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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. My central idea for my concentration is the relationship of water with earth. Many of earth's natural landscapes are there because of water. In my art work I used a mix of blues, greens, purples, and some brown to represent water with other aspects of nature. Brown representing the ground and dirt, purple comes from a stormy sky, and green because without water there would be no vegetation.
  2. I have always loved nature and the aspect of water. Water is the reason the earth is able to have lush forests, wild rivers that go through rainforests, and oceans that are miles deep. Rain is able to bring life to plants and animals. In my artwork I wanted to incorporate water's relationship with nature. A common form of water would be rain. Rain can be peaceful like when falling onto a tin roof. It can also be violent and create massive flooding. My pieces are a variety blues, purples, and greens. These colors are seen a lot in nature. The blues are found in the ocean and ponds. Purple is found in the sky during a thunderstorm. My bowl, Image 3, with brown and blue glaze is lined with deep and light blue glass on the bottom. This bowl represents the ocean and how it gets deeper the further you go. I have a bowl with a simple blue glaze, Image 11. In the bowl, I etched in lines and circles. This bowl represents the clouds and waves in the ocean. I made wind chimes, Image 6, that was a ceramic Ombre of blues and purples with imprinted patterns. Hanging down from the ceramic slab was glass pendants made from blue and purple pendants. This art work piece reminds me of rain falling from the sky because of the glass pendants. All these pieces of art represent a larger picture of how water affects all aspects of life.

Rationale for Score

  • There is a sense of sustained investigation related to the commentary, with 12 different works representing the relationship of water with earth, but the integration of the topic and the work is inadequately considered.
  • Decision making is lacking; the work appears inadequately thought out and insufficiently explored. All of the work is small in scale. Images 3, 6, and 11 show some evidence of decision making related to the topic but others do not.
  • A potentially engaging theme is present, articulated through the study of color and form in images 3 and 5, but it is largely unsuccessful.
  • The work shows a weak understanding or limited application of 3-D design principles. The engagement with space is minimal in images 6, 9, and 11, where the emphasis is planar.
  • The work is mostly repetitive as seen in images 2, 10, and 12; only a few pieces suggest growth or show slight signs of transformation. Although there is evidence of the attention to interior and exterior space through the presentation, the work suggests no depth of study in the consideration and variety of forms.
  • Overall the work demonstrates marginal technical competence, awkward use of materials and media and minimal skills as evidenced by wheel-thrown work of varying thickness in images 7 and 8.

Rationale for Score

  • The work shows a weak application of the 3-D design principles of balance, contrast, and repetition to a very limited range of design problems: fabrication, some subtractive methods, functional pieces (rings, cups, and pitchers) and nature-based forms (tree stumps, corals, and organic shapes). Nearly all of the works explore the surfaces of the forms more than the three-dimensional possibilities of space, as demonstrated in images 3a and 3b, 6a and 6b, 7a and 7b, 8a and 8b.
  • The ideas in the work are unoriginal (images 6a and 6b, 7a and 7b, 8a and 8b); the work does not show inventive use of the elements (line, shape, texture, and color) or principles of 3-D design (images 3a and 3b, 4a and 4b, 6a and 6b, 7a and 7b, 8a and 8b). Images 2a and 2b show a somewhat more inventive use of line in conjunction with the 3-D form. Images 5a and 5B are somewhat more inventive in their approach to surface decoration.
  • The work does not clearly demonstrate a variety of intentions or approaches. Many works suggest simple containers (images 1a and 1b, 2a and 2b, 6a and 6b) or explorations of linear forms (images 3a and 3b, 8a and 8b).
  • There is little about the work that engages the viewer; the work lacks confidence (images 3b, 4a, and 4b).
  • The work is generally awkward; it demonstrates marginal technical competence (fabrication) and awkward use of materials and media (clay, glaze, and glass). (See images 1b, 3b, 4a, and 4b.)
  • The two views convey basically the same information rather than providing additional information for the viewer.