AP Drawing

AP Studio Art Syllabi: Drawing Portfolios

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Course Description:

AP Drawing has been developed to accommodate serious art students who have expressed an interest in completing the AP Drawing Portfolio. Through studio practice, application of design concepts and informed decision making, these students will assemble a body of artwork that demonstrates a high level of quality and growth over time of content, technique, and process. Students will investigate all three parts of their portfolios as required by the AP College Board: Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. All work will be documented through out the year by digital photos and by PowerPoint.

This is a very rigorous course where we will be experimenting with a lot of mediums and creating a lot of work to build a diverse body of work. Since this class is very fast-paced, over the summer you need to take a lot of photographs! Take pictures of people, nature, architecture, animals, everything that you could use in your artwork.

The Quality section of the portfolio is 5 pieces of work that are chosen from breadth and concentration and sent to the AP Board for judging. In the Drawing Portfolios, this quality work will be physically sent to the College Board in portfolios provided by the College Board.

The Concentration section of the portfolio will consist of 12 high quality artworks that clearly demonstrate that the student has developed a body of work by investigation of a theme or idea. The concentration section must show growth and discovery. In all three portfolios, digital photos will be submitted to document this process of discovery.

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The Breadth section of the portfolio will consist of 12 artworks that show a variety of mediums, techniques, approaches to drawing. The students should clearly demonstrate their knowledge of the elements and principles of art in these works. Units of study will be presented to satisfy this requirement for each portfolio. 12 digital photos will be submitted for this section.

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General Learning Outcomes

The student will

  • Understand the requirements of the AP Studio Art portfolios and chose the one that best fits their focus.
  • Research selected artists, art periods, cultures and styles to further their discovery process.
  • Demonstrate a breadth of high-quality work, 12 pieces.
  • Develop a personal concentration showing a consistent theme or idea with discovery, 12 pieces.
  • Select five outstanding artworks for the Quality section of the portfolio.
  • Use digital photography and PowerPoint to record all progress and each final artwork, and written reflections.
  • Demonstrate the understanding of and use of vocabulary in written reflections and in class critiques.
  • Keep up with all class assignments, homework, critiques and participation.

Artistic Integrity:

Students are expected to use artistic integrity throughout the course. When published photographs or the works of other artists are used they should be in the service of a personal vision, Work that is based on published photographs or the work of other artists must be so altered to render it completely different from the original. It must move beyond duplication to illustrate an original idea.

Assessment and Evaluation

Student grades will be based on 3 main areas of work: portfolio development, homework and daily participation.

- Portfolio development will account for 50% of the student grade. It will include all class work assigned to be completed in class for the breadth section, and all work, including teacher conferences on the concentration section and development. A rubric will be used for each project.

-Rubrics will be given out as hard copy to each student listing the requirements for each assignment. Rubrics will consist of such categories as: pursuit and transformation of an idea, personal voice, composition and structure of idea using the elements and principles of art, value and color plan, media and mark making, and the subject matter’s relation to the idea.

-Homework will account for 25% of the student grade. Homework will consist of all projects assigned weekly to be completed outside of class, any class work that is incomplete after the project due date, and any extra work needed on the concentration. It will also include any digital photography assignments used to record work and progress.

-Daily participation will account for the final 25% of the student grade. Daily participation consists of time on task in class, time management, the correct use of supplies and cleanup of art room, critiques and discussions.


The majority of class time will be used to create art work. However, a mid-point and a final class critique will be held for each in-class project. Students will be expected to participate in all critiques and their participation will count in their daily participation grade. In addition, one-on-one conferences will be held with each student at regularly scheduled intervals to determine progress, strengths and weaknesses, and overall direction of art work, especially in regards to their work in the Concentration section of their portfolio.

Summer Homework

Art is an ongoing process, and should be continued during the summer to keep Drawing and 2-D design skills at their best. Each assignment is designed to help with your AP requirements as well. There will be 12 project choices of which only 6 are due by the end of the first week of school. These projects will be given out at the end of the previous school year and will be posted on the school website all summer.


Students may be asked to complete class assignments for homework if they are falling behind on their work during class. Students should expect to spend four or more hours per week outside of class on their art homework. They must complete one piece of artwork every two weeks during class time, if they fall behind, they need to complete it at home.

Exhibitions and Competitions

AP Studio Art students are encouraged to participate in exhibitions and competitions in the community, as well as showing their work in our school art show in May. Students will also receive extra credit for attending local art shows and exhibitions at museums in the area.

Open Studio

I am here before and after school if students need extra time to work on their portfolio pieces.


Students in both Drawing and 2-D Design should have the following supplies:

  • Set of drawing pencils, 2H, H, 2B, 4B, 6B.
  • Kneaded eraser
  • Charcoal- compressed and vine
  • Colored pencils
  • Pastels
  • Sketchbook- 11”x14” spiral bound with 70 lb. paper
  • Canvas and other painting supplies if needed