AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

Student 1, 3-D Design: Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Concentration Statement

My concentration is based on the concept of prosthetics. I want each prosthetic to go beyond what is commonly expected and allow the process of repair to become creative. For each sculpture, I made a collage of different materialities to create new, strange objects.

My concentration was inspired by the Japanese art form of Kintsugi, a gold mending method of restoring pottery. As well as being influenced, I worked to achieve a new concept of repair as a creative process. My first piece, (image #1) was a design of a PVC limb to attach to a snapped branch on a tree. I continued using plastic in my second piece, (image #3) creating a 3d hollow cast of a banana and keeping the natural peel. I began experimenting with new forms. (image #5) I crafted a handle for a brush, and carefully glued then cooked noodles as the brush bristles. I focused on an amplified prosthetic for a broken sander (image #7) displaying the insides of how it functions. Each small part of the sander mechanics were recreated out of wood.  I emphasized a secondary use of baseball bats, that of a weapon, by adding a brass knuckle handle to a found broken bat.  (image #9) My final sculpture consisted of a cut in wood that could be zipped back together. (image #11). Overall, I approached the concept of Kintsugi with surrealist tendencies.

Score (on a 6-point scale)


Rationale for Score

In this section:

  • The student’s exploration of prosthetics is coherently integrated in every piece.
  • There is convincing evidence of informed decision making and discovery within each piece.
  • The work clearly demonstrates an original vision as well as innovative ideas and risk taking. With each work the student “achieve[d] a new concept of repair as a creative process” inspired by Japanese Kintsugi
  • Each image shows a thorough understanding and effective application of 3-D design principles.
  • The work is technically excellent; a broad range of materials (PVC pipe, pasta, discarded tool parts, 3-D−printed plastic forms, a tree, a banana peel, a zipper, and dowel rods) is used effectively to express ideas, and the work clearly demonstrates expertise with fabrication skills and design.
  • The appropriation of a variety of objects is transformed in the service of a larger personal vision that references both Kintsugi and “surrealist tendencies”