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Drawing Sample 1

AP Portfolio Score: 5

Rationale for Score

A broad range of drawing issues is clearly exhibited in this breadth section.

In this Range of Approaches (Breadth) section:

  • The work demonstrates informed investigation of a broad range of visual concepts and resolved compositions. While the image of the bird appears in nearly all the work, the drawing styles and concepts are ever-changing and excellent.
  • The drawing concepts that are explored include line quality (images 1, 6); light and shade (images 1, 2, 8, and 9); rendering of form (images 2, 3, 4, 10, 11, and 12); illusion of depth (images 4, 10, and 12); mark making (image 1); surface manipulation (images 5, 6, and 7); and composition (images 1, 5, 6, and 12).
  • The work clearly demonstrates original vision, a variety of innovative ideas and/or risk taking, and inventive articulation of a broad range of the elements and principles of design: contrast (image 5); repetition (images 6 and 7); balance (images 4 and 12); emphasis (images 3, 6, 11, and 12); unity/ variety (images 1, 2, 8, and 9).
  • The work as a whole is confident and evocative; it engages the viewer with a wide range of visual qualities from bold (images 5 and 6) to subtle (images 2, 3, 4, and 12).
  • The work is technically excellent; materials (thread, linen, paper, marker, paint, and charcoal) and processes are used effectively to express ideas.

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Drawing Sample 2

AP Portfolio Score: 4

Rationale for Score

A good range of drawing issues is exhibited in this breadth section.

In this Range of Approaches (Breadth) section:

  • The work demonstrates some originality (image 7), some innovative thinking (image 11), and some purposeful manipulation of the elements and principles of design (images 1 and 9).
  • The work shows a variety of intentions or approaches (observation, abstraction, and imagination), although not all are successfully articulated.
  • In some cases, the work displays confident rendering, but the compositions could be more engaging (images 4, 6, 7, 9, 10, and 12).
  • The work demonstrates good technical competence and use of drawing media; technical aspects and articulation of ideas do not always work together. (images 3, 7, and 11).
  • Although the works show a varying range of accomplishment, overall the work is at a good level.

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