of the work?