Pretend the theme was "YUMMY!"
Lets see some examples.
You get four points if your art has a concept clearly communicated. This student's Artist statement was "trees inspire me" it is clearly communicated, but not related to the theme. Score 4 pts
You get up to 8 pts if your art is related to the theme, but perhaps not clearly communicated or clearly related. This student's artist statement is "I love the state fair, everything there looks yummy". This picture clearly shows a funnel cake stand, but the artist statement doesn't make that connection, and the picture isn't mainly about food or yumminess.. Anyway, its close to the theme, but unclear, if they mentioned the funnel cakes I'd give a 10. Score: 8pts
You get up to 12 pts for having a solid theme based concept that is clearly communicated. Artist statement. "I think donuts are yummy." Here it is:
You get up to 16 points for having put a little more thought into your concept. This student has put all their personal favorite yummy stuff into their art and it is clearly communicated. "I think lots of different things are yummy." Score 16pts.
Finally you can get the perfect 20 pts for having a concept that is full of meaning, purpose, and integrity. I still don't know what that means, but I tell kids and judges to look for emotional response, originality, human connections, deep thought, anything that really sets it apart. This student really thought about the theme in a deep way. Artist statement: "Yummy really depends on your point of view. Are you a fish or a cat?" Wow, this is a 20pt project!