Exams: 2012 Studio Art Drawing: Breadth Samples

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Studio Art Drawing: Breadth—Section III

The student works displayed on this page are reproductions of actual works submitted by students in June 2012.

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: Milan Aguirre, Loyola High School, Los Angeles, Calif.

Score: 6

Rationale for Score

  • Although at first glance the range of types of work appears to be somewhat limited, the variety of media and mark-making used within most works reflects significant breadth. The work includes richly layered images as well as minimalist statements that charge a space with relatively few marks. Approaches include carving, collaging, printing, gestural drawing, and expressive painting.
  • The work reflects highly informed decision-making, including a knowledge of art historical movements such as surrealism, dada, and neo-expressionism.
  • Although the work achieves a look of gestural spontaneity, the images reflect a keen sense of balance, figure/ground relationship, and decisive compositional organization.
  • Text, both added on and pulled out from, the found drawing surface, is used to augment the meaning and enrich the imagery. For example, in image 2, the word "produce" effectively generates multiple associations.
  • Overall, the work is of excellent quality.

Breadth Sample 2: Yebin So, Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville, N.J.

Score: 5

Rationale for Score

  • The work demonstrates a good investigation of varied visual concepts, approaches, and media.
  • Many of the pieces are well executed academic exercises, displaying little student "voice."
  • Even in simpler works, notably image 3, a sensitive approach, careful observation, and strong technical skills are apparent.
  • The work demonstrates strong technical control, but there is little evidence of risk-taking.
  • Overall, the work is of good breadth and quality.

Breadth Sample 3: Nicole Clark, Prospect High School, Mt. Prospect, Ill.

Score: 4

Rationale for Score

  • The work demonstrates a thoughtful investigation of a broad range of visual concepts and media. Works include examples of observed and imagined environments, as well as images that push toward abstraction.
  • Decisions regarding composition and point of view are well-considered and sometimes daring, for example images 3 and 10.
  • Most of the work engages the viewer with expressive and evocative qualities; the work suggests confidence.
  • Image 12 reflects an innovative approach, addressing a theater setting by contrasting an empty stage against a lively off-stage environment.
  • The work demonstrates good-to-strong technical skills.
  • Overall, the work is of strong quality.

Breadth Sample 4: Lauren Moser, Enloe (Magnet) High School, Raleigh, N.C.

Score: 3

Rationale for Score

  • The work explores a good range of approaches to drawing and printmaking.
  • The level of accomplishment is uneven. Image 6 reflects weak consideration of composition and awkward execution, whereas images 3 and 12 exhibit greater success, showing effective asymmetric composition and sensitive surface development.
  • Potentially engaging qualities are emerging in the work, but confidence is marginal.
  • Some works show tentative innovation in concept and design.
  • Overall, the work is of moderate quality.