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Drawing Sample 1

AP Portfolio Score: 5

Rationale for Score

In this concentration, the student has created a series of visually compelling feminist symbolic drawings.

In this Sustained Investigation (Concentration) section:

  • The concentration topic (“Ideas of oppression and stereotypes are communicated in my drawings. The birds are representational as both the oppressed population of women throughout history and the society that is degrading women.”) and the work presented are unmistakably and coherently integrated.
  • The investigation of the concentration topic provides convincing evidence of informed decision making and discovery. The student uses composition and surface manipulation to develop and present ideas.
  • The concentration clearly demonstrates an original vision, innovative ideas, and risk taking. The traditional handcrafts (stitching and embroidery, associated with women) are used both formally to draw and metaphorically to communicate the condition of women. Furthermore, the red thread is used to move the viewer’s eye across the space, connecting the images and creating emphasis.
  • An evocative, engaging theme is sustained through all the work.
  • The work is technically excellent; materials and media are used effectively to express ideas. Drawing conventions (rendering form, line quality, mark making, surface manipulation, and light/shade) are at an excellent level.

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Concentration Statement

My work showcases images of creatures, inanimate objects, and figures thought of as castoffs to the public. I then take these castoffs and bring them out of submission, creating representations of my own and the female population’s struggles. Inspired by artists Louise Bourgeois and Cindy Sherman, I applied a feminist philosophy to my own ideas, using my particular skills. While their central work is not echoed in mine, their ideas of oppression and stereotypes are communicated in my drawings.

The birds are representational as both the oppressed population of women throughout history and the society that is degrading women. As seen in images 3, 7 and 9 this is shown through blue and gray tones of pigeons and sparrows in order to create a bleak and somber tone, which conveys the idea that the birds are submissive and seemingly dirty. Resistance of this oppression is seen in images 1-4 and 9-12 in the action of the birds and female figures fighting and struggling with the thread. The line of the thread also conveys resistance by creating tension, which is exemplified in images 1-4 and 9-12. The thread used in images 1-12 acts as an homage to the traditional societal expectations of women. One of these expectations being the domestic task of sewing, represented in image 3, acting as one of the only art fields women were widely accepted until the mid-19th century. I also have acknowledged the 2nd wave of feminism during the mid-20th century through the bra being torn apart as a representation of how society is taught to tear apart femininity and how women are struggling against culture’s expectations of them, which is showcased in images 8 and 9. Then in images 10-11, I have also illustrated female figures to show how women are torn apart and degraded merely because of their sex.

Drawing Sample 2

AP Portfolio Score: 4

Rationale for Score

In this concentration, the student has created a series of works wrapping trees to symbolize humans “suffocating” nature.

In this Sustained Investigation (Concentration) section:

  • The concentration topic and the work presented are closely related. The work presents trees embellished with manufactured objects, cloth, and gears.
  • The concentration demonstrates some originality and some innovative thinking in that the student is using gears and cloth to symbolize the destruction of nature.
  • Some transformation is noticeable (images 9 and 10) and some growth is evident (images 11 and 12), but some of the work is repetitive (images 4 and 9; images 5 and 7; images 2 and 8).
  • Although the works show a varying range of accomplishments, overall the work is at a good level.

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Concentration Statement:

My concentration involves the idea between human and nature interaction. This idea has evolved over time and shows the contrast between the beautiful trees and the red cloth that is often seen draped over the beauty. Within my concentration there I also use gears which are man made. I wanted to show that not only are trees being taken up by humans, they are also being used in various ways for our everyday lives.

Over the course of two years I started to develop this concentration. I wanted to recognize that the earth is slowly deteriorating for our benefit, as human beings. At first, this started out as creating the beauty between nature and animal as seen in slide one. But I wanted to expand this idea. In slide 5 I wanted to represent the red cloth as becoming one with nature. But as I started to experiment more with my craftsmanship, I added gears to my concentration. In slide 8 I wanted to zoom in on how man made objects can be molded together with trees to form one major picture. Also in slide 9 I mixed the red cloth with gears to show how these two objects will take over the tree. In slide 10, I have a tree that is wrapped with a lot of red cloth. The reason that I chose to make the cloth look heavy, and covering the majority of the tree was to show that over time, we are covering trees more and more by our views of beauty. We are slowly destroying the world by cutting down trees and suffocating it. The cloth is still seen as beautiful, with the vibrant red color, but will always be in the presence of nature.