Exams: 2013 Studio Art 3-D Design: Concentration Samples

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3-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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3-D Design Sample 1: Tim Archer, St. George's School, Middleton, R.I.

AP Portfolio Score: 5

Concentration Section

Score 6

Rationale for Score

  • The work presents a coherently integrated idea and demonstrates an original vision.
  • Overall, the choice of materials and technical qualities is sustained throughout the entire body of work.
  • The student considers contrasts, proportion, and scale. For example, images 8 and 9 demonstrate risk taking and original vision by carefully placing a saw blade through the middle of a well-constructed cube.
  • Images 4, 8, 9, 11, and 12 convey a sense of transformation by assembling and painting recognizable parts in order to create new forms with new meaning.
  • Exploration of surface quality, attention to details, and demonstration of craftsmanship are consistent throughout all works.

3-D Design Sample 2: Halie Schouten, Greater Atlanta Christian School, Norcross, Ga.

AP Portfolio Score: 5

Concentration Section

Score: 5

Rationale for Score

  • A clear and evocative topic is presented through most of the work. The student’s original ideas transform the viewer’s association with bugs.
  • The activation of physical space in several pieces shows a strong understanding of 3-D design principles (images 3, 5, 7, and 10).
  • The work is technically strong, and in most of the work materials and media are used expressively to convey ideas. Images 1 and 9, however, are more conventional.
  • Images 6, 7, and 10 demonstrate expertise and skill; casting, soldering, and joinery are used to express a multiplicity of ideas through a common theme.
  • Image 10 uses a kinetic element to explore the fourth dimension, time.

3-D Design Sample 3: Valeria Gomez, De Queen High School, De Queen. Ark.

AP Portfolio Score: 4

Concentration Section

Score: 4

Student’s Commentary

What is the central idea of your concentration?

The nature of my concentration is knowledge in books and how people take it and how others grow into it.

How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers.

I started with the idea that we seize knowledge administered to us and utilize it for ourselves. This is conveyed in images 1-6 . Following that notion it came to me that we also flourish when we obtain knowledge which is expressed in images 7- 12, [i]n each one I show different points of view in which knowledge is obtained. Like in image 4-6 people strip knowledge and what they don't want is discarded and left. But people sometimes take that knowledge and develop like images 11 and 12 where the grass is greener on the other side.

Rationale for Score

  • A concentration topic is presented but is explored in a safe manner with minimal risk-taking.
  • There is evidence of an original idea, but technical execution is not as accomplished. Images 8 and 11 have engaging qualities, but craftsmanship and design development hinder overall quality.
  • The decision making in the concentration demonstrates engagement with the process and manipulation of material, but without the intent to present a more evocative idea and personal expression.
  • The principles of 3-D design are exhibited, and the student successfully activates the space in images 6, 9, and 11. However, other works are less successful.

3-D Design Sample 4: Melanie Wentz, Viewpoint School, Calabasas, Calif.

AP Portfolio Score: 3


Score: 3

Rationale for Score

  • There is a clear connection between the work and the thoughtful concentration topic but overall, the work is of moderate quality.
  • Original ideas and attempts at innovation with materials are emerging.
  • Technical competence is developing.
  • Attempts at originality and risk taking by using materials in a new way are evident; however, images 4 and 8 demonstrate limited technical competence.