Dylan Pham

AP Studio Art- Drawing & 2D Design


    Course Title: AP Studio Art- Drawing and 2D Design

    Instructor: Stephanie Sullinger-Dukarm

    Room: 619

    School Phone: 602-467-6879

    School e-mail: stephanie.dukarm@dvusd.org       



    Course Description:

    Students will develop aesthetic, imaginative, and creative faculties. The program will include practice in the use of various media, the acquisition of techniques of art, and the ability to relate art to its historical and social content. Enrolled students are expected to take the AP exam.


    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.  College, university, and secondary school instructors using rigorous standards review students’ portfolios.  This College Board program provides the only national standard for performance in the visual arts that allows students to earn advanced placement while still in high school.  The AP program is based on the premise that college-level material can be taught successfully to secondary school students.  In essence, the AP program is a cooperative endeavor that helps high school student’s complete college-level courses and permits colleges to evaluate, acknowledge, and encourage that accomplishment through the granting of appropriate credit and placement.


    This course is aligned with the Arizona State Standards which include the Common Core State Standards.


    Course Goals & Objectives:

    The students will create a portfolio of artwork using the creative process that represents their own vision and skills as an artist.   They will use a variety of materials, tools and techniques. This course will prepare the students for post high school art courses in the digital arts. Artistic expression and problem solving will be the main emphasis of the course. The students will gain a greater understanding of meanings and purposes of art in society. Quality in art will be emphasized. Art worlds, issues and values will be incorporated into the projects.


    Course Materials:

    Sketchbook, pencil, eraser

    Each student is required to have a sketchbook that is at least 8 X 10 inches in size to complete weekly drawings. Some students may want to purchase a few art supplies of their own. A list of suggested supplies will be given the first week of school. Students are required to bring a pencil and eraser to class daily.   Please make sure and purchase these items by the second week of school since it is your responsibility to be prepared for class.


    Classroom/Course Expectations:

    The policies written in the school handbook will be followed. Students are expected to follow the school and district rules and procedures as listed in the student/parent handbook. Abusive language and profanity must not be used in class. Students are expected to be respectful, responsible, safe, cooperative, peaceful and productive. Students must use their class time to complete their projects for this course; all class work is to be completed in class on or before the due date.


    Electronic Devices:

    Many students want to have the privilege of carrying electronic devices on campus. With that privilege comes the responsibility of ensuring that those items are not used on campus during class or on a bus. If students are found listening to music or texting in class or otherwise not fully engaged in learning, the device will be confiscated. Misuse of electronic devices may result in disciplinary procedures in addition to the confiscation of the device.

    Because we are becoming a technology rich campus, we are expanding the use of iPads as a learning tool. The iPads will be increasingly integrated into the curriculum to reinforce critical thinking, collaboration, and cognitive engagement. I will designate during which activities students may use the device, and I will articulate how the device should be used appropriately. If a violation of the stipulated use occurs, consequences will be enforced in accordance with the DVHS Student Handbook.


    ID Card: Student must visibly wear I.D. card at all times while on campus or at any school activity for the safety and security of all students.

    Parent Access to Grades, Due Dates and Curriculum:

    All my classes will be using Canvas, our online learning system to turn in their work. It is very important that students come to class with their iPad charged.  Parents can gain access to the student's Canvas pages and review the lessons, due dates and their student's submissions.  I highly suggest you sign up with your student's login information, it is a very valuable resource.  Here are a couple ways to sign up:

     APP directions:


    Computer Access Directions:  

    Parent Access Canvas Directions 

    If you are not signed up to receive weekly or daily emails from or district grading system I also high recommend it.  It is a great way to keep up with all your student's grades and attendance.  Here is a link to get it set up.




    Class and self critiques will be held at the end of major assignments.  The students will briefly discuss their intents suing the vocabulary of art both in writing and verbally.  Conversations with peers and the teacher will enable you to analyze and discuss your own artwork as well as others.  Informed and critical decision making will be emphasized in the critique process.


    Grading will be based on the College Board rubrics for portfolio work and will be graded on the following criteria: Materials well used; technique is excellent, evidence of thinking/clear visual intent, purposeful composition, awareness of style and format, sensitive/evocative.



    Class work, projects, quizzes, and participation equal 80% of your grade, the final equals 20% of your grade.

    Projects will be graded with a rubric that expresses the expectations for the drawing or project.


    Grading Scale

    A             90-100%

    B             80-89%

    C             70-79%

    D             60-69%

    F              0-59%


    Final course grades are computed as 80% equaling the coursework done throughout the semester and 20% equaling the final exam portion of the grade.


    Test Retakes

    Students may retake quizzes and tests under the following circumstances:

    * If they have an excused absence for the day of the test.

    *If they received a 60% or lower on the exam.


    This retake policy does not apply to District or teacher created semester exams.






    The students will be working on all projects during class, attendance and class participation is very important for success in this course. Class time must be used in a productive manner; wasted time can result in incomplete assignments and negatively affect the student’s grade. Projects are expected to be done during class time, and completed in class on or before the due date unless approved by the instructor in advance for special circumstances only.



    Make-up Policy:

    Students who have an absence which is excused have one day for each day absent to turn in missed work. Students who are marked unexcused will not receive credit for worked missed but will still receive feedback. See the student handbook for more information regarding excused and unexcused absences. Late and missing work without an excused absence or prior instructor approval will not receive full credit.


    An assignment which is considered a long-term project is due on the due date and time as stated when the long-term project was assigned. Long-term projects may be turned in prior to the due date as well as parent/guardian may turn in at the front desk.


    The students may use SET time or arrange another time to come in and make up work. If the student does not make arrangements within a week, it will result in a zero. Absences which result in unexcused or verified ditch through the office will result in an automatic zero. Absence policies will be followed as stated in the student handbook.



    Course Plan:

    1.    Objectives
    • The course is outlined to the students.  The individual sections of each portfolio-Quality, Concentration and Breadth- are discussed in detail.  Additionally, the students will review the images and instructions from the AP Studio Art Poster & slide collection.
    • Students will have access to slide collections, periodicals and books. In the classroom to use as references for their artwork.  Materials are available that cover a wide range of topics, art movements and art techniques as well as design and drawing problems.
    • Create a portfolio of 24 artworks evaluated by the rubric supplied by the College Board.
    • Portfolio will address three major concerns that are constants in the teaching of art.
    1. Quality in student work:

    5 actual matted works that demonstrate mastery of drawing in concept, composition, and execution.

    These should be the student’s best work, selected for excellence, and cannot be larger than 18 X 24 including the matting.

    1. Concentration on a particular visual interest or problem.

    12 digital images will be submitted electronically to the College Board.  Some may be details.  These drawings must be a body of work investigating a strong underlying visual idea.

    1. Breadth of experience in the formal, technical, and expressive means of the artist. One image of 12 different artworks will be submitted electronically to the College Board.  These works must demonstrate a variety of concepts and approaches in drawing.


    The AP Studio Art course addresses three major concerns that are a constant in the teaching of art:

    ( 1 ) A sense of quality in a student’s work

    (2) The student’s concentration on a particular visual interest or problem

    (3) The student’ need for breadth of experience in formal, technical, and expressive means of the student’s art.  AP work should reflect these three areas of concern: quality, concentration and breadth.


    The process of creating the portfolio will enable you to develop mastery in concept, composition, as well as execution of 2D design elements and principles.  Using a variety of techniques to express your ideas, and develop solutions to visual problems.


    • Topics, Themes, Conceptual Approaches, and /or Skills
    • Elements and Principles of Design
    • Various art techniques
    • Mastery of dry and / or wet media
    • Developing a body of work with a common theme.



    Major Assignments and Assessments

    The course will focus on the Breadth and Concentration sections throughout the year, with the 5 best artworks being presented in the Quality section of the AP Studio Art Portfolio.  A variety of assignments for Breadth will be teacher assigned; however, individuality and creativity are encouraged for unique solutions to the visual problems assigned.  Students are encouraged to work in and outside of class on their portfolio.

    These works may include traditional as well as experimental approaches to 2D design. Drawing, painting, printmaking, mixed media, and collage are all appropriate means for expressing design principles.


    In the concentration section, the students develop a body of work that is derived from a planned investigation of an idea that is of personal interest to them.  Ideation may be developed in any media or process.  Students will use informed decision-making and problem solving skills in an ongoing process to develop and select the twelve pieces of work for their concentration.


    In the breadth section, students will experience a variety of concepts and approaches to demonstrate their abilities and versatility with techniques, ideation and problem solving.


    Fall Semester

    Students will work on the breadth and quality sections of the portfolio:

    • Creating artwork that demonstrates an understanding of Principles of Design, including unity/ variety, balance, emphasis, contrast, rhythm, repetition, proportion/ scale, and figure/ ground relationship.
    • Develop a definition of drawing as mark making.
    • Understand artistic integrity as it applies to their work in drawing.
    • Be presented with historical, contemporary, and contextual drawing references.
    • Complete assignments that have purposeful image development strategies stemming from observation, memory, and fantasy sources.
    • Use a selection of drawing methods to include point, weighted line, contour, continuous line, wash, and tone/ value.
    • Development of concentration to guide student in creating original artwork that explores a common theme, or idea.
    • Periodic documentation of student work in digital image.
    • Artwork assessed Wit College Board rubric.



    A series of teacher initiated assignments will be presented with the purpose of introducing students to the widest possible range of experiences in drawing together with high-level problem solving skills.  By term end, students will create a complete body of work suitable for the breadth section of the portfolio.  As well, it is anticipated that students will discover personal direction, particular studio strengths, and visual ideation interests.  Assignment introductions will be staggered to allow students to work on more than one assignment at a time.


    Spring Semester

    • Complete the Concentration portion of portfolio
    • Document all student work as digital image
    • Assemble portfolio per College Board requirements and submit the digital portfolio.
    • Artwork assessed with College Board rubric.


    The main focus of this term will be the development of specific personal imagery suitable for a concentration study of the drawing portfolio. Considerable time will be devoted to defining and describing successful approaches to the highly personal nature of concentration work through individual and whole-class assignments.  Early in the term students must attend a mentoring meeting at which time they are individually counseled about their choices of plan for a concentration study.  By term end, students will have completed concentration pieces and written statement to describe the intent and development of the project using accurate language.  Students will receive individual mentoring regarding the selection of pieces for the breadth section in order to demonstrate maximum variety while continuing to develop work that demonstrates invention, personal direction/ voice, and thoughtful decision-making for the concentration section.  Risk-taking in the production of final pieces for the concentration will be encouraged.  Students will participate in critiques in order to identify and remedy weak pieces. 


    Students will:

    • Develop a working definition of what constitutes and acceptable   successful concentration.
    • Be assisted in discovering and narrowing their areas of greatest strength and interest.
    • Evaluate work that is intended for the final portfolio and carefully consider the inclusion of any pieces completed prior to the course or completed outside the instruction offered in the course.
    • Follow instruction regarding best practice for sequencing and labeling pieces in the digital submission process.
    • Implement strategies for identifying and presenting the five best-quality pieces.
    • Complete final editing and submission of the written statement for the concentration section.
    • Achieve quality in completing pieces that demonstrate:

    *A sense of pursuit in visual problem solving

    *The creation of a related body of work with an underlying theme that has relevance to the study.

    *Progression through discovery, active problem solving, and invention.

    *Choices of materials and techniques successfully linked with ideation development.


    Students will be expected that students will spend a considerable amount of time outside the classroom working on completion of assignments.  Ideas for projects or solutions to problems should be worked out in a sketchbook both in class and outside of class.  The sketchbook is an essential took in recording ideas, capturing visual information, working on compositional issues, and just fooling around.  Sketchbooks are checked frequently for progress.

     Copyright Issues

    Students are not allowed to work from published photographs or other copyrighted work except as a reference.  When doing this, students must move beyond duplicating.  The work must be altered in order to express the student’s individuality and voice.  References must be significantly altered and only a small component of their individual creation.  The use of published photographs or the work of other artists for duplication is plagiarism.


    Summer Assignments:


    Two summer assignments must be completed and turned in the first week of school.




    Please retain the syllabus for your records. Fill out, sign and return the attached signature page.


    Thank You, Mrs. Dukarm


    If you have any concerns or information you like to share with me that might be important for your student’s success in my class, please feel free to send me an email or call me. Please fill out and return this page.


    Thank you,

    Ms. Dukarm



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