Sarah Margraves. Self Portrait. 2016. Watercolor
AP Studio Art Drawing Syllabus
Sprague High School
A.P. Studio Art Drawing is a two semester long course
for highly motivated, committed students
interested in the study
of art. The course emphasizes art making as an ongoing process that involves the student
in informed and critical decision making.
Students enrolled in this class
are required to complete
summer homework and invest a considerable amount of work outside
Purposeful decision making is stressed while
incorporating the elements (line, shape, color, value, texture, space) and principles of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm,
repetition, proportion/scale, and figure/ground
relationships) as it relates to drawing. Visual thinking, creativity, skill and technical development as well as critical analysis will be stressed. Students are encouraged to explore a variety
of mediums including drawing, printmaking, and painting.
As the student progresses, independent
thinking is encouraged with integration of ongoing critiques from
teacher and students. This critique process will become part of the assessment grade for the course. Learning to take risks, being inventive and applying
technical skills are
central to this course.
A portfolio of 24
slides will be presented to the College Board as part of the exam process. The work submitted
in the portfolio may include art created before and outside of the
AP Studio Art course.
is discussed and students are taught different aspects
including the difference
between copying other work
and being inspired by it. Students will be made aware of the AP College Board policy:
"IF you submit work that makes
use of photographs,
published images, and/or other
you must show substantial and significant development
beyond duplication. This
may be demonstrated through manipulation
of the formal qualities, design, and/or concept of the original work.
It is unethical, constitutes
plagiarism, and often violates copyright
law to simply copy
an image (even in another
medium) that was made by someone else."
Sustained investigation of the 3 aspects of
the portfolio development (Quality, Concentration, and Breadth). Emphasis on art making as an ongoing process
that uses critical and informed decision making by the
student. Develop mastery in concept, composition and execution.
Encourage creative and systematic exploration of formal and conceptual issues in drawing. Encourage students to
become creative problem
solvers, independent thinkers and contribute creatively and critically to their culture through their art
Assist students in developing their
skills and techniques in working in a variety of media through the
application and use of the elements and principles of design. Teaches students about artistic integrity and the meaning of
AP Studio Art: Drawing
The Drawing Portfolio will consists
of a total of 24 slides
of your artwork, which is broken down into 3 categories.
The first category requires five works of art which must be physically
submitted to the College Board.
with the 24 pieces of artwork, students will be expected to participate in
weekly critiques of their work every Monday.
Section I: Quality
This section of the course encourages students to develop mastery
in concept, composition, and the execution of drawings. The works chosen to submit under this section will represent accomplishments in these areas. They may be chosen from the Concentration and/or Breadth sections
if desired. They may be related or unrelated
works or a combination. A total of 5 original works are required to
be submitted under this section.
Section II: Concentration
This section of the course encourages
students to devote themselves to an in-depth investigation of a specific visual
idea. Work submitted under this section will be coherent and
unified by an underlying idea based
on a particular individual visual interest. This
related group of works will exhibit evidence
of a process of exploration,
discovery and growth over time. This work will
evolve from the initial plan and
ultimately develop its own visual language. Work submitted under this section may NOT be submitted in the Breadth section. A total of 12 slides that best represent this process of investigation and the development of this concentration are required in this section.
Section III: Breadth
This section of the course encourages students to produce a
variety of works that demonstrate a clear understanding of drawing issues
that would be encountered
when drawing from observation or working with invented
or nonobjective forms. Artworks submitted for this section will show that the
student was engaged with a range of drawing concerns that include effective use of
light and shade,
line quality, surface manipulation,
systems, and expressive mark-making. Although
students may choose to use
a single medium for work
representing the Breadth section, the work must show a range of approaches, techniques, compositions, and subjects. A total of 12 slides of 12 different works
that best represent an understanding of drawing
issues may be submitted. Detail slides may not be submitted. Work used for the Concentration Section may NOT be
used for the Breadth Section.
scoring guidelines for the AP portfolios contains score points from 6
(excellent) through 5 (strong), 4 (good), 3 (moderate), 2 (weak), and 1 (poor).
Your work will be graded using the key scoring descriptors used by the College
Board. Because there are only six different points on the scale, each score
point represents a band or range of accomplishment. The descriptors (taken as a
whole) capture characteristics of work that merits each score. Key Scoring Descriptors A. Understanding of Composition,
Concept, and Execution B. Intention or Purpose C. Originality, Imagination, and
Invention in Using the Elements and Principles of Design in Drawing Composition
D. Decision Making, Experimentation, and Risk Taking E. Confident, Evocative
Work that Engages the Viewer F. Technical Competence and Skill with Drawing
Materials and Media G. Understanding the Use of Digital or Photographic Sources
H. Appropriation and the Student “Voice” I. Overall Accomplishment and Quality
In applying these descriptors, consider the content, style, mark making, and
use of media in the work.
Monday students will be required to attend group critique. This will be worth 50 points; 25 points for
having work in the critique, 25 points for participation. Your work MUST be up on the wall during
critique. Only work that is 80% finished
or more will be discussed during critique time.
This will be a chance for students to receive helpful advice and make
changes to their work. Artwork will be due and graded in class the
Thursday or Friday after critique NO EXCEPTIONS!
Due to the high amount of work required to have
a complete portfolio, student will be expected to complete 1 work of art every
2 weeks. Late work will NOT be accepted.