*Click on the links on the left to see some examples of Mt. Eden Student’s concentrations. I’ve grouped them by topic: Some Portrait Concentrations, Some Hands Concentration, etc.
1. A concentration is a group of related works describing an in-depth exploration of a particular artistic concern.
2. It should reflect a process of investigation of a specific visual idea. To me, this means that there must be a visual thread that connects all the pieces in your concentration, not just a concept. I use the term “visual theme”such as PORTRAIT, LANDSCAPE, STILL LIFE, etc. The direction you go in is as broad as your imagination, but the peices MUST have a common visual theme.
3. It is NOT a selection of a variety of works produced as solutions to class projects or a collection of works with differing intents
4. For this section, 12 digital images must be submitted, some of which may be details.
I have added a LOOOONG list of possible concentration ideas on a separate page. The list is intended only to provide a sense of range and should not necessarily be considered “better” ideas. 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 have a connection. There’s nothing worse than getting to the 6th conentration and completely running out of ideas and enthusiasm for the topic you chose.
To make the concept clearer I have uploaded a few of my student’s concentrations and have organized them thematically by Portrait Concentration, Hands Concentrations and Still Life Concentrations. Each student dealt with their topic in a unique way, but I grouped them so you can see how different students tackled a similar topic. You can see them by clicking on the links above. I’ve only included a few pieces from each student’s concentration, rather than all 12. And I’ve only chosen students who scored a 4 or 5. Also, I’ve added excerpts from each student’s written commentary so you can see the development of their ideas.