AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

Student 2, 3-D Design: Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Concentration Statement

My concentration is based off of manipulating found objects and transforming them into abstract representations of different marine animals. I chose marine animals because it counteracts with the found objects. Using, one of a kind plaster casts, drift wood, hand built armatures, and painting I combined the actual found object with the idea of what I wanted it to become.

For my concentration I manipulated found objects to make them resemble marine animals. After creating piece 2 (the whale with white lines) I knew I wanted to base everything off of marine animals. The driftwood with the jelly fish on them with vines extending out (piece 9) is probably the best representation of what I wanted to do with my concentration, they go hand in hand, drift wood drifts through the ocean as a jelly fish would. The puffer fish (piece 5) is a good representation of how dangerous puffer fish are. Inserted with toothpicks, it was a literal globe of death. So is the puffer fish, being a poisonous fish with poisonous spikes. Towards the end of my concentration my pieces became less literal. Piece 7, driftwood whale, was as less literal than piece 2. It had more texture and less detail, but still looked like a breaching whale. Working and creating a variety of marine animals has been very fun and I could see myself continuing making art that revolves around marine animals in the future.

Score (on a 6-point scale)


Rationale for Score

In this section:

  • The topic and the work presented are closely related.
  • Some clear decision making and discovery are evident in the investigation of unconventional materials.
  • The work demonstrates some originality and some innovative thinking in the use of unconventional materials (such as found objects) to suggest abstracted marine animal forms.
  • The work demonstrates good understanding and application of the 3-D design elements and principles of color (image 2, 5, 9, and 12), repetition (images 2, 5, and 9), texture (images 1, 2, 6, and 9), emphasis (images 2 and 8), and line (images 2, 5 and 9), however their overall application is inconsistent.
  • Some transformation is noticeable (images 4 and 9), but some of the work is repetitive (images 1, 2, and 7).
  • The work demonstrates some good technical competence and use of materials (images 2 and 6); technical aspects and articulation of ideas do not always work together (images 4, 7, 9, and 12).