Introduction

The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios — 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing — corresponding to the most common college foundation courses.

Section I: Quality

Rationale

Quality refers to the mastery of design principles that should be apparent in the concept, composition and execution of the works, whether they are simple or complex. There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content.

Requirements

For this section, students are asked to submit five actual works in one or more media. Students should carefully select the works that demonstrate their mastery of 2-D design issues. The works should be on flat surfaces, such as paper, cardboard, canvas board or unstretched canvas.

Students receive all the portfolio materials for submission of the Quality section in May. Because of limitations imposed by the shipping and handling of the portfolios, work submitted for this section must fit easily into the portfolio envelope, which is approximately 18" 3 24". Works for Quality that are smaller than 8" 3 10" should be mounted on sheets 8" 3 10" or larger. To protect the work, all work on paper

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Section II: Concentration

Rationale

A concentration is a body of related works that demonstrate a student’s commitment to the thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea. It is not a selection of a variety of works produced as solutions to class projects or a collection of works with differing intents. Students should be encouraged to explore a personal, central interest as intensively as possible; they are free to work with any idea in any medium that addresses two-dimensional design issues. The concentration should grow out of the student’s idea and demonstrate growth and discovery through a number of conceptually related works. In this section, the evaluators are interested not only in the work presented but also in visual evidence of the student’s thinking, selected method of working and development of the work over time.

For this section, 12 digital images must be submitted, some of which may be details. All images should be labeled with dimensions (height 3 width) and material. The Digital Submission Web application incorporates space to include this information. Regardless of the content of the concentration, the works should be unified by an underlying idea that has visual and/or conceptual coherence. The choices of technique, medium, style, form, subject and content are made by the student, in consultation with the teacher.

The Web application for development and submission of the Concentration and Breadth sections is available in early February. The Concentration section includes spaces for a written commentary, which must accompany the work in this section, describing what the concentration is and how it evolved. Students are asked to respond to the following:

  • 1)Clearly and simply state the central idea of your concentration.

    Explain how the work in your concentration demonstrates your intent and the exploration of your idea. You may refer to specific images as examples.

  • Although the responses themselves are not scored as pieces of writing, they provide critical information for evaluating the artwork. Thus, they should be well written. Students should be encouraged to formulate their responses to the first question early in the year, as they define the direction their concentration will take. Responses should be concise; the space available for them in the Web application is generous, but the number of characters that can be typed is limited. Responses should be focused on the information requested.

    Although the responses themselves are not scored as pieces of writing, they provide critical information for evaluating the artwork. Thus, they should be well written. Students should be encouraged to formulate their responses to the first question early in the year, as they define the direction their concentration will take. Responses should be concise; the space available for them in the Web application is generous, but the number of characters that can be typed is limited. Responses should be focused on the information requested.

Section I: Quality

Rationale

Quality refers to the mastery of design principles that should be apparent in the concept, composition and execution of the works, whether they are simple or complex. There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content.

Requirements

For this section, students are asked to submit five actual works in one or more media. Students should carefully select the works that demonstrate their mastery of 2-D design issues. The works should be on flat surfaces, such as paper, cardboard, canvas board or unstretched canvas.

Students receive all the portfolio materials for submission of the Quality section in May. Because of limitations imposed by the shipping and handling of the portfolios, work submitted for this section must fit easily into the portfolio envelope, which is approximately 18" 3 24". Works for Quality that are smaller than 8" 3 10" should be mounted on sheets 8" 3 10" or larger. To protect the work, all work on paper

  • 1)Maecenas nunc tortor, ullamcorper a quam eu, efficitur elementum leo. Aenean ultrices neque nec eros scelerisque, dictum volutpat tellus pulvinar. Maecenas consequat quam justo, vitae dapibus arcu posuere non.

    pellentesque nec. Proin vitae dui malesuada, suscipit libero non, pretium metus. Quisque volutpat, tellus a iaculis suscipit, dolor libero bibendum dolor, eu tempus massa erat venenatis ligula.

  • 2)Maecenas nunc tortor, ullamcorper a quam eu, efficitur elementum leo. Aenean ultrices neque nec eros scelerisque, dictum volutpat tellus pulvinar. Maecenas consequat quam justo, vitae dapibus arcu posuere non.

    pellentesque nec. Proin vitae dui malesuada, suscipit libero non, pretium metus. Quisque volutpat, tellus a iaculis suscipit, dolor libero bibendum dolor, eu tempus massa erat venenatis ligula.