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    Course Title

    AP Studio Drawing and Painting

    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). Approximate cost: $40 (Painting, Drawing, and

    3D), fee plus the additional expenses for film ($20) and processing ($20)

    per semester: 2D-Photography $60.

    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



    How do skill and technique enable the creative process?

                    Assessment prompt: Evaluate the role of skill and technique in enabling the creative



    How do we use critique to inform our art?

                    Assessment prompt: Analyze the role of critique in informing art making.

    Course Academic Vocabulary:
      • Concentration



        Artist Integrity

        Student Voice

        Copy right Laws

    • Proportion
    • Composition
    • Line quality
    • Form
    • Gesture
    • Contour
    • Linear Perspective
    • Foreshortening
    • Sketch
    • Surface Manipulations
    • Tone
    • Contrast
    • Shading
    • Crosshatching
    • Elements and Principles of Art
    • Critique
    Course Units / Topics of Study:
    Self Investigative artwork that directly relates to the area of concentration, a requirement of the AP College Board Portfolio.

    Quality artwork selected from the concentration section or breadth section for the AP Colleg Board Portfolio.

    Breadth artwork created with the directive of the following possibilities, a requirement of the AP College Board Portfolio. 
    • Observational Rendering
    • Linear Perspective
    • Portraits and Self-portraits
    • Visual Narratives
    • Modern collage
    • Image Transfer
    • Unusual Mediums
    • Layered Surfaces
    • Figurative Studies
    • Landscapes/ cityscapes
    • Nature
    • Departmental Thematic Work
    • Watercolor- Resists and Dissolves
    • Rubbings
    • Mask Relief
    • Field Museum Visual Texture Investigations
    • Dreams Interpretation
    • Musical Interpertation
    • Deconstruction
    • Psychological Interpretations
    • Sociological Interpretations

    Altered Books

    Biomorphic Design

    Sewn Line


    Xerox Transfer

    Micro Macro

    Collaborative Landscape

    Childhood Reinterpretation