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Learning Recommendations:  Grade B or higher in both Visual Art 1, and 2; Teacher approval of a portfolio of course work and independent work.

General Description:  AP Studio Art is a course for the serious art student who is interested in an intensive investigation of art concepts, media and techniques after taking Visual Arts 1 & 2 (and optionally 3). The focus of this class is to prepare students to meet the requirements of the College Board AP Studio Art Portfolio in 2D design or drawing through creating over 24 original art pieces before May. This class will offer students the opportunity to further master their skills in communicating concepts visually, developing their artistic voice, creating strong compositions and increasing techniques in various art media.

Content:  This class will consist of creating art to submit for your AP Portfolio. The AP portfolio for drawing and 2D design consists of three sections: quality, concentration and breadth. The quality section represents your strongest five pieces (art can be from concentration or breadth) and are mailed to AP to be evaluated. Breadth consists of 12 pieces that demonstrate your range of various drawing or 2 D Design principles and are submitted digitally. The concentration portion consists of 12 pieces (or detailed images as you can submit less than 12 pieces for this section) that are based on a student created theme or idea and are submitted digitally.

Strategies:  Students will initially receive direct instruction on specific breadth projects.  Breadth projects are specific projects showing the ability to work in a variety of mediums and styles.  The 2nd semester students  will be self-directed (concentration) in the exploration of 2-dimensional design or a drawing portfolio.  Students will submit digital images of works that demonstrate personal artistic growth and development for both breadth and concentration as well as an artist statement in which they describe ideas investigated and explain how the ideas evolved as they created their body of work. All portfolios are assessed by at least two highly experienced studio art educators (AP Studio Art teachers or college faculty) who apply standard scoring criteria, with respect to the composition and content.

Homework:  On average students spend 4-8 hours per week on homework planning, creating and improving their artwork.

Course Fee / Materials:  $36 for supplies

AP courses at IHS challenge students with rigorous college-level work. By succeeding in college-level work while still in high school, students in AP courses develop confidence in their own abilities and learn essential time management and study skills needed for college and career success.

AP courses provide the opportunity for students to earn college credits. In order to earn college credit, students must register for the AP exam for this course. AP exam fees vary each year. Scholarships are available for students who qualify. AP exam registration takes place December through March. College credit can be earned with a passing score on the AP exam, but what the score qualification and amount of credit earned varies by college.