AP STUDIO ART

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Student Commentary:


What is the central idea of your concentration?


I explored the idea of illustrating for a written narrative. In this case, the narrative is my own. I enjoy the concept of combining creative writing with the visual arts, and focused on the narrative and schematic aspect of the works: how it characterizes and tells a story. The artworks are arranged in the order that they would appear in the book.


How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers.


I took inspiration from common visual elements of fantasy novels. For example, image 1 is of a map, a tool utilized by many famous fantasy works (like the Lord of the Rings). Image 2 is a chapter title artwork, which is used on a smaller scale in books such as Harry Potter or Fablehaven. Images 3, 4, and 12 share a common format: that of a book illustration, which works as a "snapshot" of the story's events. As I continued, I began to experiment with other ways of telling a story through visualization. For example, I tried a few graphic novel segments that could be inserted into the story (images 7 and 9). Although these are obviously polarized approaches, I attempted to unify the work through style, repeating characters, and a similar, muted color scheme (looking at the work as a whole, one might notice that the basic color composition changes as the main character moves to a new environment; it goes from green-brown, to purple, to red).

For reference, here is a short summary of the story's events: it revolves around a young girl growing up in 1940s England. When her widowed father is forced to join the army, she is suddenly transported to a strange world (this transition happens between images 4 and 5), where she must come to grips with the idea that she is unable to get back.


Rationale for Score:

          •This work presents an imaginative, original and coherently integrated narrative.

          •The student's voice is evocative and confident and expresses a distinct measure of success.

          •The work reaches a level of excellence in quality through the use of rhythm and movement as well as unity and variety.

          •Technical excellence and a refined use of media are evident throughout this concentration.

          •Overall the work is of excellent quality.



* Important Note:

The numbers of the slides run from top left to bottom right.


1. 8.5 x 11 alcohol marker, digital manipulation

2. 8.5 x 11 alcohol marker, watercolor, collage

3. 8.5 x 11 alcohol marker

4. 8.5 x 11 alcohol marker

5. 8 x 11 watercolor

6. 8 x 11 watercolor

7. 8.5 x 11 watercolor, alcohol marker, ink

8. 8.5 x 11 watercolor

9. 24 x 8 watercolor, ink, collage

10. 9 x 11 alcohol marker, watercolor, collage

11. 11 x 18 pen and ink, digital color

12. 8.5 x 11 alcohol marker

Section II - Concentration

The student samples for Drawing: Concentration were submitted in June 2007.  The selections were made on the basis of the works alone: those choosing them had no idea who the students are or what schools they attended.  The Concentrations were selected as representative of a range of excellence for this portfolio.

All of the works included here received very high scores.  The students' written comentaries accompany the samples.



DRAWING

Fahrudin Omerovic

Dupont Manual Magnet High School, Louisville, KY

Score: 6

Student Commentary:


What is the central idea of your concentration?


My concentration is on mechanical objects. The subject matter in my pieces ranges from cars to hack-saws, to speakers. I chose this focus because I wanted to take a brake [sic] from the everyday portraits and do something I find interesting. The development of my pieces was a long process, because I first had to find my objects and then execute them in a very creative and distinguished manner. Most of the subject matter I chose is either my belongings or objects I have seen somewhere else.


How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific slides as examples.


All of my concentrations are done in pencil or acrylic paint. From the beginning of my pieces, I used pencil because I was more drawing orientated [sic], then as I got more practice with paint; my pieces progressed into realistic vivid works. In the end I am proud of my pieces and happy with the way they turned out.


Rationale for Score:


In this portfolio, the student presents a thorough investigation of the structure of mechanical objects through selective drawing. This student’s informed understanding of contrast relationships is stylistically confident and consistent. Form is rendered by the student’s close attention to structure and detail and is presented in varying perspectives. Color is used for emphasis and facilitates visual movement. The student’s highly developed drawing skills are technically consistent throughout this body of work.


* Important Note:The numbers of the slides run from top left to bottom right.




1. 6” x 8” acrylic and pencil

2. 10½” x 8” pencil

3. 18” x 24” pencil and acrylic

4. 18” x 24” pencil and acrylic [detail of 3]

5. 18” x 24” acrylic paint

6. 16” x 20” acrylic paint

7. 18” x 24” acrylic paint

8. 12” x 9” acrylic paint

9. 18” x 24” acrylic paint

10. 12” x 9” acrylic paint

11. 12” x 9” acrylic paint

12. 18” x 24” acrylic paint

Alexandra Snowden

Clarence Central High School, Clarence, NY

Score: 6

Student Commentary:


What is the central idea of your concentration?


The central idea for my concentration was to create an abstraction of the human figure through movement, color, and different light values. With these strategies I was able to form abstract shapes which detached the figure from its traditional image.


How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific slides as examples.


As my concentration progressed I found to gain the movement and abstraction I was searching for in the human figure I had to have a strong concrete light source. Images 1 through 3 best show the affects of a strong light source and how movement can be captured within the highlights, midtones, and shadows. Furthermore, with this light I was able to begin the beautiful abstract tone to pieces. I noticed as the light source became more intense I was losing the midtones. I admired the images without them, and I noticed the abstract shapes that were being formed. As my concentration progressed I had to search for ways to create shapes in order to abstract the human figure. I then began to direct the figure into a more contorted form (images 5 through 12). As can be noticed, muscles within the neck and upper body became more prominent and formed obscure shapes. This took it to a more abstract level, each of my pieces progressively looking less like the human figure. I also began to incorporate abstract colors, which helped the body morph into abstraction (images 5 through 7 and 11 through 12). With my concentration I want my viewers to discern the human figure as being beautiful through its progression to an abstract shape.


Rationale for Score:


An evocative theme, inspired by observation and photo references, is presented in these figure drawings. Additionally, a sense of real and uncluttered space is rendered through expressive mark-making, value and color contrast, and sophisticated lighting. This student uses chiaroscuro and tenebrism that go beyond mere special effects. Of further note is the student’s informed use of point of view in a variety of perspectives—birds-eye, eye level, and worms-eye—and use of the full pictorial space. The quality of craftsmanship is excellent.


* Important Note:The numbers of the slides run from top left to bottom right.


1. 8” x 11” graphite

2. 10” x 14” oil paint

3. 17” x 21” deductive charcoal

4. 9” x 11” graphite

5. 12” x 16” chalk pastel

6. 14” x 15½” chalk pastel

7. 8” x 10” colored pencil

8. 8” x 12” deductive charcoal

9. 7” x 11” deductive charcoal

10. 7” x 11” deductive charcoal [detail of 9]

11. 16” x 13” chalk pastel

12. 16” x 13” chalk pastel [detail of 11]

Sucha Chantaprasopsuk

Reavis High School, Burbank, IL

Score: 6

Student Commentary:


What is the central idea of your concentration?


The central idea for my concentration is to do intricate studies of fruits and vegetables.


How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.


My concentration was inspired by the many colors, shapes and unique textures I saw in the produce section of the grocery store. My goal was to create drawings that emphasized color and detailed texture in a photo realistic style. I purposely cropped the images so that the viewer felt as if they were viewing the detail of the produce through a magnifying glass. As my concentration progressed, I developed a heightened awareness of value and contrast. Beginning with image 5, I utilized deep shadows and extreme highlights to emphasize the form of the produce. I also became more and more detailed with the drawings, paying attention to fine line work such as in images 10 and 11. By the end of the concentration, I feel that my drawings had become confident, bold expressions of the fruits and vegetables that inspired me.


Rationale for Score:

          •An unmistakable, consistent and engaging theme is supported by informed decision making.

          •The work is technically excellent, as evidenced in the application of drawing concepts and techniques such as light, shade, composition and mark-making.

          •The detailed rendering of form provides an expression of nuanced subtlety through a sophisticated exploration of depth.

          •The work goes far beyond copied or standard images and creates a prominent student voice.


  1. 15 x 20 tempera

  2. 8 x 11 colored pencil

  3. 9 x 10 colored pencil

  4. 6 x 8 colored pencil

  5. 9 x 11 colored pencil

  6. 11 x 14 colored pencil

  7. 11 x 8 colored pencil

  8. 11 x 9 colored pencil

  9. 9 x 11 colored pencil

10. 8 x 11 colored pencil

11. 11 x 9 colored pencil

12. 7 x 5 colored pencil


Mallory Hardiman

Columbia Central High School, Columbia, TN

Score: 4

Student Commentary:


What is the central idea of your concentration?


The original vision for my concentration was the interesting structures from my home town and travels. I have always been fascinated by the formal beauty of simple structures.


How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.


In the beginning, line and shape were important in showing the structural nature of the buildings. I used strong values to accentuate the perspective image of the structure. Then I began to explore within these buildings and focused more on the composition and space of the interiors. Examining these spaces further revealed the visual character of the spaces. These spaces were intriguing, and I wanted to capture the weariness of these spaces at a more personal level. Therefore, I examined individual objects and surfaces I found in the buildings at an intimate level. This transition, showed the textural wear-and-tear of the objects clearly and distinctly.


Rationale for Score:

          •The student's voice is discernible, even though the concentration theme may be too broad for successful investigation.

          •The work demonstrates a good level of skill with some uneven accomplishment. Further investigation of form and mark-making, as seen in images 8 and 9, would result in a higher level of overall success.

          •There is some clear decision making and adequate technical competence with noticeable transformation and discovery.

          •Overall the work is of good quality.


  1. 7 x 5 pencil

  2. 11 x 8 oil pastel

  3. 7 x 7 pencil

  4. 7 x 5 Prismacolor pencil

  5. 7 x 5 Prismacolor pencil

  6. 11 x 15 oil pastel

  7. 21 x 14 oil pastel

  8. 21 x 11 oil pastel

  9. 15 x 11 oil pastel

10. 5 x 7 Prismacolor pencil

11. 7 x 5 Prismacolor pencil

12. 14 x 10 oil pastel

Sarah Schaab

Garnet Valley High School, Glen Mills, PA

Score: 3

Student Commentary:


What is the central idea of your concentration?


The central idea of my concentration is politics in the United States and the way our government is perceived by different social groups or parties. I chose this as my concentration because I love reading and watching the news to see the drama that is involved with the varying opinions of the people in our country.


How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples.


When I began my concentration, I wanted to depict politics in the United States literally and concretely, as seen in images 2, 3, and 4, but as I

explored my concentration I became more aware of the controversy surrounding the different opinions of our government seen from different social groups. I wanted to express the point of views from different social groups in an unbiased fashion to tell the story of conservative [versus] liberal and [R]epublican versus [D]emocratic ideas. This is important to me because political based arguments have always stood out to me as playing a significant role in our society. At first, I relied on text to help get my point across, as seen in images 1, 2, 3, and 5, but as the year progressed I discovered how to express my ideas without the use of words and began to experiment with layering of ideas and the symbolism in our government through the use of printmaking, colors, symbols to depict the different emotions that are brought up when speaking about government, shown in images 9, 10, 11, and 12. The works of Barbara Kruger and Shepard Fairey were influential to my work through approach, text, and subject matter because their own styles are similar to my own.


Rationale for Score:


          •A concentration with some original ideas is presented, although the choice of subject matter is somewhat erratic in relation to the theme.

          •The juxtaposition of text to image and image to image is carefully considered, adding visual interest as well as texture.

          •Growth and transformation are evident in the rendering of form, although the rendering would benefit from bolder use of light and shade.

          •There is an emerging use of energized mark-making.

          •Overall the work is of moderate quality.


  1. 18 x 13 mixed media on illustration board

  2. 11 x 23.5 colored pencil on stamped colored Canson paper

  3. 16 x 20 subtractive compressed black charcoal on white paper

  4. 14.5 x 14 colored pencil on colored Canson paper

  5. 18.5 x 12 chalk pastel on illustration board

  6. 8 x 12 colored pencil on stamped white paper

  7. 20 x 16 mixed media on colored Canson paper

  8. 14 x 16 mixed media on acrylic stamped and washed paper

  9. 14 x 16 black ink on acrylic washed and stamped paper

10. 18 x 14 mixed media on acrylic washed paper

11. 18 x 16 mixed media and print making on acrylic washed paper

12. 14 x 16 mixed media on acrylic washed paper

The following are not AP drawing concentrations but they are great examples of professional artists who are focusing their images around a theme.  Each artist's website is listed after their work.


Following these examples are the AP 2-D Design Concentrations examples.

2-D DESIGN

Section II - Concentration

The student samples for 2-D Design: Concentration were submitted in June 2011.  Only 5 images were presented online for these examples.

Evanleigh Davis

Cooperative Arts Human Magnet, New Haven, CT

Score: 6

Nina Kwon

Fairfax High School, Los Angeles, CA

Score: 5

Student Commentary:


What is the central idea of your concentration?


The main idea of my concentration is roller coaster design. I have always been inspired to design roller coasters out of the ordinary and wanted to be more creative towards them, different from the standard type of roller coasters that we usually see.


How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers.


My initial idea of concentration was a theme park. But as the year progressed, I began to narrow my ideas and focus more on just roller coasters, which, for many people, are the major part of theme parks. With each additional piece, I noticed the intrication and uniqueness of working with each roller coaster creation. The ideas of each piece came from my imagination to express my joy of riding each coaster. I am amply satisfied to have created some of these unrealistic coasters that dwell in my imagination.


Rationale for Score:


          •An original and inventive concentration is clearly present.

          •The application of design elements such as value, color, light and contrast are effective and carefully considered.

          •There is evidence of thoughtful decision making through the use of scale and dynamic movement in the inventive compositions.

          •The technical aspects of the work are strong.

          •Overall the work is of strong quality.


* Important Note:

The numbers of the slides run from top left to bottom right.


1. 12.5 x 9.5 watercolor

2. 9.5 x 12.5 watercolor

3. 9.5 x 11 watercolor

4. 12.5 x 9.5 watercolor

5. 12.5 x 9.5 watercolor

6. 9.5 x 12.5 watercolor

7. 12.5 x 9.5 watercolor

8. 12.5 x 9.5 watercolor

9. 9.5 x 12.5 watercolor

10. 9.5 x 12.5 watercolor

11. 9.5 x 12.5 watercolor

12. 9.5 x 12.5 watercolor


Shann Chan

Hong Kong International School, Tai Tam, Hong Kong

Score: 4

Student Commentary:


What is the central idea of your concentration?


This design portfolio is ultimately focused on how art depicts society. I have used vehicles such as tractors, trucks and cars to convey the destruction that natural disasters, social and upheaval, and political worries have caused. I believe vehicles can be a true reflection of society. Using mainly watercolor, and acrylic paint, I emphasized how the washes of diluted paint and ink give the pieces a fluidity and translucency that matches society's ambiguous solutions to such problems.


How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers.


I plan to use vehicles as a main medium to put across political messages and newsworthy headlines. One prominent example is the Japanese earthquake (image 4); I have used rust-colored washes and worn effects to highlight the destruction that this natural disaster has caused. In image 11, the "BP Oilspill," where I have used drip techniques, washes to emulate the "drip," and bring to light how nature itself has to endure the consequences of our faults. In "The Pink Truck" (image 12), I have used candy wrappers piled on the truck to address the predicament of obesity in America's household and Obama's healthcare plan to combat such problems. The blue truck (image 5) highlights the idea of consumerism, and I have used America's flag colors to subtly hint America's economic and recession crisis. As I have progressed through my work, I have enabled myself to understand the world's situation in a clearer light, and I have expressed my sentiments through my art.


Rationale for Score:


          •Clear decision making with the use of manipulated imagery is evident in this engaging concentration.

          •Many of the works use the picture plane in a successful manner; others would benefit from a more deliberate use of negative space and figure/ground relationship.

          •Although the student's personal voice is evident in both the technique and the use of mixed media, the level of accomplishment is somewhat uneven.

          •An understanding of the principles of design is present.


* Important Note:

The numbers of the slides run from top left to bottom right.


1. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint on canvas

2. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint on canvas

3. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

4. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

5. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

6. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

7. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

8. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

9. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

10. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

11. 16 x 20 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

12. 20 x 36 watercolor, acrylic paint, mixed media on canvas

Mary Jane Vickers

Pleasanton High School, Pleasanton, TX

Score: 3

Student Commentary:


What is the central idea of your concentration?


The central idea of my concentration is that I wanted to express the travels of the "Tourist in My Mind." I've created a sort of children's book that focuses on being adventurous and being imaginative and creative, and progresses as she travels to different places. The [T]ourist visits these different locations that may not even exist, but creates a feeling of freedom and wonder. Then, finally, she returns to the safety of her own home.


How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers.


In image 1, the story begins with the Tourist sending postcards to me, M.J. She appears in a river village with strong, contrasting colors. Image 3 shows the Tourist in a bustling city. I feel this piece has a lot of movement and rhythm, reminiscent of busy city life. Image 4 shows the Tourist underwater, a sunken pirate ship in the background. I think this image has a fun use of contrasting colors. There's the cool colors of the water, and warmer colors for sea life and the Tourist's hair. Next, in image 5, we have the Tourist in a hill valley with some surreal animals. This piece has many bright, warm colors that fit the mood of the freedom of open spaces. The lines and colors also create a strong sense of movement. Image 7 also uses strong, bright colors to create a fun, crazy environment on the dance floor. These colors create rhythm and movement, like the dance itself. Next, image 8 reveals a more dangerous tone, as contrasting cool and warm colors create a vibrant and exciting jungle scene. Image 9 also utilizes contrasting colors in a brilliant desert sunset. These colors create a warm, relaxed feeling, and the lines create rhythm and movement. Finally, image 12 shows the Tourist safe at home in her bed, with deep, contrasting colors that move your eye across the page.


Rationale for Score:


          •The concentration has a theme and the work exhibits some imagination and originality.

          •The work is ambitious in the use of color, line, repetition and pattern.

          •Technical competence is emerging.

          •There is a lack of sensitivity in the development of the spatial environment in images 2 and 6; foreground and background are indiscernible.

          •Little growth or transformation is evident throughout the development of the series.

          •The work is of moderate quality.


* Important Note:

The numbers of the slides run from top left to bottom right.


1. 10.5 x 14 Prismacolor

2. 4.25 x 5.5 detail of image

3. 11.5 x 14 Prismacolor

4. 11.5 x 14.2 Prismacolor

5. 14.5 x 9.25 Prismacolor

6. 8 x 11 Prismacolor

7. 12 x 9 Prismacolor

8. 9 x 12 Prismacolor

9. 8.5 x 12 Prismacolor

10. 8 x 9.75 Prismacolor

11. 7.5x 9 Prismacolor

12. 9 x 8.5 Prismacolor


Student concentrations with their artist statement.

     


Wylie Beckert's ongoing series of illustrated playing cards, Wicked Kingdom.  

Visit www.wickedkingdomdeck.com for more information.

Annie Stegg Gerard collection of paintings which illustrate the narrative surrounding women in different classical mythologies.

www.gallerygerard.com

Justin Gerard's series of selected scenes and characters inspired by JRR Tolkien's wonderful story.


www.gallerygerard.com

Therese Larsson's concepts for a project that never made it.  All work is copyrighted.  Click here to see her amazing work: http://www.sillybeastillustration.com/portfolio/item/bear-concepts/

These are also Thereses' work but not what would be included in the FINAL concentration...these are the concept pieces that she developed to reach the final art work and it's tremendously helpful to see where she began and where she took it!