Exams: 2013 Studio Art 2-D Design: Concentration Samples

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2-D Design

The student works displayed on this page are reproductions of actual works submitted by students in June 2013.

All of the samples here were chosen because they clearly represent different points on the scoring scale. In the course of the AP evaluation, each section of the portfolio is scored on a six-point scale. Once the evaluation is complete, the various scores assigned to each student's portfolio are combined and transformed into the final AP grade of 1–5.

Note: With the exception of a small number of spelling corrections and clarifications (in brackets), all information in the commentaries is transcribed exactly as the students wrote it.

Media and dimensions for the works shown are based on information provided by each student. In some cases minor revisions have been made for clarity.

Each group of works is accompanied by a brief rationale for the scores awarded to the works. We greatly appreciate the generosity of the students who have agreed to share their works in this way.

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2-D Design Sample 1: Anderson Shimmin, Highlands Ranch High School, Highlands Ranch, Colo.

AP Portfolio Score: 5

Concentration Section

Score 6

Rationale for Score

  • The backgrounds and use of universal iconography enhance the communication of the content.
  • In image 3, the interrupted edge of the border demonstrates risk taking and adds variety.
  • Font choices are illustrative of the message and enhance readability.
  • The grid systems explore a range of solutions. For example, image 4 explores a radial system whereas image 12 exhibits a more traditional linear structure.
  • Line, color, and texture are confidently activated by design principles to organize information and communicate ideas. Examples include images 4, 7, 8, and 9, which explore concepts including tree rings, bubbles, mountains, and iconic American imagery.
  • The hand-rendered watercolors create striations, transparencies, and textures, establish an organic quality, and marry well with the digital application of text.

2-D Design Sample 2: Alexandra Morris, J.J. Pearce High School, Richardson, Texas

AP Portfolio Score: 4

Concentration Section

Score: 4

Rationale for Score

  • The overall concentration theme is clearly expressed in the work.
  • The student's voice is evident in the selection of materials and media. The student carefully considers composition, yet rendering skills are not as strong. Overall, the work is of good quality.
  • There is a broad exploration of ways to express the theme, and the work demonstrates growth.
  • Some ideas allude to sophisticated and unique points of view (images 7 and 9), whereas others seem safe and conventional (images 1 and 5).

2-D Design Sample 3: Alyssa Schuda, Capistrano Valley High School, Mission Viejo, Calif.

AP Portfolio Score: 3

Concentration Section

Score: 3

Rationale for Score

  • There is a connection between the work and the concentration topic.
  • Overall, the work is of moderate quality, with some works more successful than others. Images 5, 8, 9, 10 demonstrate that application of technical skills is emerging.
  • There are attempts to create emphasis, but the work demonstrates only a moderate understanding of the principles of 2-D design.
  • The work does not exhibit transformation or growth.