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The AP Studio Art Program.

The Advanced Placement (AP) Studio Art Program of the College Board enables highly motivated students to do college-level work in studio art while still in high school. Evaluation is based entirely on a portfolio of work submitted by the student at the end of the school year. AP Studio Art is adaptable to a variety of school situations--it may be a concluding course in a high school art sequence, or AP students may work alongside other students who are not AP candidates, or an AP student may work individually with an art teacher. The portfolio may include work students have done in class or on their own during a single year or a longer period of time. AP work does involve significantly more time and commitment than most high school courses; the program is, therefore, intended for students seriously committed to studying art.

The AP Studio Art Development Committee, consisting of experienced AP and college-level teachers, oversees the development of portfolio requirements, which have been designed to accommodate and foster a variety of interests and approaches to art. There are two kinds of portfolios--General and Drawing--which ask students to demonstrate achievement in three basic areas:

Quality--the development of a sense of excellence in art;

Concentration--a commitment in depth to a particular artistic concern;

Breadth--a variety of experiences in the formal, technical and expressive means available to an artist.

The portfolios are evaluated centrally by experienced teachers from across the country. The evaluation process is carefully designed and monitored so that standards are consistent and many evaluators' independent judgments contribute to each student's final grade.

For more information, write to: Advanced Placement Program, P.O. Box 6670, Princeton, NJ 08541-6670.
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Title Annotation:Showcase; Advanced Placement
Publication:School Arts
Date:Mar 1, 1990
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