Develop your skills in drawing as you explore different media and approaches. You’ll create
artwork that reflects your own ideas and skills and what you’ve learned.

Skills You’ll Learn

  • Investigating the materials, processes, and ideas that artists and designers use
  • Interpreting works of art and design
  • Practicing, experimenting, and revising as you create your own work
  • Communicating your ideas about works of art and design

The Drawing portfolio is designated for work that focuses on the use of mark-making, line,
surface, space, light and shade, and composition. Students should consider marks that can be
used to make drawings, the arrangement of marks, the materials and processes used to make
marks, and relationships of marks and ideas.

Students can work with any materials, processes, and ideas. Drawing (analog and digital),
painting, printmaking, and mixed media work are among the possibilities for submission. Still
images from videos or film are accepted. Composite images may be submitted.

AP Drawing Exam Requirements and Prompts

For the Selected Works section of the AP Drawing Portfolio Exam, five actual works will be sent
to College Board for scoring. These works do not necessarily have to be from the Sustained
investigation section. Students must submit five works that best demonstrate:

  • Drawing skills
  • Synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas

For each work, students must state the following in writing:

  • Idea(s) visually evident (100 characters maximum, including spaces)
  • Materials used (100 characters maximum, including spaces)
  • Processes used (100 characters maximum, including spaces)

For the Sustained Investigation section of the AP Drawing Portfolio Exam, students must
submit 15 digital images that demonstrate:

  • Sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision
  • Sustained investigation of materials, processes, and ideas
  • Synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas
  • Drawing skills

Students must state the following in writing:

  • Identify the questions that guided your sustained investigation
  • Describe how your sustained investigation shows evidence of practice, experimentation,
    and revision guided by your questions (1200 characters maximum, including spaces, for
    response to both prompts)

Identify the following for each image:

  • Materials used
  • Processes used (100 characters maximum, including spaces)
  • Size (height × width × depth, in inches)
  • For digital and virtual work, students should enter the size of the intended visual display

Additional Information About the Sustained Investigation Section

  • Throughout their sustained investigation, students need to document their work using
    sketchbooks, etc. From their documentation of thinking and making, students select
    images and writing to include in their portfolio that most effectively demonstrate
    sustained investigation
  • Process documentation images included in the portfolio should show evidence of
    practice, experimentation, and revision using materials, processes, and ideas and/ or of
    skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas, providing insight on students’
    inquiry, thinking, and making
  • Detail images should be submitted only when it is important to see a close-up view of
    a work
  • For the Investigation section carefully consider the sequence of their images. There is
    no required order; images should be presented to best demonstrate sustained
    investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision using materials, processes,
    and ideas
  • Students should also consider the relationship of their images with the written
    information they submit

Samples of student work for the AP Drawing portfolio can be found on AP Central at www.apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-drawing