MAKING A MARK: How to assess entries for an open art society exhibition (Part 2)


Modern Section 2 of my target on assessing entries for an open up artwork society exhibition is heading to concentrate on a approach I have devised for providing every entry in an open exhibition a unique mark.

Yesterday I wrote about How to assess entries for an open art society exhibition (Portion 1) which focused on the enhanced use of digital collection pursuing the introduction of digital submissions and, in individual, the pandemic

The rationale behind a marking technique

I have 100 marks to award to each of a very sizeable amount of artworks. 

The challenge for me is to 

  • make the allocation of marks make feeling to me 
  • try and obtain regularity throughout all entries during the time essential to mark each 1
  • assure the marking is good i.e. that every and every artwork finishes up being rated “the right way” in phrases of my sights of the relative merits of the unique artworks

So how very best to do this? 

My marking system

I made the decision I would split my 100 marks more than 5 classes which are:

  • Subject 
    • the strategy / concept behind the artwork
    • “exact aged very same aged” as opposed to “new and progressive” perspectives or novel matter make any difference
    • intricate as opposed to basic
  • Style
    • proof of thought re layout and composition 
    • e.g. whether it follows good exercise or whether or not it is just copied from a image with no modifying
  • Use of Color / Tone:
    • at a incredibly primary amount – demonstration of recognition of the use of color and tone
    • potential to increase an artwork from 2D to a thing more i.e. demonstration of how greatest to use color and/or tone to make an artwork far more productive
      • eg color palette
      • eg tonal assortment and whether or not proper for issue
  • Specialized Proficiency re Media
    • drawing techniques / perspective 
    • ability in software of the medium eg. precision and refinement vs . clumsy major handed application and/or finishes
  • Overall Effect
    • presentation for judging (eg excellent quality impression at the correct form of size – with no body or mat in evidence)
    • degree of “finish” i.e. Does it seem excellent?
    • “Wall Effects” – irrespective of whether it will “browse perfectly” from a distance in an exhibition

This is an anonymised instance of how it labored in practice.

Instance of how my marking plan operates in observe

I also took the spreadsheet listing of all the (absolutely anonymous) entries and added on columns for my marking requirements furthermore a total column which immediately calculated the total as I included in the marks for personal standards.

How it worked in follow

It is really substantially easier to allocate 100 marks on a spreadsheet IF you:

  • use a spreadsheet 
  • only marking out of 20 for A single particular thought in the initial instance.
  • function on a desktop/laptop and obtained the visuals open on an iPad/pill. 
  • use a method to calculate the totals!

The way I looked at them (by viewing the databases by way of Chrome) meant I got a large entire impression – which I could enlarge if the file was huge adequate to appear at certain factors of the artwork.

I found I commenced to develop shorthand marking immediately after a although with specific marks standing in for a “weak” (5) or “remarkable” (15) judgement. Underneath or above those marks you essential to be pretty terrible or extremely superior as versus unique conditions!

For example particular weaknesses quickly captivated a mark of 5 out of 20 or even 3 if specially negative e.g. really small graphic – making it extremely hard to assess the impression!

The trick is constantly to make confident you only mark for a person facet of deficit as soon as and not frequently.

As soon as I started off I discovered I also required to include a column for “remarks” which would remind me why I experienced marked as I experienced and, in specific, causes why I marked up or down.

In my view, it is really not possible to do all the entries in one particular go. On the other hand it really is a great thought to 

  • have a fast appear as a result of all the thumbnails ahead of you begin
  • function in batches so you continue to be clean and marking does not experience because of to starting to be tired

As somebody who has both of those marked and moderated marking strategies for skilled exams on the past, I also checked periodically how I was applying the marking scheme when evaluating just one artwork with an additional to ensure consistency

What about the other Judges?

The other Judges will have labored out their have means of figuring out how to allocate marks reasonably. 

They may well have done some thing similar to me – or a little something absolutely distinctive.

Given that there is more than one Judge and the marks are totalled, there is no way my procedure decides the final result of the ultimate selection – except as a contribution of 1 person’s standpoint. 

I might be intrigued to listen to other views on how to mark or grade artwork submitted for an open exhibition.


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