AP Art Summer Assignment 2021

  • AP Studio Art requires a significant amount of time outside of class to meet the requirements of the portfolio, which means that it will also require a significant amount of time outside the school day. Be sure to review the attached AP Scoring Guidelines before, during and after you create your projects.  All your work will be evaluated based upon these AP criteria.


                You should be thinking over what you want to focus on for your SUSTAINED INVESTIGATION this summer and brainstorm ideas for your themes. The SUSTAINED INVESTIGATION is a body of related works that demonstrate the student’s commitment to the thoughtful investigation of a specific visual idea.  It involves mature and high-level brainstorming, planning, documentation of progress, revisions and will set the foundation for your entire AP portfolio.


    *Sign up for Remind APP for AP Art 2021-22 😊





    ALL assignments will be due the third day of class. These assignments must be taken seriously and not rushed. Please do not wait until the last minute. Use the AP guidelines as your rubric when completing your projects. These assignments will account for 10% of your first marking period grade. If you do not complete these assignments, you will not be able to achieve an “A” for the first marking period.







    There are two types of portfolios:


    Drawing Portfolio (focuses on the use of mark-making, line, surface, space, light

                                  and shade, and composition)


    2-D Design Portfolio (focuses on the use of two-dimensional elements and principles   

                                      of art and design)


    There are two main components to the AP Portfolio:


    • Sustained Investigation (60%)---15 images surrounding a set theme- determined by the artist- in-depth investigation of materials, processes and ideas done over time….guided by questions and involves practice, experimentation and revisions using materials, processes and ideas


    • Selected Works (40%)---5 works of art physically mailed to College Board to showcase your skillful focus on practice, experimentation and revision using materials, processes and ideas







    COURSE AND EXAM DESCRIPTION/ OVERVIEW: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-art-and-design-course-and-exam-description-4.pdf?course=ap-drawing 


    AP SCORING RUBRICS:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-art-and-design-portfolio-scoring-rubrics.pdf?course=ap-drawing 


    DRAWING OVERVIEW:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-drawing/course 


    2-D ART AND DESIGN OVERVIEW:   https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/courses/ap-2-d-art-and-design/course?course=ap-studio-art-drawing 


    PORTFOLIO SAMPLES/EXAMPLES for SELECTED WORKS: CATEGORY:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-art-and-design-drawing-selected-works-samples-2019-2020.pdf?course=ap-drawing&fbclid=IwAR2io0w5S7eaE5Rlw5FLLqmoZS8hjioZG1cwaH-26pCckte2lQBoHhN7TWM 


    DRAWING PORTFOLIO SAMPLES:  https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-art-and-design-drawing-sustained-investigation-samples-2019-2020.pdf?course=ap-drawing 


    2-D PORTFOLIO SAMPLES: https://apcentral.collegeboard.org/pdf/ap-art-and-design-2d-sustained-investigation-samples-2019-2020.pdf?course=ap-2-d-art-and-design 







    Summer Assignments (due on the third day of school!)


    1. Sketchbook Drawing (at least 2 hours/week) – 100 points

    -Try to investigate at least three general “themes” (or as many as you’d like!) that interest you that you could potentially use as a Sustained Investigation for your AP portfolio when you are creating these weekly sketches


    1. 2 fully resolved pieces- One IN AND one OUT your sketchbook – 100 points

    -Two finished pieces that revolve around a THEME of your choice- ***each piece should surround a different theme

    -Please write a description/explanation of the theme on the back of each artwork

    -Themes should be of high interest and passion for you!

    - One works of art may be finished and be inside your sketchbook AND the second may be on a canvas, board, etc outside your sketchbook!




    • You must purchase a new sketchbook for AP Art: minimum size 9” x 12”.
    • You may use any media or mixture of media for your sketchbook. Beware of pastel and charcoal as they can smudge. I have workable fixative which you are welcome to use.



    You will keep a sketchbook/journal throughout the summer. Each page in your sketchbook should be dated. Try to draw, paint or collage in it daily for a minimum of 15 minutes a day OR a weekly minimum of 2 hours. Remember many of your sketchbook drawings will be exploratory, a place where you can develop ideas. Use your sketchbook to write, journal and keep track of your ideas. You can complete many of the ideas on the list below or come up with your own ideas. Note, some of the items on the list are meant to be “warm-ups” or “studies” and not necessarily meant to become fully resolve.


    Remember to improve at ANY skill you need to practice. The only way to quickly improve your drawing skills is to draw multiple times per week. A lot of your sketchbook work should be observational drawing. Look at the Technical Skill/Skill Development list. Along with observational drawing, you should explore creative composition, color studies, and begin to explore your individual ‘style’ of art. An artist’s style comes with years of practice, observation and searching for what inspires you. This can happen from trips to museums, parks, watching movies, looking through art books, websites, etc. By looking at other artist’s work you begin to find out the technique/style of artwork you are drawn to, which you can then apply to your own work.





    Out of all of your sketchbook activities this summer, you need to fully resolve at least two in your sketchbook AND outside your sketchbook. These drawings must be fully finished and take up the entire page or two opened pages if in the sketchbook.



    You may create the sketchbook assignments in your sketchbook in any medium. Use the list below as inspiration for your summer work for BOTH your weekly drawing and two fully resolved pieces.



    Technical Skill/Skill Development.

    • Draw all the contents of your junk drawer with one continuous line.
    • Make a detailed drawing of a rock.
    • Draw a dark object in a light environment.
    • Draw a light object in a dark environment.
    • Make a detailed drawing of five square inches of grass.
    • Draw a transparent object.
    • Draw a translucent object.
    • Do several studies of eyes, noses, and mouths in a variety of poses.
    • Draw an interesting object from three different angles.
    • Value Studies–Draw three eggs and part of the carton with a strong light source.
    • Draw three metallic objects that reflect light. Focus on highlights and reflections.
    • Refraction–Create two drawings of separate objects partially submerged in water.
    • Make three drawings (your choice of subject) using materials with which you are not familiar.
    • Draw a piece of patterned fabric with folds.
    • Draw a bridge and all of its details.




    • Draw an object in daylight and then again at night by artificial light.
    • Fill two pages with a collage of images and words that appeal to you. You must add at least two hand drawn images that overlap.
    • Illustrate a dream that you have had.
    • Make an extreme detailed, close-up drawing of your eye.
    • Empty your wallet, backpack or purse and draw what you find.
    • Draw something using one continuous line. Put the pencil on the paper and do not take it off the paper until the entire drawing is finished.
    • Sink with dishes in it and soapy water.
    • Fill a plastic bag with objects and draw.
    • Close up of an object making it abstract.
    • Extreme perspective.
    • Five drawings on top of each other.
    • Distorted reflection.
    • Draw someone you sit by who is sitting in an odd pose.
    • Draw family members with things that are important to them.
    • Draw yourself (or someone else) painting toenails.
    • Find a quiet place in a crowd. Draw the crowd.
    • Draw a someone by the light cast from a TV/Phone/Computer or other screen.
    • Make a portrait of yourself in twenty years. Or in fifty years. Or both.
    • Draw a masked man (or woman) that is not a superhero.
    • Draw the ugliest baby you can imagine.
    • Draw two sports figures–one in a dynamic pose, one in a static pose.
    • Draw two self-portraits with odd expressions.
    • Draw something or someone you love.
    • Take a picture of someone near you on a bus or in a car. Draw them.



    • Animals still or in motion (take a trip to the zoo).
    • Draw your art teacher in a fight with an animal.
    • Draw an animal playing a musical instrument.
    • There is an animal living in one of your appliances. Draw it.
    • Draw a dead bird in a beautiful landscape.
    • Draw something from a pet’s point of view.
    • Draw an animal taking a bath.
    • Draw an animal taking a human for a walk.
    • Combine three existing animals to create a completely new creature.
    • Draw a family portrait. Plot twist: It is a family of insects or animals.
    • Draw an animal playing a musical instrument.
    • Draw the most terrifying animal you can imagine. Or the most adorable.



    • Draw a pile of dishes before they get washed.
    • Tighten a C-Clamp on a banana. Draw it.
    • Draw a slice of the best pizza you have ever seen.
    • Draw junk food and the wrapper.
    • Draw your favorite food.
    • Create your own restaurant. Draw the restaurant, your executive chef, and a 12-item menu.
    • Draw the ingredients or process of your favorite recipe.
    • Draw salt and pepper shakers.
    • Draw fresh fruit or vegetables, or something fresh from the oven.
    • Draw a salad.
    • Draw the oldest thing in your refrigerator.
    • Draw a piece of fruit every day until it becomes rotten.
    • Draw everything on a restaurant table.



    • Draw what is in the rearview mirror of the car.
    • Draw moving water. Draw still water.
    • Draw an object floating.
    • Draw ab object half submerged in any kind of liquid, sink, bathtub, pool…
    • Make a drawing of all of your drawing materials.
    • Find a trash can. Draw its contents.
    • Draw tools that belong to a certain profession.
    • Draw three objects and their environments. One of the three should be in motion.
    • Draw the interior of a mechanical object. Zoom in, focus on details and shading.
    • Create three drawings of messes you have made.
    • Draw five objects with interesting textures: wood grain, floors, tiles, walls, fabric, etc.
    • Draw a collection of purses, wallets, or bags.
    • Draw your favorite well-loved object or childhood toy.
    • Draw a watch or another piece of jewelry.
    • Draw something hideous that you keep for sentimental reasons.
    • Draw something with a mirror image.



    • Draw yourself as an original superhero.
    • Make a drawing that looks sticky.
    • Draw a mysterious doorway or staircase.
    • Draw an empty room. Make it interesting.
    • Draw a flower. Make it dangerous.
    • Draw an object melting.
    • Draw an imaginary place, adding all kinds of details.
    • Draw a gumball machine that dispenses anything but gumballs.
    • Danger! Draw yourself in a dangerous situation.
    • You are on the back of the bus. Figure out who is with you, where you are going, and why. Illustrate and explain.
    • Draw what’s under your bed (real or imagined).
    • Draw the most incredible game of hide-and-seek you can imagine.
    • Create a new sport. You can improve an existing sport, combine two existing sports, or come up with something completely new.


    Open-Ended Themes

    • Make a drawing that is totally truthful.
    • Make a drawing that lies all over the place.
    • Make a drawing that is completely and utterly impossible.
    • Story Illustration: Fix a story that you don’t like, or reflect/improve upon one you do.
    • Let someone else choose your subject and tell you what to draw.
    • Draw your greatest fear.
    • Use song lyrics, quotes, or poetry to inspire a drawing.
    • Find the three most useless objects you can and draw them.
    • Draw an interesting form of transportation.
    • Draw something for which you are thankful.
    • Go somewhere new and draw what you see.
    • Draw something that can’t be turned off.
    • Draw something soothing.
    • Draw something you think sounds or smells incredible.
    • Draw something that needs fixing.
    • Draw something you’ve always wanted.
    • Draw something out of place.
    • Draw something that should have been invented by now.
    • Draw something you keep putting off, or something that causes you to procrastinate.




    I promise you that the work you do over the summer will help support what we do together in the fall.  I will be guiding you on a unique and special journey, one that will be very personal and exciting. 

    Please know that I am available all summer if you need in three ways:

    • Email (Alevin@cbsd.org)
    • Remind texting (you have joined the AP Art Remind group!)
    • TEAMS video call! (email me and I can set this up!)


    Mrs. Levin 😊




    2021 AP Studio Art Summer Assignment Evaluation

    You will be evaluated in two areas for your summer assignment. 

    *****This will count for 10% of your first marking period grade.


    Summer Assignment #1: Sketchbook Daily Drawing (evidence of approximately 2 hours/week)



    TOTAL SCORE: ______ / 100





    Summer Assignment #2: 2 Fully Resolved Pieces- One INSIDE and one OUTSIDE Sketchbook

    SKETCHBOOK FINISHED PIECE #1:                                                                                       SCORE: ______ / 50






    OUTSIDE OF SKETCHBOOK PIECE #2:                                                                                  SCORE: ______ / 50







    TOTAL SCORE: ______ / 100