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Studio Art AP

ART 411/412

Studio Art AP

  • Course ID:ART 411/412
  • Semesters:2
  • Department:Art
  • Course Rank:College Level
  • Teachers:Brian Coyne

Description and Objectives

This is a very student driven course. For the AP Drawing Exam twenty-four drawings are required. Twelve of these drawings are in the “Breadth” category. These drawings should demonstrate all of the different skills and ways of working that a student has mastered: different media, subject matter, style, technical elements, and ways of composting pictures should be demonstrated. The second category is “Concentration.” These should be linked by a single idea, theme, subject matter, or style; preferably some combination of these aspects. The student here needs to demonstrate his ability to explore a single idea in depth and persistence with a very high quality of work. The AP board is looking for the students to develop this idea over the length of the year through careful work and risk taking. The third Section is Quality. For this section students choose five of their best works which can be from either the Quality or the Breadth Sections or entirely separate from both and puts them in an envelope to mail to the AP Board for review.

To accomplish these goals students must be largely self-motivated and very dedicated. Students will meet regularly with the instructor throughout the year to review progress towards these goals and where the instructor will suggest changes and improvements to the student’s path.


All classroom materials will be provided by the school.  It is strongly encouraged that you son has an art pad (9′ x 12″) that he can carry around with him for sketching. He should also have his personal art supplies at home where he can be working on more elaborate pieces on his own time as well as in the classroom. Basic supplies are: a set of water color paints, set of acyrilc paints, colored pencils, quality pens, mixed media paper, drawing pencils.

Course Requirements

1stQuarter– Students will assemble pieces from previous years to make the Breadth section. If there are major gaps then specific assignments may be given to fill out the Breadth section. Student will be discussing different ideas for a Concentration section and gathering source materials to accomplish the Concentration.

2nd& 3rdQuarters- Working on Concentration Section- intensive work on 12 drawings

4thQuarter- Students finish their Concentration Section then assemble and photograph their work to post online to the AP website. They will also send away 5 of their best pieces for the Quality section.

Students will find it necessary work outside of class on their projects. Overall students should budget a minimum of about four hours of outside of class drawing and painting time per week.

Successful Students

Successful AP Art students have above average technical skills, but they also put in the extra time and effort to make great art while pacing themselves throughout the year in order to meet the AP deadlines.