AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

2014 Student 2, 2-D Design: Concentration

Concentration Statement

The central idea of my concentration began as the study of geometry in architecture and is demonstrated in images 13, 16, 21 and 24. However as the concentration progressed I moved towards emphasizing the natural and man-made form when juxtaposed against one another as well as a new emphasis on spatial relationships and how I could create three dimensional space on a two dimensional plane.

My beginning works show a strong emphasis on geometric form in the buildings as in images 13 and 16 there are very prominent triangular shapes on a mostly flat background which drew emphasis to the shape and form of the structure. I continued with this theme until I realized that my images were naturally drawn to the juxtaposition of the natural and man-made structure. I then worked to emphasize this within the concentration as demonstrated in images 21 and 23 which have a balance between the man-made form and natural form. The spatial relationship is shown best in images 21, 22, 23, and 24. All of the images exhibit a strong foreground and the relationship of the man-made and natural objects and forms gives the images a three dimensional quality. I also saw an overarching motif of the sky in my pieces of work and sought to emphasize that as my concentration grew. Where the sky was not emphasized I used glass to reflect the surroundings and create the illusion of space in the work.

Score (on a 6-point scale)


Rationale for Score

• The body of work engages the viewer with a coherent theme: the innovative balancing of nature with fabricated structures.

• Overall, the understanding and application of 2-D design principles is good, as illustrated by the compositional framing devices used in images 19, 21 and 22.

• Some transformation and growth are noticeable but the range of tonalities is repetitive and narrow, as seen in images 14 and 18.

•  Student-centered research and discovery are well documented in the images and commentary, demonstrating discernible student voice.