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Timpview High School

Last modified: September 10, 2020

AP Studio Art

Course Description/Overview/Welcome Statement

AP Studio Art

Full Year Course 1.0 Credit

12th Grade only

In this course students will be required to build a comprehensive Portfolio that follows AP guidelines.  Portfolio will consist of a 15-20 piece investigation of a topic chosen by the individual student.

2019- 2020 AP Studio Art: Drawing Syllabus

Course Content

Our high school has developed this course to accommodate students who have expressed an interest to investigate art to a higher level by completing the AP Drawing portfolio.  Students will be expected to solve creative problems using their knowledge and their ability to apply an understanding of the elements and principles of art and design to assemble a body of work that will demonstrate a high level of understanding and growth in making a drawing, 2D or a 3D portfolio with attention to concept, composition and execution. (C2, C3, and C5)  Students will submit a portfolio with two components: Quality pieces and a Sustained Investigation. (C1)

All course content will follow the AP Course Curricular Requirements as listed on the AP Central Web Site and the AP Central Pamphlet.


Student Learning Objectives/ Expectations

During this course students will:

1.     Show an understanding of what is required in the AP Drawing Portfolio.   Students will use the website for AP Central and the poster to glean required information and examples for the exam/portfolio they will complete.

2.     Complete two required sections of the Drawing Portfolio: (C1)

a.     Sustained investigation of 15 high quality finished pieces (additional requirements to follow in objective 7)

b.     Select 5 best pieces to be submitted with electronic portfolio (additional requirements to follow in objective 8)

3.     Keep a daily sketch book to practice and explore a variety of approaches in drawing techniques for class assignments and to resolve solutions to composition and creative ideas. (C4, C5)

4.     Students are expected to create original work through observation and/or imagination. This course will stress artistic integrity throughout the class.  If reference photos are required, students are encouraged to take their own photos.  When students use published photographs or designs they must go beyond duplication to manipulate the image to illustrate an original idea. (C7)

5.     Attend class and spend 5-10 hours a week outside of class creating artwork.  Our school is set up on an alternating A Day/ B Day schedule with classes of 87 minutes.  This means that students are only in my class 2-3 times a week.  In order to complete projects in a timely manner, students need to spend additional time outside of class in order to complete their portfolio on time (between 5-10 hours a week).

6.     Defend sustained investigation pieces against the key scoring descriptors in both group and individual critiques: (C6)

a.     Integration of the topic of the concentration and the work presented

b.     Decision making and discovery through investigation

c.     Originality and innovative thinking

d.     Evocative theme that engages the viewer

e.     Growth and transformation

f.      Technical competence and skill with materials and media

g.     Understanding the use of digital or photographic processes

h.     Appropriation and the student’s voice

i.      Image quality

j.      Overall accomplishment and quality

7.     Photograph and assemble an electronic portfolio and submit it to the College Board for grading and possible college credit.

8.     Write and present research papers as well as critiques of influential artists.

9.     Investigate college options and entrance requirements.


Course Curricular Requirements

(Taken directly from the AP Studio Art 2011-2012 workshop handbook produced by the College Board)

C1. The course promotes a sustained investigation of two aspects of portfolio development – sustained investigation and quality pieces – as outlined in the AP Studio Art pamphlet throughout the duration of the course.

C2. The course enables students to develop mastery “quality” in concept, composition, and execution of drawing.

C3. The course enables students to develop a body of work investigating a strong underlying visual idea in drawing that grows out of a coherent plan of action or investigation (concentration).

C4.  The course teaches students a variety of concepts and approaches in drawing so that the student is able to demonstrate a range of abilities and versatility with technique, problem solving, and ideation.  Such conceptual variety can be demonstrated through either the use of one or the use of several media.

C5. The course emphasizes making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making.

C6. The course includes group and individual student critiques and instructional conversations with the teacher, enabling students to learn to analyze and discuss their own artwork and those of their peers.

C7. The course teaches students to understand artistic integrity as well as what constitutes plagiarism.  If students produce work that makes use of photographs, published images, and/or other artist’ works, the course teaches students how to develop their own work so that it moves beyond duplication.


Assessments & Grades

Grades are assessed on an individual basis and need to reflect the individual progress that has been achieved by each student.  We use the AP Scoring Guidelines as we critique student work.  Each piece of work will be critiqued by: (1) the artist, (2) 3 official peer reviews and (3) the teacher before the project deadline.  This allows changes to be made before the artist considers the piece “done”.  Artwork that receives an overall grade lower than a 3 will be reworked and resubmitted for a higher grade.

Each AP student will develop his or her own unique body of work.  Each term has an assigned number of pieces to be completed, as listed below.

Each term is broken into 2 sections for students to receive grades.

Portfolio 70% (3 main factors to influence grade)

Ø  Completed required number of high quality art pieces for current term.

Studio Time 30%

Ø  Mandatory attendance

Ø  Efficient use of studio time


Weekly Schedule:  This schedule lists the topics to be covered each week.  Each class period is 87 minutes 2-3 times a week due to alternating A/B days.  Each class will start with a 20 minutes lesson/ discussion of the topics listed below.  Students will take notes in their sketch book.  Topics will include: Art History, Principles of Art and Design, Types/Styles of Art, Postmodern Principles of Art and Techniques of Art.  Topics are divided and spread out through the year in order to cover/review concepts from each category each term.  This demonstrates to art students that you can have a continuing experience from studying all aspects of Art.


Term 1
Weekly Approach (20 min lesson in the beginning of each class)
Week 1
Introduction to AP Art and its requirements.
1. Meet with instructor to determine what if any previous art work may be used for the AP portfolio.
Week 2
Overview of Principles of Art
Mark making studies with pencils, pens and brushes.  Experiment with different media.
Week 3
Overview of Principles of Design
Tessellation experimentation
Week 4
Importance of Artist Intent and Communication between Artist and Viewer
Figure drawing assignment
Week 5

Week 6
studio time
Week 7
studio time
Week 8
studio time
Week 9
Color Theory/Schemes
3 sustained investigation pieces due for final class critique
Term 2
Weekly Approach
Week 10
Work studio time

Week 11
Distorted perspective assignment
Week 12
How to develop a concentration
Meet with instructor to review sustained investigation ideas.
Week 13

Week 14
Studio Time
Week 15
Studio Time
Week 16
Studio Time
Week 17
What is an Artist Voice?  How to develop voice.
Studio Time
Week 18

5 sustained investigation pieces due for final class critique
Term 3
Weekly Approach
Week 19
Lines in depth (implied to actual, simple to complex)
Studio Time
Week 20
Studio Time
Week 21
Art Nouveau
Studio Time
Week 22
Folk Art
Studio Time
Week 23
Movement and Rhythm
Studio Time
Week 24
How to photograph and submit work digitally to College Board
Photograph Art work and prepare for digital submission
Week 25
How to do an Artist Devotional
Sign up for Artist Devotional
Week 26
Artist Devotional (Each student will choose an Artist to highlight in class.  They will assemble a 15-20 slide PowerPoint that demonstrates the history, style and techniques used by the chosen artist. Presentations should be 10-15 minutes in length.)
Photograph Art work and prepare for digital submission
Week 27
Artist Devotional
Photograph Art work and prepare for digital submission
Week 28
Artist Devotional
5 sustained investigation pieces due for final class critique
Term 4
Weekly Approach
Week 29
Artist Devotional
Studio Time
Week 30
Artist Devotional
Selecting quality work, preparing digital photos, matting quality work and finalizing concentration statement
Week 31
Artist Devotional
Selecting quality work, preparing digital photos, matting quality work and finalizing concentration statement
Week 32
Artist Devotional
2 Sustained investigation pieces due for final class critique
Week 33
Artist Devotional
AP portfolio Due for Exam
Week 34
Artist Devotional
School Art Show in gallery – install
Week 35
Artist Devotional
Art Show opening
Week 36
Artist Devotional

Week 37
Artist Devotional
Take down Art show in gallery
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