Image by Suzanne Mechler, McCallum Class of 2015- Advanced Placement Art
Advanced Placement Drawing (AP)- The Advanced Placement Drawing Studio class is designed for Junior and/or Senior High School students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a final written examination; instead students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year.
During the course of the year, students will create art pieces that demonstrate a working knowledge of formal art elements, using a variety of media and development of personal ideas and techniques. The AP program in Studio Art is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the accomplishment more than the typical high school course. Students need to be aware of deadlines and may need to work outside the classroom as well as in it, beyond scheduled class periods.
Critiques, a common structure in the college classroom are important in AP as well. Group and individual critiques enable students to learn and analyze their own work and their peers' work.
As students develop their portfolios, a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns and methods must be demonstrated. The three sections of the AP portfolios are Quality, Concentration and Breadth.
By the end of the year, students will have completed:
5 Quality pieces- work that demonstrate concept, composition, technical skills and realization of the artist's intentions
9-12 Concentration pieces- a body of work based on an individual's interest in a particular idea expressed visually. It focuses on investigation, growth
12 Breadth pieces- refers to work that demonstrate a student's experiences and accomplishments in a variety of art forms and techniques.
Successful works of art require the integration of the elements of art and principles of design.
AP students should be working on their summer assignments! Email me if you lost your assignment sheet- See you Fall 2017- I can't wait to see what you create!