Its “All About The Concentration” Page

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  2D: concentration-design-creativity-recap  

THE Drawing Concentration Playbook

  1. Start with mapping your ideas in your sketchbook-fill the page.  This will be your “index” to return to throughout the semester. Even if you’ve already done this exercise. Look at the PPT and apply these steps for creative directions for your series in your sketchbook.

Watch an idea unfold: Mind Maps: the key to sequential art

     2. When you are sure of your idea then put it in a sentence by asking: “How can I use (subject) to explore (theme) through my (process) using (medium).” For example:”How can I use landscapes to explore the future through my painting using watercolors.”  Look at the link  concentration-sentence idea-generator Remember:

  • Sustained Investigation is not a series of work involving cats, cars, emotions, and so on, appropriated from appealing images found online.

  • Sustained Investigation idea is not discovered one week prior to the submission of a portfolio by searching for commonalities in a group of divergent works.

  • Sustained Investigation is underway when you come to “own” your imagery based on personal observation, experience, ideas, research, and experimentation, or a combination of these. 

     3.  Critique of another student’s art using this form.  ap-peer-evaluation When grading your peers liken it to the goal of having a persuasive argument. How strong is your reasoning? How convincing is your evidence? Did you build a strong enough case? What were the strengths and weaknesses in your argument?

     4. With this feedback look at your work with this rubric concentration-evaluation-sheets and give yourself a separate grade for the first piece.

     5. Sketchbook investigation for Concentration Assignments 3 & 4. Look at the PPT Design Synectics art-synectics-robson Do not skip this, it is the most crucial thing you will learn this semester! Complete at least 2 Design Synectics thumbnails in your sketchbook using the Sketchbook Planner criteria. sketchbook-criteria-concentration-piece-planner  Look at this artist’s sketchbook, her sketches counted as a concentration piece! michelle-woos-concentration-with-some-process-sketchbook

       6.  Concentration #3 Suggestion: Don’t start over with a “new” concentration idea just “tweak” one piece or improve upon one piece. Ask yourself what do you want to keep, what do you want to change to do a smaller, faster piece? Keep the exact same composition if you want to, and change other things: more line variation or heighten contrast, for example. The goal: keep visual coherence while developing the idea.  See Synectics PPT above for more ideas on what ways on a piece can be modified.


When viewing other artist’s bodies of work ask yourself: “What are the….”

  • Similarities of concepts and ideas evident in the works

  • Ways the same concepts and ideas could be approached

  • Ways identical materials could be explored

My former student’s portfolios 2D and Drawing

Scores 1-6 with EXPLANATIONS comparing high medium and low scores

  • Great examples of photo concentrations

Site with photo concentrations and scores for brainstorming

Remember: students who were very specific with concentrations seemed to earn the higher scores.

WHEN IN DOUBT: Crank it out!  Fear is the obstacle to creative thinking-we avoid action and miss opportunities. Perfectionism feeds fear.  Creativity takes courage.  Start each piece with a sense of adventure!

Good 2D Design Ideas could be:

  • Design and execute a children’s book
  • A series of identity products for your fine art business (logo, letterhead, signs, boxes)
  • A series of works starting with representational interpretations and evolving into abstraction
  • Abstractions developed from cells and other microscopic images
  • A series of work from one genre (Genre art contrasts with that of landscape, portraiture, still life, religious themes, historic events, or any kind of traditionally idealized subject matter. Intimate scenes from daily life are almost invariably the subject of genre painting)
  • A series of illustrations based on a story or poetry
  • A personal or family history communicated through the content and style of still-life images.
  • Collages that juxtapose the harsh and elegant qualities of metal against the fabric.
  • Interpretive studies of literary characters in which mixed media, color, and form are

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2010 AP ART Teachers Collaboration Concentration Ideas