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This blog was created as an extension of the dialogue that began in our classroom and the purpose is to share creative ideas, images, and critiscm. All posts should be appropriate for the high school classroom and critiscm should be helpful and positive.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

AP Art Summer Assignments

The summer assignmnets for next year's AP Studio Art class are listed below. Remember these assignments will count as grades for the first quarter of class next year. Feel free to post them on the blog as you work and I will give you input along with the other students. If you have any questions about the assignments or the class you can email me anytime. I'll be traveling all summer working with Adobe but I'll try to get back to you as quickly as I can.

Assignment #1:
Sketchbook Work
This assignment can be done in any media but the sketchbook pages should be complete. First you must create 10 Sketchbook pages based on themes that you are interested in pursuing for your concentration. In addition you must create 10 Sketchbook pages based on observation from life.

Assignment #2:
Create a work based on the theme of Isolation vs. Embrace
Use any materials to create your work but make sure it is 28” x 20” or smaller.

Assignment #3:
A Portrait of Somebody Else
This is strictly a 2-D assignment and can be done in monochrome or in color using any medium you desire. The style may be handled in any way you wish: realistic, abstract, expressive, impressionistic or cubistic, etc. It’s your decision. (Note: select the style of your favorite historical artist to use in this assignment.)
This portrait should reveal something significant about the model. Hands, torso and face are important features and should be included in the work. Try an unusual surface. The portrait may be done on any flat smooth unbreakable surface such as cardboard, mural paper, plywood, masonite, plexiglass, homasote board, etc. It’s up to you. The portrait cannot be smaller than 16”x 20” and no bigger than 22” x 28”.

Assignment #4:
One large landscape (outdoor or indoor scenes acceptable/ city or country)
This is strictly a 2-D assignment! The landscape must show depth and distance (receding space or informal perspective). The landscape can be done from any angle (bird’s-eye view or worm’s-eye view). Overlapping and repetition helps to create a sense of depth and distance. NO OUTLINES PERMITTED IN NATURE! Emphasize dark and light shapes, textures and space. Be sure to obtain a strong contrast!!! The landscape must be done in color. Any medium you wish - paint, collage, mixed media. The landscape must be done on a flat, smooth, 2-dimensional surface. Minimum size: 18” x 24”. All landscapes must have a foreground, middle ground and background. Lighting is important and should be dramatic!

Assignment #5:
Illustrate a song of your choice. Do NOT incorporate the lyrics into the work! in any media that is 18”x24” or smaller. The theme is open to your own interpretation.

Assignment #6:
Theme: Monster
Create a work based on this theme in any media that is 18”x24” or smaller. The theme is open to your own interpretation.

Assignment #7, 8, & 9:
The final three assignments will be posted on the artroom 161 blog in the final three weeks of August (as we lead up to the start of school). Each assignment will be given on a Wednesday (digital Wednesday is an assignment we have throughout the year) and will be due on the following Wednesday. Complete the assignments and post the works that you create on the blog.

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