Course Description (AP F642): AP Drawing is an intense course that addresses advanced concepts in drawing and painting. The entire course is centered on creating a new body of work that is visually and conceptually cohesive. This work comprises the Concentration portion of the AP Exam – an extensive, self-initiated and self-directed series for AP evaluation. To enroll, students must satisfy a pre-requisite of three full years of art (Studio, Advanced Art 1 & Advanced Art 2) and must also pass a portfolio review, which demonstrates their ability to work and think independently. Students taking this course are required to submit digital portfolios for evaluation by the College Board. In the end, they also create digital presentations of their experience and present numerous times to a variety of audiences.
While the production of art is the primary focus of the class, to be successful there is a strong emphasis on critical and analytical thinking. Students engage in in-depth critiques 2-3 times per week, speak and write about their work regularly, read art historical selections, and learn about contemporary approaches to art-making. Students are expected to perform at an advanced skill level, explore and learn about techniques on their own, and take the risks and initiative required to develop their own content and personal voice.
AP is not for everyone. It is for the mature, self-directed art student who has previously demonstrated a strong ability and interest in art, but more importantly a strong work ethic, and a consistent record of meeting deadlines.
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.