Advanced Placement Studio Art
What is Advanced Placement Studio Art?
“The AP program in Studio Art is intended for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art. Students should be made aware that AP work involves significantly more commitment and accomplishment than the typical high school course.” -College Board
The AP Studio Art Portfolio consists of three sections – Quality, Concentration and Breadth. The Quality Section provides the student the opportunity to show their actual ability and “ permits the students to select the works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, techniques, and content.” The Concentration Section “asks the student to demonstrate a depth of investigation and process of discovery”. And the Breadth section asks students to “ demonstrate a serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques.” For the Quality section, the student sends in five actual artworks. For both the Concentration and Breadth, students submit twelve slides each. The three sections are scored separately by different evaluators but are weighed the same. The three scores are then combined and the medium becomes the score of the portfolio.
"Quality refers to the total work of art - the concept, the composition and technical skills demonstrated, and the realization of the artist's intentions. It can be found in very simple and elaborate works. For this section of the portfolio, students are asked to select examples of their very best work in which the evaluators will recognize quaility and will perceive that these works develop the students' intentions, both in concept and execution." -The College Board
For the Concentration Section of the portfolio, students are asked to research, investigate and explore different artists, art styles and cultures to help determine their interests in subject matter, medium and technique. With this information in hand, they formulate a thesis statement for developing “a body of related works based on an individual’s interest in a particular idea expressed visually. It focuses on a process of investigation, growth and discovery” not on the product.
This year some of the student statements are as follows:
" I chose to focus on abstract expressionism as my concentration in order to reach my ultimate vision. I began my research by studying Mark Rothko and expanded into the works of Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. My love for abstract art has derived from these masters and their unique use of media. throughout my experiences with my own work I have come across a variety of materials and concepts. my ideas range from visions in dreams, to expressing deep emotions, to reacting to personal surroundings. With this, I hope to portray my statement." -Kristen DeMarco
"I believe art is a mechanism of self expression. Through artwork, I express feeling, opinion and creativity. For my concentration I have chosen to express my feelings of various places in and around my hometown of Baltimore. Some scenes appear inviting whilst others give a sense of coldness and solidarity. I try to represent this through color, mark making and composition.” – Jessica Nyce
"For my AP concentration I am focusing on compiling works of simple, everyday objects in a repetitive style. I concentrated on pushing color and working with a vast variety of materials. I also worked on making my artwork fun and visually pleasing for all ages. I focused on, and studied in depth, the works of Wayne Theibaud and Candy Jernigan who both basically have work consisting of my concentration subject and ideas.” – Jen Bengel
For the Breath Section, students are asked to demonstrate their diverse ability in media and subject matter, from observational to abstract to imagination. In the beginning of the year the course is focused on achieving this goal. Specific assignments are given both in class and for outside assignments. In addition, a list of 30 different problems is posted in the classroom. These problems particularly address using a variety of media and subject matter to enhance their portfolio.