Students share their artistic talents online

TikTokers are in awe of the artistic talents of high school students as they browse the TikTok trend ‘AP Art Portfolio’.

The TikTok trend ‘AP Art Portfolio’ consists of young art students sharing their submissions for the AP Art and Design exam. TikTokers display their artwork as Joji’s “Slow Dancing in the Dark” in the background.

This in-trend video was posted by TikTok user @caamileon and garnered over 3.2 million likes. The theme of @caamileon’s AP portfolio was “personal experiences with the” [COVID-19] pandemic” – with haunting paintings that come of age to her during the close of 2020.

“Share? As in you are in secondary school??? Oh my gosh this was insanely masterful BEFORE I knew how old you were – color me in awe,” wrote a TikToker.

“This better be in the pandemic museum,” said another.

In a follow-up video, Camila (@caamileon) explains the meaning behind her portfolio pieces.

What is AP Art and Design?

U.S. high school students spend all year preparing for Spring’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams to earn college credits. For young art students, their challenge from the College Board is to pass the AP Art and Design course, which requires a digital art portfolio to be submitted. Each AP Art Portfolio should have an overarching theme or “concentration” that students should build on throughout the school year.

However, AP students must wait months after submitting their exam to determine eligibility for college credits. According to PrepScholar, AP scores come out in July every year, despite exams taking place in early May.

What is the ‘AP Art Portfolio’ TikTok Trend?

For AP Art and Design students, waiting for their scores doesn’t stop them from sharing their hard work online. The TikTok trend ‘AP Art Portfolio’ seems to have started after the May 2021 exam season and has resurfaced again this year.

This TikTok posted by @chrisdrawsss last year is one of many that has gained popularity through the 2021 exams. Chris’ (@chrisdrawsss) theme was “the effects of social media and screen addiction through self-portraits.”

This year’s exam season featured many more portfolios highlighting cultural diversity and authentic teenage experiences.

This AP Art portfolio, posted by TikToker @mintyhoang, focuses on “Vietnamese storytelling, both folktales and the Asian experience.”

“Wow. This is my family history down to the last detail. Very beautiful. Thanks for sharing,” said a TikToker.

“You definitely get a 5,” said another. The College Board scores AP exams on a scale of 1-5 – scores above 4 are in the AB range on the US college rating scale.

This video posted by TikTok user @saruh.png shows a portfolio on the ‘relationships of young students with academia and burnout’.

“THIS IS SO POWERFUL,” said one TikToker.

“I just want to say this brought me to tears. This is hauntingly beautiful and such an expression I wish I had the ability to express it as eloquently as you,” wrote another.

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