2017 Studio Art 3-D Complete Portfolio Sample

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Use this exemplar to understand portfolio components and requirements.  Analyze features of a successful portfolio to inform teaching and learning.

Help your students identify successful demonstration of ideas and skills in the work shown.  Guide them in connecting the scoring commentary with observable features of work, relating the scoring guidelines to what they see. Discuss ways to create and present art forms that represent high levels of achievement in concept and execution.

Note: With the exception of corrections and clarifications (in brackets), students’ statements are  transcribed exactly.

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Portfolio Score: 5

Score Rationale

  • The work exhibits excellent, well-informed decision making and intention. Each piece solves a specific design problem of conceptual architecture or installation, with attention to details of scale (images 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 9-10) and light (images 1-2 and 7-8).
  • The composition of the works is original, imaginative, and inventive. The conceptual design of a tiered city in images 5-6 is an imaginative solution to urban density. The conceptual underpinning of clouds and rain in the sculpture modeled in images 3-4 is inventive and original.
  • All works show successful engagement and experimentation with light/reflection (images 1-2, 7-8, and 9-10), scale (images 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 9-10), and occupied/unoccupied space (images 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, and 9-10).
  • The work as a whole is confident and evocative; it engages the viewer with visual qualities. The display of automobiles in the transparent and open setting of the architectural model in images 9 and 10 engages the viewer. The complex interaction of architecture, light, and shadow as represented in images 1 and 2 is evocative. The monumental scale of the work in images 3 and 4 expresses verve.
  • Technical competence of the work is excellent; materials and media are used effectively to express ideas. The work demonstrates selection of materials appropriate to the concepts with which the work is engaged.

Sustained Investigation Statements

  1. The central idea of my concentration is to explore and experiment with basic geometric shapes, such as triangle. I want to see what kind of space and architectural designs this shape can build. I think everything in our life is all built on these simple forms: squares, triangles, circles. There are just different combinations, constructions and deconstructions of those basic shapes. I want to experiment with all the possibilities and creations. Thus I start to experiment with triangles. 
  2. In my concentration, I built some small models that are based on the basic and simple triangle shape. My work is the process of experimenting the triangles and in the process, I also find out the interesting relationships and connections between light and shadow in image 1-6, which lead me to many interesting views and photos of the same model. The combination of light and shadow will also provide a different view of a same model. I feel like my concentration demonstrates the idea of using basic geometry by constructing with only one factor-triangle. I used a very simple way of construction, repetition and clean materials to create all those models. I want to keep the simplicity and uniqueness of the triangle’s characteristics. From the one shape many many designs are possible.

Score Rationale

  • The investigation of the triangle as a basic 3-D building component provides convincing evidence of informed decision making and discovery. The decision to create minimalistic architectural constructions based on this singular form demonstrates a sustained intentional investigation of the form’s potential.
  • The investigation of light and shadow created through the positive and negative space transforms simple triangles into complex relationships between form, space, light, and cast shadow (images 1-6), clearly demonstrating an original vision, innovative ideas, and risk-taking.
  • Placement of a human figure in the sculpture in image 12 engages the viewer to imagine the scale and experience of this architectural design.
  • The work shows a thorough understanding and effective application of 3-D Design principles. Unity and rhythm are created through repetition of the triangular shape (both solid and hollow) and negative space. More complex figure/ground relationships are created as light interacts with form to create cast shadows that transform simple shapes into evocative designs.
  • In general, the work exhibits technical excellence through precise, clean lines created by a consistent and gradual shift in scale throughout the forms. The minimal aesthetic of form is reinforced through use of white board to build the sculptures (combined with light wood in images 11 and 12).

Score Rationale

  • The work shows an excellent application of 3-D Design principles to a broad range of design problems, including architecture, public sculpture installation (indoor and outdoor), and urban planning.
  • The work clearly demonstrates original vision, a variety of innovative ideas and/or risk taking, and inventive articulation of a broad range of the elements and principles of 3-D Design. Images 1-2, 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10 demonstrate original vision in the conceptual foundation of the pieces. Images 11-12 and 15-16 exhibit innovative use of mirror interacting with light to project complex reflections into the surrounding space. Risk taking is evident in the delicate vertical balance seen in images 9-10.
  • The work as a whole is confident and evocative; it engages the viewer with visual qualities. The work in images 5-6 exhibits confidence and engages the viewer with spatial tension created through repetition and rhythm of form. Cast shadows create subtle visual elements beyond the solid sculptural form – shadows repeat the rhythm of the stairs and triangular lines of the structure. In images 9-10, confidence is expressed through balance and scale – placement of the human figure in the form identifies the monumental scale of the design. The scale is also clarified through the two views (looking down on the model and up from underneath). White plaster forms balanced on thin wooden sticks suggest clouds and rainfall.
  • The work is technically excellent; materials and media are used effectively to express ideas. In images 1-2, Photoshop is used to effectively sketch the architectural design of the car storage structure. The accompanying model shows a 3-D view of the design, highlighting how the cars are displayed within the space and the flow of navigation through the space.