About the Breadth Section…

*If you’re looking for specific Breadth assignments and samples of student work, please click the links on the left.

We’ll work on the 12 pieces in the Breadth section of your portfolio for the first several months. Breadth means “wide range” so you’ll need to show a variety in concepts, techniques and media. So, I’ve designed each assignment to push you in a different direction than the previous assignment. 

There are no specific Breadth requirements by the College Board, but I know from experience what needs to be included to get you a passing score. And, perhaps more importantly, what will get you a low score if you leave it out. I constantly tweak my lesson plans so they may be different now than the were a few years ago and I’m sure they’ll be different a few years from now. But I’ve refined the list of assignments to be certain you’ll get what you need.

Click on the links on the left to check out instructions and examples of any of the Breadth assignments. But don’t overwhelm yourself by looking at all the amazing examples and think, “I can’t do that!” I’ll show you how, remember? That’s why I’m here. The mountain may seem insurmountable now, but we will get there, together, one step at time. 

Official Breadth Section Info

Breadth Section

The student’s work in this section should show evidence of conceptual, perceptual, expressive, and technical range; thus, the student’s work should demonstrate a variety of drawing skills and approaches.

 Requirements: For this section, students must submit a total of 12 digital images of 12 different works.


• The use of various spatial systems, such as linear perspective, the illusion of three dimensional forms, aerial views, and other ways of creating and organizing space

• The use of various subjects, such as the human figure, landscape, and still-life objects

• The use of various kinds of content, such as that derived from observation,

an expressionistic viewpoint, imaginary or psychological imagery, social commentary, political statements; and other personal interests

• Arrangement of forms in a complex visual space

• The use of different approaches to represent form and space, such as rendered, gestural, painterly, expressionist, stylized, or abstract form

• The investigation of expressive mark-making 



Drawing Breadth —

Works demonstrating understanding of a variety drawing issues. Look for engagement with
a range of:
Form Depth
Content Pattern
Tonal values Means of representation and
Line quality abstraction
Perspective and other spatial Materials
systems Techniques
Composition Styles
Drawing surface and so on …

Key Scoring Descriptors

A. Investigation of a Broad Range of Visual Concepts and Composition

B. Decision Making in Terms of Experimentation and Risk Taking

C. Originality, Imagination, and Invention in Using the Elements and Principles of Design in
Drawing Composition

D. Intention, Purpose, and Direction

E. Confident, Evocative Work that Engages the Viewer

F. Technical Competence and Skill with Drawing Materials and Media

G. Appropriation and the Student “Voice”

H. Understanding the Use of Digital or Photographic Sources

I. Image Quality (for Weak and Poor Breadth sections only)

J. Overall Accomplishment and Quality

In applying these descriptors, consider the content, style, mark making, and use of media in the

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