AP 2D Art & Design / AP Drawing
    Honors Drawing & Painting 
    Full year course - 1 credit
    AP & Honors art show 2018
    AP&Honors art show 2018
    AP Art Show 2017  
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    Link to Acrylic Painting process examples 



    Eunice abstract


    Eunice tree


    Honors Drawing and Painting

    This full year drawing and painting course is designed for the student who wishes to concentrate in the two dimensional visual art on a more advanced level. Students interested in taking AP Studio Art are urged to take this course first. This course is typically combined into the same class period as the AP 2D Art & Design / AP Drawing class.


    AP 2D Art & Design / AP Drawing
    This course is designed for the student who wishes to concentrate in two-dimensional visual art. In this course, students will complete a portfolio of work that will be submitted to the College Board for review. The portfolio is divided into two sections which must exhibit quality & a sustained investigation. Each student will choose a specific focus for the "sustained investigation" portion of the portfolio. Assignments will include various techniques and approaches to creative problem solving. Art historical and aesthetic ideas will also be integral parts of this course. Prerequisites: An average of B+ in all previous studio art courses including at least one full year of drawing and painting, and permission from the instructor.   
    Students have the option of submitting one of two different portfolios: Drawing or 2-D Art and Design. Students must also follow the specifications for portfolio submission as described in the AP Art and Design Course Description.
    • The body of work submitted for the portfolio can include art created prior to and outside of this course. It is expected that students that take this course will develop mastery (i.e., "quality") in concept, composition, and execution of drawing or 2-D design.   Students will develop a body of work investigating a strong underlying visual idea in drawing or 2-D design that grows out of a coherent plan of action or investigation. 
    • This course emphasizes making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making. The course includes group and individual student critiques and instructional conversations with the teacher, enabling students to learn to analyze and discuss their own artworks and those of their peers.
    • Students will have access to art materials and resources necessary to meet the standards for the portfolio he or she chooses to submit. Instructional materials such as art books, periodicals, reproductions, digital images, computers and computer programs are also provided.   These materials will support the formulation of the students creative problem and its comprehensive investigation.

         Originality of Images:

    • Students in this course are expected to develop their own personal imagery and must demonstrate an understanding of artistic integrity, as well as what constitutes plagiarism. If students produce work that makes use of photographs, published images, and/or other artists' works, students must develop their work so that it moves beyond duplication. COPYING THE WORK OF ANOTHER ARTIST (INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHERS), EVEN IN ANOTHER MEDIUM, IS FORBIDDEN IN THIS CLASS. COPYING THE WORK OF ANOTHER ARTIST IS PLAGIARISM, UNETHICAL AND CAN BE CONSIDERED COPYRIGHT INFRINGEMENT WITH LEGAL RAMIFICATIONS. ANY WORK DONE IN THIS CLASS THAT COPIES THE WORK OF ANOTHER ARTIST WILL RECEIVE A 0 GRADE. IF YOU WORK FROM PHOTOS THAT SOMEONE ELSE TOOK, YOU MUST SIGNIFICANTLY ALTER THE IMAGE SO THAT IT IS YOUR OWN IMAGE. Art making is about creating your own individual images and ideas, not copying someone elses.
    • Art Shows:

       Throughout this year, you will have many opportunities to display your artwork both inside of our school and in other shows throughout the region. You will be responsible for matting or framing your artwork for display. In April, each of you will participate in the AP/Honors art show in which you will hang a display of your work on large panels along with an artists statement describing your Investigation.


    ASSESSMENT WILL BE BASED ON: Class participation, completion of assignments and independent projects.  Students are responsible for making up any assignments that are missed due to absence.



    AP 2-D Art & Design / AP Drawing


    Teacher: Mrs. Smith

    Welcome to AP Art & Design / AP Drawing!

    Please join my AP Art & Design / AP Drawing Google Classroom using this code: 5b6nd69

    This class prepares you for the submission of an art portfolio to the College Board.  Next May, you will be able to submit a portfolio in either Drawing or 2-D Art & Design. You will be required to submit 15 digital images of your artwork. These works will all be related on a common theme or idea which is expressed visually. The Sustained Investigation should demonstrate growth and the progression of your idea through a visually cohesive body of work. This section will be submitted in the form of digital photos on the College Board digital submission web application. The other portion of the portfolio is called Selected Works.  This section consists of 5 selected works that you will send in a physical portfolio to the College Board in May. They should be your highest quality work and must not be larger than 18” x 24” matted. They can be in any medium except for on stretched canvas.

    In order to meet these criteria it is important that you begin working this summer.  Below, there are summer assignments that you are responsible for completing. These assignments were created to help you explore yourself as an artist so that you can focus on a specific area of interest for your investigation next year.  You will also be required to look at other artist’s work over the summer and throughout next year. Looking at other artist’s work will help you develop as an artist. We will have a critique of your work beginning on the second day of school when you return in September.  Your summer assignments will be graded and will count as your first grades in this class.

    I suggest that you purchase art supplies for use at home, or borrow art supplies from the art room.  A set of drawing pencils, charcoal, Prismacolor colored pencils, watercolors, a large portfolio, and a sketchbook will be necessary to complete these assignments.  You may also want to have some chalk and oil pastels, acrylic paint, and toned or black paper. If you would like to work with oil paint, it would be nice to invest in those as well (I suggest the water soluble type).  Alleghany Art Company (alleghenyart.com, 215-884-9242, 318 Leedom St. Jenkintown 19046) or Michael’s in Willow Grove or Abington has all of these supplies.  Quality drawing and watercolor paper would be preferred, but sketch paper will work.  You can complete the assignments using simple supplies, but it would be nice for you to have a variety of media at your disposal at home.  If you would like to borrow a set of oil pastels, chalk pastels, watercolors & some paper from the art room for the summer, let me know before the end of school.  Please be creative with these assignments! There are no rules except size limits.

    NOTE TO ALL STUDENTS regarding originality of your artwork: COPYING THE WORK OF ANOTHER ARTIST (INCLUDING PHOTOGRAPHERS), EVEN IN ANOTHER MEDIUM, IS FORBIDDEN IN THIS CLASS and by the College Board AP Program.  This is from the AP guidelines: “If you submit work that makes use of photographs, published images, and/or other artists’ works, you must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication.  This may be demonstrated through the manipulation of the formal qualities, design, and/or concept of the original work. It is UNETHICAL, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates copyright law to simply copy an image (even in another medium) that was made by someone else.”  IF YOU WORK FROM PHOTOS THAT SOMEONE ELSE TOOK, YOU MUST SIGNIFICANTLY ALTER THE IMAGE SO THAT IT IS YOUR OWN IMAGE.  Art making is about creating your own individual images and ideas, not copying someone else’s.

    My last suggestion to you is NOT to put this off until a week before school begins.  I suggest that you try to work consistently over the summer. I have been teaching and making art for many years and can tell a developed piece from a thrown together piece.  Please take your time and produce quality work that I know you are capable of. Good luck and enjoy!  Have a great summer!

    Read the AP Art & Design Course and Exam Description: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-art-and-design-course-and-exam-description-1.pdf?course=ap-studio-art-drawing

    Thoroughly read the requirements (except the 3D part) and decide if you think you want to submit a 2-D Art & Design or a Drawing portfolio.  We will make this decision together when we look at your work next year, but I would like you to be familiar with the guidelines for each portfolio.

    The following Assignments are mandatory:

    Thematic Works:  Over the summer months you should create 3 works that are thematically related.  These 3 pieces should be developed as part of your Investigation.  You may choose any medium or work in mixed media. 9x12” minimum size, 14x20” maximum size.  Each image should be turned in along with a brief statement and a few preparatory sketches that indicate the evolutionary process of the idea to the final image. (Independent submissions of the final image without the preliminary work or text, as well as the preliminary work being submitted without the formal image, will not be accepted.)

    Examples: Theme: Trees and Shadows - You might do 3 works of trees at different times of day… or 3 different trees with different shadows and patterns… different medium… different points of view…

    Theme: You might choose the skeleton of the body…do 3 different works that all stem from looking at the skeleton and bones.  Close ups… different sections…different media… manipulate images…

    Image Collection: Take a lot of photos this summer that you could potentially use as references for your investigation. These photos will be referenced and utilized throughout the school year in your projects. The more images you come in with, the better. You can use the camera on your phone. The idea is to have a collection of images that can serve as backgrounds, design elements, and inspiration for you when you are back in the classroom in the fall.

    Sketchbook / Journal:

    Work regularly in your sketchbook over the summer.  Try to complete at least 1 entry / sketch / drawing per week.  These can include drawings from observation, brainstorming for larger projects, reflections on work by artists you’ve looked at, etc.  Be aware that I will be looking at everything in your sketchbook, so make sure that anything in this sketchbook / journal is content that you wish to share with me.

    Research the Elements & Principles of Art & Design on the internet.  List the Elements & Principles in your sketchbook.  Create a 1 page composition in your sketchbook which demonstrates your understanding of the Elements and Principles.  Any medium is fine for this assignment. The composition should be your own original creation.


    Museum & Gallery visits:

    Visit at least 2 art shows (1 art museum and 1 art gallery).  You can find listings of museum and gallery shows in most newspapers or online.  In your sketchbook, or on a piece of paper which is taped or glued in your sketchbook, indicate:

    1. The name of the Museum or Gallery
    2. the date of your visit
    3. the location of the museum or gallery (city, town, etc.)
    4. name of a particular artist that you looked at whose work you liked (include a photo or brochure or postcard if possible!!)
    5. What is the main theme of this artist’s work?
    6. what is your opinion of the artist’s work and of the show overall

    Looking at other artists:

    Look on the internet, in art books, or in art magazines and find 2 recognized artists whose work you like.  Print 2 reproductions (not too small) of each artist’s work and glue them on pages in your sketchbook. Dedicate one page to each artist.  Along with the images, write the name of the artist & the resource you used to find the work. Write a paragraph about why you chose the work of this artist and what you think the theme of their work is.  Discuss what style, techniques & materials they use. Focus on how the work of each artist is visually cohesive.

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

    This is the AP Studio Art: Drawing Course Home Page. There is a lot of useful information on this web page!  On the page, you can view samples of work submitted by previous AP students. Look through all of the examples and choose a portfolio that you like.  Print examples from the sample portfolios and glue them in your sketchbook. Write down what the theme of the concentration (investigation) is.

    Drawing, A Contemporary Approach: (optional)

    I can lend a copy of a drawing textbook to you for the summer and for your use throughout the school year.  It can be used as a resource for any of the above assignments. For example, it is a good place to find ways to explore the art Elements.  It is a good place to find the names of artists you may want to explore. It is a good place to find ideas for sketchbook entries.

    Make sure you bring the book, your sketchbook, and all of your artwork to school on the first day of school in September.  Also bring any supplies you borrowed for the summer on the first day.

    If you have any questions, please ask before school is out for the summer.  If you need to contact me over the summer, you may email me at tsmith@lmtsd.org. Have a great summer!!