AP Studio Art                                                                         Name_____________________

    2018-2019 Expectations


    You have elected to take the two-year AP Studio Art course.  By doing so, you are agreeing to the following information and the commitment of a college level course.  AP Studio Art is not based on a written exam; instead you will be asked to submit a portfolio of work for evaluation in May of your senior year.  There are three distinct types of portfolios that may be submitted, DRAWING, TWO-DIMENSIONAL, OR THREE-DIMENSIONAL; each has specific requirements of its own.  Each portfolio has three similar required sections; Quality, Concentration (Sustained Investigation), and Breadth (Range of Approaches), but the three portfolios differ in the kinds of work they include. 

    You will be submitting aDrawing Portfolio in May of your senior year.


    AP Summer 2018 expectations:


    • Read and KNOW the AP Studio Art Course Description from the AP website
    • Visit the AP Central Drawing website for info and examples


    ·      Assess your portfolio needs based on the three sections and fill out the inventory form

    according to the 3 required sections:

                            *5 actualQUALITY pieces that show an excellence in original art work

    -8x10-18x24; keep them standard for matting

                            *12 CONCENTRATION (Sustained Investigation) pieces that show an in-depth, personal

    commitment to a particular artistic concern that has a “flow” and includes a written commentary explaining the development of the concentration based on the following:

    1. What is the central idea of your concentration (500 characters maximum)
    2. How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of

    your idea? When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers. (1350 characters maximum)

    *12 BREADTH (Range of Approaches) pieces that show a variety of experiences using the formal, technical, and expressive means available to the artist

    We will keep these forms on file in your folder to update every month


    • Based on portfolio assessment and summer requirements create AP quality art

                -You can never have enough for each section especially concentration

                -Redo projects that you now have a handle on

                -Self driven, motivated and inspired are key for this course

                -School year will get hectic with other responsibilities

                -Make it an ARTSY summer; exhibits, classes, photo opportunities…

    • Summer Art classes/programs at area colleges, Memorial Art Gallery, Main Street Arts, and Wayne County Council for the Arts

                -Benefit portfolio         -Credit for graduation              -Networking

                -Benefit skill, techniques, experiences…                        -Introduces a different teaching style    

    -Because of my family and summer travel schedule, I will check periodically…not daily. Please be patient…rely on one another too!




    As with any college course you will take, the workload in this course and the demands of this course is that of a college course.  You may be in the walls of NHS however, you have elected to take a college course.  Once school starts, you will have an assignment due every week. Attendance expectations and grading will be that of a college course.  Extra time will be a necessity in and out of school for your success and the success of your portfolio.  Always remember, a successful portfolio cannot only earn you AP credit for college but chances at college scholarships.  Not only are we trying to prepare you for the demands of college we are also trying to save you money.  If at any time the demands are too much, please come talk to me.



    Summer Assignments Due: First Friday of School



    ALL AP Students Summer Photographing Assignments:

                Photographing Themes- see below

                            These assignments will help you with:

                                        -creating a visual series

                                        -establishing a strong composition with interacting grounds

                                        -establishing a focal point that is in a 1/3-2/3 layout

                                        -pushing the boundaries of meaning and interpretation




    First year AP Students Summer Project Assignment: 

    Block Drawing- see handout

                      -this project will help you with your perspective issues

                      -draw it as many times as needed creating several studies

                      -final study should be project worth




    Second year AP Students Summer Project Assignment:

                Concentration (Sustained Investigation) Assignment- see handout
















    AP Studio ART                                                                                   Name____________________

    Picture This                                                                                         Period______



    Connection to AP Portfolios:

                Quality and Concentration (Sustained Investigation)                                     

                Quality and Breadth (Range of Approaches)


    Art Standards:

    1. Creating: conceiving and developing new artistic ideas and work
    2. Presenting: Interpreting and sharing artist work
    3. Responding: understanding and evaluating how the arts convey meaning
    4. Connecting: relating artistic ideas and work with meaning and external context


    Objective / Purpose:

    The students will successfully complete a series of photographs that relate to a single theme.  The students will photograph compositionsthat will visually interpret a given theme 12 different ways while considering the elements and principles to a create a strong composition/story.  Consideration as the student works must be given to the following:

                -deliberate use, knowledge and application of given theme

                            -deliberate use, knowledge and application of the compositional guidelines

                            -deliberate use, knowledge and application of rule of thirds for compositional formatting

                            -deliberate use, knowledge and application of interacting grounds; compositional formatting

                            -deliberate use, knowledge and application of each composition becoming a portfolio piece

    -deliberate use and knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design

                            -creativity/originality; going beyond the common…WOW factor

    For final presentation, the students will successfully mount each series of 12 images using the appropriate materials and techniques. This will demonstrate a stronger presentation that visually depicts each series story. 


    Theme Ideas: a theme is a topic of interest explored through art


    -Hour by Hour(all must interpret this theme): from the time you wake up on any given day, document a dynamic composition each hour that creatively depicts the variety in your day. Subject matter must vary as well as point of view. You must be awake for 12 hours for this theme to apply and meet the objective. Make note of time for each photograph and include that in the final presentation. This will play a role in the project. Don’t cheat!


    Choose 3 Themesfrom the list below to complete the 4 Theme requirements:

    -Modern Day Interpretation of a Famous Painting                  -Lines, Lines Everywhere are Lines      -Fairy Tales Do Come True?                                                    -21stCentury

    -Licking the Beaters                             -Social Outcast            -Speaking Volumes                 

    -Losing My Religion                            -Look Up                   -The Other World








    Thoughts for the Peanut Gallery:   

    Break down each theme by defining each part officially from the dictionary.

    Now write down your own definition. This is what we do in class for every project.

    This will help you push your interpretations beyond the norm. I will be collecting this information.


    When photographing, the student should always consider the following for a strong composition:

    -consider your subject matter: is it interesting from all angles, dynamic, have depth

    -consider what the subject matter relates/means  

    -keep camera square with the horizon; angles should be within your composition not a result of tipping camera


    ·      Focal Point

    ·      Rule of Thirds- subject placement 2/3-1/3 ratio

    ·      Interacting Grounds and Perspective

    ·      Viewpoint (low, eye, high) AVATAR


    ·           Lighting

    ·           Elements of Art

    ·           Principles of Design

    ·           Story


     Think about this as well…     

    -zoom in, zoom out                             -horizontal layout vs. vertical layout

                            -try not to use a flash                           -color that creates a mood   

    -using color and/or black and white

    -lighting and color arrangement when taking your photographs

    -proper lighting is just after sunrise and just before sunset: 7-9:00am / 3-5:00 pm

                            -see the beauty in all that is around you; push your comfort zone

                            -when thinking portraits remember the definition of portrait; be creative- PUSH

                            -what medium would you use to reproduce the composition


    THOUGHTS to REMEMBER…Inspiration hits when you least expect it.  Carry a camera/cell phone with you at all times.  Don’t work for the composition, it should be natural without a lot of prearrangement.  You may need to just sit and be patient…don’t be the happy tourist.  Photography is an art form.  You are an artist.  Push the boundaries.




    1. Photograph 12 compositions for eachtheme

    -you will only take 12 photographs for each theme without any editing

    -be smart in your approach

                            -each photograph is a project so Elements of Art and Principles of Design apply

                            -purposeful reasoning for approach; each photograph is a project

                            -refer to Peanut Gallery thoughts for compositional expectations

    YOU NEED VARIETY.  Push your interpretation



    1. Print out the 12 images per theme (48 prints in all)

                      -photos should be no smaller than 3”x5” & high quality; print at Walmart, etc.

                      -see me before school ends with any concerns



    1. Mount photographs prints in order of series

                -label theme on each page; label time for Theme 1

                -use tape rolls, double sided tape or photo corners for aesthetics and presentation

    Newark High School Art Department

    AP Studio Art Portfolios: Drawing Portfolio

    Renee S. Bailey

    AP Studio Art Teacher

    June 2018


    Dear Parents,

    Your student has elected to enroll in the two-year AP Studio Art program. This is a chance for the visually gifted to excel and receive recognition on a national scale.  It allows students to compare their work with other high school students locally and nationally while helping them prepare an excellent portfolio for study at a college level.  All students enrolling in the course are expected to submit a portfolio in May of their Senioryear.

    Portfolios are submitted to the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, New Jersey, in early May.  Students turn in their portfolios at the set national AP Studio Art testing time. More detailed information regarding portfolio guidelines and time frames will be provided to you and your student in the fall of next year and on the College Board website.        

    The AP Studio Portfolio for Drawing Portfolio consists of three sections:

    • Section I; Quality: 5 Actual Works that are no larger than 18”x24” including matting or mounting and no smaller than 8”x10” matted. Neutral matting must be used when matting.
    • Section II; Concentration (Sustained Investigation): 12 slides of a series of works organized around a compelling visual conceptin drawing or two-dimensional design. Works should be unified by an underlying idea that has visual coherence.  The students choose technique, medium, style, form, subject, and content with teacher consultation.  A written commentary must be given that explains the development of the concentration.
    • Section III; Breadth: 12 slides of 12 different works that demonstrate a variety of

    concepts, media, and approaches.

    As with any college course, the workload in this course and the demands of this course is that of a college course. Once school starts, there will be an assignment due every week.  Extra time will be a necessity in and out of school for your students’ success and the success of the overall portfolio.  Attendance expectations and grading will be that of a college course.  Each student and each project will vary in that time needed. Our program is designed not only for a successful portfolio that can earn AP credit for college but also, for chances at college scholarships based on that portfolio.

    The grading for the AP Studio Art is based on college level standards.  Any assignment not turned in on the assigned due date will result in a failure for that assignment.  If your student is absent on a due date, the assignment is due the next day.  If they are absent due to a planned field trip, college visit, etc. the assignment is due the day before. 

    The costs for the course is the standard Advanced Placement testing rate.  Typically, in the start of their senior year, the Guidance Department will contact them for payment towards their AP Studio Art exam (the portfolio).  Throughout the course of their year, the students will be taking digitals of their work for the AP website. 

    If you have any questions about this sheet or throughout the year, please do not hesitate to call me at 332-3200 ext. 2163 or by email at renee.bailey@newarkcsd.org. Any further information I receive will be sent home once school starts.  Thank you for your support of these future artists.




    We have read over the parent letter for AP Studio Art along with the expectations, portfolio requirements, and course objectives. We understand and agree with them.  If at anytime we have a question or concern, we understand that we can contact her at the high school for a conference.



    Student Signature__________________________                Date_____________


    Parent Signature___________________________                Date_____________


    Teacher Signature__________________________               Date_____________



    Please return signed by Friday, June 8, 2018



    Art Student, please indicate clearlythe following information that I can use as a contact and please sign up for remindat: (if you are already on the DP2 list, I can copy you over)

    AP Studio Art Class Code is @8927- You will text @8927 to (774) 214-9038


    Name and Address:




    Cell Phone #: