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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 about different types of digital/traditional landscapes, from tropical to mountainous. I chose a this concentration because these landscapes can be found all around us and show the wonders of nature. Also landscapes are a part of everyday life, because almost anywhere you look there is a landscape. My concentration ranges from real landscapes to surreal landscapes. Another reason I chose landscapes is because people may be too busy or not have enough time to admire nature.
  2. My concentrations started as landscapes with mountains or hills and then transitioned to more tropical beach landscapes at concentration seven. I chose to do both types to show a range of different types of landscapes throughout the world. After the tropical concentrations, starting at concentration ten and going to twelve, I chose to add some surreal landscapes. My last three concentrations all have a tree incorporated into them because I wanted to show how important trees are to humans. Trees give us oxygen we breathe and also give us a link between the past, present, and the future.

Rationale for Score

  • The connection between the topic, “different types of digital/traditional landscapes, from tropical to mountainous,” and the work presented is evident; however, it is erratic, as demonstrated by the fact that the “last three compositions all have a tree incorporated into them because I wanted to show how important trees are to humans” (see images 10 through 12).
  • Decision making about composition is sporadic. The illusion of depth is created traditionally in images 1, 3, and 4, but it is not considered in images in 7, 9, and 12. The work demonstrates little sense of investigation or discovery, as evident in images 7, 8, and 9.
  • The sustained investigation demonstrates emerging attempts at originality. Note, for example, the scanned mark-making in images 1, 3, and 4 and the innovative thinking found in the scanned mixed-media textures in image 11.
  • A potentially engaging theme is somewhat discernible, but some elements of the work are inadequately considered (see, for instance, the illusion of depth in images 4 and 8, and the rendering of tree forms in images 4, 7, 8, 9, and 12).
  • Transformation may be discernible (see the use of scanned watercolor in the sky in image 6); however, growth is limited (note the composition and illusion of depth in images 7, 10, 11, and 12).
  • Though uneven, the work demonstrates emerging technical competence. This can be seen in the use of scanned textures for rendering (image 3) and the use of light and shade (image 11). There is some knowledgeable use of materials and media, as in the watercolor scan (image 6).
  • When digital processes are used, the work demonstrates a moderate understanding of analog drawing issues, as can be seen when digital drawing is used for rendering form (image 1), creating light and shade (images 10 and 11), and showing the illusion of depth (image 4).

Rationale for Score

  • The work demonstrates a superficial investigation of a limited range of visual concepts. Some of the work does investigate line quality (image 8), surface manipulation (image 2), light and shade (image 1), rendering of form (image 6), and the illusion of depth (image 6). However, success in composition is limited (see images 5, 6, 10, and 11).
  • Some original ideas seem to be emerging (see images 3 and 5), or some attempt at innovation with the elements (shape, texture, and value), and principles of design (repetition and balance) are evident (see images 2 and 12).
  • The work is emerging in terms of potentially engaging qualities (mark-making, rendering of form, and the use of light and shadow); however, confidence is questionable (note images 2, 5, 8, and 12).
  • The work demonstrates moderate technical competence and some knowledgeable use of materials and media (chalk, paint, pencil, paper, and canvas).
  • Images 1 and 6 appear to show work based on photographs; artistic voice in the manipulation of material and the composition of the images is minimal.
  • Although the works may show an emerging level of accomplishment, overall the work is at a moderate level.