Fall 2017
Ms. Andrea Cermanski

AP Art Course Overview

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.


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.

Ethics, Artistic Integrity and Plagiarism

Any work that makes use of (appropriates) photographs, published images and/or other artists’ work must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication. This is demonstrated through manipulation of the formal qualities, design and/or concept of the source. Your “voice” should be clearly evident. It is unethical, constitutes plagiarism, and often violates

Copyright law simply to copy an image (even in another medium) that was made by someone else and represent it as one’s own.

Project List (order may change)

    1. Still Life/Perspective Fantasy—Prismacolor—Due Wed. 8/30
    2. Foreshortened Figure Holding Object—Pencil—Due Mon. 9/11
    3. Landscape with Chalk Pastel—Due Thurs. 9/21
    4. Newspaper Transfer Self-Portraits—Charcoal—Due Mon. 10/2
    5. Close Up of Animal with Text on Textured Surface—Charcoal/Paint—Due Fri. Oct. 13
    6. Fruit Close Up—Prismacolor or Acrylic—Due Wed. 10/25
    7. Surrealist Collage—Due Fri. 11/3
    8. Nature Meets Geometry—Pencil, Charcoal or Prismacolor—Due Wed. 11/15
    9. Surrealism/Forced Connections—Pencil/Marker/Ink—Due Mon. 12/4
    10. Layered Drawing with Multiple Changes—Mixed Media—Due Wed. 12/13


  1. Sketchbook (no smaller than 11×9”, no larger than 11×14”) approx. 100 pages
  2. Kneaded rubber eraser & pink pearl eraser
  3. Small pencil sharpener
  4. Drawing pencils
  5. Sharpies—ultra fine & fine
  6. High quality art supplies of choice (you might want to buy your own supplies to use for the Concentration section)


  • Taking good care of art supplies is important.  Supplies are expensive and limited, so please treat them with respect.
  • The last 10 minutes of class time is reserved for cleanup.  Clean up includes cleaning tables, picking up trash from the floor, putting desks back in order, cleaning and storing supplies in the proper place, etc.  Students will not be dismissed until the room is in order.  .

LEAVING CLASS–Our class time is short, so I encourage you to use the restroom and fill up water bottles between classes and at lunch.

GRADING—You will be graded with a rubric for each project based on your use of elements and principles of design, originality, effort, craftsmanship, & risk-taking.

NO FOOD OR DRINKS ALLOWED IN CLASS!  You could ruing someone’s art piece with one simple spill. No exceptions. Eat before class, and step outside to drink water.