Exams: 2013 Studio Art 2-D Design: Quality 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

Quality Section

Score: 6

Rationale for Score

  • These works demonstrate highly successful application of 2-D design principles. Image 1 expresses visual balance with shape, text, and color. Unity is articulated through a limited palette and the repetition of architectural forms.
  • Well-informed decision making and intention are apparent in the work.
  • Work displays original, imaginative, and inventive arrangement of text and image to communicate an idea. For example, in image 2 the text suggests waves. The background contributes to this visual image without interrupting readability.
  • The work expresses confidence and nuanced subtlety. In image 5, the nuanced subtlety of the background, with its watercolor application evokes the evolution of a diamond. This detail is then reflected in the heading's font color choice.
  • Technically confident, the work is pristine and shows masterful attention to detail and craftsmanship. Image 4 shows the application of corporate product design in both 2-D and 3-D forms. The work is appropriately photographed, and the professional presentation of the final concept is exceptional.

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

AP Portfolio Score: 4

Quality Section

Score: 4

Rationale for Score

  • Some of the work is evocative and shows exploration through the layering of text and image. A purposeful choice of materials is used to communicate an idea.
  • In image 3, the emphasis and figure/ground relationships are thought provoking, and the color exploration and line repetition provide unity and variety.
  • In image 4, the student uses recognizable iconography in a humorous composition with layered flowing text that moves the eye to enhance the message.
  • Images 1 and 2 display technical confidence, yet do not engage the viewer with evocative qualities.

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

AP Portfolio Score: 3

Quality Section

Score: 3

Rationale for Score

  • Overall, the work is of moderate quality, demonstrating some success in the compositions.
  • Technical issues are of concern, as some images are out of focus and others are pixilated. This distracts from the general quality.
  • Image 1 is engaging; however, the application of 2-D design principles is questionable, as seen in the centrality of the composition.
  • Image 3 demonstrates student's voice through attempts at experimental cropping and soft focus; however, the compositional decision making is just emerging.