AP Drawing/ Honors Studio Art Syllabus

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    Congratulations! If you are in this class, you are a dedicated artist who wants to take your work to the next  level. You are awesome for taking on the challenge! AP (Advanced Placement) Drawing is a  program administered by the College Board to provide highly motivated high school students with  an opportunity to earn college credit in art with a drawing focus. Students will submit a drawing  portfolio to the College Board with work that focuses on the use of mark-making, line, surface,  space, light and shade, and composition. AP Drawing is not based on a written exam; instead, students submit a portfolio in May to include five selected works (demonstrating drawing skills  and synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas) and 15 sustained investigation images  (demonstrating drawing skills, practice, experimentation, and revision, as well as synthesis of  materials, processes, and ideas) based on an investigation of the student’s choosing. Students should consider marks that can be used to make drawings, the arrangement of marks, the  materials and processes used to make marks, and relationships of marks and ideas. Students can  work with any materials, processes, and ideas. Drawing (analog and digital), painting, printmaking,  and mixed media work are among the possibilities for submission. Still images from videos or film  are accepted. Composite images may be submitted. Students will be encouraged to develop a  strong personal artistic voice. The semester will culminate with a gallery show. Throughout the  semester, students will document/photograph and write about their processes and finished work.  This semester will be about truly becoming an artist in terms of inquiry, the content and quality of  your work, your work ethic/practice, and the opportunity to share and sell your work to the public.  Let’s make some art! 

    Course Description

    Grades 11-12 1 Elective credit Pre-requisite: Honors Studio Art 

    • AP Art is designed especially for the serious art student and those students who may plan to pursue art as a career. 
    • AP Drawing is an introductory college-level drawing course. Students refine and apply skills and ideas they develop throughout the course to produce drawings focused on mark-making, line quality, and surface manipulation.


    Curricular Requirements

    • The teacher and students use a variety of art and design resources which can include books, periodicals, reproductions, and online media.
    • The teacher and students have access to a digital camera and a computer equipped with image editing software and an internet connection as well as a digital projector and screen for viewing and discussing works of art and design.
    • The course provides opportunities for students to practice and develop the skills in 

    Skill Category 1: Inquiry and Investigation through portfolio development.

    Skill Category 2: Making through Practice, Experimentation, and Revision through portfolio development.

    Skill Category 3: Communication and Reflection through portfolio development.

    • The course teaches students to understand integrity in art and design as well as what constitutes plagiarism. If students produce work that makes use of others' work, the course teaches students how to develop their own work so that it moves beyond duplication of the referenced work(s).

     Course Objectives

    The course is designed to help students advance in their ability to produce high quality art work through a purposeful, informed investigation.  Students will learn to express ideas in a personal voice beginning with a chosen point of inquiry.

    1. Study of contemporary artists and trends. Class work will expand on previous concepts related to art criticism, art history, creativity, and design principles.  In addition to class work, students are expected to visit galleries and local art museums on their own. When possible, it is preferable to see art first-hand. The Staunton Augusta Art Center, Beverly Street Studios, Shenandoah Valley Art Center and The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts are some starting suggestions.  Online gallery visits may be more prevalent due to the Covid virus situation.
    2. A sketchbook. A student’s sketchbook is to be composed of visual ideas, notes, photos, doodles, plans, short assignments, quick drawings, and practice of various techniques. Many art schools like to see students’ sketchbooks to see how their minds and creativity work.

    In addition to a physical Design Journal/sketchbook, students are required to keep a digital record of works in progress showing the development and progression of ideas, experimentation and revision of works, and techniques practice.  

    1. The portfolio. A student’s submitted portfolio has three parts:
    • Sustained Investigation (15 works)
    • Selected Works  (5 works)
    • Written responses to prompts

    Because a portfolio submission of 18 or more images is needed, each student will need to complete 9 digital images each quarter, or roughly one to two works per week. Students taking the course in the Spring semester may have a little less time to complete all of the necessary pieces.  Students should work steadily and have the sufficient number of digital images, because their grade in the course will be based on that work.



    Two hours per week or more is necessary to keep up. Some students will spend considerably more time than this, and some may be able to complete their work with slightly less.  

    Course Content

    First Quarter

    The assignments comprise a variety of problems commonly encountered in higher-level courses. Assignments vary from year to year, and encourage individual and unique responses.  We also practice core competencies such as practicing with diverse media, subjects, and concepts; persistence/perseverance, creative problem-solving, mindful reflection, and criticism/evaluation.

    Second Quarter

    The second quarter is spent developing the Sustained Investigation component of the portfolio. The students are encouraged from the beginning to start thinking about the nature of their investigation and to start working on ideas in their studio classes.


    The primary form of assessment for all artists is the critique.  You will learn strategies to conduct self, individual, and group critiques. You will receive grades for your thoughtful participation in these processes. 

    There will be a written assessment approximately every 3 weeks.  These assessments will cover your understanding of the terms and concepts covered as well as exercises that show you have mastered assigned techniques.  

    Smaller quizzes, both announced and unannounced, will assist in and verify learning as we progress through the course.

    The Midterm and Final exams count as 15% of your course grade.



    This is my Happy Place!

    The following rules will help to keep this a happy place for all of us.  These are also the criteria for your conduct grade.


    1. During times when masks are required, mask must cover your mouth and nose at all times.
    2. Be on time. Be seated and working at the start of class.
    3. Raise your hand when you would like to speak.
    4. Follow directions the first time they are given.
    5. In a studio, safety is a top priority. Treat one another, the tools, and materials with care.
    6. Use appropriate language at all times.
    7. Keep things neat and orderly.

    Hopefully, this won't be needed, but just in case...Virtual Class Rules:

    - Raise your camera to eye level so that your classmates are not looking at the ceiling or up your nose.

    - Show up a few minutes before class time and wait to be admitted into the class.

    - Dress in a way that shows respect for yourself and others.

    - Want to comment, but someone else is speaking?  Use the chat box!

    - Pay polite attention when someone else is speaking: leave your video on, look into the camera. 

    - Be respectful of others, both verbally and visually.

    - Inappropriate behavior will affect your participation grade; may result in muting or removal from class that day; and may be referred to administration for additional consequences, depending on the severity of the offense.

    - Students and parents should be aware that zoom classes and meetings are usually recorded.

    Attendance Expectations

    Please make every effort to attend class each day, on time, and mentally present as well.  If you are unable to attend, the work you missed will be posted on Google classroom.  According to school policy, you have a reasonable amount of time to make up work.  For example, if you are absent one day, you have one extra day to complete missed work.  If you are absent 3 days, you have 3 days extension.  Most of our work is studio work.  Which means if you miss a 90 minute class, you will likely need 90 minutes to make up the work.

    JUST IN CASE...Blended (when we return)

    Be sure to complete the asynchronous assignment each Monday by 3:15.  Attend on your assigned in-person day.  Be on time and participate.

    On your virtual days, plan to attend the full amount of time working on class projects and assignments.  Meet due dates for all assignments.

    Virtual attendance requires that you leave your video on for the majority of the class.  

    JUST IN CASE...Fully Virtual

    Be sure to complete the asynchronous assignment each Monday by 3:15.  Attend virtually Tuesday through Friday at your assigned day and time.  Be on time and participate.

    Plan to spend at least 90 minutes per day attending virtual class meetings and/or working on at home projects and assignments.  Meet due dates for all assignments.

    Virtual attendance requires that you leave your video on for the majority of the class.



    Grades are dependent upon 3 factors: class participation and time management; studio projects and sketchbook drawings, written work, process documentation, tests, and quizzes.  All grades are earned on an assigned point basis.  Large studio projects will be assessed using a rubric similar to the one used by the AP review board.  Late work does not usually receive full credit. You may access your grades at any time by using the Parent Portal at this web address (you will need to create an account if you have not already done so).https://scps.powerschool.com/public


    We have established a Staunton High Chapter of National Art Honor Society. We promote art in the school and community; build the resumes and portfolios of aspiring art students; and do art service in and out of school.

    We also have Art Club for those who just want to enjoy fun activities, but not the rigor of NAHS.

    Please let me know if this is something you would like to be part of!


    Visual Arts Standards of Learning

    The standards for Visual Arts help students reinforce competence and confidence in skills of analysis, evaluation, and creation of works of art. The student-directed approach at this level richly enhances personal expressive abilities. An advanced level of performance that reflects critical and independent thinking and innovation is expected. Students continue to maintain process art portfolios and select and prepare works for exhibition.

    Creative Process

    AIV.1          The student will demonstrate an in depth, sustained investigation driven by essential questions showing growth over time and exhibiting originality and personal voice.

    AIV.2          The student will apply a creative process to develop ideas and artwork.

    1. a)       Maintain a digital or traditional process art portfolio that demonstrates independent research and development directly related to the creative process for the development of a sustained investigation.
    2. b)     Exhibit works of art as part of the artistic process, including selecting and preparing works and writing supporting documentation and reflective statements.

    Critical Thinking and Communication

    AIV.3          The student will analyze, interpret, and evaluate artwork.

    1. a)       Analyze contrasting reviews of art exhibitions or works of art.
    2. b)     Describe and analyze how personal experiences, culture, and values construct meaning in personal work.
    3. c)       Conduct a criteria-based portfolio review.

    AIV.4          The student will justify personal perceptions of an artist’s intent, using visual clues and research.

    AIV.5          The student will demonstrate shared responsibility and compromise to achieve a common artistic goal as a small group or class.

    History, Culture, and Citizenship

    AIV.6          The student will understand historical and cultural influences of art.

    1. a)       Describe how art and culture reflect and influence each other.
    2. b)     Analyze the impact of historical and/or contemporary art on the development of personal style.

    AIV.7          The student will identify arts leaders and advocates in the community and describe their impact.

    AIV.8          The student will assume personal responsibility and demonstrate integrity in making ethical decisions as they apply to artmaking and designing.

    Innovation in the Arts

    AIV.9          The student will analyze a selected career in the visual arts, identifying the training, skills, and plan of action necessary for realizing such a professional goal.

    AIV.10         The student will expand and analyze how contemporary innovative media, tools, and processes are used to create works of art.

    AIV.11        The student will analyze and evaluate cross-curricular connections in solving problems.

    Technique and Application

    AIV.12        The student will evaluate the use of elements of art used in a sustained investigation.

    AIV.13        The student will apply appropriate perspective techniques and spatial relationships in the development of individual artistic work.

    AIV.14        The student will analyze and evaluate their use of observation skills in the development of artistic works.

    AIV.15        The student will demonstrate innovative use of media and quality of technical skills in applying selected media, techniques, and processes when creating works of art.

    AIV.16        The student will select artmaking media and techniques to support personal creative intentions.

    AIV.17        The student will select subject matter, style, symbols, images, and media to communicate original ideas and themes through a sustained investigation.