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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 concentration is a scrapbook of my life thus far. It is composed of memories of events and how I felt at different points in my life. It encompasses both the highs and the lows that I have experienced that have made me the person I am today.
  2. My concentration is a compilation of all I have experienced in my 18 years. 1 begins with me flipping through a scrapbook and really sets the tone for my concentration. 2, a drawing of roses done in graphite, is supposed to capture the true beauty of the flowers and depict the first time I fell in love. Juxtaposing that 9 shows a moment where I felt truly alone and broken when the people I cared about were diagnosed with cancer. And finally 11 and 12 depict my friends and I; in the last moments of our senior year as we prepare to go our separate ways, we hold onto all of the memories we have made together. 

Rationale for Score

  • In this moderate investigation of drawing concerns, there are emerging attempts at purposeful decision making, especially in the viewpoints suggested by the imagery. For instance, in image 5, the interior environment of a car is shown, providing an aerial view and a reflection in a mirror. Image 4 presents a tunnel-like form encasing a child who is holding watermelon. Both of these are examples of purposeful decision making. Many of the images appear to be based on photographs (e.g., images 1, 6, 8, and 12), but the work reflects attempts to replicate those photographs rather than to explore a personal sense of artistic vision.
  • Similarly, although the connection between the work and the theme of memories is evident, demonstration of growth is limited. Though not the most successfully resolved works in the group, images 4 and 10 push beyond the realm of scrapbook photographs to explore memory in greater depth.
  • Though uneven, the work demonstrates emerging technical competence and some knowledgeable use of materials and media. Image 7, for example, does not use a full range of values, which makes the work appear flat despite the apparent intent of spatial illusion. Images 2 and 11, on the other hand, are more effective and the full range of values helps to give the forms an illusion of dimension. 

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Rationale for Score

  • The work demonstrates a superficial investigation of a limited range of artistic concerns, such as concepts, compositions, materials, processes, and techniques. Image 8 stands out because of the drawing ability shown in the ink work. The expressive sketches could be applied in work akin to image 11. In general, the compositions are stronger when the subject is illustrative figures. The body of work could be stronger if a breadth of approaches were demonstrated within that subject.
  • Some original ideas seem to be emerging. For example, in image 2 the wispy marks in the top half of the watercolor painting create a mysterious environment for the two figures. The lines also create visual tension. Some works show attempts at an innovative use of design principles. Image 2 experiments with rhythm, repetition, and unity/variety. The compositions in images 4 and 12 rely on the use of emphasis for their drama. Other compositions are less successful; in image 6, for example, the negative space appears to be unconsidered.  
  • The work is emerging in terms of engaging qualities. Image 8 is notable for its fresh depictions of a variety of figures. The use of line is freer and more engaging here than in other works, such as image 1. Confidence is questionable in the work, such as images 6 and 7.
  • The work demonstrates some technical competence, particularly in images 2, 8, and 10–12. The use of materials is less competent in images 2 and 5, in which the depiction of three-dimensional forms is inconsistent or perhaps unconsidered (for example, it is difficult to tell whether the flower-breathing dragon was meant to be flat).  

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