Welcome to Visual Art with Ms. Knudsen
Choosing AN art class?
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AP & Advanced Studio Art:
Note: Both AP & Advanced Studio Art require Ms. Knudsen's approval if you are trying to skip prerequisites -- that is, skipping Beginning for Advanced, or skipping Advanced for AP. Scroll down for instructions on how to apply.
AP Studio Art vs. Advanced Studio Art
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Beginning Studio Art vs. Advanced
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PORTFOLIO REVIEW/TEACHER PERMISSION FOR AP & ADV. ART
Both AP & Advanced Studio Art require Ms. Knudsen's approval if you are trying to skip prerequisites -- that is, skipping Beginning for Advanced, or skipping Advanced for AP. To apply to skip levels, email Ms. Knudsen at email@example.com. Include in your email:
1-- your full name and ID number
2-- your current grade (9th, 10th, or 11th)
3-- which class you want to get into (Advanced or AP)
4-- what art experience you have (list classes you have taken)
5-- photographs of 5 of your best, most recent artworks, showing your strongest art skills and personal style. All media are admissible -- paintings, drawings, sketchbook work, digital artwork, sculptures. Please focus on selecting your original artwork that you think best reflects who you are as an artist.
6-- tell me which of the 5 artworks you sent me are original (your invention), versus fan art/master copies of pre-existing characters/artwork
Want an overview of ALL VAPA classes?
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Best Practices for Photographing your Artwork
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If you have a fancy phone, your phone's default image file type is heic. You'll need to convert heic files to jpg, using a converter like this one.
summer art programs & classes
Almost every art school across the country offers a pre-college program, which is a summer intensive course for high school students, usually 3-4 weeks long, through which you will earn college credit and get a huge boost in your art skills. I highly recommend you consider these options if you are serious about your artmaking practice, especially if you plan to take AP Studio Art and/or apply to art school. You could stay local and commute from home, go to Southern California, or go farther away. I've listed some options below, but these are not exhaustive. Tuition can be expensive, but all of them offer financial aid, so it's worth applying.
FREE Academy of Art Pre-College Art Experience in San Francisco (BART-able from Castro Valley). Note: I do NOT recommend Academy of Art for college, because I have known countless students who've felt that the quality of instruction does not match the high price of tuition, but free is free, and several students have positively reviewed their pre-college classes.