Course Description (AA2 F97): Advanced Art 2 (AA2) is the third course in the drawing and painting art sequence, and follows Advanced Art 1 (AA1). Like AA1, this course is also designed to develop and strengthen observational drawing skills and visual problem-solving skills through the creation and analysis of artwork. AA2 is treated as pre-AP. Strong emphasis is placed on the creation of AP Breadth section portfolio pieces in the first half of the course, and in the second half students are introduced to the creation of self-directed, self-initiated, independent work, through the execution and development of mini-concentrations. By working in series, students begin to develop personal statements in their work and become better prepared for both the Concentration section of the AP Portfolio, as well as the art-making process after high school. At the end of the course, AA2 juniors are given projects to complete over the summer that are required for the successful completion of the AP course in senior year.Expectations: Students are expected to attend all classes on time, and be ready when the bell rings. Students need to complete all assignments on time to receive full credit, including homework. Late work is deducted 5 points per day. If extenuating circumstances arise, it is the student’s responsibility to communicate with the instructor so that accommodations can be made. Ultimately, the amount of time and energy put into the course is directly related to the degree of success.
Assessment: Students are given grades for quizzes, homework, class projects, and sketchbook work. Evaluation is ongoing, and often occurs during projects, not just at the end. Feedback from the instructor and classmates (often in the form of a group critique) is provided regularly. Like any other subject, feedback is used to help students get better, recognize progress, determine areas for improvement, and learn how to critically observe and speak about artwork.