Painting Above by Noah Caufield
AP COURSE DESCRIPTION
AP 2-Dimensional Design is a college-level course that prepares students for submission of the AP 2-D portfolio at the end of the school year. The course promotes sustained investigation of all three aspects of art portfolio development– quality, concentration, and breadth. Throughout this course, students will work toward developing mastery in concept, composition, and execution of 2-D design. Students will use a range of conceptual approaches as well as show technical skill in a variety of mediums and familiarity of traditional and contemporary approaches to art. Class assignments will challenge students to set and achieve personal creative goals.
For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate mastery of 2-D design through any two-dimensional medium or process, including, but not limited to, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, fashion design, fashion illustration, painting and printmaking.
This course is equivalent to a first-year college art class and all students are expected to challenge themselves to develop mastery in their ideas, skills, and abilities in 2-D design. Due to the rigor of this course, students should expect to work on homework, sketchbooks and art projects outside of class frequently.
OVERVIEW OF AP 2-D PORTFOLIO: BREADTH, CONCENTRATION & QUALITY
Breadth: 12 pieces
In the Breadth section students are proving they can tackle artistic problems using diverse media and incorporating various elements and principles of design. For the portfolio twelve images are needed of 12 different works; no detail images are permitted. Works should emphasize the elements of art (line, shape, space, texture, value, and color), organized using the principles of design (unity/variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, figure/ground relationships, and proportion/scale). Media could include graphic design, typography, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, or printmaking.
Concentration: 12 images (can include details)
A concentration is a body of related works that demonstrate a student’s commitment to the thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea. Students are encouraged to explore a personal, central interest as intensively as possible; they are free to work with any idea in any medium that addresses two-dimensional design issues. The concentration should grow out of the student’s idea and demonstrate growth and discovery through a number of conceptually related works.
For this section, 12 digital images must be submitted, some of which may be details. The Concentration section includes spaces for a written commentary, which must accompany the work in this section, describing what the concentration is and how it evolved. Students will write a reflective paper about their concentration in the second semester.
Quality: 5 pieces (Can come from Concentration or Breadth sections)
The student’s best work will be included in the Quality section of the portfolio, which will be selected for excellence in concepts, composition and execution of two-dimensional design. Each work will show mastery of varied media, techniques, approaches, concepts, and subject matter.
There is no preferred (or unacceptable) style or content requirements. For this section, students are asked to submit five actual works in one or more media. Because of limitations imposed by the shipping and handling of the portfolios, work submitted for this section must fit easily into the portfolio envelope, which is approximately 18″ x 24,” so all works for this course will be completed on 18” x 24” paper or smaller.
Visit the AP 2-D Art Website for more information: https://apstudent.collegeboard.org/apcourse/ap-studio-art-2-d-design