The Drawing Portfolio is intended to address a very broad interpretation of drawing issues and media. Line quality, light and shade, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, the illusion of depth and mark-making are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means, which could include painting, printmaking, mixed media, etc. Abstract, observational, and invented works may demonstrate drawing competence. The range of marks used to make drawings, the arrangement of those marks, and the materials used to make the marks are endless. Any work submitted in the Drawing Portfolio that incorporates digital or photographic processes must address drawing issues such as those listed previously. There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content.
Links to student work in the Drawing Portfolio can be found on AP Central at apcentral.collegeboard.org/studiodrawing.
Any work that makes use of (appropriates) photographs, published images and/or the work of other artists must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This is demonstrated through manipulation of the formal qualities, design, and/or concept of the source. The student's individual "voice" should be clearly evident. It is unethical, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates copyright law simply to copy another artist's work or imagery (even in another medium) and represent it as one's own.
Digital images of student work that are submitted in the Drawing Portfolio may be edited. However, the goals of image editing should be to present the clearest, most accurate representation of the student's artwork, and to ensure that images meet the requirements of the Digital Submission Web application. When submitting their portfolios, students must indicate their acceptance of the following statemement: "I hereby affirm that all works in this portfolio were done by me and that these images accurately represent my actual work."
The College Board reserves the right to decline to score an AP Portfolio Exam or cancel an AP Portfolio Exam when misconduct occurs, such as copying another artist's work.