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2-D Design Sample 1

AP Portfolio Score: 5
Concentration Section Score: 5

Rationale for Score

In this concentration, the student has created an unmistakably coherent series of works focusing on “tea as a metaphor for the power that bonds people with different cultures in the city of Istanbul.”

In this Sustained Investigation (Concentration) section:

  • The investigation of the concentration topic provides convincing evidence of informed decision making and discovery, moving from portrait to still-life photography, illustrating the process for creating a metaphorical piece about community and tea (images 1 through 9).
  • The concentration clearly demonstrates an original vision, innovative ideas and/or risk taking (images 4 through 9). This is evident in the student photographing people drinking tea and then printing those images on handmade teabags. Further, there is a conscious attention to design (balance and repetition) and composition (asymmetrical placement of the man drinking tea, image 4).
  • An evocative and engaging theme is sustained through all of the work. All of the images demonstrate excellent use of 2D principles.
  • The work conveys an excellent sense of successful transformation and growth.
  • The work is technically excellent; materials and media are used effectively to express ideas.

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Concentration Statement

Tea as a metaphor for the power that bonds people with different cultures in the city of Istanbul. I took documentary photographs (images 1-3). I printed many of the photos on tea bags using my home printer (images 4, 5). I then reassembled up the printed tea bags (images 6, 7) and then displayed them in a final performance (images 8-12).

To find people’s stories I went down to couple of places and knocked on the doors of people I don’t know to ask if I could take some photographs. The common words they said was “Come in, I have tea.” At that moment I knew the element I was looking for was tea. I’ve been living in Istanbul for 18 years and I can’t think of a moment that there is no tea boiling in the teapot on our cooker. The political, social and economic boundaries that separate the people of my city cease to exist when people are sharing tea. The faces of Istanbul, urban and rural, are settled in the same area, with no single boundary that separates them. The only reason I managed to meet a bus driver living in a village outside of Istanbul as well as a repairman living in the middle of Istanbul was the idea of sharing tea with them. Regardless of the differences in their stories, I presented the photos of those people together on tea bags with photos of Istanbul.

2-D Design Sample 2

AP Portfolio Score: 4
Concentration Section Score: 4

Rationale for Score

In this concentration, the student has created a series of works focusing “on the patterns and designs that can be found in the various aspects of nature.”

In this Sustained Investigation (Concentration) section:

  • The concentration topic and the work presented are closely related.
  • Some clear decision making and discovery are evident in the investigation of the concentration. (images 3, 4, 10, and 11)
  • Although the work is inconsistent (images 6, 7, 8, and 9), the overall understanding and application of 2-D design principles are good (images 3, 4, 10, and 11).
  • Some transformation is noticeable; some growth is evident (image 11), although some of the work is repetitive.
  • The work demonstrates good technical competence and use of materials and media; technical aspects and articulation of ideas do not always work together. (images 5, 6, and 8).

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Concentration Statement:

My concentration focuses on the patterns and designs that can be found in the various aspects of nature. Although nature itself seems chaotic and out of control, when you take a closer look and simplify things you can find repetition and pattern anywhere. This simplification of nature is what I attempted to capture in my concentration.

When I began my concentration, I initially tried to create rigid structures and patterns in my pieces through the use of sharp lines and geometric shapes to highlight the idea of nature being comprised of patterns and identifiable shapes. This is how I tried to convey my concentration in images 2 and 7. It’s obvious that these two pieces are somewhat different from the majority of my other pieces. Image 2 is almost totally comprised of geometric shapes, even the bees are stylized. Similar to 2, 7 has a rigid repetitive, pattern but additionally this piece contrasts a graphic pattern with the free form, loose background.

Next I took a different approach to seeing patterns in nature and instead of contrasting them, I decided to “zoom” in to see patterns from up close. In pieces 4, 10 and 12 the whole composition is taken up by the pattern I was recreating to the point where it’s difficult to identify what exactly it is a painting of.

Then I wondered about no matter what form something from nature takes, it is likely it forms and pattern so instead of majorly simplifying, or zooming in, I painted things as I saw them. This concept is demonstrated in images 1, 3, 8, 9 and 11. They images are all somewhat simplified, but still identifiable.