Your concentration is a sustained investigation of an idea or topic that your entire collection of works centers around. AP student artists will find and express artistic voice through a series of 15 works addressing a single concept. With a range of possible approaches to the concentration, the amount of artwork each individual student creates should be dictated by the focus of the investigation. A total of 15 pieces are required for portfolio submission.
The College Board has provided the following concentration topic examples:
A series of expressive landscapes based upon personal experience of a particular place
A personal or family history communicated through the content and style of still-life images
Abstractions from mechanical objects used to explore mark-making
Interpretive self-portraiture and figure studies that emphasize exaggeration and distortion
An exploration of interior or exterior architectural space, emphasizing principles of perspective, structure, ambiance created by light, etc.
A series of figurative works combining animal and human subjects — drawings, studies and completed works
There are infinite possibilities for the content and approach to the concentration. As recommended by the College Board if a student has works that are not as well resolved as others but that help show the evolution of thinking or the process of developing the work, the student should consider including them. The choice of works to submit should be made to present the concentration as clearly as possible.
For this course you will keep an annotated sketchbook. This will be a place to track your thought process, collect inspiration, inquire about your concentration topic, practice techniques, play with compositional arrangements and to sharpen your skills.
Sketchbooks will be checked weekly and should include a new development of your process each week. Pages that relate to your concentration must be annotated with dialogue that describes how your work in progress connects back to your overall sustained investigation.
Check out these Annotated Sketchbooks! Upload yours in May!
In addition, there are 6 exploratory sketchbook assignments that must be completed along the way. These preliminary assignments are meant to sharpen your skills and broaden your artistic scope and knowledge. These can be submitted as a weekly sketchbook assignment and will be entered into their own category, worth twice the points.
The Quality component of the portfolio emphasizes the student's best most compelling work. These pieces exemplify strength in concept, composition, and execution. It is not necessary to select works that are related in content. Works selected for this section should be the best demonstration of excellence in drawing, individual style and artistic discovery unique to the student artist. 5 original works no larger than 18"x24" are submitted by mail for review. Selecting work for this segment will be done at the end of Quarter 3. A significant amount of thought and attention to detail should be put into these works. Pieces submitted for this section may also be included in the concentration or stand alone pieces created outside of the concentration.
Welcome to AP Studio Art
You will be assigned short chapters to read and reflect on. Making connections what you read, you will be asked to visit art shows to engage with art on a personal level.
Check out Quality Selections submitted by other AP artists
Review and understand the scoring guidelines and expectations. The scores are based in evidence of inquiry, practice, revision, and synthesis of concepts pertaining to the concentration. Understand the terms and expectations for the written, image and selected works.
Assesment and Grading
The College Board will ultimately judge and determine your portfolio score. But here is the breakdown of how the course work will be assessed and graded in class:
Annotated Sketchbooks Reading/Local Art Engagement:
(Inquiry and practice techniques): (Who's afraid of Contemporary Art)
Q1: 3 Q2: 3 Q3: 3 Q1: 3 Q2: 3 Q3: 3 Q4: 3
Preliminary Sketchbooks: Critiques:
(technical skill development) (concentration and global art)
Q1:2 Q2: 2 Q3: 2 Q1: 6 Q2: 6 Q3: 6 Q4: 6
(50% of AP Studio Art Grade)
Quarterly: 4 completed
March 11 Gala: 12+ Completed, displayed w/Artist Statement
May 1st: Final Portfolio Display (16 pieces)
May 6th: All work photographed and edited.
May 8th: Submit portfolio to College Board.
2015 Gold Key Scholastic Winner
RMCAD Studio Scholarship Recipient
The assignments and course schedule listed here are based on a year-long portfolio development process; AP Art students are registered into a 50 minute daily zero hour to complete assignments, meet with the instructor and fellow AP artists an participate in critiques. Because of the quantity of work required for the AP portfolio assessment and the high expectations for the quality of work, it is essential that AP art students commit independent time on their off blocks and at home to their portfolio development. Portfolio submissions occur in May and final portfolios must be completed by April. There is plenty of time in the school year. It will be important to get a head start, stay on track and apply diligent time management.
This webpage is your classroom, the art room is your studio. Here you will find lessons, project ideas and explorative aspects to follow. By now you should have a very well rounded history with studio art and much of the AP Portfolio class will be self-guided through this site.