AP Studio Art Syllabus

AP Studio Art-Drawing and 2D Design

Ms. Callicott

Rm. 7151

Course Description:

AP Studio Art is designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP studio art students submit in depth portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year. The AP program is based on the premise that college-level material can be taught successfully to secondary school students. The instructional goals of the AP Studio Art program can be described as follows:

  • Encourage creativity as well as systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues.
  • Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision-making.
  • Develop technical skills and familiarize students with the functions of the visual elements.
  • Encourage students to become independent thinkers and creators who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art.
  • Students will hone their ability to work INDEPENDENTLY and self-assess their progress

Objectives:

  • Students  will demonstrate an understanding of the elements and principles of design through art production and critical analysis
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of how the elements and principles of design are present in any form of visual expression
  • Students will create a portfolio of works that exhibit their understanding of drawing/design through a broad range of media and techniques
  • Students will create, write about, and critique a portfolio of works that are connected thematically
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of the major cultural and political significance of 2-D design
  • Students will address the question of the meaning of “mark” and “design quality” and be able to identify and explain the difference between effective and ineffective mark-making and design in writing, through observation, and art production.

 

 

Semester I

Breadth Section/Quality (18 WEEKS)

 

  1. What is AP Art ?
    1. Summer work and self-assessment
    2. AP Portfolio Information and portfolio assembly
    3. Benchmarking
    4. Plagarism
    5. Weekly homework/sketchbook information
    6. Calendar/Time line for portfolio completion
  2. Breadth Section Art:  Let’s start!
    1. Cropping and composition
    2. Operational Worksheet practice
    3. Contour line practice
    4. Self-assessment
    5. Scratchboard assignment
    6. Weekly sketchbook assignment

 

  1.  Depth in Art through VALUE  and PERSPECTIVE
    1. Still life studies in contour
    2. Value scales
    3. Folds in material drawing
    4. Perspective (1 and 2 point)
    5. Trompe l’oiele HOMEWORK
    6. Landscape/building-scape drawings in perspective and value
    7. Number 11 PROBLEM/Homework and classwork

 

  1.  Figure Drawing and PROPORTION
    1. Standard Proportions of human figure
    2. Skull drawings CLASSWORK
    3. Head Studies in CONTOUR  and with VALUE
    4. Negative/Positive STENCIL HEADS
    5. SELF-PORTRAIT HOMEWORK
    6. Classwork:  Fragmented Portraits
    7. HOMEWORK:  “Emotional” face studies
    8. Full figure drawing, GESTURE, CONTOUR, VALUE
    9. HOMEWORK: HANDS holding objects composition

 

  1. Color
    1. Colored pencil VALUE work
    2. Fragmented color STILL-LIFE drawings (home and class-work)
    3. ACRYLIC Paint color-mixing
    4. Natural AND Non-Objective complementary color compositions (CLASS)
    5. Postage stamp design in COLOR (homework)
    6. Metamorphosis drawing: LETTER TO OBJECT (CLASS/HOME)

 

  1.  Basic PRINTMAKING PROCESSES
    1. Lino Cut:  Art Nouveau tile design (CLASS)
    2. Mono-print, relief print (Student Choice/Class)
    3. Basic b/w PHOTO print (FOUND OBJECT COMPOSITION: photograms, sunprints, darkroom)
    4. Special topics in PHOTO:
      1. Experimental Processes
      2. Artificial LIGHT
      3. Digital and PHOTOSHOP

 

  1. BASIC GRAPHIC DESIGN
    1. What is Graphic Design?
      1. History
      2. Contemporary exemplars
      3. Designer Information sheet (HOMEWORK)
      4. Mood Board (HOMEWORK and CLASSWORK)
    2. Assignments (CLASS & HOMEWORK)
      1. Logo
      2. Lettering (Calligraphy, Font creation)
      3. Marbled Paper
      4. Word Illustration
      5. Periodic Table
      6. Anti-Drug Advertisement
      7. 4 Seasons/No Cliches Illustration
      8. Playing Card design
      9. Sound Problem
      10. World Record Illustration
      11. Less is More design

 

  1. MIDTERM SELF ASSESSMENT

 

Semester 2

Concentration and Final Assignment (18 WEEKS)

           

  1. What is a CONCENTRATION?
  2. Concentration theme and statement
  3. Mobilizing creative thinking and problem solving:  TIPS AND TRICKS
  4. Inspiration and image sources
  5. TIME MANAGEMENT
  6. GROUP and INDIVIDUAL CRITIQUES (every week)
  7.  POST AP TEST: 
  8. Altered Book or Zine Project
  9. GROUP SHOW

 

EXAMPLES of CONCENTRATIONS:

  • Architectural Renderings showing (exploring) the interior and exterior space with a strong focus on light, perspective and structure
  • Exploration using realistic and non-objective animals (stipple technique….a series of black and white ink drawings moving into color)
  • Process piece showing the making and baking of a cake
  • “The Wedding” from the engagement ring to the sealing kiss
  • “The Attic” the childhood experiences
  • An exploration of design textures related to nature with a strong focus on the leaf image
  • A series of landscapes based on childhood experiences beginning with representational art and evolving to non-objective
  • Portraits and the human form
  • Pistolaro Poses (gun fighters)
  • Toilets and water closets
  • Monkeys or Primates
  • Junk yard still life
  • Tomatos from seed to fruit
  • Tennis shoes, boots
  • Nude figure drawing
  • Fantasy characters – gargoyles, fairies, dragons, etc. – convincingly rendered
  • Low riders
  • Circus life
  • My ancestry
  • Crime and punishment
  • Things that come in pairs
  • The movie experience
  • Foreshortened figures and objects
  • Portraits
  • Subject showing progression through historical references from a variety of artists
  • Women in feminine roles
  • “Exhaustion”
  • “Seven Deadly Sins”
  • “Things That Make Me Smile”
  • Cartoon character through animation cells
  • Architectural viewpoints that are unusual.  Architectural forms that are unusual.
  • Historical events
  • Reflections of images wherein the reflections are an emotional exploration (of literal reflections)
  • Instruments that make music
  • Generations of my family
  • ICONS W/IN OUR SOCIETY
  • STRENGTH OF WOMEN
  • DREAMS AND DREAM IMAGES (CHAGALL)
  • DANCE IMAGES (DEGAS)
  • THE INFINITE (M.C. ESCHER)
  • EMERGING IMAGES OF TIGER IN MY CULTURE (MELISSA MILLER, HOKASAI)
  • STRUGGLE TO FIND ONE’S SELF (DALI, PICASSO)
  • HOME
  • FIGURE STUDIES IN STRONG LIGHTS/DARKS
  • CAR INTERIORS
  • ABSTRACT PORTRAITS
  • UNCONVENTIONAL ANGELS
  • ARCHITECTURAL DRAWINGS FROM A DIFFERENT POINT OF VIEW
  • CONCENTRATION BASED ON A PARTICULAR STYLE OF ART
  • A SINGLE OBJECT OR PRODUCT DRAWN IN A SUCCESSION OF LOCATIONS AND/OR STYLES
  • ILLUSTRATE A CLASSICAL CHARACTER OR STORY IN A NEW OR MODERN WAY
  • CHILDHOOD MEMORIES AND FEELINGS
  • TOYS/GAMES
  • VISIONS OF THE FUTURE
  • EVOLUTION OF AN ITEM AS IT DETERIORATES OR DECOMPOSES
  • TIME LAPSE OF A PERSON, PLACE OR THING
  • DECONSTRUCTION OF STILL LIFE, SUBJECT, OR PORTRAIT, IMAGE
  • FAMILIES/COUPLES (ALICE NEAL)
  • TRANSFORMATIONS (DALI, MAGRITTE)
  • BIZARRE INTERIOR SPACES/PERSPECTIVES
  • APPLIANCES (WARHOL, OLDENBERG)
  • THE INFINITE (M.C. ESCHER)
  • PORTRAIT/FIGURE DISTORTIONS IN COLOR/SHAPES (ED PASCHKE)
  • FAMILY CELEBRATIONS (CARMEN LOMAS GARZA)
  • FIGURES IN MOTION OR AT REST FROM EXTREME PERPECTIVE

(BIRD’S OR ANT’S EYE VIEW)

  • COMMON OBJECTSTHAT INVESTIGATE SOCIAL ISSUES – APPLIANCES/FURNITURE/UTENSILS (OLDENBURG, WARHOL)
  • ARCHITECTURAL LANDSCAPES W/ MORPHING SHADOWS  (DE CHIRICO)
  • FIGURE DRAWING – CONTOUR, GESTURE, PORTRAIT
  • ARCH – UNUSUAL VIEWPOINTS
  • ABSTRACTED OBJECTS
  • MECHANICAL
  • PERSONAL OR SOCIAL ISSUES
  • CREATE DREAMSCAPES (DALI, RODGER DEAN)
  • HAVE THE STUDENT HAVE AN OBJECT EMERGING FROM A BAG – RAT CHEWING ITS WAY OUT…USE FOR BAGS – CULTURE BAGS, FAST FOOD BAGS, AIRSICK BAGS
  • ESTABLISH “BAD LUCK” SITUTATIONS AND PHOTOGRAPH REACTIONS – BLACK CAT, PENNY FACE DOWN, DO NOT ENTER, BROKEN MIRROR, OPEN LADDER, CRACKED TILE (YOKO ONO)
  • ILLUSTRATE A DESCRIPTIVE WORD – I.E. LIVID, SCRUMPTIOUS (E. MUNCH, FRANCIS BACON, H. BACH)
  • PEOPLE MORPHING INTO OBJECTS THAT ARE INTREGAL PARTS OF THEIR MODERN LIVEW – I.E. CELL PHONES, SKATEBOARDS, COMPUTERS/LAPTOPS, REMOTE CONTROLS, GLASSES, VIDEO GAME, CALCULATORS, DIGITAL CAMERAS, PLASMA T.V. (KEN VEITH, STEVE DESTEVE)
  • HAVE PEOPLE MORPH INTO THINGS BECOMING OBSOLETE – VINYL RECORDS, CASSETTE TAPES, SLIDE PROJECTORS…
  • ILLUSTRATE FOLKLORE LANDSCAPES OF REAL AREAS
  • NAKOZARA
  • ABSTRACTION DEALING WITH LIGHT AND LIQUID (PFAFF, BALDESSARE, CARLOTTA, ADAM FUSS
  • MINIMALIST IMAGES OF ARCHITECTURE, CONCENTRATING ON LIGHT AND SHADOW (CALLAHAN, MINOR WHITE, CAPONIGRO, MEYEROWITZ)
  • SERIES OF PAINTINGS DEPICTING STRONG INFLUENTIAL WOMEN PARTICULAR TO THEIR OWN LIVES.  THE PERSONAL CHARACTER OF EACH WOMAN, AS SEEN THROUGH THE ARTIST’S EYE, MUST BE EVIDENT IN THE PAINTING SO AS TO REFLECT THE SIGNIFICANT IMPORTANCE OF THIS PERSON TO THE ARTIST. (ALICE NEEL, LUCIEN FREUD)
  • DRAWING WHICH EMPLOYS LINEAR PERSPECTIVE RULES TO CREATE A GEOMETRIC FORM WHO’S DIMENSIONS IF THE ATTEMPT WERE MADE TO BE BUILT IN THREE-DIMENSIONAL SPACE COULD NOT BE DONE. (M.C. ESCHER’S IMPOSSIBLE BUILDINGS AND ILLUSIONARY SPACE DRAWINGS WOULD BE USED AS AN INFLUENCE AND EXAMPLE FOR THE STUDENTS)
  • DRAWINGS/PAINTINGS THAT TRACK THE DIFFERENT FACTORS OCCURING ON ONE OBJECT OVER TIME.  STUDY FROM THE SAME ANGLE SPANNING TIME. STUDYING HOW LIGHT AFFECTS THE VISUAL PERCEPTION OF COLOR AND FORM AS IT MOVES ACROSS THE SURFACE OF AN OBJECT.  THE CONCENTRATION COULD ALSO INCORPORATE THE GROWTH OR DEVELOPMENT OF ONE OBJECT OR THING OVER THE PERIOD OF ITS LIFETIME.
  • TRANSFORMATIONS OF GEOMETRIC FORMS INTO ORGANIC. STUDENTS WILL BEGIN IN THE EMERGING STAGE WITH BLACK AND WHITE MEDIA AND MOVE INTO COLOR IN THE HIGER LEVELS.  THE STUDENT WILL PIECE FROM PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS THE FORMS AN SHAPES THAT WILL BE USED.  THE END RESULT MUST REPRESENT A PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION THAT THE STUDENT HAS PERSONALLY EXPERIENCED WITHIN THEIR LIVES.
  • ANIMAL BONES AND HOW THEY ARE AFFECTED BY THEIR SURROUNDINGS.  THE STUDENT WILL BE ASKED TO DEAL WITH THE POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE SPACES EQUALLY.  EMERGING STUDENTS WILL START WITH BLACK AND WHITE DRAWINGS IN A BASIC STILL LIFE SETTING.  AS THEY ADVANCE THE STUDENTS WILL MOVE INTO COLOR AND THE BONES WILL BE PLACED INTO ANOTHER SETTING.
  • CULTURAL DIVERSITY – SOCIAL ISSUES (DIEGO RIVERA)
  • CULTURAL DICHOTOMY (CHEECH MARIN’S COLLECTION)
  • DESERT LANDSCAPE (O’KEEFE)
  • ADOBE ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (NAVAJO/ESCHER)
  • VISUAL PUNS/HYBRIDS (MAGRITTE)
  • PATTERNS – INDIGENOUS (OAXACAN)
  • METAMORPHOSIS OF SHAPE TO FORM (ESCHER)
  • CD JACKETS/CUBISTS (PICASSO)

 

 

CONCENTRATION IDEAS 2-D DESIGN

 

  • The Human Form Within Nature
  • Travel
  • The Graphic Self
  • The Cinematography of Fellini
  • Hunger
  • Family Relationships
  • Urban Symbols
  • Suburban Interpretations
  • “My Cultural Icons”
  • Fears
  • “The Power of Words”
  • People That Have Influenced My Life
  • Organic Abstractions in Mixed Media
  • Illustration of Bible Stories with References
  • Canterbury Tales in Anime
  • Electronic self-portraits and figures from realism to abstraction
  • Black and white photographs of buildings interiors and exteriors
  • Toys and the idea of what a toy is to different people and age groups
  • Japanese patterning (Japanese student)
  • American quilt patterns
  • Signage
  • Doors
  • Exterior Design
  • Clothing
  • Mechanical Illustration
  • Transportation - trains, planes, autos
  • PATTERNS IN NATURE
  • COSTUME DESIGN
  • DISTORTION
  • THEME PARK DESIGNS
  • RADIAL COMPOSITIONS
  • TIME CHANGE SYMBOLS SHOWING MOVEMENT AND BALANCE (MAGRITTE)
  • CHANGING PROPERTIES USING RHYTHM AND MOVEMENT

(DALI’S MELTING CLOCK…FROZEN OR MELTED OBJECTS)

  • LOGOS TO PERSONIFY INDIVIDUAL CHARACTER TRAITS
  • MEDIA PACKAGE FOR AN EVENT (TICKETS, T-SHIRTS, ADS.)
  • SERIES OF DESIGNS BASED ON A PRODUCT (ABSOLUT ADS) OR SINGLE OBJECT, DRAWN IN A SUCCESSION OF LOCATIONS AND/OR STYLES
  • ILLUSTRATION OF A STORY (ROMEO/JULIET) OR FAIRY TALE
  • INVENT A TOY OR TOOL THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN A FAVORITE/VERY USEFUL IN CHILDHOOD
  • CREATE A CALENDAR BASED ON A TOPIC OR THEME (FAMOUS ARTIST, SCHOOL EVENTS, ART SHOWS, FAMILY ORIENTED, INVENTIONS, SCIENCE)
  • DESIGNS CREATED FOR ILLUSTRATING CERTAIN ANIMAL, PERSON, OBJECT AT CERTAIN TIMES OF YEAR (JANUARY/COLD, DECEMBER/XMAS)
  • EQUALITY (MONDRIAN)
  • THE END (W. BLAKE/GOYA)
  • LIFE CYCLES (KLIMT)
  • TRANSFORMATIONS (SUSAN SOUDAN BOULET, ESCHER, MAXFIELD PARRISH)
  • CREATE A MEDIA PACK FOR AN EVENT (I.E. AUSTIN CITY LIMITS MUSIC FEST)
  • OBJECT/PRODUCT IN A VARIETY OF LOCATIONS OR STYLES
  • ILLUSTRATE A STORY OR UPDATE AND MODERNIZE A CLASSIC TALE OR STORY
  • A CALENDAR BASED ON A TOPIC OR THEME SUCH AS FAMOUS ARTIST OR STYLE, THE STUDENTS’ FAMILY OR SCHOOL
  • IMPORTANT INVENTIONS AND/OR HISTORICAL EVENTS
  • FOODS/FOOD ART
  • LOCATION OR SPECIFIC SITES
  • CAR DESIGNS IN DIFFERENT ENVIRONMENTS (EMERGING IN TIME)
  • LAYERS IN SOCIETY
  • LANDSCAPE PORTRAITS –IMAGES (ANSEL ADAMS)
  • PATTERNS FOUND IN NATURE
  • MARDI GRAS MASKS
  • THEME PARK DESIGNS
  • RADIAL DESIGNS IN AN ASSYMETRICAL COMPOSITION
  • MODERN CAVE PAINTING DESIGNS
  • NATURE’S SIMPLICITY - SIMPLIFYING SHAPES IN NATURE (O’KEEFE)
  • TRANSFORMATIONS (MAGRITTE, DALI, PICASSO)
  • JOURNEY WITHIN ONE HUNDRED MILES OF HOME (D. ELDEN, SHORE, NEYEROWITZ, WINOGRAND, KEITH CARTER)
  • WINGS AS SYMBOL OF TRANSFORMATION IN LIFE
  • SCRAPBOOK IMAGES  (KAHLO, ELDEN, BEATTIE)
  • DREAMSCAPES WITH “NEW”/OLD MACHINES (ULESMAN)
  • 9 3x3” views/interpretation of same object

 

 

 


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