About the Art Fellows and AP Courses
Course Titles and Numbers:
Art Fellows I 511
Art Fellows II 545
Art Fellows III (formerly Portfolio / Advanced Art) 571
Advanced Placement Studio Art 585
Teacher: Mr. Ratkevich
Contact Mr. Ratkevich at:
For committed art students at any grade level, the Art Fellows courses (1, 2, 3 and 4) offer experiences with a wide range of 2D and 3D materials and both traditional and new processes. All Art Fellows courses are full-year, honors level courses. Participation in honors-level work is an opportunity for students to gain additional experience, strengthen their skills at a more rapid rate, and build their portfolios.
In all four years of the Art Fellows program, students will solve visual challenges in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, and design. Art appreciation and the study of art historical works will be incorporated throughout each year-long curriculum. Continuation in Art Fellows courses leads to Art Fellows 3 (formerly our Portfolio/Advanced Art course) and Art Fellows 4 (formerly our AP Studio Art course), in which students are encouraged to take one of the AP Studio Art exams. Enrollment in the foundation Art Fellows courses is highly recommended for students considering post-secondary study after graduation.
In Art Fellows I, you will first establish a strong foundation of skills and artistic understanding to build upon in the following years while also having the opportunity to discover new abilities and areas of interest.
In Art Fellows II, you will continue to develop your artistic skills and understanding and discover new abilities and areas of interest using a wide range of 2D and 3D materials and both traditional and new processes. You will solve visual challenges in drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, mixed media, and design. The class refers to contemporary and historic practice from many sources and traditions.
Art Fellows III (formerly Portfolio / Advanced Art) is designed for those students who want to concentrate their artistic efforts at a more advanced level and/or intend to further their education at an art school, college, or university. Students work in all areas of art with an emphasis on drawing, painting, two- and three-dimensional design, art history, and aesthetics. Through a variety of challenging experiences, students are encouraged to look at themselves and the world around them with their eyes, hands, minds, and hearts. They are also given opportunities to concentrate in a particular medium, art style, and/or subject matter. They will be engaged in written reflection and group critiques. Students are provided information about art careers and schools through videos, slide presentations, representatives from art schools, and participation in Portfolio Day. Students are required to prepare a portfolio of their best work for presentation to schools and will be responsible for exhibiting art work through student organized exhibits including the annual spring show. Students in this class must be willing to put in the extra time and effort to produce the high quality work expected in an honors-level art course. Outside work for this honors-level courses typically requires a commitment of 2 - 3 hours (and sometimes more) per week.
Art Fellows IV: Advanced Placement Studio Art is designed for highly motivated students who are committed to the study and creation of visual art, and it is an extension of the learning begun in the Portfolio course. Using guidelines established by the Advanced Placement College Board, students must prepare a portfolio of their best work to be submitted for discussion and evaluation at the end of the school year. Students will work in a variety of two-dimensional media, including a personal concentration of at least fifteen pieces that focuses on a theme of personal interest to each student. To be successful in this course many of the art projects must be done outside of class.
During the school year, students will have the opportunity to concentrate in a particular medium, art style, and/or subject matter. Students are expected to complete approximately one major project each week, and they will be required to prepare portfolios of their best work for participation in the Spring Portfolio Exhibition and for the College Board’s AP portfolio exam. Students in AP Studio Art should be committed to success, and they must be willing to put in the time and effort necessary to produce the high quality work expected of a serious, focused investigation into a discipline in which they are interested.
Assignments during the summer prior to the school year in which the student is enrolled in AP Studio Art are mandatory. These assignments, and the course expectations, must be obtained from the Art Department office before the close of school in June.
All Art Fellows 4: AP Studio Art students are also encouraged to enroll in an additional art course in the fall semester of their senior year. Students interested in furthering their studies in Architecture, Graphic Design, or Fashion Design beyond high school are strongly encouraged to take as many art courses as possible to create a strong portfolio of work, which is needed for college applications. Please speak with any member of the art faculty for additional course recommendations.