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Summer Assignments AP Studio Art Mr.


In order to complete the requirements to create a portfolio of 24 quality artworks to

submit for your AP Exam in May of next year you will need to complete three
projects over the summer. Those who do not complete the assignments will be
considered unprepared to take the class and moved to Advanced Drawing. Please
read carefully to the directions below and follow the instructions. Your goal is to
create quality artwork to submit for the AP Exam in May that will ensure a passing

The summer homework is due the first day of school. The assignments will be
assessed for quality. If drawing skills are inadequate students will be counseled to
change to Advanced Drawing.

During the summer you may email Mr. Cusworth with questions about the projects
or photos of your projects in progress to get help in completing the assignments at
Summer homework should emphasize composition (considered arrangement of
objects in picture format) and quality of technique. Do small sketches to work out
the composition, and the balance of dark and light areas.
Please select and finish three of the four projects below. Two projects must be the
Self Portrait and Still Life:
1. Self-Portrait: Arrange interesting side lighting and be sure to add a background
or setting (no floating
heads). Make use of dramatic lighting.

2. Still life: Set up a still life with strong light source, near a window or with a side
light. Possible objects: eggs on torn or crumpled paper, tin cans or glass jars, fruit
on drapery, or raid the vegetable bin of the refrigerator. Be sure to compose the
entire page

3. Grid Drawing: Create a portrait composition based on an invented grid. Each

grid area contains an area of the face. See samples for ideas.

4. Show reflections in a metallic object or other reflective surface: Zero in on a

section of metallic objects, such as a close-up of part of a bike or motorcycle, car
bumper, spoons, an eggbeater or other objects or surfaces that reflect their
surroundings. Create a composition making use of hard-edge reflections and cast
shadows. Include other detail or background that is necessary to make an strong
composition (not just a depiction of an object). The drawing should show skill in
rendering detail and surface effects.

For the size of each project, students can choose a size between 9 x 12 to 12x16

**You must take your own photos.

Artworks that copy photos from the
internet or magazines will not be
Objectives: Summer Assignments
Create three artworks of AP Quality. Students may substitute other drawings
created in an art class during the summer for one of these assignments. The
drawings must be of AP quality, however.

In order to meet the Standards for creating AP quality artworks you should focus
on three areas.
a. Design
b. Creativity
c. Craftsmanship

The following slides describe in part those specific areas. We will investigate these ideas
during next semester.

1. Create artworks that have a center of interest with other supporting shapes,
areas objects etc. Put the center of interest off center but not at the edges of
the paper
2. Create artwork that has a range of values from dark to light that provides a
sense of strong contrast.

1. Do not mix media (pencil with charcoal or oil pastel with chalk pastel for
example). Mix media can work if you more have experience with the
2. Decide on an approach in applying the medium and use the same approach
consistently throughout the project. Use media that you are comfortable
with. Pencil or charcoal pencil is a good beginning choice. Use a quality
drawing paper with a slightly textured surface.
3. Make sure your drawing is the most detailed and refined at the center of
interest area.

1. Take your own photos in various configurations. Do several sketches to come
up with an original idea. Do not use photos from magazines or internet.
2. Try to create an unusual approach. Try different points of view or angles.
Project Grading Rubric
Design = 12 pts
a. Balance created by using the rule of thirds for asymmetrical design
According to the rule of thirds, the center of interest is placed at any point off
center but not at the edge of the picture, with other supporting images or
b. Shows a center of interest or focal point that has the most visual interest
and contrast
c. Over all design has range of values from dark to light.
Craftsmanship = 12 pts
a. Style or technique in which the piece is executed is consistent through out and
brought to completion
b. Detail must be most apparent at the center of interest
Creativity = 12 pts
a. Solution to the design problem is unique. The overall design and images
sustain interest.
b. Student takes their own photos or uses photos in a unique way
c. Student doesnt simple copy photos

Total points possible = 36

For each project do several sketches. Sketches can be in pencil or color pencil if final
art will be in color. Sketches should work out essential design issues before you start
the final project. These include:
1. Composition, arrangements of shapes and objects.
2. the range of values (darks and light areas).
3. If color is used, the basic color arrangements
AP Studio self portrait project objective:
1. Dramatic lighting with strong darks and lights
2. Original and unusual placement of face in picture format that integrates with the
background. Using darks and lights or other elements in the background to create a
3. On paper no larger that 18 x 24. but no smaller than approx. 9 x 12. Use pencil,
charcoal, pastel, or other drawing media.
Dont draw an isolated portrait in the middle of the page.
Still life drawing AP Art summer project
Project steps
1. Set up still life with a minimum of 5 objects
2. Consider placement of objects.
Group objects together to create pleasing balance
notice in samples that objects overlap each other so that there is a
sense of unity of design
Consider unusual setup of objects
3. Light still life with a strong side light so that you see definite cast
shadows. Light should create a dramatic effect.
4. Do small thumbnail sketch to decide on composition
Consider the negative space around objects. Make sure objects or not
floating in space. The space around objects should make interesting
5. Draw still life on to larger paper. You can also take a photo of the still life and
work from it. Work to achieve consistency of technique and quality craftsmanship
6. Drawing should be on paper at least 11 x 14 in size up to 16 x 20. All projects
submitted in
portfolio cannot be larger that 18 x 24 including matting. You can decide on the
specific size as long as it falls
into these parameters.
7. Still life should have a full range of values from dark to light in order to create a
dramatic effect.
8. Still life can be done in pencil, charcoal, charcoal pencil, or conte crayon.

Make sure to include in your project:

Strong lights and darks
Side lighting (dramatic)
Balanced grouping of objects
At least 5 objects
These pieces show how an effective use of side lighting can create a dramatic effect in an
otherwise mundane grouping of objects.
Your drawing should have a full range of value from light to dark in order to create a
strong impact.

The artist has considered the negative space around the objects and has cropped the
composition so that the objects dont float in space.

These objects on this page are nicely grouped together. By grouping some objects
together you create greater unity of composition. Also notice the dramatic side lighting
AP Drawing Face grid project

9 x 12
1. take pictures of your face from three different angles
2. Use strong side light to create darks and lights
3. do three sketches creating three possible grid patterns
4. do final sketch of how you will place portions of photos. create a center of
interest according to the rule of thirds
5. Redraw grid on drawing paper
6. Draw in features in outline in pencil
7. Finish drawing in color pencil
Take pictures from different angles and lighting like so:
Step 1
Step 2:

Step 3:
Step 4:

Continue until complete.

Composition with reflections

Use drawing media. Pencil, charcoal, color pencil etc.
No smaller than 9 x 12
Create an interesting and balanced composition using surfaces, objects and their
reflections in a close up environment.
Remember, during the summer you may email Mr. Cusworth with questions about the
projects or photos of your projects in progress to get help in completing the assignments.

Mr. Cusworth email = harvey@harveycusworth.com