Prerequisite: At least one previous visual arts elective and Permission of the Department.
This course is designed for 11th grade students who are seriously interested in and committed to the practical experience of visual art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead the course guides students through the rigorous preparation of a portfolio (in either Drawing, 2D Art & Design, or 3D Art & Design) to be submitted for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP portfolio review requires that each student design and conduct a Sustained Investigation guided by questions. It involves practice, experimentation, and revision using materials, processes, and ideas and results in a meaningful body of work. Class and homework time will be spent making artworks that fulfill each student’s chosen portfolio, viewing images, discussing contemporary art, and participating in peer critiques. Inspiration from occasional slide presentations, visits to museums and galleries, and meetings with professional artists, will further encourage students to make creative, well-crafted, and conceptually strong art, and to understand how the contemporary art world functions. All students create a digital portfolio of their artwork that may be used for college admissions.
AP Studio Art is designed to have the rigor of a college level studio art class. In order to take AP Studio Art, students must demonstrate independent work habits by successfully completing summer homework – the submission on the first day of fall term of four new “portfolio-ready” artworks that fulfill the assignment objectives.
Note: Students taking this course are required to take the appropriate AP exam.