• Upper Moreland School District
    Planned Instruction A. P. Studio Art
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    Course: Advanced Placement Studio Art

    PA Standards:

    9.1 Production / Performance and Exhibition of the Visual Arts - 9.1.12 A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I,J,K

    9.2 Historical and Cultural Contexts – 9.2.12 A,B,C,D,E,F,I,J,K

    9.3 Critical Response – 9.3.12 A,S,C,E,F,G

    9.4 Aesthetic Response – 9.4.12 A,B, C,D

    Course Description:

    This class is an Advanced Placement course which enables highly motivated students to do college-level work in studio art while still in high school. This course has been developed to accommodate students who have expressed an interest in completing the A. P. Drawing Portfolio Exam, the A. P. 2D Design Portfolio, or the AP 3D Design Portfolio Design. Through direct teacher instruction, emphasis will be placed on the production of a volume of quality pieces of art work. Students will address all three sections of the portfolio: Breadth, Concentration, and Quality. The A. P. Studio Art exam is strongly recommended.

    Prerequisite: Students must be recommended by an art teacher and/or have completed the following courses: Intro to Art Major, Art Major, and Advanced Art Major.

    Specific and measurable objectives directly related to the academic standards to be achieved by students:

    The A.P. Studio Art program is designed for students to do college-level art work. Each student is asked to submit a portfolio of work for evaluation at the end of the school year and will choose to work on either a Drawing, 2D Design, or a 3D design portfolio, depending on their strengths. Students will begin by working on the breadth section of the portfolio and work toward a goal of producing twelve varied high-quality works of art. The majority of the year will be devoted to developing the concentration section of the chosen portfolio. Each student will develop their concentration theme with the teacher. Group critiques are necessary for assessment throughout the art production. An ongoing dialog with the teacher and record of art work will be mandatory.

    Content to be used to reach objectives:

    Students will develop mastery of concept, composition, and execution of their personal ideas and themes. Emphasis will be placed on understanding that art making is an ongoing process that uses informed and critical decision making to determine outcomes to problems. Students will be expected to develop a comprehensive portfolio that addresses each of these issues in a personal way. Formulaic solutions to problems are discouraged.


    Art history reproductions

    Art history books – Garner's Art Through the Ages; History of Modern Art by Arnason

    Teacher Resources– full range of art subject matter

    A. P .Central's slide set – 2D Design and 3D Design

    Art slides ( teacher's collection ) – Drawing, 2D Design, and 3D Design work

    “Art Through the Ages” digital image sets

    DVD's – Abstract Expressionism and Pop: Art of the 50's and 60's

    Actual art work produced by A. P. Studio art students

    A variety of art supplies

    Instructional Activities:

    Units of study are presented to satisfy the breadth requirement of each portfolio. Students will use a variety of mediums, techniques, and approaches to develop concepts and ideation. Critiques and displays of work are ongoing. Students are expected to participate in class critiques of their personal work as well as the work of their peers and master artists. The vocabulary of art will be used to engage in written and verbal critiques of these works.

    Individual conferences will assist students in development of their concentration work. Students will develop a body of work that is an investigation of an idea or theme that is of personal interest to them.

    Estimated instructional time to be devoted to achieving objectives:

    36 weeks, 45 minute periods per day

    In addition, outside of class, independent work is required to achieve all objectives.

    Procedure for measurement of student progress on the objective:

    A variety of assessments will be used to determine student proficiency. The assessment plan includes the following components:

    • Art work produced by students
    • Critiques – group and individual
    • Self-critiques
    • Sketchbook
    • Portfolio of previous work
    • Portfolio of current work
    • Class effort
    • Outside of class work effort
    • Final exam

    An explanation of how student grades will be determined:

    A student's grade will be determined through assessments of individual art work per marking period.