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Ap Studio Art Assignments

Final deadline for any Late, Missing or Incomplete work is May 31st!!!

Exam Schedule

The exam schedule is linked here.  Remember there is no resource during exams and classes start at 7:50

Week of May 30 - June 2

Blended....you only have to come to class if you have late, missing or incomplete work.  This must be completed by May 31st. 

Final Exam Day June 6th 9:55 - 11:30 will be a cleaning day.  You will take down your exhibit and clean out your cabinets.  Make sure the following happens. 
  1. Have your name label removed from the shelf
  2. Return all art supplies that you've borrowed
  3. Clean all palettes, brushes and other supplies that may be on your shelves, this includes the open shelves in the back corner. 
  4. 11:30 Final Class Meeting, Photos and Goodbyes

Week of May 22 - 26

Learning Target:  Present concentration art through final public exhibit and digital presentation synthesizing our studies in AP Studio Art.  

Monday:  Final Exam Presentation/Critique in Exhibit Space.  You will have about 20- 30 minutes to prepare this:  Have the following prepared for Monday:
  1. Digital Portfolio of high resolution images of your Breadth and Concentration
  2. Upload this folder to Mac Lab Share Drive and Google Drive One Folder with your name on it containing 2 folders (Breadth and Concentration).
  3. Put the high resolution edited copies of your work into the folders.  Make sure they are the high resolution. 
  4. 3 photos of your exhibit should also go into this folder
  5. Final artist statement as one document should also be in this folder (use the one you created for your show).  If you did separate descriptions for each piece combine this into one document.  No need to rewrite. 
  6. You will present your exhibit in the exhibit area explaining your concept for your show.  
  7. We will take a group photo by the exhibit at the critique.  Dress pretty/creative/cute?!
Wednesday:  Finish Center Pieces/Start Cleaning your shelves and returning supples
I still need the table centerpieces finished so if you'd want to help me with those I'd appreciate it!!!

Friday:  AP Art Picnic-
I will be bringing a lunch/brunch for this day.  If the weather permits we will head outside and hang out.  Bring frisbee or parachute or other picnic things to do.  

Week of May 30 - June 2nd: Blended....you only have to come to class if you have late, missing or incomplete work.  This must be completed by May 31st. 

Final Exam Day June 6th 9:55 - 11:30 will be a cleaning day.  You will take down your exhibit and clean out your cabinets.  Make sure the following happens. 
  1. Have your name label removed from the shelf
  2. Return all art supplies that you've borrowed
  3. Clean all palettes, brushes and other supplies that may be on your shelves, this includes the open shelves in the back corner. 
  4. 11:30 Final Class Meeting, Photos and Goodbyes

Week of May 15 - 19

Learning Target:  Present concentration art through final public exhibit and digital presentation synthesizing our studies in AP Studio Art.  

Tuesday and Thursday:  Continue exhibition preparations, make sure your digital Share drive files are in order too.  
  1. Minimum of 5 concentration pieces (if one of the pieces you want to display is at the College Board you can print an image of it, but your whole show can't be photos of art, it must have actual art in it.)
  2. Written artist statement printed and accompanying pieces 
  3. Labels with (title, media, name of artist)
  4. Name prominently displayed and designed into the exhibit
  5. Works hung in a way that will stay up through the next two weeks of school.  
  6. Mac Lab Share Drive and Google Drive One Folder with your name on it containing 2 folders (Breadth and Concentration).  Put the high resolution edited copies of your work into the folders.  Make sure they are the high resolution. 
AP ART Exhibit due up by 3:00 on Thursday, May 18th.

Week of May 8 - 12

Learning Target:  Present concentration art through final public exhibit and digital presentation synthesizing our studies in AP Studio Art.  

Monday: Discuss our exhibit and what is required.
  1. Minimum of 5 concentration pieces (if one of the pieces you want to display is at the College Board you can print an image of it, but your whole show can't be photos of art, it must have actual art in it.)
  2. Written artist statement printed and accompanying pieces 
  3. Labels with (title, media, name of artist)
  4. Name prominently displayed and designed into the exhibit
  5. Works hung in a way that will stay up through the next two weeks of school.  
  6. Mac Lab Share Drive and Google Drive One Folder with your name on it containing 2 folders (Breadth and Concentration).  Put the high resolution edited copies of your work into the folders.  Make sure they are the high resolution. 
  7. Consider planning a public reception to celebrate and invite family and friends to. 

District:  Create center pieces and doors project.

Wednesday:  Finish center pieces and doors Start on exhibition preparations.  

Friday:  Continue exhibition preparations, make sure your digital Share drive files are in order too.  

AP ART Exhibit due up by 3:00 on Thursday, May 18th.

Week of May 1 - 5

Learning Target:  Present concentration art through written and oral critique process and online portfolio organization. 

Tuesday:  Do the Following!
  1. Get 5 Quality pieces Matted
  2. Write your concentration statement on AP Digital Portfolio
  3. Photograph your Concentration and get uploaded ot your AP Digital Portfolio
  4. Forward your final portfolio to Teacher on the AP Digital Portfolio Page
Thursday:  AP Art Exam DAY!!!!  Ms. Sorkness will be here at 10:30 to help us finalize our portfolios.  All work must be done this day by 10:30.  

AP ART Exhibit due up by 3:00 on Thursday, May 18th.

Week of April 24 - 28

Learning Target:  Create works that satisfy the Concentration section of the portfolio showing complex conceptual development, composition and outstanding craftsmanship. Present concentration art through written and oral critique process. 

Tuesday:  Final in class work day for your Concentration section!!!!

Thursday:  Last Critique Concentration 10-12 Due today

Turn in photos of work to Google Folder with 1 artist statement for all 3
  • CRITIQUE 10-12 DUE ON APRIL 27
  • MAY 2ND PORTFOLIO FINISHED (PHOTOS SHOT AND UPLOADED MAT 5 QUALITY PIECES
  • May 4th submit portfolio EXAM day during class.

Week of April 17 - 21

Learning Target:  Create works that satisfy the Concentration section of the portfolio showing complex conceptual development, composition and outstanding craftsmanship. Present concentration art through written and oral critique process. 

Monday 4/17:  Studio work time to complete 6-9

Wednesday 4/19: Studio work time to complete 6-9​

​Friday 4/21:  Turn in photos of work to Google Folder with 1 artist statement for all 4
  • CRITIQUE 6-9 DUE ON APRIL 21
  • CRITIQUE 10-12 DUE ON APRIL 27
  • MAY 2ND PORTFOLIO FINISHED (PHOTOS SHOT AND UPLOADED MAT 5 QUALITY PIECES

Week of March 27 - 31 and April 3 - 7

Learning Target:  Create works that satisfy the Concentration section of the portfolio showing complex conceptual development, composition and outstanding craftsmanship. Present concentration art through written and oral critique process. 

Monday 3/27:  Critique Concentration #1-2 with 3 in progress.  
  • for critique have an artist statement that explains how these 2 finished works have started you on the path to your concentration.  Make sure you describe the concept, the complex composition and the craftsmanship and media techniques utilized. 
  • Make sure a copy of the artist statement and photos of each piece are uploaded to the class Google Drive Folder.  ​
  • MAKE SURE YOU SHOOT HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS AS YOU GO SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO RE-SHOOT LATER!!!
  • Post your entire BREADTH section to the College Board Digital Submission Portfolio site.

Wednesday 3/29 - Tuesday April 4:  Studio Work time to complete Concentration 3-5 with progress on #6 for April 6th critique.  

Thursday April 6: CRITIQUE #3-5 FINISHED, 6 PROGRESS 
  • For critique have an artist statement that explains how these 3 finished works have furthered  your development of the concentration concept.  Make sure you describe the concept, the complex composition and the craftsmanship and media techniques utilized. 
  • Make sure a copy of the artist statement and photos of each piece are uploaded to the class Google Drive Folder.  ​
  • MAKE SURE YOU SHOOT HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS AS YOU GO SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO RE-SHOOT LATER!!!
  • CRITIQUE 1-2 with 3 in Progress DUE ON MONDAY MARCH 27
  • CRITIQUE 3-5 with 6 in Progress DUE ON APRIL 6TH
  • CRITIQUE 6-9 DUE ON APRIL 21
  • CRITIQUE 10-12 DUE ON APRIL 27
  • MAY 2ND PORTFOLIO FINISHED (PHOTOS SHOT AND UPLOADED MAT 5 QUALITY PIECES

Week of March 20 - 24

Learning Target:  Create works that satisfy the Concentration section of the portfolio showing complex conceptual development, composition and outstanding craftsmanship.

Tuesday/Thursday 3/21 and 3/23:  Work days for Concentration 1 and 2  plus #3 in progress
DueMonday March 27 for critique
  • for critique have an artist statement that explains how these 2 finished works have started you on the path to your concentration.  Make sure you describe the concept, the complex composition and the craftsmanship and media techniques utilized. 
  • Make sure a copy of the artist statement and photos of each piece are uploaded to the class Google Drive Folder.  ​
  • MAKE SURE YOU SHOOT HIGH QUALITY PHOTOS AS YOU GO SO YOU DON'T HAVE TO RE-SHOOT LATER!!!
Create Your Digital Portfolio on College Board Website and get Breadth Section uploaded to it
  • See details in button below
  • make sure you select the correct portfolio
  • if you didn't pay for doing the AP College Board portfolio do not do this
  • Breadth Section is digitally uploaded to the website by Critique day!
CRITIQUE 1-2 with 3 in Progress DUE ON MONDAY MARCH 27
CRITIQUE 3-5 with 6 in Progress DUE ON APRIL 6TH
CRITIQUE 6-9 DUE ON APRIL 21
CRITIQUE 10-12 DUE ON APRIL 27

MAY 2ND PORTFOLIO FINISHED (PHOTOS SHOT AND UPLOADED MAT 5 QUALITY PIECES

Week of March 13 - 17

Monday 3/13:   Concentration Packet Conferences
Please have the following prepared for your conference:
  1. Finished concentration packet written requirements
    1. including artists you researched and are inspired by
    2. detailed thumbnails
    3. media plans
    4. written explanation of your idea/concept for the concentration
    5. SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS
  2. scanned visual journal pages uploaded to Google Folder
  3. Completed Sketchbook Rubric
  4. FULL COLOR Thumbnails and planning sketches as described in the packet.  
  5. Final Finished Breadth Photos of Your work uploaded to MAC LAB Share drive.  
Wednesday & Friday 3/15/17:  Get Started on Your Concentration  critique on 1-3 next week Thursday (1 & 2  done 3 started)
CONCENTRATION CRITIQUE THURSDAY MARCH 23

Week of March 6 - 10

Gene Frett Visual Art Scholarship
Application  Deadline TODAY. 


Learning Target: CREATE a complex conceptual plan for your CONCENTRATION section of the portfolio.  Develop a written proposal, detailed thumbnails and artist inspired research to plan the concept for your 12 works of art.  Utilize Visual Journaling techniques to develop.

Monday March 6:
FINAL DAY to Photograph your final Breadth works and upload to the SHARE drive in the Mac Lab, making sure images are well shot, clear, well lit, no background clutter.

Next week we will begin working on our Concentration.  If you are ready to start this week you can begin before meeting with me.  

Finalize your Concentration Packets today:  I expect a high level of detail for the packet and the Visual Journal pages.  Don't disappoint me!!!

​Scan all of the visual Journal pages and share digitally in the following Google Folder.  This will need to be done for our conference meetings on Wednesday 3/8


Develop Concentration Packet creating Visual Journal pages for all 12 works for the concentration.  Complete the written packet requirements and the VJ pages.  BE THOROUGH AND DETAILED!  
  • Use multi-media and design your pages using a complex composition.  No scribbles! 
  • You must show research and have at least 3 artists you've looked at and you're using as reference and inspiration.  Explain in VJ how these artists are inspiring you.  Look at the many books I have in the room.  Art 21 Series is FABULOUS!!!
  • Foreground, middle ground and backgrounds are required to create a complex composition 
  • Overlapping elements are key...no floating single objects
  • Complex concepts should be evident for example: 
    • Saying "I'm going to do portraits"  isn't a concept BUT.......
    • "I will do portraits of my cousin who has musular dystrophy to show his daily struggles with everyday tasks, but I hope to portray how he triumphs each day with a positive attitude and support of family."  IS! 
    • Visit the College Board website to look at concentrations or look at the WIKI for ideas
Wednesday 3/8:  Concentration Packet Conferences
Please have the following prepared for your conference:
  1. Finished concentration packet written requirements
    1. including artists you researched and are inspired by
    2. detailed thumbnails
    3. media plans
    4. written explanation of your idea/concept for the concentration
    5. SEE ABOVE FOR DETAILS
  2. scanned visual journal pages uploaded to Google Folder
  3. Completed Sketchbook Rubric
  4. FULL COLOR Thumbnails and planning sketches as described in the packet.  
  5. Final Finished Breadth Photos of Your work uploaded to MAC LAB Share drive.  

Friday March 10th NO SCHOOL TEACHER PD DAY

Weeks of February 20 - March 3

Learning Target:  Create art that satisfies the requirements for the BREADTH section of the portfolio.  Plan and Respond to BREADTH section portfolio meetings.   

Tuesday 2/21: Last day to finalize all Breadth Section Art
  • Make sure you have all pieces that are new or revised since the Breadth conferences for this critique.  
  • Write one artist statement that reflects and analyzes the changes you've made to improve your Breadth section.  Explain why you feel it is complete and any additional work it may still need if you feel it still does.  Post this to the Google Drive Folder along with photos of the changed works or new works.
  •  Name these last name-firstname-Breadth1.jpg etc. 

Gene Frett Visual Art Scholarship
Application  Deadline Monday March 6th. 


Portfolio Fee due February 23th $93.00 Checks made out to PHS.  ​​

Thursday 2/23:  Critique of Breadth Section new and revised works.  
Make sure your works are ready for critique and that all Google Folder items are turned in.  

Thursday March 2-
Photograph your final Breadth works and upload to the SHARE drive in the Mac Lab, making sure images are well shot, clear, well lit, no background clutter etc. I expect a high level of detail for the packet and the Visual Journal pages.  Don't disappoint me!!!

Get started on Concentration Packet developing Visual Journal pages for all 12 works for the concentration.  Complete the written packet requirements and the VJ pages.  BE THOROUGH AND DETAILED!  
  • Use multi-media and design your pages using a complex composition.  No scribbles! 
  • You must show research and have at least 3 artists you've looked at and you're using as reference and inspiration.  Explain in VJ how these artists are inspiring you.  Look at the many books I have in the room.  Art 21 Series is FABULOUS!!!
  • Foreground, middle ground and backgrounds are required to create a complex composition 
  • Overlapping elements are key...no floating single objects
  • Complex concepts should be evident for example:
    • Saying "I'm going to do portraits"  isn't a concept BUT.......
    • "I will do portraits of my cousin who has musular dystrophy to show his daily struggles with everyday tasks, but I hope to portray how he triumphs each day with a positive attitude and support of family."  IS! 
    • Visit the College Board website to look at concentrations or look at the WIKI for ideas
  • Gene Frett Visual Art Scholarship
    Application  Deadline Monday March 6th. 

Week of February 13 - 17

Create art that satisfies the requirements for the BREADTH section of the portfolio.  Plan and Respond to BREADTH section portfolio meetings.   

Monday: Breadth section check in mini critique.  Show what you've been working on....no artist statement necessary.

Online Collaborative Critique with Whitefish Bay and Oak Creek High School.  

Youth Art Month people prepare your image for exhibit today!  Thanks!

Discuss Gene Frett Visual Art Scholarship

Application  Deadline Monday March 6th. 


Portfolio Fee due February 23th $93.00 Checks made out to PHS.  ​​

Final Formal Breadth Critique Thursday February 23

Wednesday/Friday:  Work time to complete Breadth Start concentration packet if finished.  

Week of February 6 - 10

Create art that satisfies the requirements for the BREADTH section of the portfolio.  Plan and Respond to BREADTH section portfolio meetings.   

Tuesday:  Take down exhibit in gallery and P case.  Photograph any work you need for digital portfolio.  

Thursday:  In progress mini critique on Breadth section.  No artist statements for this check in critique. Continue to finish up your Breadth section.  Start on Concentration Packet and Visual Journal pages related to this.

 Discuss Gene Frett Visual Art Scholarship

Portfolio Fee due February 13th $93.00 Checks made out to PHS.  ​​

Final Formal Breadth Critique Thursday February 23

Week of January 30 - February 3

Create art that satisfies the requirements for the BREADTH section of the portfolio.  Plan and Respond to BREADTH section portfolio meetings.   

Monday 1/30:  BREADTH conferences.  See Google sign up for your day and time. 
Work on Reflection Packets and start making/reworking pieces so that you have 12 finished, high quality works.  

Wednesday 2/1:  BREADTH conferences.  See Google sign up for your day and time. 
Work on Reflection Packets and start making/reworking pieces so that you have 12 finished, high quality works.  

Friday 2/3:  WORK TIME finalize your Breadth section of Portfolio.  
Portfolio Fee due February 13th $93.00 Checks made out to PHS.  

Week of January 24 - 27

Learning Target
Create art that satisfies the requirements for the BREADTH section of the portfolio.  Plan and Respond to BREADTH section portfolio meetings.   

Tuesday 1/24:  Discuss BREADTH conferences and preparations required.  
  • Complete Google Sign-up for your 10 minute conference slot.  
  • Organize your entire body of BREADTH works for these meetings including any works you made outside of PHS (MIAD etc)
  • Complete the BREADTH packets in great detail including the sketch thumbnail section.  Be harsh and honest with yourself
  • Clean out cabinets and take home any work you will not be putting into your BREADTH section.
  • Develop Visual Journal pages planning the final BREADTH pieces you need (this may be 1-2 or up to 4-6 pieces.)

Thursday 1/26:  BREADTH conferences.  See Google sign up for your day and time. 
  • Work on Reflection Packets and start making/reworking pieces so that you have 12 finished, high quality works.
  • Make sure you have high quality photos of your works as well and that they are loaded to the SHARE Drive in the MAC Lab 

Portfolio Fee due February 13th $93.00 Checks made out to PHS.  

Please complete the AP Art Survey

AP Art Survey will take 5 minutes or less. 

Summer Homework 2017-18
​AP Art Class

Intervention Schedule Week of April 24- 27

Please note that we have shortened classes the week of the April 24-27 due to Aspire Testing and Intervention schedule.  On Monday and Tuesday April 24-25 I am proctoring the Aspire tests.  I will leave the art room unlocked and you could be in there both days for the full 3 hours of Intervention time.  Each Intervention Period is 7:30 - 10:10. You are required to come to Intervention one of the two days I'm available Wednesday April 26th and/or Thursday April 27th.  Remember that all art work is due for critique on April 27th in class.  This is your full concentration 1-12.  

I strongly encourage you to take advantage of Intervention as open studio time!!! April 27th  is the final deadline for all physical art making

Final Deadlines for Concentration

  • CRITIQUE 1-2 with 3 in Progress DUE ON MONDAY MARCH 27
  • CRITIQUE 3-5 with 6 in Progress DUE ON APRIL 6TH
  • CRITIQUE 6-9 DUE ON APRIL 21
  • CRITIQUE 10-12 DUE ON APRIL 27
  • MAY 2ND PORTFOLIO FINISHED (PHOTOS SHOT AND UPLOADED MAT 5 QUALITY PIECES & LOAD INTO PHYSICAL PORTFOLIO FOR EXAM DAY 
  • MAY 4 EXAM DURING CLASS FINALIZE ALL !

How To Create AP Digital Portfolio for College Board Submission 

AP College Board

Click the link here to see an online exhibit of 2016 student works.  How do you compare to these portfolios?  What are your thoughts? How are works scored?  
Click here for details on the AP Studio Art Exam/Portfolio Process.  

Daily Class Supplies

For daily class you need
  1. your mac login
  2. a sketchbook - It should have at least 50 pages and be book or spiral bound.  8.5" x 11" or 9" x 12" is a perfect size.
  3. number two pencil. 
  4. Suggested to also have a 2 gb or higher flash drive.
  5. Strongly encouraged to buy a portfolio (cloth or leatherette.  Heavy duty. 24 x 36 or so. 

Visual Journals: What Are They?

A visual journal is more than a sketchbook.  It is a place where you will track your creative process.  You will write, draw, collage, sew, glue, paint, think and plan in your visual journal.  It is the process of making your notes and ideas visual.  You will design your notes and ideas showing the process of how you arrive at your final work of art.  Being able to explain your though process through visual means is vital to literacy.  Leonardo da Vinci did this and so can you!  There are many great Visual Journal examples out in the world.  Check out some of these resources to see what Visual Journaling is and how you can make more of this process.  

Tim Needles Sharing Notebooks Post
Mrs. Bjork's Pinboard on Visual Journals
​Journal Fodder Junkies Website
Journal Fodder Junkies Blog
Lynda Barry's Syllabus

Assessment in This Class

As always the artwork you create and the way you present it will influence the grades you receive in this class.  We are in our second year as a district using Standards Based Grading.  With each unit you will see a highly detailed form that describes the assignment and shows what Reportable Standards and Priority Standards are being covered in the unit.   As we've done in the past you will participate in the critique process, which involves presenting your finished artwork and evaluating it in verbal and written form. 
  •  You will use the following  rubrics to self assess your work. Each is standards based and will be used to determine your grade in this class.  In some classes you will complete these digitally, while in others you will fill out a paper copy.  
  • Each class will digitally turn in their artist statements and a copy of their digital work to the Google folder for the class.  
  • All work will be turned in digitally for this class.  Please see the Google Folder Links Embedded Below.

Tombow Markers Tutorials and Tips

Art Competitions You Should Try

Arts Related Scholarships

Inspiration

High School art teacher, Jeanne Bjork, was recently my guest on Art Ed Radio for an episode focused on AP Studio Art.

Unfortunately, podcasts are limited by time, and there was a lot of information we weren’t able to discuss. But fear not! Jeanne and I are here to answer all of your questions about AP Studio Art and share just about every resource we have.

We hope this can be a great guide for someone just starting their program, and a great collection of resources for more established AP teachers.

Here are some of the most-asked questions about AP Studio Art and how we’d answer them.

What is the most important thing to focus on?

I’ve always thought building a classroom culture or a quality classroom environment is vitally important. Finishing 24 artworks is incredibly difficult, and students need the positive influence and support system of their peers. Jeanne agreed, saying developing camaraderie is one of her priorities. “I encourage my students to become a collegial cohort,” she said. “There has to be both humor and support, and the cohort is great for serious discussion or just joking around.”

Once a positive environment is established, it’s time to set the expectations. Kids need to know they will be doing a lot of work–usually multiple projects at once–and they need to know this is a college level course. Giving them a peek at my syllabus usually establishes this. Jeanne works on goal setting with her students as well. In fact, you should probably see her entire Goal Unit.

When should kids start developing their portfolios?

As much as we focus on the beginning of the year, most AP Studio Art teachers begin working with their AP students long before that. I have my juniors (and sometimes even my sophomores) save ALL of their work because you never know what might end up being useful when you put together your portfolio. It is a good idea to tell kids about the expectations of AP Studio Art before signing up for classes, then get them working on their portfolios soon after they are registered. I love to have kids create a couple works and take a ton of reference photos over the summer. Jeanne does something quite similar.

“I meet with the future class in May and give them their summer homework. This is divided into 4 areas: shooting reference photos, keeping a visual journal, blogging and visiting suggested online art sites, and producing 3-6 finished pieces that go with the portfolio students want to do. Part of what they’re asked to do is figure out which portfolio they will do and make a commitment to daily art-making and thinking.”

How do you divide your assignments throughout the year? What assignments do you give for the breadth section?

A majority of AP Studio Art teachers have students focus on the breadth section at the beginning of the year. Jeanne emphasizes her 3 C’s of quality art-making (concept, composition, and craftsmanship) that guide students’ work throughout the year, and then gives them an incredible first assignment. From there, kids should be focused on conceptual development, while working on a variety of styles, artworks, ideas, media, and ways to express themselves. This checklist is a great tool for keeping your kids’ work in the breadth section on track.

How do kids develop their concentration?

Well, I’m glad you asked because we have this handy list of 99 concentration topics kids can use to start thinking about their concentration. Download your copy below!

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Once they have a possible focus, however, it’s important to properly develop those ideas. I have my students do a ton of sketching, note taking, research, and journaling, and I like to get them started as soon as possible. Ideally before the end of the first semester, but by the end of January at the very latest. Jeanne is on just about that exact time frame. “By early February we’ve done a written packet about concentration which includes research, visual journal explorations, and a proposal. I require detailed thumbnails and 3-5, four by six full-color sketches to plan out the concentration,” she said. “We then spend February through April finalizing those 12 works.”

What do you think makes for a good concentration? What have you found are the qualities that lead to a good score more often than not?

The concentration has to be specific and have a specifically focused point of view; students need to avoid generalities. Jeanne put it like this: “Saying ‘I want to do portraits’ isn’t much of a concentration, but saying ‘I want to do portraits of my sister who has an eating disorder and struggles daily with her self-image’–that is a concentration.”

Pushing beyond literal interpretations is also important. The work should look like it goes together, but not be all the same. Visual consistency and consistency with technique are important. I like to tell my students that it should look like all the work was created by the same artist. By this point in their art-making career, they should have developed a specific artistic style.

High-quality craftsmanship is important as well. The breadth section should be about experimentation with media and style and technique. But with the concentration, it should be media students are comfortable and confident creating with. I also think the concentration should show growth and evolve over time. If students can combine growth and exploration of a specific meaningful idea with a distinct artistic style, they will undoubtedly be successful.

Click here to see Jeanne’s Art Department Website,Calendar, and Assignments.

Some of Jeanne’s Pinterest Boards to Share with Students:
Sketchbooks & Journals 1
Sketchbooks & Journals 2
Visual Journals
AP Studio Art
The Human Figure in Art

What are some of your favorite resources for teaching AP Studio Art? Feel free to share a link in the comments below!

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