AP Art (3-D Design, 2-D Photography, Drawing)

  • Course Description: 

    Junior and Senior art students wishing to do college-level work in studio art may apply for this class by submitting a portfolio for review in the month of February of the preceding year. The program is intended for highly motivated students committed to serious study in art. Work may be done in any of the eight studio areas: drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, design, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry. Advanced placement work involves significantly more time and work than most high school level courses; senior students must enroll in one other art studio class concurrently. (2nd year AP students may substitute AP Art History as a second Visual Art class). Fee is $80 per semester/class.

    Types of Projects: 

    During class time you'll create work for the Breadth and Concentration Areas of your AP Portfolio.  Work created for breath will be made using a variety of different materials and methods.  You'll get a chance to experiment manipulating materials like: stone, plaster, foam, wire, paper, cardboard, resin, wood, and found materials as well as continue to develop varied skills in your specialty area (clay, metals, woods, or contemporary practices).   You will also make work for the Concentration section of your portfolio; which will allow you focus on a material(s) and theme that is important to you and use those interests to create a series of related work.
    Examples of Breadth Work:

    Enduring Understandings: 

    • Artists communicate sensibility and meaning through visual & performing arts.
    • Artists manipulate their medium(s) to construct meaning.
    • An artist's ability to listen and interpret affects his or her ability to understand the art form.
    • A level of proficiency is necessary to communicate an artist's intent.
    • An artist's use of skills and techniques is a continual, repetitive learning process.
    • Artists present finished products or performance.
    • The critique process can lead to heightened awareness of aesthetics.
    • Critiques promote the use of art vocabulary.
    • The critique process is a valuable analysis of what takes place intuitively

    Essential Questions: 

    • How do form, content and context express and influence meaning?
      Assessment Prompt: Support with evidence how form, content and context express and influence meaning.

    • How do elements (nouns) and principles (adjectives) facilitate the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the use of elements and principles in facilitating the creative process.

    • How do skill and technique enable the creative process?
      Assessment prompt: Evaluate the role of skill and technique in enabling the creative process.

    • How do we use critique to inform our art?
      Assessment prompt: Analyze the role of critique in informing art making.

    Course Academic Vocabulary: 


    Solder, Forging, Repousse, Annealing, Milling, Enamel, Gauge, Cloisonné, Sawing and piercing, Acetylene, Argon, Natural gas, Elements and Principles of Design, Bisque, Bone Dry, Coils, Glaze, Greenware, Leather Hard, Mold, Slab Construction, Slip, Stoneware, Throwing, Wedging

    Course Units: Topics of Study: 

    Wedging, Glazing, Wheel Throwing, Coiling, Slab Technique, Sculpture, Trimming, Molds, Lusters, Slump Molds, Pinching, Decoration, Decals, Musical Instruments, Lids, Handles, Sprigs, Resist Techniques, Underglaze, Stain, Sheet Metal Piercing, Ring Making, Vessels, Glass Bead, Chain making, Wax Casting, Portraiture, Plaster casting, Wire sculpture, Shadowboxes, Soft Sculpture, Paper casting, and more tba.