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Please note that the Sustained Investigation and the Range of Approaches sections below are from two different students’ portfolios.  

Sustained Investigation (Concentration) Statement

  1. The focus of my Concentration was to observe and record design elements and principles as they occur in natural My idea was to search for the basics of their design structure, use a viewpoint that would illuminate my position, and then to develop some designs that relate to my investigation. I selected forms that would complement my plan.
  2. I have sequenced my slides to show my I began with research in my journal (slide #1). I then investigated compositional strategies using a close-cropped view (slides #2–4). I then attended to combining and repeating form in order to explore repetition and variation (slides #5 – 8). The last row of slides demonstrates my attempts at using some of the discoveries in less formal way.

Rationale for Score

  • The topic—to observe and record design elements and principles as they occur in natural forms and develop those principles—is successfully integrated with most of the work presented.
  • The investigation of the topic provides evidence of thoughtful decision making and of discovery in many works. Both positive and negative space are used well in most pieces. Close up and distant views were thoughtfully selected, as seen in images 1, 3, 5, and 6.
  • The work for the sustained investigation generally demonstrates original and innovative ideas. Images 4 and 8 through 11 are strong, but there are some less successful pieces.
  • An evocative, engaging theme is clearly present in much of the work. Note, for example, how images 1 and 7 accentuate and subtlety replicate the rhythmic and repetitive patterns found in natural forms like fruit and peppers.
  • Overall, the work shows understanding and effective application of 2-D design principles such as repetition, rhythm, and emphasis—see, for example, images 3, 5, and 6—but there are some less successful pieces, such as images 10, 11, and 12.
  • The work generally conveys a sense of transformation and growth. There is some successful risk-taking evident in images 9 and 12, but the risk-taking is less successful in images 1, 5, 6, and 7.
  • The work is technically strong; materials and media like crayon, pencil, pastel, and collage are used effectively to express ideas in images 1 through 7. Even though there are many drawings, the work clearly fulfills the criteria of the 2-D design portfolio, as line, shape, value, and color are used to express rhythm, emphasis, and figure/ground relationships— see, for instance, images 2, 3, 6, and 7. However, the use of media in images 9 through 12 is not as effective.
  • Overall, the work is at a strong level.

Rationale for Score

  • The work shows a strong application of 2-D design principles (balance, repetition, contrast, emphasis) to a range of design problems via conventional photography and digitally manipulated images.
  • The work demonstrates a range of original, innovative ideas and effective manipulation of the elements and principles of 2-D design (for example, images 1 and 6). Risk-taking is more evident in images 2, 8, and 10, while most other works appear as strong solutions achieved through more conventional approaches (images 4 and 5).
  • The work demonstrates a variety of intentions or approaches (both digital and analog photography, and digitally manipulated imagery).
  • Most of the work engages the viewer with expressive and evocative qualities; the work also suggests confidence (images 1, 6, 7, and 10).
  • The work is technically strong; materials and media such as exposure, composition, the lighting of a subject, and digital manipulations are used well to express ideas (for example, images 1, 6, 7, 8, and 10).
  • The work shows varying levels of accomplishment, but overall it is at a strong level.