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Intro to AP Studio Art

Outlines the basics of AP studio art portfolios, expectations, and example student work. [for 11-12 grades in AP Studio Art]
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Emily Howard

on 3 February 2013

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AP STUDIO ART what is ap studio art? The Gallery of Awesome Structuring the Portfolio The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art . AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year Student Expectations As an AP student, you should be: performing at a college level, making high quality artwork
capable of working independently, and at a consistent pace
taking your studio practice seriously, and working with PASSION
behaving responsibly in the studio by taking care of materials and cleaning up your space
turning in required assignments ON TIME
working outside of class time/school on your artwork.
participating actively in critiques and offering up constructive criticism
keeping a sketchbook full of inspiration, preparatory sketches, written reflections and critique notes.
making ORIGINAL works of art that are COMPLETELY your own (not using any copyrighted imagery as source material) The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolios — 2-D Design, 3-D Design and Drawing — corresponding to the most common college foundation courses . The portfolios share a basic, three-section structure, which requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding of visual concerns (and methods):

Each of the portfolios asks the student to demonstrate a depth of investigation and process of discovery through the Concentration section (Section II) .
In the Breadth section (Section III), the student is asked to demonstrate a serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques .
The Quality section (Section I) permits the student to select the works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique and content . what will AP Studio Art do for me? Encourage creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues .
Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves you in informed and critical decision making .
Helps you develop technical skills and familiarize you with the functions of the visual elements .
Encourages you to become an independent thinker who will contribute inventively and critically to your culture through the making of art . Creating a Lasting Legacy YOU ARE BEING WATCHED Believe it or not, freshman, sophomores and juniors in art are looking up to you. They're jealous of your freedom in the studio, and inspired by the amazing work that you create. They stop and look at your art hanging in the hallways. THEY WANT TO BE LIKE YOU. YOU SET THE STANDARD Future generations of AP Studio Artists will look to your work as an example of what to do, of how hard they should be working.

Your work not only reflects who you are as an artist, but who WE are as an arts community. THIS IS YOUR TIME At the risk of sounding cheesy, this is YOUR time to invest or waste. Depending on your plans, you may never have the time like this again to devote to an arts practice. Life gets in the way, and responsibilities pile up. Take advantage of every moment in the studio and MAKE SOMETHING AMAZING. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE WORK YOU PUT OUT Your art is what you put into it. NO one ever got famous or made a difference in the world by sitting around and complaining. If you do your research, if you take the time, if you allow your passion to flower and overflow, you will be proud of what you've done. But, if your portfolio sucks, there is no one to blame but yourself. You can choose to make a portfolio in one of three different areas:
2D Design (drawing, painting, mixed media)
Drawing
3D Design (sculpture / ceramics) or... examples of great AP student work How to Make a Great Portfolio emergence of technical competence
manipulation of original ideas
work that has purpose and direction
decisions executed with authority and confidence
evidence of experimentation and risk taking
a range of stylistic as well as technical concerns evident in the work
purposeful composition, and a sense of real effort. The people who grade your portfolio are called "readers." They are trained to look for the following in your work: welcome to... AP SCORE QUALIFICATION
5 Extremely well qualified
4 Well qualified
3 Qualified
2 Possibly qualified
1 No recommendation

AP Exam scores of 5 are equivalent to A grades in the corresponding college course.
AP Exam scores of 4 are equivalent to grades of A–, B+ and B in college.
AP Exam scores of 3 are equivalent to grades of B–, C+ and C in college. Understanding AP Scoring
Readers are trained to look for students who are trying to enhance their intellectual engagement, understanding of visual language, and application of vocabulary. Student work should demonstrate originality, evidence of thought and personal vision. We also look for students who are more aware of the principles and elements of design in their work; these students tend to produce work that is not only conceptually but also technically superior. Straight from the readers' mouths: Choose a concentration that you LOVE. You will be spending at least a trimester & a half grappling with it, so make sure that you choose something you're really interested in and passionate about, otherwise you will HATE LIFE. Concentrations I FREAKING LOVE ART!!! Art from the 2012-2013 Scholastic Competition
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