In the judging of the annual Bishops Religious Visual Arts Prize, three judges are invited to judge the artworks in six categories based on the stages of schooling.
Each has the responsibility of advising other judges in one of three areas
See below for criteria under each of these headings which may assist students in creating their illuminated biblical text and judges in judging.
The merit of the work as art
- Repeating shapes, patterns, and symmetry.
- Colours, especially colours that complement or enhance each other.
- Textures, both visual and physical.
- Compositions that focus or lead the eye and keep the viewers’ attention.
- Correct or appealing proportions of decorative elements and text.
- Skill in handwriting the text
- Relationship between decorative elements, any illustrations and the Biblical text
The merit of the artist’s description
- Clarity and adequacy of student’s description of the artistic process and techniques used in illuminating the text
- Level or depth of textual interpretation
- Explanation of purpose of decorative elements and any illustrations and their relationship with the Biblical text.
The merit of the artwork for a student of that stage
An insight into the merit of the artwork is achieved by a comparison between the artworks submitted by students at that stage of schooling. More experienced teachers, especially Visual Arts teachers, bring a unique perspective.
simply by comparison with other works.