AP Studio Art

  • Amesbury High School

    Visual Art Department

    Course Syllabus: AP Studio Art

    Instructor:  Mr. R. Jackson

    Office:  ART 106

    Office Hours:  M-F    7:30am-8:00am           

    Email:  jacksonr@amesburyma.org                                                                                             


    Course Description


    Length of course: One year

    Grade level(s): 11, 12

    Prerequisite: Portfolio 1 and Portfolio 2D or 3D


    AP Studio is the most advanced course in the Art program and designed for the senior planning to major or minor in Art in college.This course is offered as a year long course. Assignments will resemble those of a typical undergraduate art program and are part of the Studio Art Advanced Placement Exam, taken in May. The exam will consist of a portfolio created from weekly assignments of original works based on the AP themes, including quality, depth, and concentration. Students will explore the process of creating art using research and original concepts from their sketchbooks, with instructional assistance limited to technical advice and critical analysis. All final works submitted should be solutions clearly defined within the frameworks of the Elements of Art and the Principles of Design. Successful completion of this exam could result in the student obtaining up to six college credits. Students are required to maintain a sketchbook and individual and class projects will be shared with the school community in gallery shows. Students taking this course for AP credit must complete the summer assignments of 10 assigned sketches and 10 photographs and submit them on Instagram. Physical examples of the chosen work and sketches must be submitted on the first day of school for admittance.  This course has been audited and approved by the College Board.



    This curriculum aims to prepare and guide students through the completion AP Studio Art Portfolio Review. This course provides the opportunity for students further develop their skills and abilities, as well as their personal style at a collegiate level.


    Course Objectives

    This course will have students complete a portfolio highlighting growth, depth and a variety of  technical ability and skill. Students will create 24 works, 12 exploring a concept or theme and 12 works that display excellence in a breadth of approaches. Students will submit these pieces to the AP Art Exam in May.



    Students are required to have a 3-ring binder and sketchbook for weekly assignments. Students should  wear appropriate attire when working with specific materials used in the curriculum.


    Course Participation Requirements

    Students are expected to attend all classes and be a positive and engaged member of the classroom. All excused absences are expected to made-up, either after school or during A Block. Each unexcused absence will result in a 10-point reduction from quarter grade and the class cannot be made-up. Five lates will result in an unexcused absence and thus receive a 10-point deduction from their quarter grade.


    Student Expectations

    Students are expected to be respectful of both the studio space and other class members. The studio space is shared by many students, therefore everyone is responsible for maintaining it. Students are responsible for their workspace/materials and the general upkeep of the studio space. Offensive and crude language is prohibited. Any infractions of the above classroom rules may result in a student detention, a phone call to parent and/or parent meeting.



    Plagiarism is one form of cheating that will not be tolerated. Plagiarism includes downloading words of entire pages from online to include in students’ assignments without giving proper credit to those sources.  Students are reminded that repeated violations of these regulations affect their grades (by receiving zeroes for assignments), their behavior record, and their reputation of character and honesty. Infractions of this rule may result in serious disciplinary actions despite the fact that it may be the first offense.  (AHS Student Handbook 2017- 2018)


    Cell Phone Policy

    Cell phones use is NOT permitted in the classroom at any time. There is a cell phone shoe holder that students will be required to use. If at any point during class time a cell phone is not in its designated space the student will lose 20 points in their conduct and grade for that week.



    Projects and assignments are to be handed in on time, late projects and assignments will incur a 10-point deduction for each week it’s late and will NOT be accepted 2 weeks beyond the due date.


    Projects 50%

    Conduct/Effort 50%

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