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Thursday, June 6, 2019

AP Art: Summer Assignment 2019-2020

Listed below are the AP Art summer assignments due the first
week of class. Please email an image of the work in progress
before August 10th, 2019 to receive feedback. These are strictly
2-D assignments and should be complete with a foreground,
mid- ground, and background.

Assignment #1: 1. Self Portrait (without showing your face)
The important thing here is to reveal something about yourself
without using your face. In fact, you need not use any part of
your body at all in this assignment. Instead, you are challenged
to portray who you are in some alternative way. What image
can you create or invent that would tell us something about
you - your personality, your interests, your character, your
inclinations, your talents, your passions, your obsessions,
your desires, your needs, your likes and dislikes, your

Assignment #2: Mixed-media portrait
This can be done in monochrome or in color using any medium
you desire (ink, collage, newspaper,paint, & other mixed
media). 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 #3: Classic Theme
Create 2 works with 1 of the following classic themes found
in art: Place, Spirituality, Identity, Consumption - Stories, Loss
& Desire, Time, or Humor. It can be done in any 2D media and
the 2 works can be related. These are the themes found in the
first 2 seasons of the PBS television show Art 21, whichever
theme you chose watch the section based on that theme and
research 1 of the other artists who created work with the same
theme. Links: Art 21 Season 1 &; Art 21 Season 2

Assignment #4: Inspiration
Take a look at this list of 100 Artists from Art 21, choose any
artist and create a piece responding to (not copying or in
their style) their work. The list includes everyone from artist
who use traditional media such as: Cindy Sherman and
Richard Serra to artist like: Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramović,
and Laurie Anderson who do performance pieces. Video
clips are available for each artist on the website so do a
bit of research, find something in one of the artists that you
connect to and create a piece on it. Make sure you include
the artists name who the inspiration came from on the back.

Assignment #5: Shanti Peace Poster contest
Create a poster design for the theme of Peace & Non-Violence
in any media. The work should be landscape (horizontal) and
8.5” x 11” and can incorporate images of figures such as
Gandhi, Martin Luther King or other and can use text be be
sure words and names are spelled correctly.

Assignment #6: Choose Your Own Theme
The bulk of the AP test will be work created fitting a theme you
choose. The media is open as long as it is 2D and the size
should be under 20”. Choose a theme that you think you want
to work with and create 4 pieces in that theme. Avoid popular
or played out themes such as "darkness” and try to make it
personal as possible. Once you’ve chosen your theme research
and find 2 other artists who have created work that is similar to
that theme.

Assignment #7: The Psychological Space
The job of a Set Designer whether it be for a stage production or
movie is to create a vision that includes the environment, scenery,
furniture and props that an audience sees. These physical
surroundings are where the action will take place within a
production. Any production set should: (1) suggest the style and
tone of the whole production; (2) create mood and atmosphere;
and (3)give clues as to the specific time and place of the action.
In other words, part of the Set Designers job is to impart emotion
within a specific space. How does a Set Designer do this? How do
they create a feeling of openness, or conversely, claustrophobia?
In movies, how does the lighting effect a scene? Why isn’t a horror
movie taking place in the woods lit like a drama or comedy in a
department store? How does the camera angle lead your emotions
by making you feel small or large, looking up with respect to fear,
and looking down in pity, disgust, or superiority? The challenge of
this assignment is to see how convincingly you can suggest
strong feelings or sentiments, through the manipulation of three
visual devices: space, light, and perspective.

Here are a list of possibilities in each category. Choose a space,
a light source, and a perspective to create a specific mood
within a space. You can use these or come up with your own
ideas.Space Light Source Perspective A bedroom a single bare
lightbulb looking upward An elevator a candle looking downward
Inside a box at dawn or dusk up or down stairs On a roof using
car headlights at an angle In a basement moonlight dutch angle
Inside a cabinet light coming in darkened room eye level Inside
a car a match Medium: Open, but must be done in color.

Some suggestions include but are not limited to: acrylic paint, ink,
watercolor, marker, pastels, colored pencils, oil sticks, collage, mixed
media, etc. Use a flat 2-dimensional surface of your choice.

Suggestions include but are not limited to: canvas board,
illustration board, paper, homosoate (must be gessoed),
Masonite (must be gessoed), etc. but NO
cardboard. Style: Open

Assignment#8: From Ordinary to Extraordinary
Our daily life is made up of a series of mundane activities
that we have to repeat over and over again throughout our
lives. For example, every day we eat meals, brush our teeth,
walk the dog, shower, cook dinner, drive to work or school,
wash dishes, make coffee, etc etc. Your assignment is to
take an ordinary event and visually depict it in a new and
inventive way. Some ways in which this may be achieved
is to look for a different viewpoint, distortion, or repetition
of actions. For example, you might consider brushing your
teeth but show the action from inside the mouth looking into
the mirror. Maybe the facial expression by the action of
brushing your teeth is distorted accentuating the action.
Medium: Open, but must be done in color. Some
suggestions include but are not limited to: acrylic paint,
ink, watercolor, marker, pastels, colored pencils, oil sticks,
collage, mixed media, etc. Use a flat 2-dimensional surface
of your choice. Suggestions include but are not limited to:
canvas board, illustration board, paper, homosoate (must be
gessoed), Masonite (must be gessoed), etc. but NO
cardboard. Style: Open

Assignment #9: Sketchbook
(A Sketchbook is a Never Ending Journey, Not a Destination.)
A sketchbook is the single most important tool for any artist.
It’s a way to explore with technique, media, style and ideas
without the pain and anxiety of struggling with a large project.
Use your 9”x12” black, hard-covered sketchbook, fold over your
first clean page and write summer sketchbook. On the bottom
right corner of every page number the page until you get to the
end of your sketchbook. Complete AT LEAST 60 Pages
in this sketchbook over the summer.

Medium: Paint (acrylic, gouache, tempera, and/ or watercolor),
marker, pencil, colored pencil, crayons, oil pastels, chalk
pastels, stamps made out of erasers or potatoes, and ink.
Use anything that will make a mark-Be Inventive!

Subjects: When working try contour line, continuous contour
line, gestured line, completed value drawings with strong lights
and darks. Try a variety of different subjects that include:
People- family, friends, as well as strangers (try them still), or
capture movement (at the mall, or playing sports). Still Life-
arrangement of dishes, eggs or lemons wrapped in different
textured cloth. Pay attention to the smoothness of the eggs
against the rough quality of the towel. Do several views of the
same still life. Use different media. Finish at least one well
rendered piece after completing several views. Draw a
pinecone, all or part of it, or any cone, to show the repetition
in the pine cone patterns and details. Look at material
such as: a shirt over a chair, a sheet around pillar, clothes
on a line etc. Draw this with color (watercolor, pastel) and
overlay it with another media like pencil or ink. Draw your
bicycle, the family car, children’s toys, are all good subjects.
Landscapes- observe and record your surroundings.
Draw a composition looking out of a window in your room
using the window as a format. Draw something from your
backyard and simplify it into a contour drawing. Show as
many details as you can only using lines. Create a
drawing that shows diminution. Create a drawing that
shows loss of clarity due to distance (sfumato). Draw
landscapes using Linear and Atmospheric Perspective.
Draw from you memory or imagination- Create a drawing
from life in any material that has a mysterious mood. Create
a fantasy environment. Transform everyday objects like
food into fantasy creatures. Have fun trying many different

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