Lauren Swartos, Self Portrait, Charcoal/Conte, 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 Jamie Fisher, Oil Pastel, 2001

 

 

 

 

 

 Linda Poole, Acrylic, 2002

 

 

 

 

AP ART

ART PROGRAM

HOMEPAGE

ADVANCED PLACEMENT/STUDIO ART
DRAWING - 2D DESIGN
SYLLABUS

Students will need to purchase a sketch book for this class. Sketch books can be purchased at Rite Aid in Blaine or any art supply store.

DESCRIPTION
AP ART AND ADVANCED ART WILL BE A COMBINED CLASS. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO PARTICIPATE IN ALL CLASS ACTIVITIES. IN ADDITION, YOU WILL HAVE EXTRA WORK TO COMPLETE AT HOME.

The AP Studio Art course is a full year college-level class in the visual arts. This course is intended to offer the student a college-level curriculum in the high school environment. Students who successfully complete the course can request credit from the college or university they will attend. The awarding of college credit for AP scores is at the discretion of the individual schools.

WORK LOAD
Students enrolled in AP Studio Art, Drawing or 2-D Design will be expected to produce 24-29 works of art with a variety of media, techniques, and subject matter. Students are required to work both in school and at home throughout the school year. Expect to spend 5-10 hours working on art outside classtime each week

THE FOCUS
Drawing is the act of making a mark with any material on any surface. Drawing is the foundation for studio arts.

ART AS ACADEMIC STUDY
I recognize that art can be a very personal activity without concrete right or wrong solutions to any given project. Yet there is a base of knowledge that is of primary importance for learning about art. This "base of knowledge" includes contour, value, composition, and color. These elements will be reviewed early in the semester and developed throughout the year. Working from observation is the key to developing these skills. Therefore the majority of projects will be based on representing the world around us through observation. I am confident that the skills and techniques that are presented in class will equip you with the ability to improve and excel in art.

ART AS PERSONAL EXPRESSION
Observation skills are the foundation to studio arts, but these skills do not necessarily make a good artist. As an AP Art student your goal should be to attract attention to your work. Therefore, it is important for the AP Art student to think "outside the box". Adding personal images, attempting to express feeling or emotion, or altering approaches to "mark-making" are ways to add verve to your work.

MAKING THE GRADE
You will receive two grades for this course.
1. Classroom grade: Measures all aspects of working in a classroom setting. This grade will be part of your overall GPA at BHS and will be evaluated by me. The following will be areas of evaluation:

Sketch book - Used for notes, homework, and any personal work you want. Use it to collect images, Brainstorm, Work out formal problems. Carry it with you and draw in it daily.

Preparation - Brainstorm, practice and research before starting projects.

Exercises - Developing skills for projects and exploring different media.

Projects - Major works of art demonstrating skills and personal expression.

Writing - Responding to works of art and the creative process.

Class Management - Maintaining a clean classroom and taking care of tools and supplies. Students will receive a grade for class management.

Attendance and Participation - Be in class on time and give a consistent effort. Expect to spend 5-10 hours outside of class each week.

Professionalism - Take pride in your work. Complete each project. Treat each piece with care. Always shoot for quality.

Meet Deadlines - Late work will be graded down 10 points for each week after due date. Work will not be accepted for grade after the second week.

COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNED WORK. A "0" IS RECORDED FOR WORK NOT TURNED IN. BEING ABSENT WILL NOT EXCUSE STUDENTS FROM MISSED WORK. SEE ME BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL WITH QUESTIONS.

2. College Board of Education Portfolio Grade. This grade will be solely based on the content of your portfolio. If you score a 3 or better you may receive college credit depending on your chosen school's policy.

COMPLETE ALL ASSIGNED WORK. A "0" IS RECORDED FOR WORK NOT TURNED IN. BEING ABSENT WILL NOT EXCUSE STUDENTS FROM MISSED WORK. SEE ME BEFORE OR AFTER SCHOOL WITH QUESTIONS.

AP COURSE UNITS-(THIS OUTLINE IS FLEXIBLE AND IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE)


UNIT #1: REVIEW
Brush up on vocabulary and skills learned in beginning art through a series of still life arrangements. Students must apply an understanding of composition, contour, and value in their work.
AP : STILL LIFE AT HOME

UNIT #2: ENVIRONMENTS
ARCHITECTURE: Students will use 2 and 3 point perspective while drawing interiors and exteriors of buildings.
AP: ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING - PLEIN AIR

LANDSCAPE: Students will show depth in a series of plein air art projects.
Light and weather will be important considerations.
AP: LANDSCAPE DRAWING -PLEIN AIR

UNIT #3: ART HISTORY
Students are introduced to art history through projects based on 3 different styles:
REALISM - Wyeth, Hopper, Cassatt
ABSTRACTION - Picasso, Dubefett, Matisse
NON REPRESENTATION - Pollock, Miro, Kline

UNIT #4: MAKING YOUR MARK
Students will express mood and feeling by focusing on the quality of lines used for drawing. This unit will focus on developing the artists voice

UNIT #5: SELF PORTRAIT
Students will create a self portrait from a mirror. Purportions of the human face will be reviewed.

UNIT #6: FIGURE STUDY
Students will learn the purportions of the clothed human body while drawing from live student models.

UNIT #7: "ART SINETICS"
Students will be involved in classroom discussions. Through this discussion students will learn about visual and conceptual metaphors. Intuitive vs. rational combinations of images will be explored and discussed.

NOTE:
Students will be required to keep and protect all exercises and projects. Past projects may become material or starting points for later projects.

AP students are expected to model good work ethics in the classroom which includes: being to class on time, staying on task, and cleaning up work space each day.

I understand the requirements of Advanced Placement/Art and agree to dedicate myself to meet all of the requirements.


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