AP STUDIO ART (PHOTO)



PHOTOGRAPHIC 2-D DESIGN PORTFOLIO



PREREQUISITE PHOTO III AND/OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR

Welcome to AP Studio! Get ready for a great year of art/photo making. You have been working diligently for the past three years and now it is your time to shine---to show what you know and what you can do.
This year will be quite different from past years. There will still be some teacher directed activities, but you will also be producing a body of work that comes directly from you: the media, the content, and the subject.

Over the course of four quarters:

The Student will:
• Produce an AP portfolio that contains:
5 12 works that are an in depth individual study and/or personal commitment to a particular artistic concern.
12 works showing a variety of experiences in using the formal, technical, and expressive means available to the artist; demonstrating a wide variety of experiences.
• Plan a series of works that explore a specific visual problem related to style, subject matter, technique in the photographic medium.
• Research works of artists that relate to the visual problem selected.
• Produce 10 printed and matted photographs per quarter and various sketchbook exercises are required per quarter.
• Participate in class-sponsored field trips.
• Make at least one visit per quarter to a museum or gallery on his/her own and produce a one page response paper about this visit.
• Participate in weekly critiques of their work.

More information:
• Only students who have a completed portfolio of 5 Quality pieces, 12 slides of 10-12 art works fulfilling Concentration requirements, and 12 slides of 12 art works that fulfill the Breadth requirements, will be permitted to submit their portfolios.
• This amounts to 24 to 29 original photographic/art works: 24 will be in slide form and 5 will be the actual pieces
• The portfolio will be submitted to the AP College Board for assessment during the May AP Testing period. An extra quality point will be awarded with the submission of the portfolio to the AP College Board. For more information go to COLLEGEBOARD.com
• Students will keep all digital files of their photography.
• At this high school, a lab fee of $50 per year is required for inks, paper, mat board, etc.
• After the Portfolio exam, students will be expected to exhibit their work in a solo photographic show at a pre-approved location in the community. If the student participates in Senior Experience, they will be given ample time to complete their show.


ABSENCES:
1. What constitutes an absence or a tardy, what is excused or not excused, and how unexcused absences and tardies are handled are stated in your student handbook
2. Please understand that this is a studio class and as such, studio time lost must be made up in the studio---excused or unexcused absences alike
3. You may do so at any of the lunchtimes or after school on days to be decided upon by the teacher

GRADING:
This teacher does not round up grades.
1. County grading system
90-100%= A 60- 69% = D
80- 89% = B 59- 00 %= E
70- 79% = C

Assignments will be graded on, but not limited to, the following criteria (25% each as appropriate to individual assignments):

1. Fulfilling the assignment (work fulfilling Quality/Breadth/Concentration), working to completion not merely “finishing”
2. Creativity/process/problem solving/critical thinking/risk-taking
3. Work ethic/studio management, attendance, attention to lectures, critiques, directions, and demonstrations
4. Technical prowess/overall presentation, proper and safe use of materials and equipment, the aesthetics of the piece

Assessments will be made by the teacher in the following forums: group critique, seminar or teacher/student conferences.

HOMEWORK:
Depending on the length of the quarter, students will have 8 or 10 in-class sustained projects supplemented by short term at home projects as well as sketchbook problem solving assignments. The completion of these projects in the proscribed time is mandatory. Therefore, a student will always have homework: either finishing up an in-school studio project, an assigned at home project, or sketchbook activity. Also, there will various readings and writings assigned throughout the year.

EXTRA HELP:
Students are encouraged to talk to me at any time for extra assistance. The Studio is open for their use during all the lunches and after school on days that will be agreed upon.


SUGGESTED BUT NOT REQUIRED SUMMER ASSIGNMENTS FOR ALL AP STUDENTS:

1. Visits to museums and galleries to view art works of different styles and time periods.
2. An interesting self-portrait possibly using unusual materials, mixing media, unusual point of view, interesting facial expressions, or expressive or local color.
3. A self-portrait using objects/personal possessions to describe oneself.
4. A photograph of at least three feet arranged in an interesting composition using your choice of photographic media.
5. A photograph of at least three hands arranged in an interesting composition using your choice of photographic media.
6. A still life or two in the photographic medium of your choice using one light source.
7. A landscape/seascape/cityscape photographed with different photographic mediums.
8. A logo design, via photoshop, of your initials and/or a logo for the APSA class.
9. A full figure photograph.
10. A visit to COLLEGEBOARD.com to view past portfolios showing successful Quality, Concentration, and Breadth sections.
11. Sketchbook: a very important visual artist’s tool. A sketchbook is to be composed of visual ideas, designs, photos, doodles, plans, words, poems, phrases, thoughts, quick drawings, preliminary designs/drawings, and practice of various techniques.

In all the above assignments, be sure to note WHAT principles/elements of art you are employing!

Any of these assignments, if done excellently, may be used to fulfill the AP portfolio requirements.

At this time, please note that you are permitted to use work that you have done in previous years in conjunction with your new work to fulfill the portfolio requirements. However, keep in mind that the work you produce this year will most likely be your BEST EVER work and demonstrate your continued growth as a photographer!


OVERVIEW: QUARTER BY QUARTER

FIRST SEMESTER: First Quarter

OVERVIEW: Student learning, activities and strategies

Teacher will:

• Define and explain the process and requirements of the 2-D Design Portfolios.
• Explain that work done in previous years may be used to complete requirements for any of the sections for the AP Portfolio.
• Provide a positive, creative, stimulating and safe environment for studio production.
• Meet individually with each student to assess strengths and weaknesses of previous work and help determine which portfolio is appropriate for the student.
• Define and explain laws of copyright and plagiarism.
• Assign and initiate assignments addressing the photographic 2-D design issues.
• Assign and initiate assignments that involve purposeful decision-making using the elements and principles of art in an integrative way.
• Assign and initiate assignments that will lead to art works that will be used to fulfill requirements for the Breadth (Section III) and/or Quality (Section I) portions of the 2-D Design Studio Art AP Portfolios.
• Continue to expose students to Art History.
• Require students to visit a museum or art gallery and produce a one-page reflection on the works observed.
• Assign various readings and written commentary.
• Require students to research a professional artist’s body of work with the intent of presenting that body of work in the AP Portfolio format illustrating the portfolio’s Quality, Breadth, and Concentration sections.
• Teach and assist students in the documentation of their work in the format of quality slides and digital imagery.
• Provide forums for discussion of student work such as seminar day, class critiques and one-on-one meetings.

Students will:

• Understand the requirements of the 2-D Design AP Studio Art Portfolio.
o Develop a personal voice.
o Demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles of design.
o Demonstrate improvement leading to mastery of a variety of media and expression of ideas.
o Advance their visual communication skills by exploring a variety of design processes and techniques as well as compositional and aesthetic concepts.
o Expand and define traditional media and techniques.

• Understand that work done in previous years may be used to fulfill requirements for any of the sections of the AP Portfolio.
• Research professional/master artists’ bodies of work to illustrate the Breadth and Concentration sections of the AP Studio Portfolio.
• Investigate their strengths and weaknesses.
• Understand artistic integrity as it applies to their art work.
• Discuss plagiarism, copyright issues and the correct use of source materials.
• Produce original art works that have been developed through direct observation, memory, imagination and the correct usage of source materials.
• Develop a definition of 2-D Design.
• Continue investigation and critique of contemporary and master artworks, understanding their place in art history.
• Be assigned various readings and written commentary.
• Visit a museum or art gallery and produce a one-page reflection on the works observed.
• Strive to develop mastery in concept, composition, and execution.
• Depending on the length of the quarter, have three, four or five in-class sustained projects supplemented by short term at home projects as well as sketchbook problem solving assignments that may be used in Breadth and Quality sections.

By the end of this first quarter, students will have completed 10 printed and matted photographs and will have recorded the work in digital formats and saved in three different locations for back up.

FIRST SEMESTER: 2nd Quarter

OVERVIEW: Student learning, activities and strategies

Teacher will:

• Continue to aid students production of work suitable for Breadth and Quality sections.
• Encourage risk taking in their problem solving.
• Encourage usage of a variety of photographic media.
• Clarify the students understanding of what a Concentration is and is not.
• Help students develop a Concentration.
• Help students develop a “plan of action” in the development of their Concentration.
• Continue to stimulate the student’s personal ideas and vision through strategies, personal interaction, seminar groupings and continued investigation of contemporary and master artists’ bodies of work to help students formulate their personal concentration/voice/vision.
• Provide a positive, creative, stimulating and safe environment for their studio production.
• Present the portfolio exam questions and assist in the production of a rough draft.
• Require students to produce a power point presentation using a contemporary/master artist’s body of work to illustrate the Breadth and Concentration sections of the AP Studio Portfolio.
• Require students to visit a museum or art gallery and produce a one-page reflection on the works observed.
• Assign various readings and written commentary.

Students will:
• Finish producing work suitable for Breadth and Quality sections.
• Expand media choices.
• Take risks in the translation of their ideas into artworks.
• Brainstorm and investigate ideas for their Concentration through in class strategies, teacher/student interaction, seminar groupings and continued investigation of contemporary/master artists’ bodies of work to help students formulate their personal concentration/voice/vision.
• Determine their Concentration concern.
• Develop a “plan of action”.
• Produce a rough draft that answers the portfolio exam questions.
• Produce beginning pieces that show in-depth exploration of a particular design concern to fulfill Concentration requirements.
• Choose a particular artist’s body of work and produce a Power Point Presentation simulating the artist’s AP Portfolio Exam: selecting works that would mimic requirements for Quality, Breadth and Concentration, and answering the Concentration questions as if they themselves were that artist.
• Visit a museum or art gallery and produce a one-page reflection on the works observed.
• Be assigned various readings and written commentary.

By the end of the second quarter, and first semester, students will have completed a minimum of 20 printed and matted photographic works and record their work in a digital format. These works will be saved in three different locations for back up.

SECOND SEMESTER: 3rd Quarter

OVERVIEW: Student learning, activities, and strategies

Teacher will:

• Continue to aid students in their production/development of artworks suitable for the Concentration section.
• Assist students with their Concentration concern, statements.
• Continue in-class discussion, critiques, seminars and individual mentoring.
• Encourage risk taking in their problem solving endeavors and art production.
• Encourage variety of media choices.
• Schedule individual mentoring appointment to discuss and thoroughly review Breadth and Quality Sections.
• Require students to visit a museum or art gallery and produce a one page reflection on the works observed.
• Assign various readings and written commentary.

Students will:
• Continue work on their concentration pieces, noting relevancy to their theme.
• Understand that writing informs the work and work informs the written statement.
• Rework their rough draft of concentration answers, adjusting their answers and/or the thrust of their work.
• Choose materials and techniques successfully linked with idea development-creation.
• Edit art pieces as to relevance to the Quality/Breadth/Concentration.
• Achieve quality in completing pieces that demonstrate:
o their personal visual problem solving
o their related body of work and underlying theme
• Visit a museum or art gallery and produce a one-page reflection on the works observed.
• Be assigned various readings and written commentary.

By the end of this third quarter, students will have completed a minimum of 30 printed and matted photographic works to fulfill all of the Portfolio required art work and recorded the work in a photographic digital format. These works will be saved in three different locations for back up.

SECOND SEMESTER: 4th Quarter

OVERVIEW: Student learning, activities, strategies.

Teacher will:

• Schedule individual sessions to:
o Encourage students in the production of final pieces for the Concentration Section of their AP Portfolio.
o Review all work to identify and remedy weak pieces.
o Assist in choice and arrangement of each student’s work for the completed portfolio in order to demonstrate maximum variety and demonstration of invention, personal/direction/voice and thoughtful decision-making for the Concentration Section.
• Assist students in the organization of their saved files.
• After the AP Exam during the last 4 to 6 weeks of the quarter, assist students in the production and exhibition of a solo photography show in the community.
• Require students to visit a museum or art gallery and produce a one page reflection on the works observed.
• Assign various readings and written commentary.

Students Will:
• Complete all work necessary for the 2-D Design Portfolio.
• Finalize their statements in answer to the Concentration questions.
• Label and arrange digital file for inclusion into the portfolio.
• Produce a solo photography show in the community (after the AP exam, during the last 4 to 6 weeks of the quarter).
• Visit a museum or art gallery and produce a one-page reflection on the works observed.
• Be assigned various readings and written commentary.

By the end of this 4th quarter, students will have successfully completed their AP Portfolio requirements and exam. They will also have a minimum of 40 printed and matted photographic works. They will have produced and exhibited in a solo photography show out in the community.


AP REQUIREMENTS IN SYNOPSIS FOR 2-D DESIGN PORTFOLIOS

(Information taken from the APSA Poster)

The AP Portfolios have three parts: Quality, Breadth, and Concentration

Design involves purposeful decision-making about using the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. In the 2-D Design Portfolio, demonstrate your understanding of design principles as applied to a 2-dimensional surface. The principles of design can be articulated through the visual elements. Any 2-D process or medium may be submitted, including, but not limited, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, printmaking, etc. Videotapes, three-dimensional works, and photocopies of your work in other media may not be submitted.

SECTION I -- Quality 2-D Design (the actual works):

Five matted works for 2-D Design. These should be the student's best work, selected for successful demonstration of mastery of design issues. There is no preferred or unacceptable style or content. Your mastery of design should be apparent in the composition, concept, and execution of your works, whether they are simple or complex. Your work may be separate, distinct works, or they may be directly related to one or more of the other works submitted in this section. Flat paper, cardboard, canvas board, or un-stretched canvasses are all acceptable. They cannot be larger than 18"x24" (with or without a mat) or smaller that 8"x10" (with or without a mat).

The five works may come from your Concentration and/or Breadth section.

For further details, such as how to label the slides, consult the teacher and the APSA Poster.

SECTION II -- Concentration 2-D Design:

This should include 12 slides of artwork that explore a single visual concern in depth. It is a visual term paper and an important part of the course. When a subject is decided upon, the student should spend considerable time developing it. It should show investigation, growth, and discovery involved with a compelling visual concept. The concentration is usually completed in the third quarter. Up to two slides MAY be used to show important/unusual details.

A concentration IS a body of related works that:

• grow out of a coherent plan of action or investigation;
• are unified by an underlying idea that has visual and/or conceptual coherence;
• are based on your individual interest in a particular idea expressed visually;
• are focused on a process of investigation, growth, and discovery; and
• show the development of a visual language appropriate for your subject

A concentration is NOT:

• a variety of works produced as solutions to class projects;
• a collection of works with differing intents;
• a group project or collaboration;
• a collection of works derived solely from other people's photographs;
• a body of work that simply investigates a medium, without a strong underlying visual idea, or
• a project that merely takes a long time to complete

EXAMPLES
• a series of works that begin with representational interpretations and evolve into abstraction
• an exploration of patterns and designs found in nature and/or culture
• a series of landscapes based upon personal experience of a particular place in which composition and light are used to intensify artistic expression
• design and execution of a children’s book
• development of a series of identity products (logo, letterhead, signage, etc.) for imaginary businesses
• a series of political cartoons using current events and images
• abstractions developed from cells and other microscopic images
• interpretive portraiture or figure studies that emphasize dramatic composition or abstraction
• a personal or family history communicated through symbols or imagery
• a series of fabric designs, apparel design, or weavings used to express particular themes

PRESENTING YOUR CONCENTRATION

All concentrations must be submitted in slide form. Twelve slides are required; some of them may be details. In most cases, you will probably have completed more than 12 works for your concentration; if so, choose the 12 that best represent your process of investigation. Your choice of slides should present your concentration as clearly as possible.

In preparing your Section II slides, give some thought to the sequence of the slides in the slide sheet. You should organize them to best show the development of your concentration. In most cases, this would be chronological.

You may NOT submit slides of the same work that you are submitting for Breadth. Submitting slides of the same work for Section II, Concentration, and Section III, Breadth, may negatively affect your score.
How many do you have? List in the appropriate chart; see what you have, what you need to redo and what you still need to produce.

For further details, such as how to label the slides, consult the teacher and the APSA Poster.

SECTION III -- Breadth: 2-D Design:

This is a set of artworks that shows mastery of varied media, techniques, and subject matter. Drawing and 2-D Design Portfolios are composed of 12 slides of 12 different works.

Slides showing close-ups of details are NOT permitted. The same art work cannot be used in both BREADTH and CONCENTRATION-a downgrade might take place if you do so.

2-D Design: works that demonstrate understanding of the elements and principles of design.

ELEMENTS OF DESIGN: line, shape, color, value, texture, space

PRINCIPLES OF DESIGN: Unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale, and figure/ground relationship

EXAMPLES that demonstrate thoughtful application of these principles while the works have been composed
• Work that employs line, shape, or color to create unity or variety in a composition
• Work that demonstrates symmetry/asymmetry, balance, or anomaly
• Work that explores figure/ground relationships
• Development of modular or repeat pattern to create rhythm
• Color organization using primary, secondary, tertiary, analogous, or other color relationships for emphasis or contrast in a composition
• Work that investigates or exaggerates proportion or scale

If you choose to use a single medium---for example, if our portfolio consists entirely of photography---the work must show a variety of applications of design principles.

Slides showing close-ups of details are NOT permitted. The same art work cannot be used in both BREADTH and CONCENTRATION-if you do, it might negatively affect your grade.

Because a portfolio submission of 24-29 slides is required, each student must complete 8 to 10 artworks (put into slide form) each quarter or roughly one and sometimes two works each week. Students should work steadily and have the sufficient number of slides by the end of second quarter. They can then continue to improve their portfolio until the May submission date. Submission of a portfolio in May is mandatory for receiving the county’s quality point and AP credit.

How many do you have? List in the appropriate chart; see what you have, what you need to redo and what you still need to produce.
For further details, such as how to label the slides, consult the teacher and the APSA Poster.



PREP LIST NAME____________________________________

List YOUR ART WORKS in the appropriate chart to see what you have and what you still need to produce or redo.

2-D DESIGN PORTFOLIO: LIST WORKS ON THE APPROPRIATE CHART. Plug in what you have so that you can see what you still need to produce or redo.

QUALITY SECTION I—
• Works that excel in concept, composition, and execution.
• FIVE ACTUAL WORKS.
• NOT LARGER THAN 18X24, INCLUDING MATT.
• NOT SMALLER THAN 8X10" W/OR W/OUT MATT.
• Excellence demonstrated.

# TITLE & DIMENSIONS MEDIUM PRINCIPLE/
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2-D PORTFOLIO CON'T) NAME______________________________________

CONCENTRATION SECTION II
12 slides, some may be details.
A series of works organized around a compelling visual concept in 2-D Design…an in-depth, personal commitment to a particular artistic concern.

# TITLE & DIMENSIONS PRINCIPLE/
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(2-D PORTFOLIO CON'T) Name____________________________________

BREADTH SECTION III—12 slides; one slide each of 12 different works...
a variety of experiences in using the formal, technical, and expressive means available to an artist.

# TITLE & DIMENSION PRINCIPLE/
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THOUGHTS?


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