AP Drawing and 2D

AP College Board 2D Website 

AP College Board Drawing Website

AP Studio Scoring Guidelines

Sample Student Drawing Portfolios

Sample Student 2-D Design Portfolios

Lakeridge HS, OR AP website

AP Drawing Recipe Sheet

Composition Tips

Am I Stealing Art? Video

What is Appropriation?

Mrs. Hudson’s summer office hours: Wednesdays, 10-11 at the Bethany Bend Starbucks

4 Summer Assignments for AP DRAWING & DESIGN PORTFOLIOS

SW Assignment #1) SET UP AN AP BOARD ON PINTEREST: Establish a habit to react with your visual experience.

  • Follow the Cambridge fine art ( https://chsfineart.wordpress.com/) website and make sure you are in touch with the goings on of the school. You should be providing leadership to the rest of the art students in our community.
  • Set up an “AP ART”  board on Pinterest and follow me (@nhudsonart). I make a habit to pin inspirational items- you should, too. It’s so helpful to develop a rich artist reference section, and find tutorials.I will follow this “AP ART” board, so please only pin images or ideas which are related to your AP studio art research.

SW Assignment #2) Research/ familiarize yourself with AP ART and DESIGN:  Visit the AP College Board website (above)

AP Selected Works/QUALITY– (40% of exam score)In the spring next year, you will  submit 5 actual works that demonstrate mastery of  art and design with writing to demonstrate skillful synthesis of materials, processes, and ideas.

AP Sustained Investigation— (60% of exam score)In the spring next year, you will submit 15 digital images and writing to document inquiry-guided investigation of a concept; works describing an in-depth exploration of a particular Drawing or Design concern through process documentation.

SW Assignment #3) Develop a Visual Verbal Journal:

  • You will fill a sketchbook with the specific summer work assignments (listed below).
  • Your sketchbook should be between the sizes of 8 x 10 to 9 x 12.
  • Make tabs for each page.
  • Every page may include images and/or  words and should be treated as a journal page with considerations made with regards to composition and craftsmanship.
  • This book will be a reference for your AP year, so make it count!

 *  Put the date on the back of every page you finish. It is a fantastic habit to begin taking photos AS YOU WORK.  DO NOT PROCRASTINATE!

DO NOT DRAW FROM STOCK PHOTOGRAPHS (stock, online, magazines, etc) that you are not severely altering for your own idea. The use of published photographs or the work of other artists for duplication is plagiarism.  Draw from observation, things you see in the world. Learn to translate the dynamic three-dimensional world into a two-dimensional world.

* NO CUTE, PRETTY, PRECIOUS, ADORABLE, or TRITE images. This is a college level art class, not a recreation program to make pretty pictures to hang in your house. Expect your ideas about what makes good art to be challenged.

*  Don’t be boring with your work. Challenge me! These pages could all be great springboards for pieces in your portfolio. Take this work seriously, and you will never feel stuck for an idea.

 Page 1:  Go online to the AP college board website, look up and demonstrate the definition of Selected Works/ Quality as defined by the College Board.

Page 2: Go online to the AP college board website, look up and demonstrate the definition of Sustained Investigation/ Concentration as defined by the College Board.

Later, Use the end of your sketchbook (pages 12-15) to create a sustained investigation. As you complete assignments, these ideas will feed into what it is that you want to focus on for the year. Try to narrow down what makes you tick as an artist, AKA your PERSONAL VOICE.

Page 3: Demonstrate the definition of the Elements of Art: basic visual symbols in the language of art, to communicate ideas.

Page 4: Demonstrate the definition the Principles of Design: basic rules that govern how artists organize the elements of art.

DRAW/2D Page 5: Make a page that samples mark making techniques with unusual tools. Be sure to label each technique and how you did it. PHOTO Page 6Use water as a subject for your image.

DRAW/2D Page 6: Make a full spread page of observational hand drawings using different media and styles– pen and ink, contour, value with pencil, charcoal, colored pencil, gesture, pastel, and acrylic paint. PHOTO Page 7: use hands and/or feet as a subject for your image.

Page 7:  Find a pattern you like (clothing, paper, nature, etc), and try to re-create a portion of it accurately.

Page 8: Make an image of a meal: before, during, or after you finished eating it.

Page 9: Go to my YouTube channel and choose your favorite artist from the “artists to watch” playlist. Make a full spread on how they inspire you.

Page 10: Demonstrate positive and negative space.

Page 11: Make an image that conveys atmosphere and space.

Page 12-15: In your sketchbook, plan and create a mini Sustained Investigation (series of works inspired by a concept). The next four pages should be thoughtful and connected with the same concept and media. However, each composition should be different and engaging!

SW Assignment #4) Complete 3 QUALITY pieces


  • Consult the handout in your summer work packet.
  • Select a media and process that you feel confident in.
  • Remember that the quality portion of your portfolio should show your greatest accomplishments, skill, and growth as an artist.
  • It needs to be NO SMALLER than 11 x 14″, and NO LARGER than 18 x 24″.
  • Push yourself for COLLEGE-LEVEL quality of work.
  • The more high quality pieces in a range of media you can prepare, the better chances you have of a less-stressful school year.

QUALITY #2 Artwork inspired by your favorite artist:

  • research and pin at least 12 artists.
  • make a work INSPIRED by said artist (in no way should this piece copy the artist)

QUALITY #3 Free Choice:

  • Show me what you’ve got! bring me a new work which is your interpretation of the best of your skills, demonstrating “AP QUALITY”.

YOU ONLY HAVE 10 weeks to get this done… Time will get away from you quickly, and quality work takes time… get into the habit of being productive NOW!


My summer office hours are Wednesdays, 10-11 at the Bethany Bend Starbucks.


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