Dutchtown High School

    AP Studio Art


    INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Zerric Clinton

    Course Overview: Students create a portfolio of work to demonstrate inquiry through art and design and development of materials, processes, and ideas over the course of a year. Portfolios include works of art and design, process documentation, and written information about the work presented. In May, students submit portfolios for evaluation based on specific criteria, which include skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas and sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision, guided by questions. Students may choose to submit any or all of the AP Portfolio Exams.

    OFFICE HOURS: 9:40am-11:00am

    EMAIL: zerric.clinton@henry.k12.ga.us

    Online Platform: Google Classroom is the online platform used to retrieve and post your class assignments. 


    1. 2B and Ebony pencil
    2. Compressed charcoal
    3. Black and white charcoal pencils
    4. White plastic eraser
    5. Hand held sharpener
    6. Water color
    7. Colored pencils          
    8. Oil pastels
    9. Kneaded eraser
    10. Blending tortillion
    11. Extra Fine Sharpie
    12. Fine Sharpie    
    13. Large Drawing paper approximately 12 x 18, 11 x 14, etc.
    14. Watercolor paper     
    15. 9 x 12  sketchbook spiral or hardbound if possible
    16. Scissors
    17. Glue or glue sticks
    18. protractor
    19. compass
    20. ruler



    Big Idea 1: Investigate Materials, Processes, and Ideas

    You’ll learn how artists and designers decide what to make and why and how to make it.

    You’ll practice:

    • Reflecting on and documenting experiences to inform your art and design work
    • Exploring materials, processes, and ideas to use in your work
    • Connecting your work to art and design traditions
    • Evaluating works of art and design

    Big Idea 2: Make Art and Design

    You’ll study the processes and techniques that artists and designers use when they create work.

    You’ll practice:

    • Coming up with questions to guide you in creating works
    • Using practice, experimentation, and revision
    • Choosing and combining materials, processes, and ideas
    • Using the elements and principles of 2-D art and design

    Big Idea 3: Present Art and Design

    You’ll explore why and how artists and designers present their work to viewers.

    You’ll practice:

    • Explaining how you used materials, processes, and ideas in your work
    • Describing how the work shows your skills
    • Identifying the questions that guided you in creating your work
    • Pointing out how your work shows experimentation, practice, and revision

    Assignments and Problem-Solving Activities:

    All assignments are to actively address composition using the elements of art and principles of art/design, along with experimentation using a variety of computer generated imagery. Students will come to the course with a working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, how to print properly, and the options of printing surfaces (altered surfaces, handmade paper, commercial printing paper, transfer processes, and scanning options, and final preparation for final artworks).

    Design Journals (DJs) will be the integral core of the ideas for the students. These books will be used for documentation of experimentation of process and ideas. For example, students can use this book in order to record thoughts and results of a new technique and list possibilities for artwork in the future. One day each week will be dedicated to working in DJs. Most of these will be crafted for a specific new technique, idea, or process that is short and brief. Then the students will expand on this assignment outside of class time.

    Examples of DJ assignments are: – Creative color theory study using media of student choosing. (Students have already learned how to use the media in previous courses.) – Counterchange exercise using India ink with fonts being treated as shape. – Experimental watercolor surfaces. The weekly assignments are designed to be fast and quick with the expectation of the student adding/embellishing/experimenting on their own time as part of a grade.

    In addition to the weekly DJ pages, students will also be expected to use the DJs outside of class for ongoing art investigations. These will be monitored weekly for ideas/progress using a grading rubric.

    Students will be writing explanations on the development of their ideas using correct art vocabulary and communication skills.

    Critiques and displays of artwork are a requirement and will be conducted at a minimum of every other week (most will be weekly). Students are expected to participate actively in class/group critiques as well as individual discussions with the instructor and classmates. Instructional conversations will assist students in analyzing their personal artwork, the work of their peers, and other artists. Correct art vocabulary is expected to be used while engaged in the critiques and any written statements. The critique process is ongoing daily within the art classroom. The students are expected to take these skills of talking about artwork and to apply them in their individual conversations with each other

    There will be daily/constant individual conferencing (critiquing) with students to assist in their decision-making skills regarding their portfolio development. As a result of these conferences, students will be able to develop and complete a highly successful sustained investigation of their art making

    Assessment and Evaluation:

    Section 1: Sustained Investigation

    15 digital images 60% of Score

    You’ll create a body of work that demonstrates:

    • sustained investigation through practice, experimentation, and revision
    • sustained investigation of materials, processes, and ideas
    • synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas
    • 2-D art and design skills

    You’ll have to document in writing:

    • the questions that guided your sustained investigation
    • how your sustained investigation shows evidence of practice, experimentation, and revision guided by your questions

    Section 2: Selected Works

    5 physical works 40% of Score

    You’ll choose works that demonstrate:

    • 2-D art and design skills
    • synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas

    For each work, you’ll have to describe in writing:

    • your ideas
    • the materials you used
    • the processes you used

    Works may come from the Sustained Investigation section, but they do not have to. They may be a group of related works, unrelated works, or a combination of related and unrelated works.

    Copyright Issues

    All work must be original If students use someone else’s work or a published image as a basis for their own pieces, there must be significant alteration to the piece for it to be considered original During individual as well as group discussions and critiques, students will develop an understanding of what constitutes plagiarism and how to maintain their own artistic integrity. For each work of art students create that directly references works of art created by other artists, students must cite their sources, providing a detailed and specific identification (including a thumbnail image) of each work referenced, and also must write a statement that explains how referencing the work supports their own artistic goals and voice. In this statement, students must explain how they have significantly changed the work they are referencing to serve their own artistic intentions.


    Assignments that are open ended in nature and that explore a variety of approaches to design are made during the semester. Assignments have end dates. Students should make every effort to complete work by the end date; however, there may be circumstances that cause an assignment to be delayed. It is important that students have a discussion with the instructor if work is going to be turned in late or they will miss a group peer critique.

    Work is evaluated in progress and in the finished state through group critiques with teacher and peers. Ongoing and one-on-one conferences, critiques, and discussions will take place between the teacher and each individual student. The AP Studio Art rubric which will be distributed separately, provides the grading criteria. Assessment of student work is based on original compositions and artistic integrity. All individual student work must be original in concept, composition, and execution. In addition to studio class activities, the teacher will conduct discussions and assign readings that reflect what constitutes ethical behavior in the making of art.     


    Course Time Frame Overview:

    August, September, October, Mid-November

     A series of teacher-led and initiated assignments will be presented with the purpose of investigation, experimentation, and creating images with the emphasis on the elements of art and principles of art/design. The intention of all of these assignments is to lead to a personal investigation, idea/concept development for the final sustained investigation. These assignments are to create a high level of problem-solving skills with a wide range of experiences. During these assignments, students will discover their personal direction of art investigation, art making techniques, and visual interests leading to their sustained investigation for the portfolio submission.


    There will be weekly DJ activities, critiques, and constant demonstrations of new techniques for creating artwork. Through electronic presentations using digital projectors and electronic portfolios, students will discuss their ideas, research, and critiques with their peers. This will include their experimentation and collaboration with other art students.

    Mid- December, January, February, and March

    The experimentation and initial artworks created during the fall months should lead students into their personal inquiry-based sustained investigation study. During this time, students will develop and refine their sustained investigation part of the portfolio. Students will weekly/biweekly continue the process of formal and informal critiques through classroom discussions and teacher and peer reviews. Students will document this process in their DJ books by recording in any manner they choose (photo documentation, notes, sketches, copies glued in book, etc.). This investigation must be a personal exploration by the student and include the guidance, suggestions, etc. from peers and the instructor.


    Specific Time Frame:

    Mid-November-Begin the research/investigative process of the sustained investigation. Each week, students are to have their progress presented via classroom discussions/critiques/written form. Peers and instructor will offer suggestions, ask questions, and inquire about the thought process in regard to the process, materials, and the degree of successful achievement.


    By Winter Break, a sustained investigative process should be begun in a specific direction of art making. This process can change as the investigation continues, but it must be documented and explained.


    January, February, March, continuous work in the sustained investigation with ideas documented as it progresses. This documentation will take place in the DJ and be checked on a weekly basis. By the end of March, students should have 90% of their sustained investigation developed.


    April, May Portfolio Deadline

    Students will finalize, complete uploading, and choose their five Selected Works, basing their selections on concept, composition, and execution of their artworks, for the final portfolio submission. This timeframe is devoted to successfully completing the entire process of the AP 2-D Art and Design portfolio. Each student will receive individual mentoring concerning their specific needs. This time period of the portfolio is extremely individualized per student. Each student will be at a different stage in their investigation. The instructor will meet with each student to assess and determine their needs prior to the completion of the portfolio.

    Digital Submissions-Once the portal opens for digital submissions and is available online, students will upload, resort, refine, and explain their sustained investigation until the final deadline is met. The teacher will provide this date when it is determined by the College Board.

    AP 2-D Art and Design Portfolio Due Date

    This is the last day for your school to submit AP Art and Design digital portfolios.

    Art and Design Literary Resources:

    Khan Academy




    http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/spec/ARTBOUND%20Websites/ARTBOUND%20 2010.html

    https://thebluereview.net/artist-sketchbooks-that-will-change-your-life-orat-least-inspire- you-to-start-drawing-6ae04103838c

    https://www.artistsnetwork.com/art-mediums/drawing/sketchbookdrawings-and-sketching- techniques/

    Artistic Integrity, Plagiarism, and Copyright:

    “Any work that makes use of (appropriates) photographs, published images, and/or the work of someone else must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This is demonstrated through manipulation of the materials, processes, and/or ideas of the source. The student’s individual vision should be clearly evident. It is unethical, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates copyright law simply to copy someone else’s work or imagery (even in another medium) and represent it as one’s own.” 

    Throughout the course, students are encouraged to work from the direct observations of their individual life experiences, the direct observations from their world, and their dreams and fantasies.

    This process is practiced on the first day of class, and embedded in ALL created artworks, discussions, research, and investigations.

    Each student has already had this explained in the prerequisite courses; however, it is reviewed and checked constantly. Š Students are shown examples of appropriation used well and not well. This is discussed via PowerPoint examples of past violations, etc. Plagiarism is not tolerated in any way.



    1. Attendance will be taken on a daily basis.


    1. Student are expected to work to complete assignments during the scheduled class time.


    1. Sketchbook assignments- Students are expected to complete and turn in sketchbooks on the day they were assigned. See GOOGLE CLASSROOM for the directions.


    1. Studio projects- Students are expected to work daily on their studio projects during class.


    1. Turning in assignments- Students will turn in their projects in Google Classroom. All assignments will be graded from GOOGLE CLASSROOM. Points will be deducted for assignments that are turned in late.


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    1. Prohibited learner conduct includes, but is not limited to the following:


    Disrespect: (This is the basis of Netiquette!) Learners may not harass, threaten, or embarrass others. Learners must refrain from behavior that may be perceived as inappropriate, offensive, and unfair and must treat all others with respect at all times. 


    Dishonesty: Learners may not intentionally provide false information, forge, alter, or falsify documents. Learners may not represent the academic work of others as their own.


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