Archive for June, 2010


AP Studio Art

Cincinnati, OH

On June 10th I arrived in Cincinnati to participate in the College Board AP Studio Arts reading at the Duke Energy Center. For the next eight days, 120 art professionals scored 40, 000 art portfolios.

The AP Studio Art portfolios are designed for students who are seriously interested in the practical experience of art. AP Studio Art is not based on a written examination; instead, students submit portfolios for evaluation at the end of the school year.

Most AP Studio Art candidates prepare their portfolios through organized AP instruction. If a school does not offer an AP Studio Art program, a student may work independently to complete the portfolio.

The AP Program offers three portfolios: Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design. The portfolios share a basic, three-section structure, which requires the student to show a fundamental competence and range of understanding in visual concerns (and methods). Each of the portfolios asks the student to demonstrate a depth of investigation and process of discovery through the Concentration section (Section II). In the Breadth section (Section III), the student is asked to demonstrate a serious grounding in visual principles and material techniques. The Quality section (Section I) permits the student to select the works that best exhibit a synthesis of form, technique, and content.

The following photos are from my experience.

Duke Energy Center

The facility was full of art portfolios....

Lots of portfolios....

A ton of portfolios.... was mind boggling!

Workers unpacked and repacked portfolios....

Workers constantly set up portfolios for scoring, then replaced them with more portfolios.

Portfolios were also reviewed on line.

Each day all studio art scorers underwent a standards setting review.

Reviewing thousands of pieces of art was both exciting and exhausting.

After a long day of looking at art, we spent the evening looking at MORE art....

Or by listening to the College Board AP Studio Art Band!

This AP work can be exhausting!

Eventually, the job gets done!

Me, along with fellow scorer Joe Semple, on the day eight of our AP Studio Art 2010 experience.

My AP Studio Art experience was stimulating, introspective, and most of all, educational!


The Big F

Me with the Big F, Vasilia, and Mark.

Recently I was contacted by Vasilia Scouras about a project she was overseeing for the upcoming Festivall in Charleston, WV. Vasilia asked me if I would be one of the nine artists to decorate a four foot tall letter that would be put together to spell out the word “Festivall”. It sounded like fun, and I enjoy an artistic challenge that takes me out of my normal studio format. On Memorial Day, which also happened to be my birthday, Vasilia and her friend, Mark (percussion ninja), made and trek from Charleston and dropped the plywood letter off at my house in Wheeling.

The Big F makes friends with a tree in my back yard.

I studied the Big F as it stood in my yard. It appeared manageable and I figured it would be a cooperative letter form. As I began to work on the F, I discovered I had my work cut out for me. The Big F wanted no part of me making any changes to it!

Struggling with the Big F.....

.... the battle continues....

.... and it seemed the Big F was too much for me!

I pushed back, and finally showed the Big F who was boss!

The Big F is made of two plywood letter forms with two small pieces of 2×6 sandwiched in between. I felt the letter was not strong enough to withstand my decorative treatment, so I pulled the letter apart and rebuilt the inside using 2x4s and 2x2s.

Adding a new, stronger core to the Big F.

Making the Big F stronger....

Cutting more material for the new core.

The new, improved, super-strong Big F!

I had put the Big F through a lot in one day, so I decided to take it on a tour of Wheeling. The Big F and I stopped at several of Wheelings points of interest.

The Big F visits the Mingo Indian at the top of Wheeling Hill.

The Big F visits the old mill, now empty, but has a history of being several businesses. (I would love to make a studio in this thing!)

A stop at the famous Wheeling Suspension Bridge.

The Big F makes a stop at Wheeling Heritage Port.

The Big F stops for lunch at Later Gator and meets proprietor Susan Hadad.

The Big F at Wheeling's Capitol Theater.

The Big F takes a well deserved rest in a safe place.

Day 2: The Big F gets a coat of primer.

Day 3: The Big F gets a coat of canary yellow paint.

Day 4: The front of the Big F gets covered with cut tin.

Day 5: The front of the Big F with it's festive assortment of tin "bubbles".

Day 6: The back of the Big F receives some simple illustrations.

Another detail of the back of the Big F.

The back of the Big F is completed!

The Big F is done, and awaits it's trip back to Charleston, WV. It was a fun experience!!!!