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Exhibit: 2019 GISD AP
March 29, 2019 - April 14, 2019Free
The exhibit features the works of students in various Advanced Placement art classes from Georgetown and East View High Schools, representing years of dedicated learning and creating to develop portfolio submissions to the AP College Board.
The College Board lists 3 Advanced Placement Studio Art classes that can be offered in high schools: Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design. In the Design studio classes, students are able to work with media of their choice in order to develop their creative independence and discover their individual strengths, while in Drawing studio the students focus exclusively on training with drawing media, such as pencil or crayon. The students are given the freedom to explore artistic styles and determine what is best suited to their individual strengths and interests, and with this they are able to relate their individual style to the concentration of their portfolio. Breadth of work is designed to promote artistic growth in the students and encourage them to explore new styles and genres that are outside of their ‘comfort zone’ in order to demonstrate versatility and learning.
The AP program gives the student control over the direction of their portfolio, and there are no requirements for subject, theme, materials, etc, allowing the students to develop an oeuvre that reflects their personal artistic interests. The students regularly receive productive criticism from their peers, their teacher, and the instructors in other art classes in order to understand their own works according to outside perspectives, but students may apply these critiques at their own discretion.
Portfolios consist of 24 digital images of a student’s art works, either from class or personal practice, divided into 3 sections of judging: 12 works that demonstrate sustained investigation of a visual idea, 12 works that demonstrate understanding of drawing issues through variety (breadth of style), and 5 works from either of the two previous sections that demonstrate the quality of the artist’s work. The portfolio is assessed by at least 7 experienced studio art educators who apply the standardized scoring criteria, offering scores from 1 (poor) to 6 (excellent).