Exams: 2013 Studio Art Drawing: Concentration 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

Score: 6

Rationale for Score

  • There is an inventive and imaginative integration of the concentration topic in all the work.
  • An original vision with evocative nuances is expressed in the student's confident personal style through the use of inventive surreal components, such as arms and heads.
  • Technically excellent, the work exhibits a confident application of drawing and painting processes. All of the works demonstrate excellent use of light and shade, rendering of form, mark making, composition, and the illusion of depth.
  • A subtle and sophisticated exploration of surface is confidently presented in images 7 and 8. Image 7 explores the portrait in such a way that is seems intentionally rendered to appear on a flat surface. In contrast, the red cardinal is perched just outside the subject's head. A beautifully rendered face opens up across a grid of folders in image 8. This unique drawing surface exhibits the student's confidence with materials and personal expression.

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

AP Portfolio Score: 5

Concentration Section

Score 5

Rationale for Score

  • An evocative topic is demonstrated with a nice range of exploration (sketchbook drawings, Photoshop, acrylic, marker, ink, and pencil drawings). There are a few pieces of lesser quality, but overall the work creates a strong concentration.
  • The evolution of the images is informed by research and observational drawing.
  • The student's careful use of underdrawing in images 7 and 9 constructs a form that engages the viewer while using a limited number of marks. The compositional decisions enhance the visual expression of the concept.
  • The written part of this concentration unveils the student's intelligent and thorough research, which was used to inform the visual response (specifically images 3 through12). The student states that the work is a "rational view that eventually lead to an abstract concept." The iconography chosen in the visual work is also well constructed and demonstrates the student's knowledge of art history.

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

AP Portfolio Score: 4

Concentration Section

Score: 4

Rationale for Score

  • The concentration topic is explored consistently throughout all the work.
  • The work presented is technically good, demonstrating the student's control of media and compositional constructs in most works. The colorful hatch marks express the artist's voice.
  • The student's careful choices in composition, perspective, and color convey, "various aspects of their [the cats'] personalities."
  • Decisions about composition and point of view indicate good imagination and risk-taking.
  • Images 2, 4, and 11 exhibit technical aspects that are unresolved.

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

AP Portfolio Score: 3

Concentration Section

Score: 3

Rationale for Score

  • A common concentration theme (portraits) is presented with a range of predicable solutions.
  • Creative thinking is exhibited in images 5 and 9, which explore the use of color in an expressive way.
  • The student's voice and the transformation of work based on photographic sources are minimal.
  • The works demonstrate emerging technical confidence, and the use of materials and media is of moderate quality (images 2, 4, 8, 7, and 10).