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AP Studio Art

AP Studio Art
Students In AP Studio Art are required to investigate all three aspects of the AP studio art 2-D,3-D, or Drawing portfolio, which includes Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. Students who take this course must be recommended by an art teacher and have taken at least one art class prior, however in most cases the student should have gone through the regular class sequence and then take the AP level course for their senior year in order to develop a strong portfolio.
Course Sequence
Sequence of Studio Art Courses
Students chose from the semester long studio courses that are offered in the art department, which include:
•Introduction to Visual Art
•Sculpture & Ceramics I (pre-requisite Intro. to Art)
•Drawing & Painting I (pre-requisite Intro to Art)
•Drawing & Painting II (Pre-requisite Drawing & Painting I)
•AP Drawing (pre-requisite Visual Art and possibly Drawing & Painting I &II, based on need)
•AP 2-D (pre-requisite Visual Art and possibly Drawing & Painting I &II, based on need)
•AP 3-D (pre-requisite Ceramics)
Content of the Course
The course includes the following three components: 

A. Study of contemporary artists and trends. In addition to class work, Students are expected to visit galleries and the local art museums, some on 
their own. 

B. A sketchbook to be composed of visual ideas, notes, photos, doodles, plans, short assignments, quick drawings, and practice of various techniques. Many art schools like to see students’ sketchbooks to see how their minds and creativity work. 

C. Development of the student’s submitted portfolio for AP 2-D Design, 
Which has three parts: 
1.  Quality (best works - 5 actual original works)
      a.  One or more media
      b.  No larger than 18" x 24"
      c.  Must be matted  8" x 10" or larger
      d.  Must be matted or mounted (mats optional)

2.  Concentration (a body of related works describing an in-depth exploration of a particular artistic concern -12 slides)
      a.  Visual evidence of development of work over time
       b.  Written commentary
             1.  What is the central idea of your concentration?
             2.  How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea?  You may refer to specific slides as examples.  

3.  Breadth  (12 slides)
      a.   Single medium:  concentration of elements and principles of design 
      b.  Variety of media, techniques, and subject matter

Students should work steadily and have the sufficient number of slides by the end of their two terms, as their grade in the course will be based on that work. They can then continue to improve their portfolio until the May submission date. Students who finish early will have an individual project and a school service project. Submission of a portfolio in May is mandatory to receive AP credit.