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White Pathway
Master Artisan Pathway- "MAP"
Master Artisan Pathway
Judging Criteria and Score Sheet

There are certain criteria that should be met with regard to each separate category which may not necessarily apply to all, and these are specified under each section. However, the following general points will be taken into consideration when judging. These have been based on looking at assessments of different artistic/creative disciplines and the MAP applicant should endeavor to acknowledge and build upon these as they progress through the Master Artisan Pathway.


All judges received redacted applications so to eliminate any potential bias. While acknowledging that not everyone will have a working knowledge of all techniques, we are determined that judging will be fair, and as a result, judging will be carried out by artists who are proficient in egg art themselves with experience in various fields within egg art. Where the judges recognize their own lack of expertise, they will call in an additional judge who is deemed to be an expert in that particular field. That judge would also be more capable of giving constructive criticism and encouragement to applicants. We are attempting to provide judges in different countries over time so that the responsibility is shared.


  • Creativity and Originality -Judges are aware of the work of many different egg artists, so copies of the work of others would not be acceptable. (See the declaration required on the application form). Make sure to describe any unique ideas in the description area of the form.

  • Composition and Design -The arrangement of visual elements in an artwork, putting together your skills and knowledge of materials to create a masterpiece. Understand the Principles and Elements of Design (Line, composition, space, movement, balance, emphasis, pattern, unity, color, contrast, rhythm, texture, value, form). Does the design flow through the entire piece? The entry should be capable of being viewed as a whole, not just as an egg with additions. Check that no one element can be seen as being out of place.  Do the components used create a well-balanced design by using appropriately sized embellishments?

  • Technique -Probably the most obvious points, however attention should be paid to the execution of any technique used, any application of additional materials, correct alignment of the various components used in the design. The judges will be able to spot poor cutwork, paint finish, glue seepage, areas missing dyes etc., so make sure that the very basic mistakes are not made.

  • Craftmanship and Presentation-​​​Show the judges that some effort has been put into the work, not that you have just used what you have immediately available.  

  • Difficulty-Although the egg size is not the absolute determination of the degree of difficulty, it is important in several categories such as acid etching, applied wax, beaded/jeweled, carving, decoupage, hand painted, intricately cut, paper sculpture and pysanky/batik.

  • Context/Description -Make sure to fill out the description on the form with as much information as possible. Describe unique ideas, methods used, any specific significance/symbolism of the entry. A thorough description will perhaps help you score higher in the creativity/originality section.




The scoring system is based on a 100-point scale. The judge scores each category on a scale of 1-5. This is called the Raw Score. Each raw category score is than converted, based on the percent weighting, to a weighted score. You can read the Judge's Score Sheet below in order to see how much weighting is given to each category. We attempt to have at least 2-3 judges score the entries. The weighted scores from all judges are added together and divided by the number of judges to get the artists final score which will determine the level (bronze, silver or gold) awarded.

Points Needed for Awards

Bronze Level Award requires a score of 70 points.

Silver Level Award requires a score of 80 points.

Gold level Award requires a score of 90 points.

Master Artisan Pathway "MAP" Judge's Score Sheet

Creativity and Originality 15%

5- Artwork includes at least 3 unique ideas with creative execution of ideas.

4- Artwork includes at least 2 unique ideas and an exploration of multiple ideas

3- Artwork includes at least one unique idea.

2- Artwork shows an idea but lacks originality of idea or technique

1- Artwork shows no evidence of creativity or originality

Composition and Design 20%

5- Artwork exhibits masterful execution of the Principles and Elements of Design (Line, composition, space, movement, balance, emphasis, pattern, unity, color, contrast, rhythm, texture, value, form)                    4- Artwork exhibits good composition and design elements

3- Composition demonstrates limited knowledge of the Principles of Elements of Design

2- Ideas are expressed with no unity in composition

1- Art exhibits lack of planning in the design and composition

Technique 20%

5- Work exhibits mastery of materials, techniques, and skill

4- Work exhibits some level of understanding in use of materials, techniques, and skill

3- Work exhibits appropriate use of materials and skills with no errors

2- Work exhibits the use of materials or skills with few errors

1- Work exhibits critical errors in the use of materials or skills specific to the task

Craftsmanship and Presentation 20%

5- Artwork is completed with substantial evidence of effort, finishing touches, good presentation, and craftsmanship

4- Artwork is complete with good effort, displaying craftsmanship and meeting requirements

3- Artwork is completed with minimal effort, little craftsmanship and few finishing touches

2- Artwork is completed with minimal effort and carelessly lacking in neatness

1- Artwork is incomplete

Degree of Difficulty 20%

5- Very Difficult and time consuming

4- Above average difficulty

3- Average difficulty

2- Easy

1- Extremely Easy

Overall Impression 5%

5- Extremely Impressive   

4- Above Average   

3- Good   

2- Fair         

1- Poor



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