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AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design

Course Prerequisite
Student must have taken and passed Art I level course and have instructor’s

Course Description
The course is designed to assist the student in fulfilling the requirements of the AP
Studio Art 2-D Design portfolio. The 2-D Design Portfolio involves purposeful
decision making about using the elements and principles of art in an integrative
way. Artwork should demonstrate an understanding of design principles as applied
to a two-dimensional surface. The principles of design (unity/harmony, variety,
balance, emphasis, movement, contrast, rhythm, repetition/pattern,
proportion/scale and figure/ground relationship) can be articulated through the
visual elements of art (line, color, shape, space, texture and value). Any two-
dimensional process or medium may be submitted, including, but not limited to,
graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving,
fashion design, illustration, painting, printmaking etc. Video clips, DVDs, CDs, and
three-dimensional works may not be submitted.
This course encourages and expects creative and systematic investigation of formal
and conceptual issues in 2-D design. Through studio practice, application of artistic
concepts and informed critical decision making, students will assemble a body of
artwork that demonstrates a high level of quality and continuous growth in the
areas of ideation, technique and process. Students are expected to creatively solve
problems through their knowledge of the elements of art and principles of design,
a range of conceptual approaches, skillful use of media, and familiarity with
traditional and contemporary approaches to art and design.
The course will integrate the State TEKS for Visual Arts and the Advanced
Achievement Standard of the National Visual Arts Content Standards to aid the
student in development and growth at collegiate levels through the evaluation,
analysis and synthesis of the content to solve challenging visual art problems
autonomously using higher level thinking skills and to better understand their
artistic ideology.
There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content.
AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design

Artistic Integrity, Originality and Copyright

As students explore stylistic and thematic idealism they will be expected to create
their own work so that it avoids duplication, redundancy, trite and overused
images, and sentimentality. AP students will have an understanding of artistic
integrity and what constitutes visual and conceptual plagiarism. Students are
expected to develop their own personal imagery. When any photograph, published
image or work of art by another artist is used, significant development beyond a
duplicated image should be apparent in the manipulation of the formal qualities,
design, and/or concept. Plagiarism is unethical, and violates copyright laws, as well
as, district and campus policy. AP students, as individuals and as members of an
artistic community, will continuously analyze and evaluate all AP artwork, critically
questioning and actively challenging themselves and others to only create work of
the highest artistic quality, which express the personal voice and vision of each
individual artist.

Student Performance
The AP student is expected to exhibit an autonomous work ethic and complete all
in-class and out-of-class assignments. The student should utilize feedback from the
instructor and peers during the evaluative process as well as thoughtful and written
self-reflection to aid them in the creative process.
The first semester will focus primarily on fulfilling the breadth portion of the
portfolio. During the first six weeks the student will develop a timeline for
completely the three sections of the portfolio by the end of April. The
concentration proposal will be submitted by the end of the first semester, at the
latest, for approval.
Weekly meetings, afterschool with the instructor, to review progress, address
student questions or concerns or use for studio time are required. The day will be
agreed upon by the student and instructor.

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design

Student performance continued-

Experiencing art and artists is important for the AP Studio 2-D Design student. The
student is expected to turn in critiques of three different art exhibits or of a piece
in particular at three different art exhibits (should more than one artist be

Exhibiting and speaking publicly about personal artistic expressions are intrinsic to
being an artist. To that end the student will be required to participate in:
 Regional V.A.S.E.
 District AP Exhibit (installation and attendance),
 District Portfolio Day
 B.I.S.D. Middle and High School Student Exhibit

Additionally the student must choose two from the following list:
 B.M.F.A Student International Show
 Youth Art Month
 Congressional Show
 Fire Prevention Poster
 Bus Safety Poster
 Red Ribbon Poster
 A contest of student’s choosing (notices will be posted in the room)

Portfolio Requirements

There are three sections to the AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio; Quality,
Concentration and Breadth. *

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design

Students will submit five actual works in one or more media for the quality section
of the portfolio. Students will demonstrate quality through five carefully selected
examples of their work that successfully demonstrate engagement with 2-D Design
issues. This should be apparent in the composition, concept and execution of the
quality works submitted. Quality pieces may come from the Concentration and or
Breadth section, but do not have to. The quality artwork may be a group of related
works, unrelated works or a combination of related and unrelated works.
Guidelines for Quality
 Flat paper, cardboard, canvas board or unstretched canvas is acceptable.
 Mat or mount any work on paper, preferably with a neutral colored mat
 Use fixative and/or a single secured cover sheet for works that may smudge
or be delicate on the surface.
 Artwork must easily fit in the 18”x24”portfolio envelope.
 Artwork smaller than 8”x10”must be mounted on a backing at least 8”x10”.


Students must submit twelve images describing an in-depth exploration of a

particular visual idea. This series of cohesive art pieces will explore a single visual
concern in depth. Students will develop their body of work committed to the
thoughtful investigation of their specific visual idea or evolution of an idea through
thematic concepts. Students will be required to explore through writing and
sketching, a number of different ideas and themes early in the course. Using
finalized themes, students will provide and present an outline of their plan of action
or investigation, illustrating their intended goals or directions necessary to show
evolution and growth in their most compelling visual concept.

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design
Concentration continued-

A Concentration is a body of related works that:

 Grow out of a coherent plan of action or investigation;
 Are unified by an underlying idea that has visual and or conceptual
 Are based on the student’s individual interest in a particular visual idea;
 Are focused on a process of investigation, growth and discovery; and
 Show the development of a visual language appropriate for your subject.

Guidelines for Concentration

 The choice of technique, medium, style, form, subject and content are made
by the student, in consultation with the instructor.
 The choice of works to submit should be made to present the concentration
as clearly and best represent the process of investigation.
 The images should be organized to best show the development of the
concentration. In most cases, this would be chronological.
 For this section, twelve digital images must be submitted, some of which may
be details.
 All images should be labeled with dimensions (height x width) and media.
 The web application for development and submission of the Concentration
section is available in late January.
 The Concentration section requires a well written, concise commentary
describing what the concentration is and how it evolved. Students will be
asked to respond to the following
1. Clearly and simply state the central idea of your concentration.
(500 character maximum)
2. Explain how the work in your concentration demonstrates your
Intent and the exploration of your idea. You may refer to specific
Images as example. (1,350 character maximum)
 Students may not submit images of the same work that they submit for

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design

Students will submit twelve images of twelve different works demonstrating the
principles or 2-D Design. Examples of unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast,
rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale and figure/ground should be included in the
Breadth section. Students should demonstrate that they are thoughtfully applying
these principles while creating their art.

Guidelines for Breadth

 As a whole, work in this section should demonstrate exploration,
inventiveness, and the expressive manipulation of their work, as well as
knowledge of compositional organization.
 The best demonstrations of breadth clearly show experimentation and a
range of conceptual approaches to the work.
 If a single medium is used, the work must show a range of approaches to the
investigation of 2-D Design principles.
 An enormous range of possibilities exists for this section.
 For this section, students must submit a total of twelve digital images of
twelve different works. Details may not be included.
 Students may not submit images of the same work that they submit for
 All images must be labeled with dimensions (height x width) and media.
 The web application for development and submission of the Breadth section
is available in late January.

Approaches to Breadth
The course will expect innovation in thought, concept and execution in the
student’s approach to 2-D Design topics. Students will gain familiarity with and
understanding of the use of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design using
conventional and unconventional media, and provocative and stimulating subject
matter so that experience is gained in problem solving and ideation to further
strengthen the student’s artistic foundation.

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design
Possible subject matter may be inclusive of the following but, would not be
exclusive of other potential ideas.
 Perspective ( 2 point, 3 point, multiple vanishing points, aerial, exaggerated)
 Cut paper design
 Design an emotion
 Explore a variety of color choices with one subject
 Printed personal symbol
 Unconventional linear structural view
 Objects Repeated using radial, symmetrical or asymmetrical balance
 Use of color and symbolism to illustrate a personal story
 Illustrate the meaning of a word
 Illuminated subject
 Linear and textural qualities of a subject
 Use a photo you took as the message
 Metamorphosis of object to basic shape
 Limited palette of color to express meaning
 Weave a message
 Exhibit common object in an unconventional setting
 Self-portrait collage
 Design fabric
 Package design
 Linear quality of natural object

Historical and contemporary stylistic influences to be considered:

 Abstract Expressionism  Surrealism
 Action Painting  Post-Impressionism
 Cubism  Fauvism
 Impressionism  Dada
 Realism  Pop Art

Media to be explored:
 Painting  Acrylic paint
 Watercolor  Mixed media
 Pen and ink  Markers
 Pastels/chalk  Crayon
 Charcoal  Water-soluble media
 Printmaking  Photography/Photo media

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design

Student Reading and Research

The AP Studio 2-D Design student should not only be skilled, but should also be
knowledgeable about artists, artistic styles, artistic approaches, cultural influences,
art history and its influence, aesthetics and techniques to be better able to analyze,
interpret and understand the visual arts. Students are given opportunity to
investigate their interest in these areas in preparation for written assignments as
well as self-evaluation about their relationship with art as an artist. The school or
public library, internet and class library are resources accessible to the student.

Grades will reflect individual achievement exhibited by the fulfillment of class
requirements. Grades will be reported and calculated using percentages mandated
in District Policy. District policy regarding retesting and failing grades will be
Major Assessments- 67% of student grade
Students will be informed of rubric criteria or provided with a grading rubric for
major drawing assignments. Major assessments are inclusive of but not limited to
the following:
 Completed individual works
 Formal written analysis of Historical, Contemporary or Personal work
 Individual Critiques with Instructor or Group Critiques with Presentation of
 Sketchbook
 Participation in activities outlined in Student Performance
 Six weeks tests
 Semester exams
 Concentration statement
 Completed Portfolio

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design
Secondary Assessments- 33% of student grade
 Preliminary sketches
 Research
 Technique Exercises
 Critique notes
 Review notes
 Quizzes
 Participation in Group Critiques

Failure to Complete and Submit the Portfolio

 Senior students who fail to complete and submit their portfolio will
automatically receive a “0” (zero) for the 6th six weeks and the final exam
grade. This will negatively affect your final grade in this class.
 Juniors who choose to take the possible two years to complete their
portfolio and Pre-AP studio students must have 12 high quality pieces (half
of the portfolio) complete to receive a passing grade for the 6th six weeks and
the final exam.

Behavioral Expectations
Respect yourself, your peers, and your teacher. Make a commitment to:
 Attend class
 Be prepared
 Be on time
 Listen
 No electronics
 No offensive actions
 Turn your work in when due
 Keep the studio clean

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design

Student supplies
Students at this level should be investing in personal materials to use in and out of

AP 2-D Design -*set of a variety of pencils *sketchbook *Crayola watercolor pencils

*drawing charcoal *conte’ crayon * Prismacolor (or Crayola colored pencils) pencils
*# 2 pencils *vinyl erasers *sharpeners
*For more information on portfolio requirements go to – see AP Studio Art Drawing pages 21-25

AP Students can also find additional student information at:

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -2-D Design

Student Agreement
I have received and read the expectations of me while enrolled in the
AP Studio Art 2-D Design course. I agree to fulfill the expectations and
submit a portfolio for credit by the deadlines set forth by the College
Student Printed Name_______________________________________

Student Signature ____________________________ Date __________

Phone numbers (Home) ________________________________

(Cell) ________________________________

Parent Agreement
I/We have read the expectations and agree to support our
son/daughter in achieving these expectations.
Parent Printed Name_________________________________________

Parent Signature ______________________________Date__________

Phone numbers (Home) ________________________________

(Cell) ________________________________