AP Art Summer Homework-Due Aug. 17, 2017
Summer Assignment for Advanced Placement Studio Art Ms. Lynch
Summer assignments (due August 15th 2017) help alleviate the pressure during the school year of producing the many quality pieces needed for a successful portfolio. There are 3 assignment categories: Sketchbook Assignments (20), Life Drawings (2), and Projects (2). Completing more these pieces than required will only put you that much further ahead when school starts.
1. Draw directly from life instead of using reference photos, whenever possible. If you must use a photo, take your own or use a photo from the public domain. Attach the photo to the back of the work.
2. Use quality materials for your art. Good materials make it easier to create good work.
3. Use standard sizes. Stay within the 18” x 24” size (your artwork should be this size or smaller) so that these pieces could be used for the quality section of your portfolio.
4. Use a sketchbook to plan your artwork. Make several thumbnails, jot down notes, glue in reference images, and do color studies when needed. Use a variety of media, even combining them for mixed media.
5. DO NOT SIGN YOUR NAME TO THE FRONT OF YOUR WORK or place any identifying marks on the front as per AP Guidelines. Be sure to write your name on the back.
6. Visit the AP Central website for the portfolio you are submitting often to see sample portfolios and to become familiar with requirements. http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/studiodrawing
7. Look at good art! Visit the local art centers, galleries, art museums, and art festivals. Take your sketchbook with you, and render the work as well as your response to it. It is a good thing to jot down your thinking process in your sketchbook as well as draw in it.
8. Read about art! Read art magazines, check out books about famous artists in the library while you are there. Study the images online.
Search the Internet for artists dealing with the same subject as you. Study their work, life history, and influences.
Part One: Life Drawings
Complete at least TWO of the following observational drawings. The AP Readers (Judges), as well as art schools love to see a drawing made from life. Use charcoal or pencil or any medium that works for you. Spend the time needed to complete the work. Don’t just draw a contour. Use a full range of values, with deep shadows and bright highlights to create form and depth. Use the entire page, placing your focal points in the sweet spots, and running off the edges with your composition. Fill the paper up, using more positive that empty space.
1. A self-portrait that expresses a specific mood. Think about the effects of color and how it conveys the individual mood. You may use any style (realism, cubism, expressionism, etc.). Research online to study various artists’ self-portraits and their styles and techniques. Check out Van Gogh, Frieda Kahlo, and Rembrandt.
2. Still life that consists of 3 or more reflective objects. Set up the objects on a table, cover it with cloth, and place a lamp near it to create dramatic lighting. Your goal is to convey a convincing representation. Render as accurately as you can.
3. A drawing of an unusual interior – for example, looking inside of a closet, cabinet, refrigerator, inside your car, under the car’s hood etc. Include as many details as your can.
4. A still life of your family members’ shoes. You should include at least three shoes - go for interesting shapes, design, texture, color. Place them in different positions.
5. A close-up drawing of a bicycle/tricycle from an unusual angle. Don’t just draw the bicycle from the side!
6. Buildings in a landscape: Do a drawing on location. Look for a building or spot in your neighborhood that is part of your neighborhood’s identity. It could be a firehouse, restaurant park, church or any other building or place that you would miss seeing if it were torn down.
7. Expressive landscape: locate a landscape near your home or use a photograph that you have taken of a landscape. Or, you can also use multiple sketches or photos of different landscapes to create a unique one. It is best to work from an actual subject, so draw outdoors while looking at the actual landscape. Use expressive color to draw. Check out the Fauvists or the Der Blaue Reiter to see expressive use of color at work.
8. Create a self-portrait, using your reflection in an unusual surface, something other than a normal mirror. This could be a metal appliance (toaster, blender), a computer monitor, a broken or warped mirror, a car’s rear view mirror, or tinted windows.
9. Café drawing (or any other local hangout): go to a place where you can sit and sketch for a long period of time. Capture the essence of this place (local eatery/café, bookstore, mall, etc.) by drawing the people and places you see.
10. Action portrait: have a friend or family member pose for you doing some sort of movement (jump roping, walking, riding a bike, walking down stairs, etc.). Capture the entire sequence of their action in one piece of artwork. How will you portray movement in your work? Look at Nude Descending a Staircase” by Dada artists Marcel Duchamp, as well as the work of Futurist artists Giacomo Balla or F.T. Marinetti. Check out the photographic motion studies by Muybridge.
Part Two: Concentration Projects
You may choose any media or combination of media, including traditional painting and drawing, or digital art. Start your project by developing each idea in your sketchbook. Plan your composition with big shapes, value/color contrasts, scale relationships, point of view, and lighting. Make use of the elements of art and principles of design with intentions. Plan it out! Solutions need to be fresh and unique instead of obvious, predictable, and trite.
The subject matter for the two or more artworks for this part will be based on the same idea, theme, topic or problem. You may choose your own topic from the list below or use any other good idea you have:
At the bottom of the page for each sketch, label it according to which Assignment Part and topic it is (such as Part II, “Using slab construction and additive methods to build a surrealistic landscape.”).
Part Three: Sketchbook Assignments
In addition to using your sketch to plan your projects, you must complete 20 sketches and spend approximately 30 minutes per idea. Sketchbooks should display forethought, good composition, exceptional craftsmanship, have mature subject matter (avoid trite, overused symbols). These sketchbook assignments should be finished drawings. Sometimes breadth pieces come from sketchbooks. Choose from this list or create your own ideas for your 20 sketches (you can do more!)
See you in August! You may email me at email@example.com if you have any questions. Looking forward to having you in AP Art next year!
Here are some examples of drawings/paintings by Hillsdale AP Students, most were done from life (instead of using a photo) which is recommended by the AP Board. You need to complete two finished artworks from life for your summer homework.
These are examples of still life drawings/paintiings by Hillsdale students:
Portraits by Hillsdale students:
Landscape drawings/paintings by Hillsdale students:
You will also need to choose a concentration and create 2 artworks over the summer using your chosen theme (you will create 12 artworks in that theme for your portfolio). Below are some examples of concentrations done by Hillsdale students: