Friday, December 4, 2015

Create > Synectic Concentration Series

Qualities of a Successful Concentration
Challenging but attainable > Breadth Studio Activities

Goal Concept:
Understand and be able to cultivate creativity strategies and improve time management.

Access Prior Knowledge:
“It’s not where you take things from—it’s where you take them to.” ~ Jean-Luc Godard

Instructional Strategy
  • Identify similarities and differences
Learning Activity

New Information:
Qualities of a Successful Concentration

Challenging but Attainable
An easy goal will provide no sense of accomplishment.  Too ambitious a goal will reduce, not increase, motivation.  No one wants to fight a losing battle!  Knowing your strengths and weaknesses will help you set realistic goals.

Make it personal.  Doing a series on Japanese woodcuts with no interest in Japan or woodcuts makes no sense.  Using Italian architecture, because you’re studying the Roman Empire in history and you’re part Italian will work.    

Avoid interests and opinions that are primarily someone else’s.  Focus improving on and building off of your strengths and interests.  This will increase your receptivity to learn and your ability to focus attention on actions you have an inherent or intrinsic motivation to follow through with.  

Clearly Defined
We all have ‘too much on our mind.’  Identifying specifics and establishing priorities help focus attention, increase productivity, and reduce stress.  Know your concentration and intent.  
  1. Identify your target.  Specificity is important.  It is nearly impossible to hit a target you cannot see.  
  2. Focus.  Reduce distractions.  Re-read your concentration statement every now and then.  
  3. Shoot for and hit your target.  Work with necessary force and energy.

Set clear target dates, get the job done, and move on to your next piece.  Each completed work increases your self-confidence and adds momentum.  By contrast, unfinished work can drain energy and bog you down.  If necessary, delete and be ‘efficient’ so that you can complete your primary goal.

Concentration Documents from AP
Read > Studio Art Course Description >
Read > AP Studio Art Portfolio Requirements Brochure 2014 >
Read > Plan Your AP Portfolio Worksheet >
Read > Concentration Requirements >
Read > AP Concentration Planner Worksheet >

Concentration Playbooks:
Know > SIII Concentration Playbook- 2D Design >
Know > SIII Concentration Playbook- 3D Design >
Know > SIII Concentration Playbook- Drawing >

Concentration Resources:
Read > Aesthetics and the Concentration >  
Read > Concentration SMART Goal >  
Read > Designing a Long-term Series >  
Read > Qualities of a Successful Concentration >

Apply Knowledge and Skills:
Instructional Strategy
  • Nonlinguistic representation
Learning Activity
Create > Synectic Concentration Series

Goal Concept:
Conceptualize known visual information, patterns and ideas into something new by altering it with a Synectic Trigger Mechanism >  

Studio Activity: Synectic Concentration Series
Step 1:
Choose what type of art theme will you use:
-still-life    -portrait    -figure        -object        -historical
-landscape    -seascape    -narrative    -mythical    -self-portrait
A landscape can be an inspiring & awesome narrative.
A still-life may evoke dramatic story telling qualities.
A portrait could be an intense emotional narrative.
Step 2:
Choose what type of media you will use:
-pencil -colored pencil -pastel
Step 3:
Day 1 & 2 - Complete Board 1 - Observational Theme Drawing
Step 4:
Day 3 & 4 - Complete Board 2 -
Altered with a Synectic Trigger Mechanism >
Step 6:
Day 5 & 6 - Complete Board 3 -
Altered with a Synectic Trigger Mechanism >
Step 7:
Day 7 & 8 - Complete Board 4 -
Altered with a Synectic Trigger Mechanism >

Generalize, Publish and Reflect:
Instructional Strategy
  • Evaluate the results
Learning Activity
Reflect > Should I go back and rework anything?
  • How did you combine art elements (line, color, shape, texture, value)  to develop art principles? (Unity/variety, balance, emphasis contrast, rhythm, proportion/scale, figure/ground relationship)
  • Where are the dominant shapes, forms, colors, or textures that carry expressive significance?
  • Why Is the work ordered and balanced or chaotic and disturbing?
  • What gives the work its uniqueness?
  • Is symbolism used in the work to convey meaning other than what one sees?
  • Does the work evoke any feelings?

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Recognition
Learning Activity
Publish > Share your album to our G+Community > Concepts & Creations category
Display > Add your photos to the Event

Instructional Strategy
  • Providing Feedback
Learning Activity
Critique >
  • Give positive feedback > +1 every image that deserves it
  • Give peer feedback > Give 2 peer images a VTS critique >
Self-assess >

“Hokusai wrings a cry from you, but he does it by his line.  The waves are claws and the ship is caught in them.  You feel it!  If you make the color exact or the drawing exact, it won’t give you sensations like that.” ~ Vincent Van Gogh
View > Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji - Hokusai >