AP Art 1 Final Exam

All Creative Projects Are Due

(framed or matted and hung in Wilson Hall with a name tag)

By 3:00 On Wednesday, June 1, 2005

Written critique due during our exam critique at the latest.

Final Exam Art Work may be taken home on the X day following exams.


The Final Art exam consists of a written proposal (with an evaluation rubric), a creative visual project and a written commentary. The art work(s) will count towards 2/3 of the total grade, the written work will count for 1/4, and your studio behavior and exhibition of your work will affect the final 1/12. Final exams are worth 20% of your semester grade and as such represent a significant effort in terms of quality of thought and work in all aspects.


Any exam should:

• be part of the learning experience

• demonstrate acquired knowledge and skills

• reflect the work of the course


The Advanced Placement 2-D Art 1st Year Final Exam represents both the culmination of

the years work and the beginning of the work of next year. The final exam asks each

student to reflect on their experience in art and then develop a project or series of projects that will accomplish the goals for an exam listed above as well as serve as a proposal for your “area of concentration” next year. A key piece of the A.P. Studio Art portfolio is the “Area of Concentration” and is the focus of the A.P. 2D Art Second Year curriculum. The formal description of the area of concentration from the College Board materials is listed below. Your creative work will serve as a “proposal” for your “area of concentration”. Your written work for this exam should provide the groundwork for answers to the written questions asked in the AP Exam materials. Of course you are not bound to this proposal. You may have better idea come along before you begin working in earnest next year.

All class from May 9th through June 1st available as work time on creative part of this project. You will probably need to come to the studio during your

free time, study halls, lunch periods and/or after school. You should plan on making use of weekends as well to truly be successful. The studio will be open during

all school days from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 (other times may be arranged with permission

from art faculty). You may begin planning for your exam as soon as you read this.


The Proposal

You must have a written proposal for you project approved. It may be modified and re-approved at any time. Your proposal should be based on the “written commentary” portion of the A.P. Studio Art Exam (see the following description). Your proposal need only be a paragraph or two but must describe the three basic considerations in any art project. Your proposal should be based on the “written commentary” portion of the A.P. Studio Art Exam (see the following description)

Concept: The idea behind the project. What are you going to do and why? How does it relate to our course of study?

Design: How you will organize the project. What are your compositional considerations? How it will appear visually.

Use of Media: The goals and considerations you have for your use of art materials and artists’ techniques.


Your proposal must also have an evaluation rubric (grading scale) that contains descriptive phrases describing what will be considered “Highly Successful”, “Minimally Successful”, and “Flawed” for each of the three considerations: Concept, Design, and Technique. See the attached sample and overall exam grading rubric.


The Written Commentary

A written commentary should explain your concept for your area of concentration art

work. In your commentary please respond to the following:

1. Briefly define the nature of your concentration project.

2. Briefly describe the development of your concentration and the sources of your


3. What medium or media did and do you plan to use.

Your written portion you should discuss the process of creating your creative project and

an evaluation of the finished work(s).

The format of your commentary may be a narrative, an essay or even a detailed outline,

whatever form you think will be most effective. You should try to use the vocabulary of

art and art discussion that we use in class but avoid empty language. Your ideas, views

and words though, are what I am most interested in reading, please use them!

The commentary should be a minimum of 300 words and unless you are really efficient

will probably tend towards 500 words. Unless your handwriting is exquisite, please type

your critique.


Area of Concentration Description: (Adapted from the College Board guide to the AP Studio Art)


A concentration is a body of related works based on an individual’s interest in a particular idea expressed visually. It focuses on a process of investigation, growth, and discovery. It is not a collection of works with differing intents. Students should be encouraged to explore a personal, creative interest as intensively as possible; they are free to work with any idea in any medium that addresses drawing or two-dimensional issues. However, the concentration should grow out of, and demonstrate, a plan of action or investigation in which the student has invested considerable time, effort, and thought. In this section, the evaluators are interested not only in the work presented, but also in the visual evidence of the student’s thinking, selected method of working, and the development of the work over time.



For this section, 12 slides must be submitted. Regardless of the content of the concentration, the works should be unified by an underlying idea that has visual coherence. The choices of technique, medium, style, form, subject, and content are made by the student, in consultation with the teacher.



A written commentary explaining the development of the concentration must accompany the area of concentration art work. Students are asked to respond to the following:

Examples of Concentrations

A concentration could consist of a group of independent works that share a single theme; for example, an in-depth study of a particular visual problem or a variety of ways of handling and interesting subject. Some concentrations involve sequential works; for example, series of studies that lead to, and are followed by, more finished works. If a student uses subject matter as the basis of a concentration, the work should show the development of a visual language appropriate for that subject. The investigation of a medium in and of itself, without a strong underlying visual idea, generally does not constitute a successful concentration. Students should not submit group projects, collaborations, and/or documentation of projects that merely require an extended period of time to complete.

The list of possible concentration topics is infinite. Below are examples of concentrations the have been submitted in the past. They are intended only to provide a sense of the range and should not necessarily be considered “ better” ideas.

• A series of expressive landscapes based upon personal experience of a particular place.

• Abstraction developed from cells and microscopic images.

• A series of self-portraits with a specific theme

• Interpretive self-portraiture and figure studies that emphasize exaggeration and distortion.

• A personal or family history communicated through the content and style of still-life images, or symbols, or other imagery

• A project that explores interior or exterior architectural space, emphasizing principles of perspective, structure, ambiance created by light, etc.

• A figurative project combining animal and human subjects – drawings studies and completed works

•An interpretive study of literary characters in which mixed media, color and form are explored

• The use of multiple images or visual modules to create compositions that reflect psychological or narrative events

• Design and execution of a children’s book

• Development of an identity package (logo, letterhead, signage, and so on) for imaginary businesses.

• Political cartoons using current events and images

• A series of works that begin with representational interpretations and evolve into abstraction

• An exploration of patterns and designs found in nature and/or culture

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