AP Art

    Interested in taking AP Studio Art? If you have taken Portfolio Prep congrats, you may automatically enroll in the course!
    If you have not met this prerequisite you MUST apply by May 22nd! See the application below, if you have any questions feel free to reach out to any HS Art teacher. Applications + 3 works of art .
    Click here for application: AP Art Application
    AP Studio Art 2019-2020 Course Outline


    CollegeBoard Pages with more exam/course info: 

    Students signed up to take AP Art 2020-2021 MUST complete the summer assignments below! (you can also download the packet at the bottom of this page)

    AP Art Summer Packet

    AP Studio Art is an Advanced Placement course culminating in a performance-based VISUAL EXAM (portfolio) in either Drawing or 2D Design. Students must choose which portfolio they will be completing before starting the summer assignments. The summer work is meant to help you complete the 15 pieces needed by next MAY. DO NOT wait until the last week of summer to complete this work! You must create at least  3 pieces 

    If you have any questions email Mrs. Nash or check the following site for more info: Jessica.nash@henhudschools.org and  the Collegeboard's AP Studio Art site:  http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/members/exam/exam_information/2134.html 


    • Drawing portfolio: includes all art that involves making marks on a surface. This includes not only work in traditional drawing media -- such as pencils, ink, and pastels -- but also many kinds of painting, printmaking, and other forms of expression.
    • 2D Design portfolio: The unifying idea for the portfolio is that the student focuses on making decisions about how to use the principles and elements of art. The work may be highly technological, or it may be created with the most simple means. Any two-dimensional medium may be used for this portfolio.
    • 15 strong pieces are required for the AP Portfolio. You may use works from previous classes but these works must be of the highest quality. In order to complete this many pieces you must be prepared to make roughly one work per week and plan to work double the amount of time outside of class. 

    Portfolio "Exam" Description

    • Sustained Investigation: 15 related works (to be submitted as digital photographs)  describing an in-depth  exploration of a particular artistic concern. It should reflect a process of investigation of a specific visual idea. It is NOT a selection of a variety of works produced as solutions to class projects. Students are encouraged to explore a personal, central interest as intensively as possible; they are free to work with any idea in any medium that addresses drawing/design issues. –College Board


    How the Studio Art Portfolio is Graded:

    The College Board rubric is based on a 1-to-6 scale, 1 being the lowest and 6 being the highest possible score. The 1-to-6 score is the raw score for the Reading, and after the Reading the statisticians work the raw score into the 1-to-5 grades sent to students and schools.

    Direct from the AP website: We are not saying that student work needs to "walk on water," but we are looking for the following traits: 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. If the student is using photographic resources, we as Readers should be able to discern the student's individual "voice," that is, we should get a strong sense that the student is transforming the images to speak to the viewer from his or her artistic mindset

    In Class Grades:

    Artwork (50%): Must be finished, meet portfolio requirements, and show evidence of investigation. Grades will be based on an AP level rubric.

    Sketchbook/Planning (30%): Keep your sketchbook on you at all times. Record all your ideas and be ready to review your sketchbook during One-on-one meetings. Record all required material for class.

     Studio Conduct (20%): Regular attendance with sketchbook, effective use of time in/out of classroom, prepared with materials, and participation.



    Name:_____________________________________Date:_____________________Blank Rubric For: (Name of Project)__________________

    All projects are graded using the following grade scale, according to the categories list below

    Score Range:

    25pts= Exceptional in all aspects

    20pts= Well done, satisfactory work

    15pts= Acceptable, needs work

    10pts= Unfinished, weak in idea and effort.

    Categories 20pts Each                 Student Comments              Teacher Score/Comments

    Follows Directions:  The style/time period being studied is evident through the imagery and appropriate techniques were used.


    Attitude & Effort:  Several sketches made, explored new ideas, followed through on design ideas. Completed each step of the project in a timely manner.


    Meaning: Expresses artists idea clearly and shows a deeper understanding of the concepts.


    Craftsmanship: Outstanding problem solving skills, beautifully and patiently done.


    Creativity: Creative design, original idea. Went above and beyond the class sample.



    CLASS EXPECTATIONS                                                             CONSEQUENCES

    1. Put all personal belongings in cubbies                                  Any or all of the following:
    2. NO CELL PHONES                                         Warning, Electronics confiscated, Seat moved,
    3. Raise your hand                                                 Parent conference, Disciplinary action.
    4. Stay in your seat
    5. Never handle art work/supplies other than your own.



    Direct from the AP Website:

    Students will not be permitted to use published photographs except as a reference.  If a student chooses to work from a photograph, it must be altered significantly to express the student’s own voice.  Misuse of copyrighted material is plagiarism and a legal issue can be pursued as such.



    Choose at least 3 projects from the following list to complete for your portfolio, and make it personal! Choose projects you are interested in and use your OWN photos!

    Important Guidelines:

    • No work should be larger than 17”x23” smaller than 5” x 7”
    • Do NOT copy images exactly
    • NO stretched (3D frame) canvas


    1. Knot fabric   Use a dramatic light source and create strong highlights & shadows.  Mediums:       Drawing: Acrylic Paint             Design: Ink (pen) or photo collage of different angles

    2. Headless portrait: Create a portrait that does not focus on your head but tells something about you through the depiction of other body parts. Mediums:     Drawing: Color Pencil or Acrylic      Design: Pencil or 25 photos from different angles



    3. Foreshortening: Create a piece that shows a strong use of foreshortening.

    Mediums:  Drawing: Charcoal & water                Design: Markers & Watercolor

    4. Social Commentary: Choose a social issue to visually illustrate.

    Mediums:       Drawing: Watercolor paint                      

                            Design: Computer Illustration (if you do not have a program download Gimp for free)


    5. Mechanical vs. Natural Objects: Create a strong visual from a complicated machine combined with elements of nature.


    Drawing:  Mechanical Pencil + choice of medium                     Design: Photo collage





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