Portfolio Concentration 

In the concentration portion of the portfolio, AP student artists will find and express artistic voice through a series of 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 12 slides are required for portfolio submission, which can include detail and close-ups of other works in this section.

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.

AP Part 2

Studio Breadth


AP Studio Student Artists will be exposed to a range of experiences through teacher-initiated assignments in drawing, challenging students with high-level problem-solving skills. Discovery of personal style, particular studio strengths, and artistic voice will be achieved within a body of work suitable for the Breadth section of the AP portfolio. A range of projects and explorations are presented and outlined here.  Student Artists will select four sustained in-class assignments from this project list.  Mediums and techniques must vary to demonstrate variety in explorative art techniques. 


For this course you must start a new blog that is solely dedicated to the portfolio development.  You may always reference, link to and include items from prior classes.  There will be a weekly blog entries due every Sunday that includes plans and works in progress. 


quality Component

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 submitted in breadth or concentration.  

 Welcome to AP Studio Art


Breadth Section

AP Studio student artists will be exposed to a range of experiences through teacher-initiated assignments in drawing, challenging students with high-level problem-solving skills. Discovery of personal style, particular studio strengths, and artistic voice will be achieved within a body of work suitable for the Breadth section of the portfolio. Through a range of projects and explorations, students will be involved in four sustained in-class assignments and at least eight short-duration assignments. Assignment outlines can be previewed in advance and project introductions will be staggered to allow students to work on more than one assignment at a time. A total of 12 slides are required for the Breadth section and may not include detailed/close-ups or previously submitted works.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Intentional use of design elements and principles of composition

  • Apply inquiry to develop personal responses to assignment criteria;

  • Exploring and achieving proficiency in a variety of materials that are black and white, color, wet/dry;

  • Thoughtful visual response to numerous varying techniques and mediums;

  • Purposeful and well articulated image-development strategies arise from observation, memory, and imagination or fantasy sources; and

  • a selection of drawing methods to include point, weighted line, contour, continuous line, wash, and tone/value. 

AP Studio Art Sample Portfolios 

Check out Portfolios submitted by other AP artists


AP Part 1


Developing Your Style 

These smaller scale projects are designed to jumpstart your AP experience.  Here you will begin to generate ideas, explore technical skill and design while defining your own personal style through mediums you are confident in.  While these are meant to be smaller in scale they are also works that should focus on refined technical approach and attention to small details. Projects completed here can help you discover where you may want to go with your concentration and will accompany the final Breadth pieces in your final art portfolio. 


A Guide to Your AP Studio Art Portfolio

Use the College Board AP Studio Art Portfolio Guide to help plan and organize your portfolio.  Answer the essential questions to be sure you are prepared and ready.  


The assignments and course schedule listed here are based on a 3-quarter portfolio development process; 2 quarters of scheduled class time and an additional (optional but strongly recommended) quarter of independent study to help manage the workload. Because of the quantity of work required for the AP portfolio assessment and the high expectations for the quality of work, it is recommended that AP art students commit 3 quarters (27 weeks) 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. 

Kassidy Hastings 

2015 Gold Key Scholastic Winner

RMCAD Studio Scholarship Recipient 


Aubrey Garcia

Arts Specialist