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....

....it 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!


2 Responses to “AP Studio Art”

  1. June 21, 2010 at 4:20 am

    OMG, that looks like a totally overwhelming task. Did you see any tin art in any of those portfolios?

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