AP ART PORTFOLIO
This page is designed to inform 9th and 10th grade students and their parents about the AP Portfolio and Art Scholarships, and to help 11th and 12th grade students score well on the AP Portfolio and secure scholarship funds.
Much of the information here was originally organized by Greg Stanforth and the Moeller High School Art Department.
College Application and Scholarship Information Notebook
Complete a two page typed document for each of at least ten (10) schools your are considering for application and place it in a well organized folder/binder then present this to your parents. You will save yourself, your teachers/guidance counselors, and parents a great deal of time and headache by making this the first assignment of your senior year. Complete the following:
1. The name and address of the School
2. The phone number of the school to include the admissions department 1-800 number and the contact information for the department you plan to apply.
3. The Web address of the school
4. The email address of the school
5. The deadline date for admissions application
6. The deadline date for scholarship application. Is a separate application necessary? Are separate slides/images and/or essay required?
7. How many images are needed for application/scholarship portfolio?
8. Information needed with images and in what form (a simple list?).
9. How many letters of recommendation and from whom?
10. School tuition for a full time undergraduate day student
11. Approximate cost of room, board, transportation etc.
12. Is a personal interview necessary? Deadline? Is the interview waved for distance?
13. Application Fee amount.
14. Financial Aid form deadline.
A concentration is defined as “a body of work unified by an underlying idea that has visual coherence”.
What the judges are looking for:
Coherence of thought as demonstrated through the art work—is the work presented actually a concentration?
The quality of the concept/idea presented.
To what degree has the student investigated the idea? This also will include the amount of work or number of pieces represented.
Some aspects of an Excellent concentration include:
There is a strong connection between the work presented and the idea described.
The concentration is interesting and attracts the viewer
The work is of excellent technical quality
The work shows feeling; the artist has given something of himself
The work may evolve throughout the series without loosing focus.
The work takes risks; the artist has “thought outside the box” and it is successful
The body of work presented attracts viewer attention and makes the viewer think
You will complete 12 concentration pieces this school year to satisfy the AP College Board requirements of the AP Drawing Portfolio. To begin work on your concentration, begin thinking about things that you like (remember you are going to create 12 pieces of artwork (I would reccommend doing 14-16 then pickin the 12 best) …make sure that it is not going to get boring for you!).
Your concentration can be based on the investigation of a theme, object, or subject. It can be simple.
You are on the path to a successful concentration when each artwork is excellent in quality, you have carried out an evocative theme, and your artwork has an underlying visual coherence.
If your concentration were a book and each artwork a page, how would all of your images connect together to be unified? How would the viewer be able to visually connect your images? How can you present a visually coherent body of work?
The AP readers will have only one chance to glance over the works and get the plot of the story. This means that you need to be very clear and logical about the progression of your idea and have a distinct theme or storyline. The concentration artwork should evolve or revolve around the central idea so that each image further enhances the story or idea you're trying to communicate.
AP Concentration Commentary:
Clearly and simply state the central idea of your concentration. (500 characters maximum)
Explain how the work in your concentration demonstrates your intent and the sustained investigation of your idea. You may refer to specific images as examples.
Keep your idea simple.
Ideas and Starting Points for Concentrations
Things forgotten. Abandoned buildings, old train tracks, etc...
Non-objective, or abstract designs based on different cultures and their mythology such as the Austrian Aborigines, etc.
Evolution and or disintegration of an object.
Illustrating fears and other emotions.
Human form in motion.
Modern day fairy Tales – original story with illustrations.
Original Comic book
Making your own creative book.
Circus – color , movement, excitement, etc.
The juxtaposition of objects.
Design from Nature/Nature as Design
Things that come in pairs
Mirrors and Reflections
Looking through a window
Juxtaposition of unusual objects