AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

2015 Student 2, 3-D Design: Concentration

Concentration Statement

I was interested in layering bowls to create the element of different levels in my artwork. I found I needed varitey so I added the element of glass to my concentation. The texture of the glass was so intriguiing that it led me to replace the glass with water which brough about a flowing sensation to my projects. I really enjoyed how my concentration concepts developed to include the elements of earth, wind, water, and fire.

I was interested in layering bowls because of the negative spaces that process creates (image #1) which has the negative space below the middle bowl. As I continued to explore the idea of space with my next pieces, I came to the realization that I could utilize that negative space by filling it with glass, which was exciting to me becasue of the smooth and watery texture it created. While working with watery glass, negative space and layered form a thought came to me: earth, wind, fire, and water! I decided to use real water instead of glass. Water has a flowing element to it. The idea which followed was the concept of exploring the movement of water through space as it left one project and lept to the next project. I was extremely pleased with how the concept developed while I experimented with the idea of layering bowls. I was also very suprised and pleased with the artistic abilites I was able to develop in myself during this process.

AP Portfolio Score:


Rationale for Score

In this concentration, the student has created a series around the idea of “layering bowls.”

In this concentration section:

  • The concentration topics of “layering bowls” and “exploring negative spaces” are closely related to the work presented.
  • Some clear decision making and discovery are evident through the alteration and addition of thrown forms, the addition of glass, and then the addition of water.
  • The understanding and application of the 3-D design elements of shape and color are good, but overall understanding and application of 3-D design principles such as scale, occupied/ unoccupied space, and repetition is inconsistent.
  • Some transformation is noticeable (images 6 and 7) and some growth is evident, but some of the work is repetitive (images 9, 11 and 12).
  • The work demonstrates good technical competence (throwing skills) and use of materials (glass and glaze); technical aspects and articulation of ideas do not demonstrate growth.