AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

2015 Student 4, Drawing: Concentration

Concentration Statement

The idea behind my concentration was to create portraits of my close friends and family moving from isolation to being a part of the natural world.

I started my concentration with very simplistic images, focusing mainly on the person I was drawing and not their surroundings. My first images were of my close friends, and then I transitioned into drawing my family who I am more familiar with. The backgrounds of my last images represent the increasingly distant relationship between man and nature.

Score (on a 6-point scale)


Rationale for Score

In this concentration, the student has created a series of portraits in watercolor and pencil.

The work demonstrates:

  • That the topic and the work are closely related. A distinct theme is stated and is clearly evident in each piece, although it is addressed at different levels of sophistication.
  • Some decision making and discovery. This is evident in the variation in the increased complexity of the compositions. The full frontal placement of the portraits is interrupted by the cropping in image19, three-quarter views in images 9 and 10, and the combination of both cropping and alternate viewpoint in image 12.
  • An engaging theme. The work engages the viewer through the direct painting and subject matter of the work.
  • Some innovation and originality. The student uses innovative thinking, particularly in the more engaged negative space around the portraits (images 9, 10, 11, 12).
  • Some transformation and growth. Although the work is repetitive at times, greater sophistication is evident in images 9, 10, 11, and 12, where simple portraits are integrated with background development.