AP STUDIO ART: 2D DESIGN/PHOTOGRAPHY

 

Syllabus (Digital Photography)

 

Class Text:

   The Photographic Eye: Learning to See with a Camera

   Davis Publishing,1995.  O’Brien and Sibley

 

   Digital Photography:  All You Need to Know

   Hylas Publishing, 2006.  Michael Wright

 

Digital Software: Adobe Creative Suite 3

 

Class Resource books:

 

   Photography 6TH Edition: 

   Addison-Wessely Publications NY, 1986. Barbara London and John Upton

 

   Conceptual Still Life Photography:  A Guide to General Still-Life

   Watsin-Guptill Publications NY, 1996.  Micheal O’Connor

 

 

Submission of 2-D Design Portfolio.    Twenty nine required works of art.

 

This syllabus provides direction for the highly motivated photography student to take the AP Studio Art 2-D Design Exam.

 

The 2-D portfolio contains three sections:

Section 1               Quality                             5 technical pieces of actual work

Section 2               Concentration                12 images that Investigate an idea

Section 3               Breadth                          12 images that show knowledge and expertise

 

The Quality section is designed to show your technical ability to photograph and print images that are of high quality and design.  They will be no larger than 11 by 14 in size and no small than 8 by 10 inches.  All work will be matted and dry mounted to show professionalism and archival skills.

 

The Concentration section will allow you to investigate an idea or body of work that is of personal interest to you.  In this section you will develop a body of work that grows from investigation. 

 

The Breadth section will consist of works that document your experience with various concepts and artistic approaches.   The pieces will demonstrate your ability to think, print and create in traditional and non-traditional means.  Work in digital format may be submitted to an online printing source to be made into 35mm slides.  Slide film may also be used to document works completed for submission.

 

 

P2

 

 

Photography and digital media consist of investigating various forms of expression and techniques that use the principles and elements of design.  The student will develop mastery in concept, composition and execution of technique. 

 

The student will be introduced to new photographers, digital artists and more sophisticated techniques as points of departure to create work that reflects their inner self and vision of photography.  The exploration of photography and digital media with the camera and the computer will enable the student to develop a body of work that reflects a range of problem-solving techniques and abilities.  The student will become engaged in the process of making art through technology.

 

The student will focus on one of the studies presented for the Concentration section of the portfolio.  The student will keep a visual journal/sketchbook; participate in class critiques and individualized teacher conferences that will keep the student active and creative.

 

There will be projects requirements for the course but they are open ended and given to help the student develop his or her own style and mode of expression.  Weekly home work will be required and open ended to test the student problem-solving abilities.  The development of the portfolio is an ongoing process that uses informed and critical decision making to assemble a body of work.   The student will be expected to create work at a high level in terms of; composition, design and technique.  Students are expected to use their integrity.   

Work based on another artist’s work or photos will not be acceptable. 

 

 

PORTFOLIO REQUIREMENTS

AP 2-D DESIGN

 

SectionI.Quality:  Excellence demonstrated in original artwork form either your breadth or concentration section.  (5 Actual Works)

 

Section II. Concentration:  An in depth personal commitment to a particular artistic concern.  (12 slides of work)

 

Section III.  Breadth: A variety of experiences and techniques utilizing the principles and the elements of design in the formal and expressive means those are available to an artist.

Each work will reflect a solution to a visual design problem based on the elements and principles of design.  A variety of mediums will be used to show diversity.  (12 slides of work)

                                                        

 

 

 

P3

 

Homework:   (All assignments will be given two weeks to complete.)

                      

Assignment 1.   Vertical and Horizontal lines (Interior and Exterior lines.)

 

Assignment 2.   Center of Interest (Focal interest.)    Drawing / sel portrait 

 

Assignment 3.   Multiple Angles of View (Shoot above and below.)  Drawing Architecture

 

Assignment 4.   Off- center Interest (Place the image off center.)    Drawing Perspective

 

Assignment 5.   Using Leading Lines (Line as a means to tell a story.) Drawing perspective

 

Assignment 6.   Foreground Objects (Images that dictate a story.)   Drawing surrealism

 

Assignment 7.   Rule of Thirds (Landscapes that becomes surreal.)   Drawing surrealism

 

Assignment 8.    Fast Shutter (Capture a variety of images that move in space.)  

 

Assignment 9.    Slow shutter (Slow down the world around you and simplify.)

 

Assignment 10.  Simultaneous Zooming (Isolate an image from the group.)  Drawing perspective

 

Assignment 11.  Diagonal Tilting  (Elongate the Image and its perspective.)    Drawing  perspective

 

Assignment 12.  Color Filters (Apply colored filters to lens to create mood.)   

 

Assignment 13.  Blurred Images (Slow the shutter to create motion.)      Drawing dream images

 

Assignment 14.  Double Exposure (Overlap Images to create meaning.)   Drawing dream images

 

Assignment 15.  Collaged Images (Create an image from a combination of photos.)   drawing dream images

 

Assignment 16.   Hand-Colored Images (Add or mix black and white with color.)    

 

Assignment 17.  Digital Filters  (Enhance photographic images digitally.)

 

Assignment 18.  Panoramic Essay (Create a vision of space.)     Drawing panoramic

 

Assignment 19.  Mood (Show people in their true form and light.)   Drawing self portrait

 

Assignment 20.  Text and Image (Create a series of photographs from song and text)    drawing Illustration

 

P4

 

The Journal:  Students will be responsible for planning and recording all thoughts and experiences in their journal as a means of documenting their progress.  The Journal will record all images taken, gallery visits, personal and group critiques as well as all sample materials distributed by the instructor.  Text will be an import part of the Journal and the student’s thoughts, failures; accomplishments should be recorded and commented on to show personal growth in these areas.  Personal thoughts and ideas can be expressed in many ways, though poems, pros, song or music and are an import part of each student’s growth process.  The Journal will be collected and graded as part of the Final exam.  Each student must submit a Journal, it is an extremely important part of the portfolio and required for passing this course.

 

PROJECT 1.

Composition:

The arrangements of objects in space to create or tell a story.

 

Hands in action.                                               4 completed images

Shoes for detail.                                               4 completed images

Shadows for mystery.                                      4 completed images

Textures in space.                                            4 completed images

Reflections in space.                                        4 completed images

Lines in space.                                                 4 completed images

Light and objects.                                            4 completed images

 

All images will be 8 by10 inches or 11 by 14 inches in size. (28 Images)

This assignment will be due: September 27,  2013.  You will turn in all contact sheets and your journal for instructor critique.  The class critique will determine your editing process and the images and themes that require correcting.

 

PROJECT 2.

Photogram (Positive/Negative Space)      (Scanner as a Camera)

A photogram is a contact print.  It is made by placing something opaque or translucent on light sensitive paper and then exposing it to light.  This blocks out part of the light and makes a pattern or picture on the light sensitive material when it is exposed to light and processed.

A reversal will then be made of that photograph by placing it on top of a piece of photo -graphic paper to create an opposite, by exposing it to light to create a reversal.

 

Every- day objects.                                              4 completed images

Objects from nature.                                            4 completed objects

Combination man- made/nature.                          4 completed images

 

All images will be 8 by 10 inches in size. (12 Images)

This assignment will be due:   October 25,  2013  You will turn in all completed work and your journal for class critique.

 

P5

 

PROJECT 3

Color Digital Photography

Select 5 themes from the list below and photograph them in color.  The idea here is to think about color and color only.  The emphasis of the images will be how color creates form and how it works with light.

 

1. Reflections in water

2. Reflections in metallic surfaces

3. Mirror reflections and windows

4. Automobiles and motorcycles

5. Architectural details

6. Close up images

7. Silhouettes

8. Night photography

9. Motion photography

10. Portraits and people

11. Landscape photography

 

All images are to be 8 by 10 inches in size and printed in full color/ high resolution. 

Five Themes and 4 finished photos from each, totaling 20 photographs.

This assignment will be due on November 26,  2013.

You will turn in your journal and completed images for critique.

 

 

PROJECT 4

POP ART IMAGES

Filter/Hue/Intensity/Saturation

You are to take a series of portrait photographs of several people to use for this project.  Each person photographed for this project must wear some type of clothing or prop that is a clue to who they are in personality or mood.  You are to apply the filters to the images from Adobe Photoshop to manipulate the images and enhance them.  You will use the Hue and saturation tools in Photoshop to enhance color and the filter tools to create various textural effects.  You may add and or change color based on the color theory discussed in class.  The images selected will be shown 2 over 2 to create a Pop Art image.

Each photograph will be 8 by 10 inches in size; the total size of the Pop Art image will be 16 by 20 inches.

 

1. Self portrait                           4 images

2. Best Friend                            4 images

3. Adult                                     4 Images

4. Family member                     4 images

5. Family Friend                        4 images

 

All images are to be printed in color at high resolution.  They will be 8 by 10 inches in size and matted to from a 16 by 20 inch Pop Art piece. 

You photograph 5 sets of images totaling 20 photos to form 5 Pop-Art pieces.

This assignment will be due on December 18,  2013.

You will turn in your 5 completed pieces with your Journal for critique.

 

 

PROJECT5

Space/Cubism/Perspective

You are to photograph and assemble your own Cubist composition in the style of the artist David Hockney and Jeremy Wolff.  You are to select a subject to shoot and take multiple photographs of your subject to compose.  Once your images are printed, you will reassemble them in the Cubist style.  You are not to copy other artists’ work!  Here are some suggestions to photograph. You will select one of these or your own.

 

1. School environment                                       24 images

2. Inside of your room                                       24 images

3. The town hall                                                 24 images

4. A shopping center                                          24 images

5. Home                                                             24 images

6. A secret place                                                24 images

7 Inside your car                                                24 images

 

All images are to be printed on 4 by 6 inch paper in color at high resolution.  The images will be assembled to create on large panoramic piece. 

This assignment will be due on January 17,  2014.

You will turn in your final piece with your journal for critique.

 

 

PROJECT 6

Formal and Informal Portraits

You will interview several people as possible subjects for this assignment.  After interviewing these subjects select 3 candidates to photograph.  The photos may be serious, whimsical, with or without props, in color or black and white.  You will shoot at least 36 images of each person and select the strongest images from each of the three you selected.  The rule of thirds will be applied here along with simplicity and good lighting techniques.  You will choose your best 3 photographs for each candidate for submission.

All images will be 8 by 10 inches in size and printed in color or black or white.

 

This assignment will be due on February 7,  2014.

You will turn in 9 photographs with your Journal for critique.

Your Images will be dry mounted and matted accordingly.

 

 

 

 

P7

 

PROJECT 7

Package Design and Advertisement

 

You will research a product and explore ways of improving the design and layout.  You can choose any product you want and change the layout, color, typography, packaging, and size to fit your needs.  You will use your digital camera to re-shoot the product once it is finished to create an advertisement for a magazine.  Adobe Cs3 will be used to create new; type, color separations, textile designs, and cut outs.  You will create a textures bank in Photoshop for textile possibilities based on your product.  Your final product will have new labeling, packaging and a new color Magazine Advertisement.  You may choose from one of these products or choose your own.

 

1. Toothpaste

2. Hand cream

3. Dishwater cleaner

4. Soap

5. Nail Polish

6. Cough medicine

7. Food items

8. Car products

9. Animal products

10. Safety products

11. Hair products

 

 

All images are to be manufactured by you, the designer.  Do not copy another designer’s ideas or expressions.  The final product will be printed and made to fit.  The final advertising layout will be printed to fit a 10 by 12 inch magazine page.

Your project will be due on February 27, 2014.

Your final images and product will be submitted along with Journal for critique.

 

 

PROJECT 8

Digital Still Life and Light

 

You are to compose a series of still-life images that have a lighted element to them.  Each series of lighted still- life will use one of the following: low light, directional light, natural light, artificial light, flash, bounced lighting, and  or side lighting techniques.  The emphasis here will be on creating composition with light to make images more dramatic or dynamic.  You may use any type of materials; man made, natural or any combination of to illustrate your point of view.

 

Equipment you will need:

 

 

                                                                  P8

 

1. Tripod

2. Electronic flash

3. Cable or remote

4. Black and or gray cards

5. Lighting kit with filters

6. Background materials

7. Light meter

8. Metallic reflector

 

All Images will be printed on matte or glossy digital-imaging paper at high resolution.  You will submit your best photographs in each area (7) to the instructor along with your digital contact sheets and your Journal.

Your project will be due on March 12,  2014.

Your final images will be presented to the class for critique.

 

 

CONCENTRATION:

 

The concentration is designed for the student to investigate an idea in depth.  The works should show a growth or development of a single concept form start to finish.  It will consist of 12 works of art that show the artists’ personal involvement and exploration in the chosen.  These pieces upon completion will be photographed and made into slides for submission to the AP Portfolio.   Each student is expected to spend this time to work on and evolve their final works for the Concentration during this time period.  The final images must show complete mastery of technical skills as well as compositional and

metacognitive thinking.

 

All Images will be completed by April 30  , 2014.

Your final Concentration images will be presented to the class for critique.

 

 

CRITIQUES:

 

Critiques will be an integral part of all classes; they will be scheduled twice a month as part of the AP Studio Art: Photography course.  Students are expected to participate by showing their work in class and discussing their ideas.  The critique should be approached as a positive means of discussing art and to help the student become a more professional Artist.  Each critique session will start with writing and assessment of another classmate’s work a more formal discussion will take place from that point on.  Each student is expected to keep notes on the discussion and submit a final written analysis of their critique to the instructor.

 

 

P9

 

GRADES:

 

Each student will be graded in the following areas:

 

1. Attendance

2. Participation and cooperation in the studio

3. Critiques and self-assessment

4. Completion of the AP STUDIO ART: Portfolio

5. Demonstration and mastery of skills

6. Problem solving ability

7. Design adaptability

 

Sketch book will be                           20 %

Class/studio work                              50%

Written assignments                          10%

Class participation                             20%

 

ACTIVITIES:

 

1. Museum and gallery visits

2. Internet research; Virtual museum and gallery/Artist research

3. Art making projects: printing techniques, hand coloring, digital imaging techniques

4. Readings, lectures and discussions

5. Lectures and slide presentations

 

RESOURCES:

 

1. We have a well-equipped art room and photography studio

2.  Each student is equipped with a laptop computer and Adobe Software.

3. A library that has access to a large collection of Art and Design books/Videos

4. Wireless internet access throughout the school

4. We have a comprehensive and coordinated art elective program which includes:

     A. Drawing 1

     B. 2D/3D Design

     C. Fine Arts (drawing, design, painting, sculpture and printmaking)

     D. Crafts and Advanced Crafts

     E.  Photography 1 and 2

     F. Ceramics

     G. AP-Studio Art: Drawing

     H. AP-Studio Art 2D-Design

      I. AP-Art History

 

 

 

STUDENT CONTRACT

 

NAME: ______________________          PROJECT: __________________

 

CLASS: ______________________         DATE: _____________________

 

ORIGINALITY:

Comments:   

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                     Points________

 

CRAFTSMANSHIP:

Comments:

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                    Points ________

 

DESIGN QUALITY:

Comments:

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                      Points _______

 

INVOLVEMENT:

Comments:

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                      Points _______

 

 

 

SIGNATURE: _______________________                                      TOTAL _________

 

PHOTOGRAPHY GRADE SHEET

 

 

 

1. COMPOSITON ………………………………………………………………25pts

 

      Rule of thirds………………………………………………………………….5 4 3 2 1

      Mergers………………………………………………………………………..5 4 3 2 1

      Framing………………………………………………………………………..5 4 3 2 1

      Line Quality…………………………………………………………………...5 4 3 2 1

      Balance………………………………………………………………………...5 4 3 2 1

 

2. CRAFTMENSHIP……………………………………………………...…….25pts

 

     Effective Focus………………………………………………………………...5 4 3 2 1

     Clear subject/Image……………………………………………………………5 4 3 2 1

     Proper F stop to Distance………………………………………………………5 4 3 2 1

     Presentation/crop/mounting……………………………………………………5 4 3 2 1

     Proper printing techniques……………………………………………………..5 4 3 2 1

 

3. CONTENT…………………………………………………………………….25pts

   

     Image selection………………………………………………………………..5 4 3 2 1

     Concept/theme………………………………………………………………...5 4 3 2 1

     Spatial quality…………………………………………………………………5 4.3.2.1

     Visual Dynamics………………………………………………………………5 4 3 2 1

     Story line/series………………………………………………………………..5 4 3 2 1

 

4. EXTENT OF INVOLVEMENT………………………………………………25pts

 

     Proof sheets…………………………………………………………………….5 4 3 2 1

     Test strip/alterations…………………………………………………………....5 4 3 2 1

     Filters…………………………………………………………………………..5 4 3 2 1 

     Burn and dodge techniques…………………………………………………….5 4 3 2 1

     Archival storage/presentation………………………………………………….5 4 3 2 1

 

 

 

                                                                                    TOTAL POINTS:  ___________