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AP Art – getting started


A. Read and take notes on the following links which describe the AP course. Note any questions you have and submit them on separate paper.

(Be sure to read the pdf course description of 2D design in blue at the bottom of that link)

B. AP Central has some sample portfolios from previous years at the following site. After looking at those, look at the you tube links:




AP 2D Design and Drawing:


and please GOOGLE MORE from youtube:  AP ART 2D

C. Look at the following sketchbooks and the ways you can make your sketchbook a hotbed of media, imagery, and ideas that will lead to your Concentration.

D. Look at the list on this site and think about the ideas in relation to your ideas, so far, about your Concentration.

Make notes about all the possibilities from this list and others that come to mind.  Discuss it with classmates. Try to assess what is doable within this time frame and setting and what truly will maintain your interest and enthusiasm.

Your Concentration should show a consistent stylistic interest (similarity in artistic strategy) AND evolution of that style.  Consider what content is important to you and what art-making methods are interesting to you.

E. From this introduction, share your personal artistic goals with classmates the ways which you think you can help one another. Continue to share artists or images that you find inspiring, particularly any that might contribute to your own and classmates development.


For Memorial Day – Animation, and the power of art; For summer – Photographic recommendations


For Memorial Day – to remember and honor those who have served, you may want to watch The Last Day of Freedom.

Here is a clip about the making of The Last Day of Freedom, by Nomi Talisman and Dee Hibbert-Jones (UCSC professor)

For summer – to feed your interest in photography and photographers, by watching movies.

10 best:

Finding Vivien Maier

Born into Brothels

For fun – keep playing in your sketchbook!

For the poet in you that is thinking about the road you will take…..a film by Miriam Hitchcock.

Pinhole Photos


In honor of Worldwide Pinhole Day, Kirby Photo students will exhibit their solargraphs and pinhole photos on this site.  Write your first name and title, location and description. Then upload your pinhole photo (add media/select files).

Nathan: Lucy Way Street View

This pinhole camera was attached to a chimney for a five month exposure. It shows my house, street and some trees as well. Some sun trails can be seen in the top right corner of the exposure.

Nathan: Art Room

This can pinhole was set on the TV stand by the skeleton for a 1 minute exposure. I stayed very still for the duration of the exposure, so I appear sitting at the table.

Kaima: My View

Can pinhole camera 2 week exposure.

Ella: From the Roof

4×5 15 second Pinhole

Samantha: The Path of the Sun

This photo was taken from my roof with a can pinhole camera with a 6 month exposure.

Zoey: Boulder Creek Solargraph

6month exposure with a homemade pinhole camera

Lily: Rooftop

4×5 pinhole


6 month solargraph pinhole camera made from can



Art 2 – Bartlett and Landscape Pastels – due 5/18


Jennifer Bartlett, Amagansett, June #1, 2011, pastel on paper, 30 x 30 in

Next week, we will visit the Kirby deck to take in views for an in-class chalk pastel drawing.

Read the following article on Jennifer Bartlett pastel landscapes:

Humble Pastels, Luminous Imagery – The New York Times

Observe how Bartlett goes beyond visual description to evoke the atmosphere and mood of each environment. Also notice pastel techniques used for various textures:

Jennifer Bartlett Pastels

Art 1 – Wolf Kahn Landscapes – Due 5/19


Wolf Kahn, Receding Towpath II, 1986

Read the article and watch the two videos within the site linked below. Note especially, in the second video, the path of Wolf Kahn’s career and his comments about painting.

Wolf Kahn studio visit

In your sketchbook comments, include the following:

1. What do you find as the most interesting art historical fact in the interviews?

2. What insights about drawing/painting your own landscapes do you gain from listening to, looking at, and reading about Kahn’s personal history and his paintings?

For your sketchbook drawing, do a 30-minute hand-drawn landscape (or series of landscapes), observed from real life, inspired by Kahn’s work. Try to convey the facts, essence, and spirit of the place. Color is optional.

If you complete your sketch this weekend (May 13/14)), this can be the plan for your landscape in chalk pastel.  (You may want a back-up photo for when you draw, although most of your pastel painting will come from the preparatory drawing.) Otherwise, you can select your source image from the landscape photographs in class.


Art 1 – Underwater Environmental Artist – due 5/5


Jason deCaires Taylor. Vicissitudes. 2009  Cancun, Mexico

Go to the following website: JasondeCairesTaylor

Navigate through the website and look thoroughly at the home page, gallery, film, bio, and environment pages.

For your sketchbook notes, reflect upon: what you find most interesting about Taylor’s work, thoughts or ideas it inspires, and any questions that you would ask if you met him.

Our next painting theme centers on appreciation of the ocean and sea life. For your full hour of weekly sketchbook drawing, sketch ideas relating to Taylor’s work, thumbnails to plan the composition of your painting, and/or the following:

Consider entering the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest with a submission of your visual art, poetry, prose, or film. This year’s theme is “Ocean Pollution: Challenges and Solutions.” Contest entries due June 19, 2017.

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest

Art 1 – High School Show at the Art League – due 5/19


Visit the Santa Cruz Art League (526 Broadway, between Ocean and Seabright) to see the 62nd Annual High School Show. Show opens Friday, April 28, 2017. You will see paintings, drawings, mixed media, sculpture, and jewelry created by local high school students.

Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Saturday: 12pm to 5pm
Sunday: 12pm to 4pm
First Fridays of the month: 12pm to 9pm
Monday: closed

Santa Cruz Art League
526 Broadway
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 426-5787

During your visit, choose a 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Best of Show in any medium. List and explain the reasons for 3 criteria that you use to judge the work. Take a photo of each of the four pieces that you select. Or, sketch a thumbnail of each work.

In your sketchbook or on separate paper, write your list of criteria used for judging (it must be more than “I liked it” ) and a justification of your choices using that criteria.

Here is the link for details of the show: Santa Cruz Art League. (Reception is Saturday, May 6, 3 – 5pm.)

You may find ideas for your criteria from an art show juror’s point of view:

For your interest (no written response required), watch this award-winning film short titled “Art Appreciation” and consider the ideas presented.

What makes something art?

What is art?

What is good art?

What makes meaning in art?

Who makes the meaning, the artist or the viewer?