Ap Studio Art 3d Summer Assignments For High School

Dear Students and Parents,

Thank you for choosing to enroll in this AP Studio Art course for the upcoming school year.  Please see the information within this packet that includes an overview of the AP course as well as summer assignments.  Feel free to contact me with any questions you may have regarding the course or the initial assignments. brandleyn@portsmouthschoolsri.org


Course Description: AP Studio Art - 3D


This is an advanced level course that is designed for students who want to further develop mastery in their art making skills.  The course is developed as a college level course completed at the high school level.  Requirements for the final portfolio are developed by the College Board Advanced Placement Program, including a Quality, Concentration, and Breadth Section that consists of approximately 24 different advanced level artworks.  All students enrolled in this course are expected to submit a portfolio. Portfolios are submitted in digital format to the AP Board for scoring in a 1-5 range.  Students who receive a 3, 4, or 5 on the portfolio are often given credit(s) for their efforts when they enter their Undergraduate Program at the College or University of their choice.  Submission of a portfolio is mandatory for receiving AP credit.

Students who complete this course will not only created an excellent portfolio, but will:

  • Become independent critical thinkers
  • Emphasize art making as an outlet of personal expression and voice
  • Develop sophisticated technical versatility and skill within the Elements and Principles of Three Dimensional Design
  • Learn how art making/creative solutions can be an integral part of daily life



The following are key guidelines of the course:

  • In addition to work completed in class, much artwork will have to be done at home – this will help accomplish 1 finished piece of work approximately every 1 ½ weeks throughout the year. Expect to spend time at home working on pieces.
  • A sketchbook/journal is to be kept throughout the course.  This will include photos, notes, measurements, sketches, clippings, and any other variety of ideas/techniques produced/practiced on a daily basis.(You will also need a flash drive to keep record of your own work.)
  • Deadlines must be met.  Procrastination is not accepted in this course, or the portfolio requirements will never be able to be completed in the time period allotted.
  • Students must be active participants in class.  Discussions and critiques are key learning processes in this course and students must contribute their ideas and thoughts at all times.
  • Students must be prepared for class.  Students must arrive to class on time with their materials, and use the class time to its fullest extent.
  • Respect is expected at all times.  This includes respect for personal artwork, respect for other people’s artwork, respect for the classroom and materials, and most of all respect for people’s ideas, opinions, and feelings voiced in discussion.
  • Students must also study classic and contemporary artists and trends during the duration of the course.  Students are expected to visit galleries and local art museums on their own 2-3 times during the year.
  • All artwork must be original!  No published work can be used as a basis for personal artwork unless significant alteration to the image is completed.  All imagery must be developed according to personal voice and any duplication of imagery from any source is not accepted.


Course Content:

  1. Critiques, discussions and production along with the study of historical and contemporary sculptors.
  2. A working journal composed of research, sketches, photos, images, documented conversations, short assignments, problems that arise and the solutions to those problems, and techniques.
  3. Development of the student’s submitted portfolio for AP 3D Design.  The portfolio includes the following three sections: 

Section I: Quality

Quality refers to the mastery of 3-D design principles that should be apparent in the concept, form, and execution of the works, whether they are simple or complex .


For this section, students are asked to submit digital images of their best 5 works, with 2 views of each work, for a total of 10 images. Students should carefully select the works that demonstrate their highest level of accomplishment in 3-D design .The works submitted may come from the Concentration and/or Breadth sections, but they do not have to. They may be a group of related works, unrelated works or a combination of related and unrelated works.

Section II: Concentration

A concentration is a body of related works that demonstrate a student’s commitment to the thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea.  The concentration should grow out of the student’s idea and demonstrate growth and discovery through a number of conceptually related works . It should show visual evidence of the student’s thinking, selected method of working, and development of the work over time.


For this section, 12 images must be submitted, some of which may be details or second views. Regardless of the content of the concentration, the works should be unified by an underlying idea that has visual and/or conceptual coherence. The Concentration section includes spaces for a written commentary, which must accompany the work in this section, describing what the concentration is and how it evolved.

Section III: Breadth

The student’s work in this section should demonstrate understanding of the principles of design. The work should show evidence of conceptual, perceptual, and expressive development, as well as technical skill.


For this section, students are asked to submit digital images of 8 three-dimensional works, with 2 views of each work, for a total of 16 images. Work submitted in the breadth category may be additive, subtractive, and/or fabricated; may include study of relationships among three-dimensional forms; and may include representational or abstract objects


Summer Work:

Students are to complete 5 works over the summer that may be included in the Breadth section of the AP 3D Design Portfolio.  The 5 finished pieces will be due on the first day of class, and will be critiqued during Week 1. 

While completing the summer work, students should:

  • Create a timeline of their own “due dates” so the pieces can be created in a comfortable, relaxed manner – the 5 works should not be completed during the last week in August!
  • Keep in mind the Principles of Three Dimensional Design – even though this is summer work it should still be technically developed as much as advanced in-class works would be.
  • Explore the College Board’s AP Studio Art site and review the sample 3D portfolios. Familiarize yourself with the AP scoring rubric and take notes in your sketchbook of works you find compelling, questions you may have, etc.  Also read some of the sample concentration statements within those sample portfolios.   See 3D site: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/apc/public/courses/teachers_corner/7880.html 

Remember to get feedback about works in progress and about finished works.  Some might ask parents or relatives to critique their works, some might ask friends, or digital images of the work can be emailed to the instructor with questions or for suggestions at any time. brandleyn@portsmouthschoolsri.org


AP Studio Art 3-D: Summer Sculpture Assignments

Inspiration /Sketchbook  -  To be composed of teacher assignments, doodles, sketches, notes, collected pictures, and other visual ideas of various techniques to give insight into the student’s thought processes. See the first sketchbook assignment below.

  • Two visits to art museums and/or Galleries: In your inspiration book, put your entry stub(s), gallery cards, and general notes about the artists whose work you viewed.  Choose your favorite 3 pieces and study them.  Make notes about what you find intriguing, the material, finish, subject, and content.  Complete 3 sketches, or take photos (with permission), from different perspectives of each of your chosen pieces. (Show all sides of the works)
  • Keep all sketches and plans for your summer assignments in this book as well.
  • Create a list of 25 possible Concentration Themes/Ideas – DUE day 1!!!!!

​1.) Self Portrait - Create a self-portrait in 3D.  Your portrait may be executed in any style using any media as long as elements of your essence are incorporated.

2.) Multiples - Students will use more than 300 pieces of one type of common household object (ex: screws, nails, pencils etc.) to create a sculpture that emphasizes pattern and rhythm.  Before starting, the objects may be painted if preferred.

3.) Book Deconstruction - In this project, deconstructing means changing the object from a book(s) to a sculpture. There's more to "deconstructing" a book than just altering the pages. The tools are very basic - scissors, glue and a desire to experiment! An online search of “book sculptures”, “book arts”, “carved books”, etc. will lead you to some amazing art. Just remember it is ok to be inspired by someone’s work but it is not ok to plagiarize!

4.) Cubism - A sculpture that represents an animal or human figure in The Cubist style. The figure should be composed entirely of simple geometric shapes. This project is based on the art movement “cubism”; a good example of this style can be seen in Jacques Lipchitz’s “Sailor with Guitar” or Picasso’s “Guitar”(Google these images). These sculptures are made entirely of circles/spheres, squares, rectangles, triangles, pyramids, cylinders and many complex combinations of these shapes. You may work in either cardboard boxes and hot glue or clay as the medium for this project. This figure should be a minimal of 12 inches to a maximum of 3 feet high.

5.) Your Choice - Create a work using the media and subject matter of your choice.

This work should be the possible start to your Concentration series.

NOTE: Take advantage of gallery nights in Newport and Providence to see a wide variety of art and free access to NAM and RISD. These summer assignments will be graded and are due the first class back to school. Let me know if you have any questions. brandleyn@portsmouthschoolsri.org

Summer Assignment Checklist should be printed out and placed in your sketchbook!

If you break these 5 assignments down you should be creating or viewing a work every 1.5 weeks!

Contact me with any questions or concerns: brandleyn@portsmouthschoolsri.org

AP Art Summer Assignments

(AP Drawing, AP 2D Design (Photography, Graphics)

First of all, let me say that I am extremely pleased and proud of you for accepting the challenge of such a rigorous course. In August we’ll talk much more about national requirements, goals and expectations. For now...as you begin to approach the AP Art Studio experience, I encourage you to relax, enjoy the summer, take time to hang out with family and friends, volunteer your services somewhere, read, sleep, eat pizza, walk on the beach, go white water rafting. But...whatever you do, do it with a heightened sense of awareness. I strongly encourage you to take photos incessantly! Get an inexpensive digital camera and take it everywhere and shoot everything. These photos will be a great resource later. Artists have always been and will continue to be the great observers, interpreters, inventors and creators in the societies in which they live. Really look at everything and see what so many people never see - explore not only with your eyes, but your heart and your mind.

If you have questions over the summer, email me. I try to check email at least once a week.


Now, down to the nitty-gritty…

Summer assignments help alleviate the pressure during the school year of having to produce the required number of quality pieces needed for a successful and passing portfolio. At this point you may not be sure which portfolio you want to complete...Drawing, 2D Design, 2D Design Photography, 2D Design Graphics. Don’t fret if you’re not sure, you’ll actually find yourself gravitating to the portfolio that is most suitable for you.

OK...there are 2 assignment categories: Reading/Research and Projects. The assignments will be due the first week of school and will be your first AP grades. Completing more than is required will put you that much further ahead when school starts. Also, let me say something about sketchbooks/journals...I believe in and strongly recommend keeping a working sketchbook (I still have one). Take it with you whenever possible, record images, plan artwork, write ideas, rough sketches and thumbnails, glue in reference photos, etc. That said, I’m leaving it up to you. In previous years I have required students to periodically turn in sketchbooks for evaluation. But I feel that it’s a personal choice; however, I will say that every artist I’ve ever met or researched kept a sketchjournal-from Leonardo to the present.

Reading/Research Projects:

(150 points) Try to visit art galleries, museums and art festivals. Read art magazines, artists’ biographies,search the Internet for artists dealing with the same subjects as you. Study their work, philosophy, life and influences. (Refer to the suggested reading list)

List any galleries, etc., you visited. What did you see?

From your research, list at least 3 artists that interested you. Describe the issues they explore in their art. What do you like about their work? Describe the subject matter, style, etc., of their work.

Also...become familiar with AP website. It’s full of valuable information for you and your parents as well as lots of examples of student portfolios: apcentral.collegeboard.com


Complete at least 5 projects from the assignments listed below: Projects are worth 100 points each for a total of 500 points. Pieces should be no smaller than 9x12 inches and no larger that 18x24 inches. The assignments are about quality, not quantity. You may use any media or mixed media of your choice. We will use this work for the “Breadth” section of your AP Portfolio. If you are absolutely certain that you plan on doing the 2D Photography Portfolio, assignments will be a little different.

1. Create a portrait or self-portrait that expresses a specific mood/emotion: anger/rage, melancholy/loneliness, happiness/joy, etc. Work with lighting, values, color to enhance the psychological atmosphere. Consider the environment/setting. Research portrait artists for inspiration. AP Photography students will take 10 photos instead of drawing/painting a portrait.

2. A close up of a bicycle/tricycle from an unusual angle. Not just a side view. MUST include shadow. work from a photo that YOU take. Photo students take at least 10 photos.

3. Still life arrangement of at least 3 reflective objects. Something should be reflected in the objects. Render as accurately as you can. Again, research still life. Photo students 10 photos.

4. Drawing of an unusual interior- a closet, cabinet, refrigerator, inside your car, under the car hood, etc. This is where a camera comes in handy - take a variety of photos to draw from. This should be a very detailed work. Photo students take 20 shots.

5. Expressive landscape. Use expressive color similar to the Fauvists or the Der Blaue Reiter. take a photo to work from or draw from observation. Photo students research the Fauvists and expressive color. take at least 10 landscapes to be manipulated in Photoshop later.

6. Extreme close-up of food, almost to the point of abstraction. Very detailed. Cut up fruits and veggies and look closely at the insides for interesting abstract qualities. Use color.

7. Combine text with art. Collage other elements.

8. Buildings in a landscape. Draw on location or take a variety of photos to draw from later. Old churches are great for this. Make sure perspective is correct. Photo students take closeup details.

9. Create a colorful design for a handbag, clothing, chair, etc. Research Trina Turk’s bags and the psychedelic art movement.

10. Hands drawing. Create a drawing of your hands (or photograph someone’s for reference) arranged in a variety of poses. Photo students shoot at least 10 different poses.

11. Draped Figure. Drape a person in clothing with lots of folds. A sheet works well. The point is to show the correct proportions of the figure and to carefully render the intricate folds. Including the subject will make this drawing even better. Consider adding a patterned background.


12. Contrast of textures. Place 3 eggs on a towel, cloth or crumbled paper (preferably patterned) to create an interesting composition. Draw in pencil OR colored pencil. Pay attention to the smoothness of the eggs against the rough quality of the towel. Imply a light source and use a variety of values.

13. Get outside! Take your camera or sketchbook and do a series of nature close up sketches. Select one and render in pencil. Concentrate on values and textures. Photo students take at least 10 close up photos, shoot in black and white if possible.

14. Surrealism. Research the surrealist artists (historical and contemporary). Read what the surrealist state about their work. Create a work in the surrealist style. You may want to do this as a mixed media piece. Have fun with it! Photo students take a variety of random images that you can work with in Photoshop to create a surreal image.

15. Abstraction. Research abstraction and the works of Tom C. Fedro. Create an abstract work similar to his designs. Faces, animals, objects, etc.

Students planning on doing the 2D Design Portfolio with an emphasis on Graphic Design should consider the following projects. Try to get started on several ideas. Some of these will be class assignments.

CD Design

Poster Design

Package Design

Typographic Designs

 Color Design

Package Design

Logo Design

Poster Design


Logo and Stationery Design

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