How to Judge Art

It is one way to paint a masterpiece and another way of to evaluate it. Judging and evaluating a painting can both be technical as well as an art itself. Judges in art shows not only look for technical brilliance in artistic works but also on it aesthetic value. But how do most art judges do it? What do they really look for when evaluating different artworks?

Judging artworks may differ depending on certain situations. It may depend on certain preferences that the judges as a whole may have in mind in a collective sense. It may also depend on the level of competition perhaps as well as on the regulations that may have been established beforehand. But all in all there are some general points that art judges usually look for when evaluating different paintings.

Originality- quite important on the list of most judges. This implies to artworks that bore any semblance to any previous artwork made. It usually takes an experienced judge to identify original works from those that are not.

Innovation- this shows not only of departure from but also quite a novel use of the usual characteristics accepted in a certain genre and making full use of it on a painting.

Quality- characteristic of a painting that show certain authority and elegance in its design and execution.

Depth– a certain characteristic of a work that can induce more than just a second look from an onlooker or judge.

Completeness– a quality that shows a painting having integrated all the aspects in the painting to come up with a thorough and coherent statement.

Integrity– a quality of a painting that evokes the sincere expression and spirit of its author.

Intrigue– a characteristic of a certain artwork that has something left to a viewer’s imagination. That "absent quality" in a canvas that makes an onlooker wonder and think.

Significance– quality of an artwork that makes an impression or some worthy statement that broadens a viewer’s understanding of the world.

Vitality– the emotional quality of the artwork and the feelings it evokes.

The above may be considered as evaluating artworks aesthetically or it may also be viewed in some ways from a technical point of view. There are other ways that judges may also consider in trying to evaluate artworks. Judges may look at the lines of the painting. Lines may show how the subject and the figures surrounding it are being articulated. How these lines are used may have an effect on how the artwork may come out.

Form is another point that art judges consider. How the subject is being depicted, the coherence of the different bits in the painting to the whole as well as the individual characters of the different elements in the painting are also some things that judges try to consider. Color and tone in a painting and how they are creatively used also are also points that judges consider in evaluating paintings.

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