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AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -3-D Design

Course Prerequisite
Student must have taken and passed Art I level course and have instructors

Course Description
The course is designed to assist the student in fulfilling the requirements of the AP
Studio Art 3-D Design portfolio. The 3-D design portfolio is intended to address
engagement with physical space and materials. 3-D Design involves purposeful
decision making about using the elements and principles of art in an integrative
way. The 3-D Design portfolio should demonstrate an understanding of design
principles as they relate to height, width, and depth. The principles of design
(unity/harmony, variety, balance, emphasis, movement, balance, contrast, rhythm,
repetition/pattern, proportion/scale and occupied/unoccupied space) can be
articulated through the visual elements of art (mass, volume, form, plane, line,
color/light, shape, space, texture and value). These issues can be explored through
additive and /or subtractive processes. Examples of approaches include, but are
not limited to figurative or nonfigurative sculpture, architectural models,
architectural models, metal work, ceramics, three-dimensional fiber arts/fashion,
and jewelry/body adornments.
3-D Design competence may be demonstrated through abstract, imaginative and
observational works. Students should exhibit knowledge of visual structures and
functions within their artwork and be able to communicate their intended
meaning. Students are expected to investigate historic and contemporary artistic
styles and demonstrate competence, visually, verbally and in writing using the
language of the discipline.
The course will integrate the State TEKS for Visual Arts and the Advanced
Achievement Standard of the National Visual Arts Content Standards to aid the
student in development and growth at higher levels through the evaluation,
analysis and synthesis of the content to solve challenging visual art problems
autonomously using higher level thinking skills and to better understand their
artistic ideology.
There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content.

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -3-D Design

Artistic Integrity, Originality and Copyright
AP students will have an understanding of artistic integrity and what constitutes
visual and conceptual plagiarism. Students are expected to develop their own
personal imagery. When reference materials are used, they should only be in the
service of developing the individual expression necessary to illustrate an original
idea. As students explore stylistic and thematic idealism they will be expected to
create their own work so that it avoids duplication, redundancy, trite and overused
images, and sentimentality. AP students, as individuals and as members of an
artistic community, will continuously analyze and evaluate all AP artwork, critically
questioning and actively challenging themselves and others to only create work of
the highest artistic quality, which express the personal voice and vision of each
individual artist.

Student Performance
The AP student is expected to exhibit an autonomous work ethic and complete all
in-class and out-of-class assignments. The student should utilize feedback from the
instructor and peers during the evaluative process as well as thoughtful and written
self-reflection to aid them in the creative process.
The first semester will focus primarily on fulfilling the breadth portion of the
portfolio. During the first six weeks the student will develop a timeline for
completing the three sections of the portfolio by the end of April. The
concentration proposal will be submitted by the end of the first semester, at the
latest, for approval.
Weekly meetings, afterschool with the instructor, to review progress, address
student questions or concerns or use for studio time are required. The day will be
agreed upon by the student and instructor.
Experiencing art and artists is important for the AP Studio Art 3-D Design student.
The student is expected to turn in critiques of three different art exhibits or of a
piece in particular at three different art exhibits (should more than one artist be

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -3-D Design

Student performance continued-

Exhibiting and speaking publicly about personal artistic expressions are intrinsic to
being an artist. To that end the student will be required to participate in:

Regional V.A.S.E.
District AP Exhibit (installation and attendance),
District Portfolio Day
B.I.S.D. Middle and High School Student Exhibit
B.M.F.A Student International Show

Portfolio Requirements
There are three sections to the AP Studio Art Drawing Portfolio; Quality,
Concentration and Breadth. *

Quality will be demonstrated through five carefully selected examples of work that
demonstrate understanding of and engagement with 3-D Design issues. This
should be apparent in the concept, composition and execution of the works,
whether they are simple or complex. There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style
or content. For the Quality Section, the five works chosen should best represent
the students accomplishments. The five Quality pieces may come from the
Concentration and or Breadth section, but do not have to. The quality artwork may
be a group of related works, unrelated works or a combination of related and
2 views of each of the five works for a total of 10 images must be submitted.
The second view of each work should be taken from a different vantage point
than the first view
The second could be a detail, if it informs the viewer about a particular aspect
of the work.
All images should be labeled with dimensions (height, depth, width) and

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -3-D Design

The student must submit twelve images describing an in-depth exploration of a
particular visual idea. This series of cohesive art pieces will explore a single visual
concern in depth. Students will develop their body of work committed to the
thoughtful investigation of their specific visual idea or evolution of an idea through
thematic concepts. Student will be required to explore through writing and
sketching, a number of different ideas and themes early in the course. Using
finalized themes, student will provide and present an outline of their plan of action
or investigation, illustrating their intended goals or directions necessary to show
evolution and growth in their most compelling visual concept.

A Concentration is a body of related works that:

Grow out of a coherent plan of action or investigation;
Are unified by an underlying idea that has visual and or conceptual
Are based on the students individual interest in a particular visual idea;
Are focused on a process of investigation, growth and discovery; and
Show the development of a visual language appropriate for the subject.

Guidelines for Concentration

The choice of technique, medium, style, form, subject and content are made
by the student, in consultation with the instructor.
The choice of works to submit should be made to present the concentration
as clearly and best represent the process of investigation.
The images should be organized to best show the development of the
concentration. In most cases, this would be chronological.
For this section, twelve digital images must be submitted, some of which may
be details or second views.

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Guidelines for Concentration continued-

The second view should be taken from a different vantage point than the
The second view could be a detail, if it informs about a particular aspect of
the work.
All images should be labeled with dimensions (height x width x depth) and
The web application for development and submission of the Concentration
section is available in late January.
The Concentration section requires a well written, concise commentary
describing what the concentration is and how it evolved. Students will be
asked to respond to the following
1. Clearly and simply state the central idea of your concentration.
(500 character maximum)
2. Explain how the work in your concentration demonstrates your
Intent and the exploration of your idea. You may refer to specific
Images as example. (1,350 character maximum)
Students may not submit images of the same work that they submit for

Students will submit sixteen images of eight different works demonstrating an
understanding of the principles of 3-D Design. Include examples of unity/variety,
balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/scale and
occupied/unoccupied space which can be articulated through the visual elements
of art (mass, volume, form, plane, line, color/light, shape, space, texture and value)
in your Breadth section. You are asked to demonstrate that you are thoughtfully
applying these principles while creating your art. Your work should confidently
exhibit technical skill in addition to conceptual and expressive development in your
approaches to 3-D Design issues.

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -3-D Design

Guidelines for Breadth

As a whole, work in this section should demonstrate exploration,
inventiveness, and the expressive manipulation of their work, as well as
knowledge of compositional organization.
The best demonstrations of breadth clearly show experimentation and a
range of conceptual approaches to the work.
If a single medium is used, the work must show a range of approaches,
techniques, compositions and subjects to the investigation of 3-D design
An enormous range of possibilities exists for this section.
For this section, students must submit a total of sixteen digital images of
eight different works.
The second view of each work should be taken from a different vantage point
than the first.
The second view of each work could be a detail, if it informs the viewer about
a particular aspect of the work.
Students may not submit images of the same work that they submit for
All images must be labeled with dimensions (height x width x depth) and
The web application for development and submission of the Breadth section
is available in late January.

Approaches to Breadth
The course will expect innovation in thought, concept and execution in the
students approach to 3-D design topics. Students will gain familiarity with and
understanding of the use of the Elements of Art and Principles of Design using
conventional and unconventional media, and provocative and stimulating subject
matter so that experience is gained in problem solving and ideation to further
strengthen the students artistic foundation.

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -3-D Design

Possible subject matter may be inclusive of the following but, would not be
exclusive of other potential ideas.

Constructed building combining two divergent Architectural styles

Kinetic paper structure
(Self) Portraiture with non-traditional materials
Public sculpture
Recycled objects
Unconventional Architectural views (interior, exterior)
Repeated Objects used to create movement
Use of color and symbolic media to illustrate a personal story
Construct the meaning of a word
Explore linear and textural qualities of a 3-D landscape
Construct a scene you photographed
Metamorphosis from organic to geometric form
Cut and weave fabric(s) into abstract form
Everyday object in an unconventional setting
Subtractive carving of a book into a fantasy scene
Emotive figures
Construct a still life
Repetition of interlocking forms

Historical and contemporary stylistic influences to be considered:

Middle Eastern

Roman, Greek
Pop Art


Natural materials
Plaster/plaster gauze
Mixed media

Metal/foil sheets
Papier mache

Media to be explored:

Foam/ Styrofoam
Found objects

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -3-D Design

Student Reading and Research

The AP Studio Drawing student should not only be skilled, but should also
knowledgeable about artists, artistic styles, artistic approaches, cultural influences,
art history and its influence, aesthetics and techniques to be better able to analyze,
interpret and understand the visual arts. Students are given opportunity to
investigate their interest in these areas in preparation for written assignments as
well as self-evaluation about their relationship with art as an artist. The school or
public library, internet and class library are resources accessible to the student.

Grades will reflect individual achievement exhibited by the fulfillment of class
requirements. Grades will be reported and calculated using percentages mandated
in District Policy. District policy regarding retesting and failing grades will be
Major Assessments- 67% of student grade
Students will be informed of rubric criteria or provided with a grading rubric for
major assignments. Major assessments are inclusive of but not limited to the
Completed individual works
Formal written analysis of Historical, Contemporary or Personal work
Individual Critiques with Instructor or Group Critiques with Presentation of
Participation in activities outlined in Student Performance
Six weeks tests
Semester exams
Concentration statement
Completed Portfolio

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -3-D Design

Secondary Assessments- 33% of student grade

Preliminary sketches
Technique Exercises
Critique notes
Review notes
Participation in Group Critiques

Behavioral Expectations
Respect yourself, your peers, and your teacher. Make a commitment to:

Attend class
Be prepared
Be on time
No electronics
No offensive actions
Turn your work in when due
Keep the studio clean

Student supplies
Students at this level should be investing in personal materials to use in and out of
AP 3-D Design -*set of drawing pencils *sketchbook *colored pencils * watercolors
or watercolor pencils * erasers *sharpeners *tool box
*For more information on portfolio requirements go to Collegeboard.com see AP Studio Art Drawing pages 21-25
AP Students can also find additional student information at:

AP Studio Art Course Syllabus -3-D Design

Student Agreement
I have received and read the expectations of me while enrolled in the
AP Studio Art Drawing Class. I agree to fulfill the expectations and
submit a portfolio for credit by the deadlines set forth by the College
Student Printed Name_______________________________________
Student Signature ____________________________ Date __________
Phone numbers (home and cell) ________________________________

Parent Agreement
I/We have read the expectations and agree to support our
son/daughter in achieving these expectations.
Parent Printed Name_________________________________________
Parent Signature ______________________________Date__________
Phone numbers (home and cell) ________________________________