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    AP Art 2D Design: Computer Graphics/ Drawing/ Fashion Design

    For the summer, every student must come up with at least 3 well developed ideas for their AP Art concentration.
    Students are not choosing their final concentrations, just exploring possible options for each. Students can complete this assignment on a computer or by sketching ideas out if necessary.  Three examples of each idea is strongly encouraged. The final summer work must be stored on a CD or a flash drive.
    When students return to school in September, they will upload these images to their documents folder at school. This is the perfect time to try a variety of ideas and develop your own artistic voice. Please email your teachers if you have any specific questions or concerns. 

     CONCENTRATION IDEAS- Computer Graphics/ Drawing/ Fashion Design

    • Architectural Renderings showing (exploring) the interior and exterior space with a strong focus on light, perspective and structure
    • Store front windows - reflections
    • Reflections on unusual objects
    • A series of landscapes based on childhood experiences beginning with representational art and evolving to non-objective
    • Portraits  with some kind of unique twist or detail
    • The human form
    • News from the nightly news or newspaper - social issues
    • Junk yard still life
    • Crumpled paper in different settings - white on white imagery
    • Circus life
    • My ancestry
    • Crime and punishment
    • Things that come in pairs
    • Foreshortened figures and objects
    • Women in feminine roles
    • “Exhaustion”
    • “Seven Deadly Sins”
    • “Things That Make Me Smile”
    • Architectural viewpoints that are unusual.  Architectural forms that are unusual.
    • Historical events
    • Reflections of images wherein the reflections are an emotional exploration (of literal reflections)
    • Instruments that make music
    • Generations of my family
    • The Human Form Within Nature
    • Travel
    • The Graphic Self
    • A still image interpretation of the Cinematography of Fellini
    • Hunger
    • Family Relationships
    • Urban Symbols
    • Suburban Interpretations
    • “My Cultural Icons”
    • Fears
    • “The Power of Words”
    • People That Have Influenced My Life
    • Organic Abstractions
    • Illustration of Bible Stories with References
    • Canterbury Tales
    • Electronic self-portraits and figures from realism to abstraction
    • Black and white photographs of buildings interiors and exteriors
    • Toys and the idea of what a toy is to different people and age groups
    • Japanese patterning
    • American quilt patterns
    • Signage
    • Clothing
    • Mechanical Illustration
    • Transportation - trains, planes, autos - motion


    AP Art 2D Design: Photography
    Due September 21, 2018

    For the summer, every student will shoot at least 300 digital images based on three different concentrations (100 for each concentration). The images may be stored on a memory card or a flash drive. When we  return to school in September, we will upload these images to your documents folder at school. This is the perfect time to try a variety of ideas and develop your own artistic voice. When we return 'to school in September, we will upload these images to your documents folder at school, but please keep backup copies of all images on either a CD, flash drive or your computer at home.

    If you do not have access to a digital camera for the summer, please see your teacher ASAP to discuss borrowing a camera for the summer. You must have a letter signed by your parents in order to borrow a digital camera and we only have a few to sign out.

    Each student will choose three different concentrations and shoot 100 images for each. You are not choosing your final concentrations, just exploring possible options for each. Do not edit in the camera. You should wait until you see the larger image on the computer to decide what works and what doesn't. Even if you think you know what you want your concentration to be, shoot the other two possibilities as well. Even if you don't use these images for your concentration, you will have them to choose from for breadth if you need additional images. When shooting your images pay special attention .to composition and lighting.

    Keep in mind that not every image has to conform to a concentration. Some images may spark a new idea for a concentration. Others might provide an interesting background or detail for a manipulated image. So keep your eyes open to all possibilities!

    Please carefully review the AP portfolio requirements attached. Refer to these guidelines often when planning your shoots and evaluating your photographs. Also review the Concentration Area Brainstorm List for ideas. Please speak with your teacher before the last day of school to have your three concentration possibilities approved.       


    • An exploration of patterns and designs found in nature and/ or culture
    • A series of works that begins with representational interpretations and evolves into abstraction
    • A series of landscapes based upon personal experience of a particular place in which composition and light are used to intensify artistic expression
    •   Abstractions developed from cells and other microscopic images
    • Interpretive portraiture or figure studies that emphasize dramatic composition or abstraction
    • A personal or family history communicated through symbols or imagery
    • A personal or family history communicated through the content and style of still-life images
    • Abstractions from mechanical objects
    • Interpretive self-portraiture and figure studies that emphasize exaggeration and distortion·
    • A project that explores interior or exterior architectural space, emphasizing principles of perspective, structure, ambiance created by light, etc.
    • An interpretive study of literary characters
    • The use of multiple images  to  create works  that reflect psychological or narrative  events

      Suggestions from an AP Board "Grader":

    1.         Have a unique composition. 

    • Create Movement that leads to an area of emphasis
    • Diagonals are as important as verticals and horizontals
    • Avoid putting emphasis in the center (bull’s eye affect)
    • Work positive and negative space to integrate together

    2.        Make your work INTERESTING

    •  Have a variety in shapes and value ranges
    •  Have interesting subject matter
    •  Make something ORDINARY into something EXTRAORDINARY

    3.        Avoid “Teenage Stereotypes”

    • Blood dripping                          
    • Moisture from eyes                    
    • Skulls                                           
    • Large eyes          

    4.        Avoid: Copying other artist’s work

    5.        Avoid “Clichés”

    •      Sunset with mountains (with or without lovers)
    •      Rainbows and clouds
    •      Ducks, etc.
    •      Any other cliches