AP Studio Art

Course Description

AP Studio Art is a college-level course offered to students who have an exceptional desire to pursue higher levels of development and mastery in concept, composition, and execution of their ideas in visual art. AP Studio Art sets a singular national standard for high school art students across the nation.  Success on the AP Studio Art examination can enable students to earn college credits and placement in college programs.  During the first week of school, the course is outlined to the students. The individual sections of each portfolio – Quality, Concentration and written prompts-are discussed in detail. The students will also review the images and instructions from the AP Studio art poster.

AP Studio Art is a chance for the visually gifted to excel and receive recognition on a national scale. It allows students to compare their work with other high school students throughout the nation and helps them prepare an excellent portfolio for study at the college level. All students enrolling in the course are expected to submit a portfolio for the AP Art Studio Examination.

The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not only based on a written examination; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. It is vital that you plan far enough in advance so that you can complete the portfolio on time.

Portfolio Updates for 2019 -2020

Beginning in 2019-20, the AP Art and Design portfolios will each consist of two sections:

  1. Sustained Investigation (60% of exam score)
    For all three portfolios, students will submit images and writing to document their inquiry-guided investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision:

    • 15 digital images that include works of art and design and process documentation.
    • Typed responses to prompts, providing information about the questions that guided their investigation and how they practiced, experimented, and revised, guided by their questions.
  1. Selected Works (40% of exam score)
    For all three portfolios, students will submit works of art and design and writing to demonstrate a skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas:

    • For AP 2-D Art and Design and AP Drawing: 5 physical works or high-quality reproductions of physical works with written responses on paper describing the materials, processes, and ideas used.
    • For AP 3-D Art and Design: Digital images of 5 works (2 views of each) with typed responses describing the materials, processes, and ideas used.

With the elimination of the Range of Approaches (Breadth) section of the current portfolios, your students can focus on in-depth, inquiry-based art and design making; on the skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas; and on articulating information about their work.

AP Due Dates

Concentration 50%  – Final Project 20% – Critiques 10% – Summer Assignments 20%

Concentration: Thesis Statement Due September 9th (20 points)

All Concentration pieces are worth 24 points

  1. Concentration piece #1 – Sept. 16
  2. Concentration piece #2 – Sept. 23 – Critique
  3. Concentration piece #3 – Sept. 30
  4. Concentration piece #4 – Oct. 7
  5. Concentration piece #5 – Oct. 14- Critique
  6. Concentration piece # 6 – Oct. 21
  7. Concentration piece #7 – Oct. 28 – Critique
  8. Concentration piece #8 – Nov. 4
  9. Concentration piece #9 – Nov 11 – Critique
  10. Concentration piece #10 – Nov 18 
  11.  Final powerpoint presentation and Critique November 25-26 – 100 points

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