4th 9 Weeks AP

Course Content

A. Concentration

Works submitted for the area of concentration should be thematic in content.  Each work in this section should be a visual representation of the thematic concept developed by the student.  Visual elements should demonstrate in-depth investigation, growth and discovery of unique ways in which the theme is represented.

B. Quality

These works are selected for their excellence in craftsmanship, concept and overall superiority.  The works chosen for this portion of the portfolio should exhibit the student’s best work to date.

C. Breadth

This group of artworks will demonstrate understanding of various techniques, media, subjects and concepts.  The intent is to exhibit mastery of a broad range of artistic endeavors and experimentation.

D. Sketchbook

A visual journal is to be maintained throughout the year.  While sketchbooks will be used during class to work out ideas or plan projects, the bulk of sketchbook assignments are to be completed outside of class. It is expected that students will fill at least one sketchbook with during the year. This may include, but is not limited to:

1. independent drawing

2. media experimentation

3. specific works that focus on individual elements of art and principles of


4. thumbnail sketches

5. various subject matter, i.e., landscape, portrait, still life

6. experimentation with abstraction

7. written notes and comments

8. lists and ideas for future projects

9. specific assignment relating to various careers in the visual arts, i.e.

logo design, advertising, illustration, graphic arts, portraiture, web design

10. ideas for portfolio projects

11. self-analysis and critique of artworks

E. Presentation

Students are expected to demonstrate an understanding of matting, framing and exhibition preparation.  In addition, students must be able to prepare slides of selected works for submission to the AP Board.

F. Research

Students will conduct research in art history via the study of art periods and artists.  After extensive research, students will develop several ideas for projects that reflect a specific period in art history or the techniques of particular artists.  At least one of these ideas is to be developed fully as a completed work of art.

Students are also required to research images via direct observation, thus avoiding plagiarism while ensuring the necessary understanding of the object and its surroundings prior to undertaking the work.

Copyright –

Students must understand both artistic integrity and what constitutes


 A. The use of published photographs, images, and/or other artist’s works as

mere duplication is considered plagiarism.

B. If such photographs, published images and/or other artists’ works are used, students must move beyond duplication and must show significant alteration.


XI. Organization (keeping track of pieces)

            Students are expected to keep a project log (see appendices).


XII. Selecting and Preparing Pieces


A. Choosing Works

1. Craftsmanship

2. Elements of Art and Principles of Design

3. Student/Teacher Analysis

B. Taking Slides

C. Matting and Framing