Components of. Honors Art & AP Studio Art. North Allegheny Senior High School Frances Hawbaker Honors Art, AP Studio Art2D Design & Drawing Portfolio - Breadth, Concentration. Quality. HONORS ART. Full Year/Full Time Honors Wt. Grade 12 Credit 1.0 Criteria for Selection -
Honors Art &
AP Studio Art
North Allegheny Senior High School
Honors Art, AP Studio Art2D Design & Drawing Portfolio - Breadth, Concentration. Quality
Full Year/Full Time AP Wt.
Grade 11/12 Credit 1.0
This course offers an in-depth study and structure of
portfolio building for college preparatory students. It is
designed to meet the demands of the AP STUDIO Art Syllabus
published by the College Board. Students will be prepared
to take and pass the AP Studio Art exam in the
Drawing Portfolio and/or 2D Design Portfolio. Students
will work with a variety of media, as well as personally selected media while preparing to complete a sequential
portfolio of art work.
Components of Breadth Section
Components of Concentration Section
Primary Focus of 2nd semester
The Concentration section shows the student's in-depth commitment to an idea in art
that is personally fascinating. It is presented as 12 slides, some of which may be details
of works. The stress is on a coherent idea and development of the work, in addition to
the artistic success of the work.
Briefly define the nature of your concentration project.
My concentration consists of fruits and vegetables. I began doing realistic representations of only fruit and related
objects and then incorporated other objects into the picture. Next I distorted the fruits and vegetables and put them
into environments in which they normally are not.
Briefly describe the development of your concentration project and the sources of your ideas.
You may refer to specific slides as examples.
I began this concentration by emulating the American still-life painters. In slide two, I took a closer look at the fruit
magnifying an orange and an apple to capture extreme detail. In slides 3-5, an apple is placed in a strange environment
with shapes unlike the round shape of the apple. I then began incorporating fruit in with unrelated objects that did complement
the interesting shapes and vibrant colors of the fruit. In slide 8, I started enlarging the fruits and vegetables to personify them.
In doing this, I also put them into environments that complemented their natural shapes. For example, in slide 10, the long
carrot lies in bed, and in slide 11, the curved banana looks as if it is sitting upright in the tub. Finally, in slide 12, the pear
becomes the environment, acting as shelter.
What medium or media did you use?
I used oil on canvas, charcoal, and pencil to develop my concentration.*
Additional examples of this concentration may be seen at the AP Central site at:
Studio Art Drawing: Selections from Concentration Section
By Emily Lou Volkson 2006
….More Concentration Examples
Components of Quality Section
Works from this section my include
some pieces from previous 2 sections
These complex and purposeful works demonstrate an excellent mastery of drawing and painting skills.
The surfaces are subtle, rich, and sophisticated. The works are well-resolved, confident, and evocative
compositions that create a personal narrative. The works display a sensitivity in the use of value, color
and subject matter. The pieces are consistently high in quality and display excellent thinking and
decision-making skills on the part of the student.