• AP® Drawing and AP® 2-D Art & Design

    Syllabus

    Course Description

    At our school, AP Art will be taught for 90 minutes a day for two consecutive semesters.  The first semester will be called Art 4, and the second semester will be the official AP Art class (with a weighted grade).  In this course, students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate inquiry through art and design and development of materials, processes, and ideas over the course of a year. Portfolios include works of art and design, process documentation, and written information about the work presented. In May, students submit portfolios for evaluation based on specific criteria, which include skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas and sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision, guided by questions. 

    As in introductory college courses, students will need to work inside and outside the classroom and beyond scheduled class time. Homework, such as maintaining a sketchbook or a journal, should support the depth of learning expected of AP students. Constructive, formative critiques—essential in college classes—are equally important in AP Art and Design. By observing, discussing, and analyzing works of art and design, students learn to evaluate their own and others’ work based on relationships of materials, processes, and ideas. Students’ individual and collaborative evaluations of work—both in progress and completed— develops their understanding of how components of a work interact to produce an overall effect. This understanding informs making. 

    The following AP Art and Design skills are crucial for success in this course.

     

    Skill

    Description

    1. Inquire and Investigation

    Investigate materials, processes, and ideas.

    2. Making Through Practice, Experimentation, and Revision

    Make works of art and design by practicing, experimenting, and revising.

    3. Communication and Reflection

    Communicate ideas about art and design.

     

    General Learning Outcomes

    The student will

    • conduct a sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision, guided by questions
    • skillfully synthesize materials, processes, and ideas
    • articulate, in writing, information about one’s work

     

    AP Art & Design Portfolio Exam 

    Selected Works (40% of Total Score)

    Five physical works that each demonstrate synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas using drawing or 2-D art and design skills

    -The submission can be a group of related works, unrelated works, or a combination of related and unrelated works.  These works may also be submitted in the Sustained Investigation section, but they don’t have to be.

    Sustained Investigation Section (60% of Total Score)

    15 Digital Images of works of art and process documentation that demonstrates sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision

    -This section is based on an in-depth investigation of materials, processes, and ideas done over time.  Sustained Investigation is guided by questions.  It involves practice, experimentation, and revision using materials, processes and ideas.  The Sustained Investigation section is expected to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas.  Works from the Sustained Investigation section may also be submitted in the Selected Works section, but they don’t have to be.

    -There is no preferred (or unacceptable) basis of inquiry, type of investigation, or use of material, process, idea, style, or content for the Sustained Investigation.

    -Submit 15 images that demonstrate:

    - Sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision

    - Sustained investigation of materials, processes, and ideas

    - Synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas

    - 2-D or Drawing skills (depending on the type of portfolio submitted)

    -Write an overall statement about your entire Sustained Investigation:

    - Identify the questions that guided your Sustained Investigation

    - Describe how your Sustained Investigation shows evidence of practice, experimentation, and revision guided by your questions (1200 characters maximum, including spaces, for response to both prompts)

     

    Process Journal

     Throughout their sustained investigation, students need to document—with images and words—practice, experimentation, and revision using materials, processes, and ideas as well as skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas. From their documentation of thinking and making, students select images and writing to include in their portfolio that most effectively demonstrate sustained investigation according to AP Art and Design Portfolio Exam assessment criteria. Process documentation images included in the portfolio should show evidence of practice, experimentation, and revision using materials, processes, and ideas and/or of skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas, providing insight on students’ inquiry, thinking, and making. Detail images should be submitted only when it is important to see a close-up view of a work as evidence of practice, experimentation, and revision or of skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas. When submitting work for the Sustained Investigation section, students should carefully consider the sequence of their images. There is no required order; images should be presented to best demonstrate sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision using materials, processes, and ideas. Students should also consider the relationship of their images with the written information they submit.

    https://www.studentartguide.com/articles/art-sketchbook-ideas#art-sketchbooks

    This is a great resource and has example journals at the bottom.  We don't have to submit entire journals, just some evidence of "process".  It can take on whatever form you want it to, from something similar to journals, to planning pages (like you did for your final Art 3 series), to sketching, making notes, and trying out different media.  I would encourage you to work either in landscape orientation, or in two-page journal spreads. 

    For me, you will be required to have a Process Journal that documents the creative process with sketches (thumbnails and final), media experiments (to help you decide what to use), and written and visual research - meaning researching artists that may inspire you, or drawing different views of the same subject...   or whatever that entails for the project you are creating. This shouldn’t feel like busy work, it should help you achieve the most successful version of your idea in your final piece.

    You will complete an entry in your Process Journal prior to each piece and then revise it or add notes to it as you complete your piece.  The most successful ones, we'll send in. Remember, this is 30-50% of your score for the Sustained Investigation section, so it’s crucial that you do this well.

     

    Scoring Criteria for Sustained Investigation

    The 15 images are evaluated collectively based on four scoring criteria.  Each of the four scoring criteria is evaluated separately and assigned and independent score.  

    Scoring Criteria

    Section Weighting

    Formulate and identify in writing questions that guide a sustained investigation.

    20%

    Demonstrate written and visual evidence of practice, experimentation, and revision guided by questions in a sustained investigation.

    30%

    Make works of art and design that demonstrate synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas.

    30%

    Make works of art and design that demonstrate 2-D or Drawing skills

    20%

     

    Artist Statements

    Along with each work in both sections, students are required to submit written responses to prompts about the work.  Responses are evaluated along with the images the students submit. Successful responses are clearly related to the images of work submitted, that directly and completely address the prompts, and that provide further evidence of skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas shown in the work.

    For each work, state the following in writing:

    - Idea(s) visually evident (100 characters maximum, including spaces)

    - Materials used (100 characters maximum, including spaces)

    - Processes used (100 characters maximum, including spaces)

     

    Artistic Integrity

    Any work that makes use of (appropriates) photographs, published images, and/or the work of someone else must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This is demonstrated through manipulation of the materials, processes, and/or ideas of the source. The student’s individual vision should be clearly evident. It is unethical, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates copyright law simply to copy someone else’s work or imagery (even in another medium) and represent it as one’s own.  The College Board reserves the right to decline to score an AP Art and Design Portfolio Exam or cancel an AP Art and Design Portfolio Exam when misconduct occurs, such as copying another artist’s work.

     

    Types of AP Art and Design Portfolio Exams

    AP 2-D Art and Design Portfolio Exam

    This portfolio is designated for work that focuses on the use of two-dimensional (2-D) elements and principles of art and design, including point, line, shape, plane, layer, form, space, texture, color, value, opacity, transparency, time, unity, variety, rhythm, movement, proportion, scale, balance, emphasis, contrast, repetition, figure/ground relationship, connection, juxtaposition, and hierarchy.  Students should consider how materials processes, and ideas can be used to make work that exists on a flat surface.

    Students can work with any materials, processes, and ideas.  Graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, fashion illustration, painting, and printmaking are among the possibilities for submission.  Still images from videos or film are accepted. Composite images may be submitted.

     

    AP Drawing Portfolio Exam

    This portfolio is designated for work that focuses on the use of mark-making, line, surface, space, light and shade, and composition.  Students can work with any materials, processes, and ideas. Drawing (analog and digital), painting, printmaking, and mixed media work are among the possibilities for submission.  Still images from videos or film are accepted. Composite images may be submitted.

     

    Resources

    Examples of Student Portfolios 

    https://www.studentartguide.com/featured/ib-art-workbook-people-city-theme

    https://www.studentartguide.com/featured/identity-ib-visual-arts

    https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-studio-art-drawing/portfolio

     

    How to Analyze Artwork

    https://www.studentartguide.com/articles/how-to-analyze-an-artwork

    Preparing a College Portfolio

    https://www.studentartguide.com/articles/how-to-make-an-art-portfolio-for-college-or-university

     

    Assessment and Evaluation

    Portfolio Development (50%)

    -Based on the amount of finished work and the quality of the work each quarter.

    -Graded using the evaluation rubric as established by the College 

    Board.

    -Final Grade will be Incomplete if portfolio is not completed.

    Process Journal/Artist Statements/Formulating Questions to Guide Your Work (40%)

    -A process journal will be used to sketch out ideas for your projects, to reflect on how projects are going, and to plan your specific works of art.  

    -Students should realize that it will be impossible to complete all artwork necessary for the portfolio completely within class time.  You are expected to work at home when necessary to complete your work.

    Studio Participation (10%)

    -Regular attendance is mandatory.

    -Use of class time.

    -Attention to lectures, directions, and demonstrations.

    -Participation in critiques.  Students are expected to use art vocabulary including   the elements of art and principles of design during critiques to discuss artwork.  

    -Proper safe use of materials and equipment.

    -Clean up duties and storage of artwork.

     

    AP® Drawing and AP® 2-D Art & Design

    Sustained Investigation Rubric

     

    5

    4

    3

    2

    1

    Total

    Art and Design Skills

    Visual evidence of advanced 2D/Drawing skills. 

    Visual evidence of good 2D/Drawing skills. 

    Visual evidence of moderate 2D/Drawing skills. 

    Visual evidence of emerging 2D/Drawing skills. 

    Little or no visual evidence of 2D/3D/Drawing skills. 

     

    Materials, Processes, and Ideas

    Visual relationships among materials, processes, and ideas are clearly evident and demonstrate synthesis. 

    Visual relationships among materials, processes, and ideas are clearly evident. 

    Visual relationships among materials, processes, and ideas are evident but may be unclear or inconsistently demonstrated. 

    Little to no visual relationships among materials, processes, or ideas. 

    Little to no evidence of visual relationships among materials, processes, or ideas. 

     

    Writing

    Written evidence identifies materials, processes, and ideas and is clear and concise with correct grammar.

    Written evidence identifies materials, processes, and ideas and is well written.

    Written evidence identifies materials, processes, and ideas. 

    Written evidence may identify materials, processes, and ideas.

    Written evidence may identify materials, processes, and ideas. 

     

     

             

     Total Score         _________

     

    Comments






    5=90-100 4=80-89 3=70-79 2=60-69 1=0-59