AP Studio Art

  • Course Overview:

    There must be a commitment to artistic excellence. Students that receive a score of three or more on the AP 2-Dimensional Design portfolio may be eligible to receive three college credits. This course is designed to teach students decision-making using the elements of art and principles of design (texture, space, form, shape, color, value, line, unity, balance, contrast, repetition, variety). Students will develop skills in a number of two-dimensional art forms: graphic design, typography, digital imagery, photography, collage, fabric design, illustration, painting and printmaking.


    • Sketchbook- spiral bound- minimum 8x10
    • set of drawing pencils and erasers
    • set of 24 Prisma colored pencils and markers
    • 18 x 24 portfolio case or photography portfolio 8x10
    • SD card and memory stick 8GB to 16 GB
    • set of fine tip markers
    • pencil sharpener
    • An art bin to hold your supplies

    AP Central Website:

    The College Board's official AP Statistics page. Course description, sample exam questions, teacher resources and contact information.
    AP Central Website

    Copyright Issues:

    All work must be original. If students use someone else’s work or a published image as a basis for their own piece, there must be significant alteration to the piece for it to be considered original.

    Course Requirements:

    • Visual Journal Sketchbook- You will be submitting at least one full page sketch every week. No late submissions will be accepted. You will be graded on creativity, completion, composition and use of the elements and principles of design. Please refer to the guidelines, examples and explanation in your visual journal handout. You may receive up to 10 points per week for this assignment.
    • Each Week one student is responsible for choosing an artist to research, investigate and collect visual examples of their work. You will compile your collected information into a keynote document. The document must include a brief biography, an interesting fact about their work or their personal life and at least 5 visual examples of their artwork. You will be presenting this to the entire class upon completion.
    • You will be completing 5 assignments in class. This is to help ensure that you have at least 5 quality pieces for your portfolio submission. You must have the assignment completed by the end of each marking period. Late assignments will be deducted 5 points per day.
    • You will also be required to participate in the Scholastic Art Competition, the DFVA Calendar competition, and the Final Art Show (Spring Senior Showcase) Not only will you be participating in the showcase, but you will be helping to arrange, publicize/promote the event, mat artwork, create name tags and send out invitations. You will submit to me one professionally printed postcard highlighting your artwork of choice and containing your name, title and contact information.
    • The ultimate goal for this year is to submit a portfolio to the College Board in May! This portfolio will consist of 24 individual high quality pieces of original artwork. The portfolio is broken up into 3 sections (Concentration, Quality, and Breadth) The sections are further explained in a separate document and will be continuously discussed throughout the year. You (the student) have a choice to submit either a 2D, 3D, or drawing portfolio….please discuss this with me (the teacher) at the beginning of the year and make a decision promptly!

    24 Pieces of artwork is a LOT…therefore, you will be required to submit one completed piece every 2 weeks for a grade.

    Grading Policies:

    • Grades will be based on student performance on projects, completion of daily duties, classwork, notebook checks, warm up, tests, quizzes, homework, sketchbook, etc.
    • Most projects will be graded out of 100 points. In order to make grading less subjective, all major projects are graded using a rubric. The rubric will be given to you before and during the lesson so that you know exactly what to expect.
    • In addition to a point based rubric, every student will be completing a self and a peer reflection/critique after each project.
    • 40% Process (classwork, participation, daily duties, tests, quizzes, homework, warm ups)
    • 60% Product (projects)
    • Failure to complete the 24 piece portfolio will result in failure of the course.

    Rules & Procedures:

    Student Expectations:

    • Abide by the Cape Henlopen school district code of conduct at all times.
    • Respect yourself, your classmates, your property, the school property, and your teacher.
    • Give full attention when teacher is speaking.
    • Keep phones turned off and away
    • Be responsible-attend every class, arrive on time (in your seat when the bell rings).
    • Complete projects by due dates • Keep phones turned off and away.
    • Water is allowed, but no other drinks or food in class is tolerated.
    • Do not line up at the door, wait in your seat for the bell to ring.
    • Do not remove supplies from the classroom without permission
    • Your ipad is only to be in use when the teacher requests and allows. Improper use of the ipad will result in disciplinary action. The Ipad is for academic use only. Do not take pictures or recordings of students or staff without their authorization.