• AP Studio Art


    AP Studio Art is a highly rigorous and challenging Art class.  It will push your limits in terms of concepts, creativity, composition, technique, and execution.  The work load is high volume and fast paced.  At the end of April you will be submitting a body of work that will be 24 of your best work, to the College Board for grading and scrutiny.  Your artwork will be placed against the best in the nation, so regardless of your current talents and skill, I will be constantly pushing you to reach higher, stretch further, and really step outside of yourself.  If you pass the AP exam you will earn college credit for the class.  Students should be self-motivated and willing to work hard and keep up with the pace set for the class as outlined in the class calendar.  Students should expect 3-5 hours of homework per week on average. To be eligible to enroll in this course, student's are expected to have received an A or B in all of their 1-2 and 3-4 art classes, along with a teacher recommendation.  Any beginning and advanced art classes here at Chavez can feed into AP Studio. This class is rigorous and challenging, and very fast paced. However, if you have the desire and skill needed, it is an amazing journey and experience.  
    There is a $30 dollar fee per semester for this class.  $60 for the year.  This fee covers all the many supplies, paints, papers, etc. associated with this class. 
    Unlike other art classes, the AP Studio exam isn't a big test at the end of the year that students study for and take.  In this class we send in a portfolio of all the work we have done through out the year.  Our artwork is then judged, and based on how good it is, scores are given.
    The AP Studio portfolio is divided into 3 parts: Quality, Breadth & Concentration.
    QUALITY SECTION (5 pieces) 
    The quality section is 5 pieces that we physically mail into the college board to be judged.   They are judged on their technical mastery.  These 5 works can come from either of the other sections: Concentration or Breadth.
    BREADTH SECTION (12 pieces) 
     In this section, the artworks you submit should demonstrate your understanding of a range of drawing or 2D design concerns.  Students will Include examples such as drawing from observation, work with invented or nonobjective forms, effective use of light and shade, line quality, surface manipulation, composition, various spatial systems and expressive mark-making.  This section looks at the variety of skill, technique, and subject matter that an artist can showcase.  Students will be asked to demonstrate that they are thoughtfully considering these concerns while creating art.
    Breadth examples:

    For this section students are asked to make a commitment to the thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea.  To document their process, they should present a number of conceptually related works that show  growth and discovery.  Students get to choose their own visual idea to pursue, which can be quite the challenge.  it needs to be something that interests the student, and will continue to interest the student the entire year.  It needs to be something visual that the student can explore and grow into.

     CONCENTRATION Examples:

    Students planning on taking AP Studio should make sure that they complete the summer project by August 16th.  The summer project is a way for me to get to know the abilities of my students, along with getting us an immediate step into the portfolio.   The summer projects if done well can be submitted in the breadth section.  Otherwise during the year students will have to make up 3 different projects on their own time.