Advanced Placement Studio Art 2D - Herron High School

Advanced Placement Studio Art 2D

Section #: 4050 (ART 2D AP)

This portfolio is intended to address two-dimensional (2-D) design issues.  Design involves purposeful decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. The principles of design articulated through the visual elements help guide artists in making decisions about how to organize the elements on a picture plane in order to communicate content.  For this portfolio, students are asked to demonstrate proficiency in 2-D design through any two-dimensional medium or process, including, but not limited to, graphic design, digital imaging, photography, collage, fabric design, weaving, illustration, painting, and printmaking.  Any work that makes use of (appropriates) other artists’ works (including photographs) and/or published images must show substantial and significant development beyond duplication.

A comprehensive description of this course can be found on the College Board AP Central Course Description website here.

Recommended Grade Level: 11 or 12

Recommended Prerequisites: Advanced laboratory 2-D visual arts courses

Credits: a 2-semester course, 1 credit per semester

Fulfills requirement for 2 Fine Arts credits for the Core 40 with Academic Honors diploma

Counts as a Directed Elective or Elective for the General, Core 40, Core 40 with Academic Honors and Core 40 with Technical Honors diplomas


AP Studio is for highly motivated students who are seriously interested in the study of art; the program demands a significant commitment.  Students will be required to do a significant amount of work both inside of class and out.

The instructional goals of the AP Studio Art: 2-D Design course are to:

*Encourage creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues.
*Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in informed and critical decision making.
*Help students develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of the visual elements.
*Encourage students to become independent thinkers who will contribute inventively and critically to their culture through making art.