• AP Studio Art:

    AP Studio Art Drawing/ Painting ;
    • AP Studio Draw
    • AP Studio 2D
    AP Studio Art Sculpture/ Ceramics
    • AP Studio 3D

    Description of Course

    AP Studio Art is an elective honors course that offers students the opportunity to select from 3

    portfolio areas: Draw, 2D Design and 3D Design. The course is a 2 trimester class. Students in each

    area need to complete a Breadth, Concentration and Quality section in addition to creating an artists

    statement. Assignments for each of the different portfolios are provided for the students, giving them

    opportunity for utilizing a range of material and subject matter in their work. Regular group critiques,

    individual review of student work, and homework are mandated parts of the course. Additional

    materials / opportunities are provided for the students both at school and at home including field trips

    to local museums, additional training and studio time outside of school hours (open studio in school

    and PSEO options), and on-line resources. As an honors-based, college level course, all artwork that is

    completed for inclusion in the AP Studio Art portfolio is expected to reflect the artistic integrity of the

    student. The work that is being submitted must be original in both content and concept. Any work that

    makes use of existing images for research in the creation of the artwork(s), will need to be both be

    accompanied by the original images for review as well as demonstrate a complete departure from

    them. Under no circumstances will work that is deemed to be directly copied from another source be

    allowed for inclusion in the portfolio.

     

    Unit Information

    Unit Name or Timeframe:

    1st Trimester:

    Students are to complete work for the Breadth Section of the portfolio. The Breadth Section is to

    demonstrate a wide range of exploration in material and approach to subject.

    Students working on the 3D Portfolio must submit two views each of eight different works for a total

    of 16 slides. 

    Students working on either the 2D Design or Draw Portfolio must submit slides of 12 different

    works. To facilitate the completion / submission of work for this section, 

    2nd Trimester:

    Concentration Section:

    The Concentration Section is to demonstrate the exploration and development of a single idea /

    concept that the student finds to be of particular interest. Work in concentration section is a body of

    related works that:

    • are based on individual interest in a particular idea expressed visually
    • are focused on a process of investigation, growth, and discovery
    • show the development of a visual language appropriate for the subject
    • are unified by an underlying idea that has visual coherence
    • grow as a result of a coherent plan of action or investigation.

    Students working on the 3D Design Portfolio are to submit 12 slides for this section, some of which

    may be second views or detail shots of the works. To facilitate the completion / submission of work

    for this section, 8-10 works (different ones than were created for the Breadth Section), are to be

    completed to provide adequate work from which to create the slides. An artists statement is to

    accompany this section as part of the completed portfolio.

     

    Students working on the 2D Design or Drawing Portfolio are to submit 12 slides for this section, some

    of which may be detail shots. To facilitate the completion / submission of work for this section, 16-20

    works (different ones than were created for the Breadth Section), are to be completed to provide

    adequate work from which to create the slides. An artists statement is to accompany this section as

    part of the completed portfolio.

     

    Quality Section:

    All of the works submitted for this section need to be indicative of the development of a sense of

    excellence in the art being created.

    Students working on the 3D Design Portfolio are to submit 5 works that best demonstrate excellence.

    Work for this section may be derived from the other 2 sections (Concentration or Breadth), or be

    completely different. Each work is presented by two slides showing different views, for a total of 10

    slides. Work may have been created quickly or over a long period of time. It may be derived from

    observation or imagination, or be derived from a combination of both. Some of the 5 works may be

    related to other works submitted in this section, or they all may be independent of each other.

    Students working on the 2D Design or Draw Portfolios are to submit 5 actual works of art that

    demonstrate excellence. Work for this section may be derived from the other 2 sections (Concentration

    or Breadth), or be completely different. Specific size restrictions for the works are stipulated by the

    College Board.

     

    Content and/or Skills Taught:

    Content Concepts addressed in AP Studio Art Curriculum:

    1- Pertaining to Art History:

    • Students will learn that art is created and exists in a historical and cultural context
    • Students will learn that art builds upon and evolves from a relationship with previous art work
    • Students will learn that technology has always and will continue to expand the definition of art
    • Pertaining to Aesthetics:
    • Students will learn that visual language communicates the human experience
    2- Pertaining to Aesthetics

    • Students will learn to apply artistic theory in order to develop their comprehension and awareness of art and art form
    • Students will learn to apply artistic theory in order to develop their comprehension and awareness of art and art forms

    3- Pertaining to Analysis (Critique / Art Scanning):

    • Students will learn that artwork is assessed using various criteria
    • Students will learn to analyze art work in order to determine an artworks intent and effect

    4- Pertaining to Studio Production:

    • Students will learn different processes to create artwork
    • Students will learn that the making of artwork requires the use of complex forms of decision making and problem solving
    • Students will learn that making personal choices is essential to creative expression
    • Students will learn that practice and focus are essential to the production and completion of quality work

    Major Assignments and/or Assessments:

    Topics / Projects for AP Studio Art by Portfolio Area:

    1- AP Studio Art Draw

    Students may use a variety of painting, drawing, and printmaking materials / techniques.

    Suggested Assignments:

    ·Gesture and/or contour still life composition

    ·Ink wash and pen and ink portrait

    ·Ink wash and pen and ink still life

    ·Abstract and exaggerated colored landscape

    ·Positive / negative shape composition

    ·Multiple vantage point small study drawings of the same subject

    ·Two point exterior perspective drawing

    ·One and two point interior perspective drawings

    ·Illusionary perspective drawing

    ·Hatching, crosshatching, or stippling ink compositions (multiple subjects)

    ·Exploration / creation of visual metaphors using disparate subjects

    ·Non-figurative self portrait using subject matter / objects

    ·Personal / family relationship mood composition

    ·Current event composition from a subjective viewpoint

    ·Music inspired drawing compositions

    ·Imaginary landscapes infused with dream images

    ·Progressive composition depicting the passage of time

    ·Nature / animal studies

    ·Metamorphosis (morphing) composition

    ·Composition using fantasy / magical theme

    2- AP Studio 2D Design

    Students may use a variety of painting, drawing and printmaking materials and techniques in addition

    to computer and photographic media.

    Suggested Assignments:

    ·Series of digital self portraits using a variety of themes

    ·Stills from student made digital movies further manipulated using tools in Adobe Photoshop

    ·Illustrations for children’s books

    ·Poster design project illustrating specific theme

    ·CD cover assignment

    ·Product packaging (unit): to include label / logo, etc.

    ·Political cartoons

    ·Series of compositions showing evolution from realistic to abstract rendering

    ·Exploration of pattern / design in nature

    ·Landscape series based upon personal experience

    ·Interpretive figure compositions / studies, emphasizing dramatic composition or abstraction

    ·Series of fabric designs evidencing various motifs

    ·Personal or family history communicated through creation of symbolic images

    ·Contour line still life compositions

    ·Floral / plant compositions emphasizing design principles

    ·Draped object compositions

    ·Value study drawings using various media

    ·Hand studies series (multiple media)

    ·Non-representational compositions focusing on specific art elements

    ·Color organization using primary, secondary, tertiary, analogous, or other color subsets for an interior

    or exterior design

    ·Artworks that demonstrate the applications of color theory, such as those embodied in Fauvism,

    Expressionism, Color-Field painting

    ·Positive/negative (figure/ground) relationships in the rural, suburban, or urban landscape

    ·Color or design related to psychological, historical, or narrative events

    3- 3D Design

    May use a variety of 3D material including clay, plaster, wood, stone, cement, foam, metal, found

    objects, fiber, vinyl, paper, etc.

    A variety of building techniques may also be used including carving, casting, weaving, modeling,

    wheel throwing, and other assorted construction methods.

    Suggested Assignments:

    ·Non-objective sculpture incorporating the principles of rhythm and pattern

    ·Full figure sculpture (human / animal / mythic), that suggests the surrounding space around the figure

    ·Figurative or non-objective sculpture that incorporates negative space in the work

    ·Sculptural form that explores relationship of mechanical and bio-morphic concepts

    ·Linear sculpture demonstrating concepts of balance and implied motion

    ·Construct a mobile that demonstrates movement through space

    ·Figurative sculpture that emphasizes expression through abstract representation

    ·Abstract sculpture that uses light and shadow to define its form / texture

    ·Planar sculpture that defines space through side and edge

    ·Functional clay work that utilizes color and texture to unify the overall composition

    ·Functional clay work that is designed utilizing a figurative theme

    ·Functional clay work that is suggestive of specific elements of art

    ·Functional clay work that combines various hand building and wheel thrown techniques

    ·Relief sculpture that interprets a work of literature

    ·Busts of people, animals, mythic beings

    ·Sculptures that evidence environmental concerns / issues

    ·Sculptures utilizing found objects to convey ideas

    ·Sculptural forms that transform subjects due to manipulation of relative proportion

    ·Progressive forms that evidence a sequence of changes from one part of the composition to the next

    ·Modular sculptures

    Note: Assignments listed here may be augmented or substituted by the student upon conferring with

    the instructor.