Exams: 2013 Studio Art Drawing: Breadth Samples

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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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Drawing Sample 1: Owen Dodgen, A.N. McCallum High School, Austin Texas

AP Portfolio Score: 5

Breadth Section

Score 6

Rationale for Score

  • The work exhibits clear decision making using evocative themes and exploring a broad range of media and visual concepts.
  • The work is confident and evocative. Every image engages the viewer with visual qualities. Images 5 and 6 demonstrate expressive verve, as the student expands observational drawing to a conceptual level by melting the fingers and toes together. Nuanced subtlety and the student's wit are shown in images 2, 7, and 10.
  • The control of materials and compositional constructs reveals the imagination and innovation.
  • Exceptional printmaking skills are demonstrated in images 1, 2, 4, 8, 11, and 12. The deliberate mark making and color choices contribute to the carefully considered compositions and enhance the works' evocative themes.

Drawing Sample 2: Bryanna Aguilar, Media Arts Collaborative Charter School, Albuquerque, N.M.

AP Portfolio Score: 5

Breadth Section

Score 5

Rationale for Score

  • The work demonstrates successful experimentation and risk taking using a variety of media in many of the images. Image 6 reveals the student's confidence with classical drawing techniques while using digital media to explore an idea and inform the concentration section.
  • Most of the images demonstrate strong drawing skills and clear understanding of drawing concepts. The gestural studies express the student's understanding of the body and how it moves in space. The layering of images transforms these studies beyond observational sketching and demonstrates an intentional consideration of the composition.
  • Innovative ideas and conceptual thought are also evident in images 1, 2, 6, and 10. The color choice and subject matter give image 1 a vintage, 'kitschy' feel.
  • Drawing media and materials are used well to express ideas in images 2 and 3.
  • Varying levels of technical accomplishment are revealed in works, such as 4 and 7.

Drawing Sample 3: Ashley Dlouhy, Reavis High School, Burbank, Ill.

AP Portfolio Score: 4

Breadth Section

Score 4

Rationale for Score

  • There is a good application of a range of drawing concepts—light and shade (images 1 and 4), rendering of form (image 5), and the illusion of depth (images 1 and 9).
  • Composition is good and exhibits the artist's voice (images 4 and 8). In image 8, the subject matter's close point of view and the intentional use of color create an appealing quality.
  • Creative use of surface manipulation and mark making are evident in images 1, 2, and 10. Image 1 is particularly engaging, controlled by the one- point perspective lines, interrupted by the drawn circles, and embellished by the carefully rendered marbles. In addition, there is a nice marriage of drawing and painting skills.
  • Though the work contains some evocative qualities, there are some works in which intention is unclear (see images 3, 6, and 11). Technical aspects and articulation of ideas do not always work together.

Drawing Sample 4: Crystal Kline, Moorpark High School, Moorpark, Calif.

AP Portfolio Score: 3

Breadth Section

Score 3

Rationale for Score

  • Compositional solutions to the work are tentative. Examples include images 2, 6, 9, 10, and 11, in which the subject matter is placed conventionally in the middle of the picture plane.
  • There are a few imaginative ideas and concepts, (image 4) which are modestly explored.
  • Image 12 exhibits technical competence and engages the viewer. Also, image 9, though not technically strong, exhibits an emerging student voice.
  • Surface manipulation (image 2), light and shade (image 10), mark making (images 9 and 12), and the rendering of form (image 12) are beginning to become expressive; overall the work is of moderate quality.