Exams: 2012 Studio Art Drawing: Quality Samples

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Studio Art Drawing: Quality—Section I

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

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Quality Sample 1: Milan Aguirre, Loyola High School, Los Angeles, Calif.

Score: 6

Rationale for Score

  • This student shows the extraordinary ability to integrate the beautiful and the intentionally ugly to form compelling visual statements.
  • Surfaces are transformed; faces and bodies are reconstructed to present new and often disturbing realities.
  • The vocabulary of mark-making includes pencil, brushstroke, torn edges, and lines drawn with scratches and staples.
  • At the hand of the student, the photographic imagery is reconfigured and reworked with new meaning.
  • The work is of consistently excellent quality.

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

Score: 5

Rationale for Score

  • The works exhibit evocative qualities as the student explores the play of light in otherwise ordinary objects and spaces.
  • The framing and composition of the images reflect thoughtful decision making.
  • The works show a strong level of technical accomplishment whether in graphite, charcoal, or oil paint.
  • Overall the work is of strong quality.

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

Score: 4

Rationale for Score

  • The work shows some imaginative ideas and purposeful manipulation of the principles of design in the drawing compositions.
  • Some of the work has evocative qualities, but confidence is inconsistent.
  • The quality of observation and the degree of accomplishment varies among the works. The image of the girl reaching for a soda can demonstrates a level of accuracy and technical resolution that rises above that of the other works.
  • It appears that there are some strong works in the Breadth section that would have been better choices than some of the works selected for Quality.
  • Overall, the work is of good quality.

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

Score: 3

Rationale for Score

  • The relation of form to content is beginning to come into focus, but intention and purpose are uncertain.
  • Compositional organization is moderately successful.
  • A sense of student voice is emerging, but confidence is limited.
  • Technical skill is somewhat basic and uneven.
  • Overall, the work is of moderate quality.