The Concentration Section
• A “concentration” is a group of related works
describing an in-depth exploration of a particular
artistic concern. This is often called a series. For
this section, 12 images must be submitted,
some of which may be details (but I don’t
recommend more than 3 details).
Your series, or concentration, should reflect
a process of investigation of a specific visual
idea. This means that there must be a
visual thread that connects all the pieces in
I use the term "visual theme” but it’s
just another word for subject matter
such as PORTRAIT, LANDSCAPE,
STILL LIFE, etc
The direction you go
in is as broad as your
imagination, but the
works MUST have a
I will give you a
LOOOONG list of
ideas. It is intended
only to provide a
sense of range and
As always, the
"easiest" idea is
the one you feel
the most excited
about, the one
that moves you,
the one with
which you feel a
worse than getting
to the 6th
out of ideas and
enthusiasm for the
topic you chose.
RATIONAL FOR SCORE: (5)
• The connection between the work and
the idea described is unmistakable.
• By magnifying elements of the objects,
the artist integrates the concepts of
abstraction with very strong technical
• There is a playful spirit in the artist’s
decision making both in choice of
subject matter and in the effective
cropping of images.
“My initial concentration idea
was to was to draw a series of
portraits of people deep in
thought; showing their deepest
regret and/or favorite memory.
RATIONAL FOR SCORE: (4)
• The artist succeeds in conveying the concept
behind the concentration, which is based on
other peoples thoughts.
• There is evidence of the effective pursuit of
• The ideas become more complex as the
• Overall, the concentration is of high quality,
but several pieces do not rise to the level of
excellence in regard to spatial relations, value
and other drawing considerations.
“After viewing many pieces from
Frida Kahlo, I was interested in
portraying my life by using self-
portraits, concentrating on the
strokes in the face to show the
power of my life experiences.
RATIONAL FOR SCORE: (3)
• A sense of concentration is present,
and the work is related to the idea of
self-portrait as a vehicle for portraying
• The drawing quality, particularly in use
of color and mark-making, is good; but
in terms of composition, some pieces
are more successful than others.
• Although growth and discovery is
evident, the investigation is limited.
“Initially I wanted to show
Bosnia and all its beauty,
concentrating on just the
scenery and its natural
RATIONAL FOR SCORE: (2)
–There is a loose connection between the
work submitted and the stated intent of the
–Although there are some evocative pieces,
there are not enough to fully engage the
viewer with the idea.
–The artist exhibits moderate drawing skills.
Some works may be more proficient than
others, particularly the final two images.
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