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AP Portfolios: What makes them different?

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Drawing Portfolio 2-D Portfolio 3-D Portfolio


Rationale: Rationale: Rationale:
Demonstrating understanding of fundamental Showing purposeful decision making about Showing engagement with physical space and
drawing concepts; a wide range of approaches using the Elements of Art and Principles of materials. Purposeful decision making about
and media, drawing from observation, work Design in an integrative way. Demonstrating using the Elements of art and Principles of
with invented or non-objective forms, use of an understanding of design principles as Design in an integrative way. Demonstrating
light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, applied to a 2-D surface: an understanding of the design principles as
surface manipulation, composition, the illusion Unity/variety they relate to depth and space:
of depth, and expressive mark making. The Balance/Emphasis/Contrast Unity/variety
work must address drawing issues even if Rhythm Balance/Emphasis/Contrast
incorporating digital processes. Repetition Rhythm
Proportion/Scale Repetition
Figure/ground relationship Proportion/Scale
Occupied/ unoccupied space

Could include: Could include: Could include:


Painting Graphic design Additive, subtractive and/or fabrication
Printmaking Digital imaging processes.
Drawing Photography Figurative or nonfigurative sculpture
Mixed media Fabric design Architectural models
Endless possibilities of making marks on a Fashion illustration Metal work
surface Illustration Ceramics
Painting 3-D fiber arts/fashion
Printmaking Jewelry and body adornment

Should show: Should show: Should show:


Evidence of conceptual, perceptual, Evidence of conceptual, perceptual, Evidence of conceptual, perceptual, expressive,
expressive, and technical range; should show a expressive, and technical range; not just a and technical range; should demonstrate
range of approaches to techniques, variety of media but combine a range of exploration, inventiveness, and the expressive
compositions, and subject matter conceptual approaches and techniques of manipulation of form, as well as knowledge of
organization composition
Drawing Portfolio 2-D Portfolio 3-D Portfolio
Sustained Investigation Sustained Investigation: Sustained Investigation:
15 images; some may be second views or 15 images; some may be second views or 15 images; some may be second views or
details. They should be arranged to show the details. They should be arranged to show the details. They should be arranged to show the
development of the concentration idea. development of the concentration idea. development of the concentration idea.
Should be: Should be: Should be:
 a body of work that grows out of a  a body of work that grows out of a  a body of work that grows out of a
coherent plan of action or investigation coherent plan of action or investigation coherent plan of action or investigation
 unified by an underlying idea that has  unified by an underlying idea that has  unified by an underlying idea that has
visual and/or conceptual coherence visual and/or conceptual coherence visual and/or conceptual coherence
 based on your individual interest in a  based on your individual interest in a  based on your individual interest in a
particular visual idea particular visual idea particular visual idea
 focused on a process of investigation,  focused on a process of investigation,  focused on a process of investigation,
growth and discovery growth and discovery growth and discovery
 showing the development of a visual  showing the development of a visual  show the development of a visual
language appropriate for your subject language appropriate for your subject language appropriate for your subject
Ideas: Ideas: Ideas:
 A series of expressive landscapes  Representational interpretations that  Series of 3-dimensional works that
based on personal experience of a evolve into abstraction begin with representational
particular space  Exploration of patterns and designs interpretations and evolve into
 A personal or family history shown found in nature abstraction
through still-life images  Design and execution of pages from a  The use of multiples/modules to create
 Abstractions of mechanical objects book or graphic novel and disrupt 3-D space
that explore mark-making  A series of identity products (logo,  A series that explores the relationship
 Figurative works combining animal letterhead) for imaginary businesses between interior and exterior space
and human subjects  Abstractions developed from cells and  Sculptures expressing social
 A series expressing a particular time of other microscopic images commentary
day  Fabric design, apparel designs, or  Pieces expressing line and movement
 Interpretive self-portraiture and figure weavings used to express particular  Home
studies that emphasize exaggeration themes  Natural forms
and distortion  Interpretive portraiture or figure  “sharp” dressing
 Childhood moments studies that emphasize dramatic  Tools of a profession
 Getaways composition or abstraction  A series exploring cultural
 Self-dissection  Shoes intersections
 Becoming the job  All the layers (interior and exterior)  A series about ritual
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 Abandoned homes  Old time objects  A series giving human qualities to
 The library  Street people common objects
 Routines  What makes up America?  A series of personal icons
 (other ideas):  (other ideas):  Abstractions developed from
natural or mechanical objects
 A series of figures exploring
aspects of self
 (other ideas):
Selected Works: (40% of Total Score) Selected Works: (40% of Total Score) Selected Works: (40% of Total Score)
5 carefully selected physical pieces of work, 5 carefully selected physical pieces of work, 10 carefully selected digital images consisting
no larger than 18” x 24”, or high-quality no larger than 18” x 24”, or high-quality of two views each of 5 works that demonstrate
printed reproductions of physical works that printed reproductions of physical works that synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas
each successfully demonstrate synthesis of each successfully demonstrate synthesis of using engagement with physical space by
materials, processes, and ideas using drawings materials, processes, and ideas using drawings successfully applying the principles of 3-D
skills. There is no preferred style or content. skills. There is no preferred style or content. design. There is no preferred style or content.
Your mastery of drawing should be apparent in Your mastery of 2D art and design skills Mastery of design should be apparent in the
the concept, composition and execution of the should be apparent in the concept, composition concept, composition, and execution of the
works, whether they are simple or complex. and execution of the works, whether they are works, whether they are simple or complex.
The craftsmanship should be extraordinary. simple or complex. The craftsmanship should The craftsmanship should be impeccable.
These pieces may come from the Sustained be extraordinary. These pieces may come from These pieces may come from the Sustained
Investigation but do not have to. the Sustained Investigation but do not have to. Investigation but do not have to.