The Concentration is an in-depth exploration of a particular design concern. In the Portfolio course, it is presented as a series of 8 or more artworks. The emphasis is on a coherent development of an idea through a body of work, in addition to the artistic success of the work.
Before doing that, you will now have a period of time to work on an artwork of your choice, which may be practice for your Concentration in the Spring. Have clear objectives for your work. Challenge yourself. Stretch and explore. Do something amazing with your time.
- Develop your own artistic goals
- Take intellectual and artistic risks; Challenge yourself
- Understand and appreciate Quality. What is it? What makes great art great?
- Create a high quality, portfolio-worthy artwork of personal significance
There are books in the classroom, art school catalogs with student artwork, and online resources, that can help spark your creativity. You can check the sample portfolios at this AP site for inspiration. It can be drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, mixed media, sculpture, graphic design, etc. What would you love to do?
Resources for Inspiration:
- Art:21 (PBS TV/video series)
- Artist’s Block Cured, by Linda Krall and Amy Runyen (book in classroom)
- Art school catalogs and viewbooks with student work
- Books of art history and contemporary art in the classroom
- National Scholastic Art Awards annuals (books of winning work)
- Student samples of concentrations from this AP site
- Click on AP Studio Art: Drawing, 2D Design, or 3D Design
- Click on Portfolio Samples and Scoring Information on the right side of the page.
- Scroll down until you get to Sample Portfolios (Organized by year.).
- View the Sustained Investigation section (That’s the Concentration.) of each portfolio
- Read the students’ statements describing their Concentrations.
For other possibilities for your choice project, view this Choice Ideas list, or page through the books in the art room.