AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

AP Studio Art Sample Student Portfolios

Student 4, Drawing: Sustained Investigation (Concentration)

Concentration Statement

My concentration focuses on the creation of self portraits in a nouveaux linear art style.  My works are primarily inspired by the master artist, Alphonse Mucha.

“Lines don’t exist” – words spoken by my first art teacher as he explained to me how in the 3D world, objects are made from differences in value variations rather than flat lines. However, i decided that in my world of art, lines would exist and make up the composition of my concentration. The master artist, Alphonse Mucha, inspired me throughout each work of art, giving me new styles to experiment with.  While creating each work, I challenged myself to try new hairstyles and poses, along with creating pieces nine and eleven in a monochromatic style.  I also further experimented with a different Mucha style focusing on realism in piece five and more of a linear sketch in art piece number eight.

Score (on a 6-point scale)


Rationale for Score

In this section:

  • The topic and the work presented are closely related. As referenced in her statement the artist presents “self portraits” in a “nouveaux linear art style”.
  • Some clear decision making and discovery are evident in the investigation. While the student explores a linear style inspired by Mucha, she is making clear decisions about composition, color, and subject matter. Image 2 demonstrates an exploration of color, line and composition in the Art Nouveau style; image 11 demonstrates growth and discovery with regard to the composition, contrast and execution.
  • The work demonstrates some originality and some innovative thinking. The artist has updated compositions to make the work relative to her self-portraiture (images 5, 8) while she experiments with different color palettes (images 1, 6).
  • A clear theme that engages the viewer with some of the work is discernible.
  • Some transformation is noticeable (image 6 compared to image 8); some growth is evident (image 4 compared to image 5), but the work may be repetitive (images 2 and 4).
  • The work demonstrates adequate technical competence and use of materials and media. The student successfully uses watercolor and colored pencil, watercolor with marker, and ebony pencil with colored pencil.
  • With respect to the apparent appropriation of the work of other artists, the student’s vision is discernible; the images borrow from Mucha’s style but it has been manipulated to express the student’s individual ideas. Image 4 shows a good departure from Mucha’s style, updating the portrait to include a relevant hand gesture (heart). She also updates the work to include contemporary hair styles and departs from the art nouveau style with the compositions in images 1 and 3.
  • Although the works may show a varying range of accomplishment (image 8 compared to image 11), overall the work is at a good level

Portfolio Images

Image - 21 x 14 watercolor and colored pencil
Image - 20 x 14 watercolor and colored pencil
Image - 17.5 x 11.5 watercolor and colored pencil
Image - 15.25 x 21 watercolor and colored pencil
Image - 12 x 9 ebony pencil and colored pencil
Image - 22 x 29 watercolor and marker
Image - 22 x 29 DETAIL
Image - 12 x 9 ebony pencil and colored pencil
Image - 22.25 x 16.25 watercolor
Image - 22.25 x 16.25 detail
Image - 11 x 15 DETAIL
Image - 11 x 15 DETAIL