class: senior studios // teacher: wendy hodge
ap studio art is a series of advanced placement courses divided into three different categories: ap studio art drawing, ap studio art 2d design, and ap studio art 3d design. this year, i chose the 2d design portfolio, as i did drawing last year. students use 2d design principles to organize an image on a picture plane in order to communicate content.
unlike traditional ap exams, the ap studio art exam is a portfolio that encompasses 3 different categories: quality, concentration, and breadth. depending on the ap studio art exam the person is taking, the components for each of the 3 categories will vary.
technically, i was not enrolled in ap art this year, but i completed another ap art portfolio on the side. you can look at the assignments from my class underneath the ap portfolio links.
quality refers to the understanding of design issues that should be apparent in the concept, composition and execution of the works, whether they are simple or complex. there is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content. for this section, students are asked to submit five actual works in one or more media. students should carefully select the works that demonstrate their in-depth understanding of 2-D design issues.
a concentration is a body of related works that demonstrate a student’s sustained and thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea. it is not a selection of a variety of works produced as solutions to class projects or a collection of works with differing intents. students should be encouraged to explore a personal, central interest as intensively as possible; they are free to work with any idea in any medium that addresses two-dimensional design issues. the concentration should grow out of the student’s idea and demonstrate growth and discovery through a number of conceptually related works. in this section, the evaluators are interested not only in the work presented but also in visual evidence of the student thinking, selected method of working and development of the work over time.
the student’s work in this section should demonstrate understanding of the principles of design, including unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale and figure/ground relationship. successful works of art require the integration of the elements and principles of design; students must therefore be actively engaged with these concepts while thoughtfully composing their art. the work in this section should show evidence of conceptual, perceptual, and expressive development, as well as technical skill.
these are the assignments from my senior studios class.