Don’t forget that tomorrow we will be having progress critiques on your Concentration/Thematic Body of work. At this point you should have 7 completed pieces uploaded and ready for class. It should be evident at this point in your work that you have thoroughly investigated your chosen subject, are taking risks in your work, develop ideas, etc.
The concentration should grow out of the student’s idea and demonstrate growth and discovery through a number of conceptually related works. In this section, the evaluators are interested not only in the work presented but also in visual evidence of the student thinking, selected method of working and development of the work over time. Students are encouraged to include images that document their processes of thinking and creating.
The Concentration (Sustained Investigation) section includes spaces for a written commentary, which must accompany the work in this section, describing what the concentration is and how it evolved. Students are asked to respond to the following:
1. Clearly and simply state the central idea of your concentration.
2. Explain how the work in your concentration demonstrates your intent and the exploration of your idea. You may refer to specific images as examples.
Although the responses themselves are not scored as pieces of writing, they provide critical information for evaluating the artwork. Thus, they should be well written. Students should be encouraged to formulate their responses to the first question early in the year, as they define the direction their concentration will take. Responses should be concise; the space available for them in the Web application is generous, but the number of characters that can be typed is limited. Responses should be focused on the information requested.