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

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3-D Design: Concentration—Section II

The student samples for 3-D Design: Concentration 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 Concentrations were selected as representative of a range of excellence for this portfolio.

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

Score: 6

Rationale for Score

  • The theme of the female figure as a cultural symbol of fertility is explored with great sophistication through both form and material.
  • Every decision, from scale to material to cultural reference, has been deeply considered.
  • The work is ambitious in scale, and a range of materials are handled with excellent skill and understanding.
  • The commentary is engaging, and further illuminates the thinking behind this impressive body of work.
  • Materials are chosen not only for the visual and tactile properties, but also for the metaphorical meaning and cultural associations.
  • The work reaches a level of excellent quality.

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

Score: 5

Rationale for Score

  • The work embodies a clearly articulated theme and demonstrates a process of growth and discovery.
  • The work shows original thinking in using architectural forms to convey broader human themes.
  • The work evidences a strong understanding of 3-D design issues, including balance, scale, linear rhythm, and volume.
  • In documenting the work, light is used to effectively dramatize the forms; however, the play of shadows on the background sometimes interferes with the clarity of the forms.
  • The effectiveness of the work is compromised by lack of attention to clean joints. In some cases, blobs of glue are apparent and distracting.
  • Overall, the concentration is of strong quality.

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

Score: 4

Rationale for Score

  • The theme of the concentration, transitions from structural and rational to fluid and irrational, is an ambitious idea and is explored through a variety of approaches.
  • The work demonstrates a good understanding of 3-D design principles.
  • The work shows strong experimentation and risk taking; however, not all works are resolved with equal success.
  • Growth and transformation are apparent.
  • In images 5 and 10, form, texture, and color work particularly well to express the transition from rational to irrational.
  • The concentration exhibits growth and transformation within the theme. Overall, the work is of good to strong quality.

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

Score: 3

Rationale for Score

  • The theme of the concentration is well focused and the work presented clearly relates to the topic.
  • The theme of story-telling through objects is explored, with some playful and engaging qualities, but technical competence is rudimentary.
  • The work demonstrates a moderate understanding and application of 3-D design principles used to activate physical space.
  • In general, decisions about choice and use of materials are not well considered. For example, the combination of materials and base in images 4 and 5 is awkward, as is the scale of the stones on the roof in images 7 and 8.
  • The work shows some growth in concept and use of materials. In the piece represented in images 9 through 12, the inclusion of text and the view to the interior creatively expand the dialogue between form and narrative.
  • Overall the work is of moderate to good quality.