Exams: 2012 Studio Art 3-D Design: Breadth Samples

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3-D Design: Breadth—Section III

The student samples for 3-D Design: Breadth were submitted in June 2012. All of the samples included here were chosen because they are an excellent range of works that fit into these portfolio requirements.

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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Breadth Sample 1: Michela Bentel, Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford, Conn.

Score: 6

Rationale for Score

The work demonstrates excellent accomplishment in a broad range of sculptural approaches, including additive, subtractive, and fabrication processes. Abstraction, invention, and observation from nature are handled with equal finesse.

The work shows both original vision and a confident articulation of the elements and principles of design.

Image 1 demonstrates the student's ability to reveal a form in marble, with attention to the expressive properties of the material. With equal skill, in image 2, the student constructs an object from photographic images, Plexiglass, and light.

Overall, the work demonstrates excellent breadth and quality.

Breadth Sample 2: Brandon Tejo, Sanford H. Calhoun High School, Merrick, N.Y.

Score: 5

Rationale for Score

The work shows thoughtful consideration of 3-D design issues, but the range of approaches and problems explored is somewhat limited.

The work demonstrates a variety of intentions in activating physical space, although not all pieces are equally successful.

The work demonstrates some originality and innovative thinking.

Image 8 shows ambition and complexity, whereas images 1 and 7 offer solutions that are elegant in their simplicity.

Overall, the work varies from good to strong in breadth and quality.

Breadth Sample 3: Eric Blitzer, Landon School, Bethesda, Md.

Score: 4

Rationale for Score

The work shows an investigation of a modest range of 3-D design problems.

Images 3 and 4 strongly engage the viewer through successful application of 3-D design principles. Image 4 in particular draws the eye upward and into its dynamic and brightly patterned interior.

Images 1, 2, and 6 appear to lack clarity of intention, and the work is not well-crafted.

The level of accomplishment among the works is uneven, but overall the work is of good quality and breadth.

Breadth Sample 4: Jalen Leichman, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Milwaukee, Wis.

Score: 3

Rationale for Score

The work shows a superficial investigation of a range of 3-D design issues.

The work demonstrates some originality and playful transformation of materials. A metal clip becomes a woman's purse, while corks, spools, and chair parts evolve into fingers.

The level of technical skill exhibited is uneven throughout the work.

Some of the work begins to achieve potentially engaging qualities; confidence is uneven.

Overall the work is of moderate to good in breadth and quality.