For the past year I have been working crazy hard to get a comprehensive high school art curriculum put together on my Teachers Pay Teachers site. I started with my Introduction to Art curriculum, and it quickly gained popularity. I realized there was a market for complete curriculums so teachers can worry about focusing on their students and whats going on in their classrooms, rather than the lesson plans.
After the success of my Intro to Art curriculum I formulated a plan. I would create a curriculum bundle back for all the high school art courses I have experience with, then bundle all of those into a mega-super-TPT-art bundle. As of last week I completed my AP Art 2D Design and Drawing curriculum, which completed my 2D focused high school art curriculum. This huge bundle includes year-long intro to art, advanced art, and AP art curriculums and semester long drawing and painting curriculums.
This was a HUGE accomplishment for me and a goal I’ve been working towards for a year. However, for this blog post I am going to focus on the details of my AP Art bundle, and save the high school art curriculum for a later post. Check out the details of my AP Studio Art course below.
I taught AP Art for a few years at my last job, and loved it, but it was an overwhelming task to take on. It’s difficult to motivate students to produce the amount of work required for the AP art portfolio. After taking a break from teaching it and a lot of reflection, I began developing some material that would have helped me a lot in the beginning.
I did go through an AP certification course, but it’s a single week in the summer. I get a ton of good information and head start on the year, but the things we covered quickly left my brain as we got into the grittiness that is spring semester. If I make my way back to teaching AP art at my current job, I am excited to now have these resources to help me, and my students stay on top of the rigorous schedule.
In addition the meat of the AP art portfolio, projects for breath, concentration, and quality, I also include a yearlong timeline, printable calendar with every deadline, homework assignments, AP Art application, syllabus, parent and student agreement, summer work, supply list, sticker chart, and so much more. I have specifics that go along with each portfolio section as well as lesson plans, presentations, and evaluation sheets to go with each project.
The breath section requires 12 works of art submitted (for 2D Design and Drawing portfolios), which can include details. I lay out 14 breadth assignments to be completed in semester one. This may seem like a lot, but some take longer than others, and it’s important for students to be able to select their best works of art, which means ideally more than 12 are created. In my breadth bundle in addition to project information I include lesson plans, handouts, evaluation sheets, critique sheets, PowerPoints, examples, and more for every project. Below are details on the 14 assignments:
Semester Long Canvas:
- A focus on working on a work of art for an extended period of time, encouraging creativity and problem solving.
- The ability to take breaks and work on it when inspiration hits.
- Artist exemplars: Gustav Klimt and Pirkko Makela-Haapalinna
Bones and Exoskeletons
- A focus on technical ability, value, and object studies.
- Putting their own spin on a traditional subject matter.
- Artist exemplars: Albrecht Durer and Jason Borders.
- A focus on technical ability, foreshortening, and displaying understanding of perspective in art.
- Artist exemplars: M.C. Escher and Stephen Wright.
- A focus on design elements in both the 2D design and drawing portfolios.
- Show an understanding of using the elements of art and principles of design in a work of art.
- Artist exemplars: Jasper Johns, Leonardo da Vinci, and Barbara Kruger.
Portrait with Words
- A focus on value, line quality, portraiture, and a connection between text and imagery.
- Artist exemplars: Leslie Nichols, Jamie Poole, and Michael Volpicellis
- Focus on elevating the ordinary subject matter through the composition and medium.
- Artist exemplars: Henry Mosler, Ralph Goings, and William Wray.
- Artist exemplars: Edgar Degas and Nikunj Rathod
- Focus on using the elements of art and principles of design to create a sense of movement.
- Creating a dynamic work of art.
- Artist exemplars: Piet Mondrian, Wassily Kandinsky, and Mark Rothko
- A focus on line, shape, color, balance, unity, and focal point.
- Focus on light, perspective, and overlooked or not typically seen as “beautiful” interior spaces.
- Artist exemplars: Edward Hopper and Richard Estes.
Layers and Mixed Media
- Focus on layers, mixed media, and blurring the lines between the figure/ground relationship through stable, reversible, and ambiguous figure/ground.
- Artist exemplars: Juan Gris and Christina McPhee
Satire in Art
- Focus on a current issue through satire and humor.
- Artist exemplars: James Gillray, Nate Beeler, and Paul Kuczynski
10 Interesting Photographs
- Turn one of the student’s 10 interesting photographs homework assignment into a work of art.
- Artist exemplars: Student selects one through research.
- Take a work of art from earlier in the semester or a previous art course and turn it into a new work of art.
- Scan the old work of art into the computer and digitally manipulate it or scan, print, and complete a transfer onto a new background.
- Artist exemplars: Student selects one through research.
- Eight visual journal pages are due by the end of the semester.
The concentration section of the portfolio requires 12 works of art (for 2D design and drawing portfolios) that all fit under one theme. My concentration bundle pack includes 2D Design and Drawing specific introduction PowerPoints as well as lesson plans, handouts, information sheets, evaluation sheets, critique reminders and more. This bundle is meant to serve as a guide for how students can pick a topic that can last through at least 12 works of art.
The quality section of the AP art portfolio has the students select 5 of their best works of art to be physically mailed in to be evaluated. My quality bundle pack includes details and information sheets to help guide the students, a PowerPoint, lesson plan, submission guidelines, teacher tips, planning an AP art exhibit, and so much more.
The AP Art bundle is my largest curriculum undertaking to date. I have spent endless hours putting it together, and I must say I am very proud. Since it was posted last week, I have already sold a few, and I can’t wait to hear feedback.
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