Exams: 2012 Studio Art 2-D Design: Breadth Samples

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2-D Design: Breadth—Section III

The student samples for 2-D Design: Breadth were submitted in June 2012. The selections were made on the basis of the works alone: those choosing them had no idea who the students are or what schools they attended. The Breadth's were selected as representative of a range of excellence for this portfolio.

All of the works included here received very high scores. The students' written commentaries accompany the samples. To view the student samples, select from the choices below.

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Breadth Sample 1: Felicia Alcaide, Design and Architecture Senior High School, Miami, Fla

Score: 6

Rationale for Score

  • The work demonstrates a thoughtful investigation of a broad range of 2-D design principles.
  • The work shows knowledge of a variety of design genres, from art nouveau to Japanese anime to expressive illustration, and a wide range of media from ink on gesso, to digital, to collage, graphite, and even tea.
  • The scale of the work ranges from intimate sketchbook images to large scale multi-media paintings.
  • Color is used with tremendous intentionality. It is sometimes restrained; it establishes mood; it is used boldly for emphasis or balance.
  • The student layers visual and conceptual elements with great versatility, fluidly combining digital and traditional media.
  • The work demonstrates an excellent range of approaches and shows exceptional technical skill.

Breadth Sample 2: Will Kromer, Friday Harbor High School, Friday Harbor, Wash.

Score: 5

Rationale for Score

  • The work shows a thoughtful investigation of a range of design problems addressed through a variety of media.
  • The work demonstrates a variety of intensions and purposes.
  • Compositional organization is strong throughout the work, although some pieces are not as successfully executed as others. For example, in image 2 the composition is strong but technique is not as accomplished as it is in image 7.
  • Overall, the work demonstrates a broad and strong investigation of 2-D design principles.

Breadth Sample 3: Jaimie Kenney, Booker High School, Sarasota, Fl.

Score: 4

Rationale for Score

  • The work shows a variety of intentions and approaches, but in some cases they are not clearly articulated.
  • Some images are more complex and well-realized, while others present simplistic solutions to the same design issue (e.g., pattern, repetition).
  • In images 6 and 10, the elements and principles of design are used in an integrative way to convey meaning, whereas images 4 and 5 seem to be mere illustrations of a design element (repetition).
  • Overall, the level of accomplishment ranges from moderate to good.

Breadth Sample 4: Alyssa Schuda, Capistrano Valley High School, Mission Viejo, Calif.

Score: 3

Rationale for Score

  • The range of elements of design (e.g., color, shape, and texture) presented is adequate; however, the exploration of principles of design (e.g., positive/negative space, balance, unity/variety) is limited.
  • A variety of subjects is addressed through a range of different media.
  • In images 4 and 8 design issues are successfully integrated (e.g., see the use of figure/ground relationships in image 4); however, many of the other works do not go beyond the level of classroom exercises. Student voice is minimal.
  • Technical competence in most of the pieces is good.
  • Overall, the work is of moderate quality