About the Two Courses
Course Titles and Numbers:
Portfolio / Advanced Art (Honors) 543
Advanced Placement Studio Art (AP) 545
Teacher: Mr. Ratkevich
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Portfolio is designed for highly motivated students who want to continue their artistic efforts at a more advanced level and/or intend to further their art education after high school. Students work in all areas of art with an emphasis on drawing, painting, 2-D and 3-D design, looking at/writing about art, art history, and aesthetics. Through a variety of 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. 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 a spring exhibition. 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.
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 twelve 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.
Targeted Student Expectations (see Pg. 4): B, C, D, E, G, H, I