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Learning Recommendation:  B or better in Ceramics 1 & 2, or substantial prior experience in foundational ceramics skills, 3D critical thinking, and ceramics/sculpture specific vocabulary.
General Description:  AP Studio Art students work with diverse media, styles, subjects, and content. Each of the three portfolios consists of three sections: The Breadth section illustrates a range of ideas and approaches to art making. The Concentration section shows sustained, deep, and multi-perspective investigation of a student-selected topic.
The Quality section represents the student’s most successful works with respect to form and content. Students’ work is informed and guided by observation, research, experimentation, discussion, critical analysis, and reflection, relating individual practices to the art world. Students are asked to document their artistic ideas and practices to demonstrate conceptual and technical development over time. The AP Studio Art Program supports students in becoming inventive artistic scholars who contribute to visual culture through art making.
Content:  Each AP Studio Art course and portfolio assessment focuses on students developing these practices and habits of mind through work with 3-dimensional design media and approaches, including the following: Critical analysis; Evidence-based decision-making; Standards-based evidence in creating, responding, evaluating, and connecting; Innovative thinking; Articulation of design elements and principles; Systematic investigation of formal and conceptual aspects of art making; Technical competence with materials and processes to communicate ideas; Incorporation of expressive qualities in art making; Demonstration of artistic intention; Creation of a body of work unified by a visual or conceptual theme.
Format of Assessment:

Section I: Quality - 12 digital images for 3-D - Demonstrate mastery of design in concept, composition, and execution

Section II: Concentration - 12 digital images - Describe an in-depth explanation of a particular design concern

Section III: Breadth - 16 digital images for 3-D - Demonstrate understanding of design issues.

Stragegies:  Students will receive initial direct instruction specific the application of 3D materials using the elements and principles of art, then will be self directed in the exploration of 3-dimensional design media and approaches. Students will submit digital images of works that demonstrate personal artistic growth and development. For the 3-D Design Portfolio, students submit digital images of the art works they created 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 forms and content.

Homework:  Students will develop project ideas outside of class using a personal sketchbook/sketch journal.

Course Fee / Materials:  $80. Personal Sketchbook purchased individually.

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.