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and Students Since 1994


 

AP Art Contract

TO: THE PARENT
RE: ART 5 ADVANCED PLACEMENT
FROM: MS. D. COOPERSTEIN (DEPT. CHAIR)

 

Inherent in being in the Advanced Placement double period art class are some basic and important considerations. Your child will be involved in work that is more intensive and therefore can be more difficult and time consuming. He/she will be challenged daily. In addition to applying the elements and principles emphasized in Art II and reinforcing the creative and intellectual investigated in Art III and Art IV, your child will also be challenged to work independently, investigate new and challenging concepts, and explore/experiment with a variety of traditional and nontraditional media. Participation in art shows and contests is expected. Your child will also be expected to attend class trips and participate in award ceremonies where your child is one of the honorees.

 

APIn addition to the daily class work, your child will be assigned homework on a regular basis. These will be MAJOR assignments that will include drawing/painting/3-D work as well as research papers and reaction papers. Your child may be working on multiple assignments at one time and must have the maturity and commitment to put his/her best effort into the final product. This homework/class work needs to be done always and on time.

 

An essential component of the AP class is your child's ability to articulate an understanding of the elements, principles and concepts of art, as well as being open to suggestions and observations made by both faculty and peers during our weekly critiques. If your child is adverse to constructive criticism and the higher order thinking that results from this sort of exchange, it is highly recommended that your child rethink his/her desire to be a part of this class. He/she must be diligent about improving his/her artistic skills and should feel comfortable about seeking help when necessary.

Daily attendance is required and behavior problems will not be tolerated. Students involved in sports or other activities that require the student to miss class, must take the responsibility to make up the work.

 

Some of the problems your child will be asked to solve will involve much working and reworking. Students are encouraged to utilize their individual studios during their lunch or contract periods to experiment, research, rework, or continue working. Individual studios are not an option during class time.

 

The art office library is available to all students during class time and their free periods. Books may not be removed from the art area. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with current trends in art as well as researching different cultures, styles, and periods of art to visually stimulate their creativity and intellectual pursuits.

 

Current and future projects include (but are not limited to) - psychological use of space, point of abstraction, multiple self portrait, creation of a calligraphic alphabet, complementary color cut paper interiors, objects in motion/energy/dynamism, distortion/illusion, metamorphosis, homage to artist via style/medium, the power of repetition, still life "self portraits", emotional use of color.

 

The goal of the Advanced Placement class is to produce a portfolio of work that exhibits mastery of the "language" of art as required in the drawing and design portfolios of the College Board's AP Art Program.

 

Detailed information can be obtained online at _________________________________________________.

Once the student is accepted into the AP level art program, it will not be possible to drop out without the approval of Dr. Pavel. ALL participants MUST submit a portfolio as a requirement of the program. Not doing so will significantly and adversely affect his/her final grade for the report period.

 

Signature of student as acceptance of these guidelines__________________________________________

 

Signature of parent or guardian_____________________________________________________________

 

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