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Exams: 2011 Studio Art Drawing: Quality Samples

Section I

The student works displayed on this page are reproductions of actual works submitted by students in June 2011.

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Quality Sample 1: Joshua Veasey, Harrison Center for the Visual and Performing Arts, Lakeland, Fla.
Score: 6




Rationale for Score:

  • The work exudes confidence and a prominent student voice.
  • The imaginative works demonstrate excellent technical skill across multiple approaches such as hand mark-making, digital imaging, collage and stitching.
  • The sophisticated compositions reflect a highly integrated understanding of design.
  • Form and content are completely integrated.
  • Adventurous and successful experimentation with media results in drawings characterized by strong energy and verve.
  • The intention of each piece is made evident through the nuanced handling of mark and color.
  • Overall the work is of excellent quality.



Quality Sample 2: Christina Bishop, Mamaroneck High School, Mamaroneck, N.Y.
Score: 5





Rationale for Score:

  • This work suggests thoughtful decision making and displays a mature sensitivity to light, color and space.
  • Strong technical competence is evident across the portfolio, although in the well-composed portrait, some issues of observation and value transition need refinement.
  • The works show a sense of intention, but the graphite interior does not achieve the same level of compositional effectiveness or value development as the other works.
  • The three interiors in color are confident and evocative; they have a quiet intensity that suggests narrative possibilities and fully engages the viewer.
  • Overall the work is of strong quality.


Quality Sample 3: Alonso Mendoza, Del Valle High School, Del Valle, Tex.
Score: 4




Rationale for Score:

  • The work demonstrates a good understanding of drawing issues with a growing sense of ambition and purpose.
  • The painted portrait demonstrates a bold approach and good experimentation with color and surface manipulation, whereas some of the other portraits are not fully successful in transcending their photographic sources.
  • The work demonstrates some technical competence and good use of drawing materials, although not all compositional and mark-making issues are resolved.
  • Some confidence is evident in the technical execution of the work, but the repeated use of the centralized composition does not fully engage the viewer.
  • Overall the work is of good quality.



Quality Sample 4: Stacy Wilson, Adolfo Camarillo High School, Camarillo, Calif.
Score: 3





Rationale for Score:

  • The work demonstrates an emerging understanding of drawing issues, including composition, form in space and mark-making.
  • The piece with a horse (image 3) reflects imagination and a sense of exploration; however, the other works are considerably more conventional in approach.
  • The work shows a rudimentary understanding of design principles, particularly emphasis and engagement of figure/ground relationships.
  • The work demonstrates some effort in observation and the exploration of media; further study can lead to greater technical competence.
  • Overall the work is of moderate quality.
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