Summer Assignments

  • Advanced Placement Studio Art

    2010 Summer Assignments


    I. Visit the Albright Knox Art Gallery


    Another Local Art Gallery

    Compose a Critical Analysis Based on your Analysis Form


    II. Complete Two (2) Drawing Projects to the best of your ability


    Complete Two (2) 2D Design Projects to the best of your ability


    * All assignments are due completed at the first class session in September.


    Visit the Albright Knox Art Gallery


    * take a pencil (no pens allowed!) & this worksheet with you to the gallery.

     Next please find 3 favorites from the collection of artwork on the second floor.

     Please document the information listed on the name plate next to each work.

     Please explain the appearance of the piece and the techniques used in its creation in a short paragraph (attach any additional pages to this workbook).


    What is your initial response to this work?                 

    How does it make you feel?                                   

    What does it make you think of… Does it remind you of anything?


    What images do you see?

    What colors, shapes, or textures are there?

    Are there any unusual or outstanding features that you notice?

    Are there any dark or light areas?

     How do you think the work was made?

    What types of brushwork, or other techniques did the artist use?

    What is the artists’ viewing point?


    What mood is presented?  How do you feel the presence of the piece? Why are we meant to focus as we do?  Is this a realistic, abstract, formalistic, or expressive piece?  How so?

    How would you as describe it? (timid, bold, intellectual, overpowering, fluid, abstract)


    Ask Yourself..

    What if the background were a different color.

    What would happen if the piece were larger or smaller?

    What if the figures were more abstract?

    How would the work change if something was left out or added?

    III. Contextual Information

    Who did the work? What was the artist’s intention?

    What is the title?

    When and where was the work done?

    How does it reflect the time and place it was produced?

    What style is it considered to be?

    Does it have function or purpose?

    What influenced its production?

    What impact has this work had on society or the art that came after it was made?

    What does the work tell us about people?

    IV. Formal Analysis

    What colors, shapes or lines dominate the work? How or why?

    How does color affect the mood or appearance of the work?

    How is negative space used within the work?

    How does the artist move your eye across the picture plane?

    Where do you see contrast?  What causes it?

    Where does your eye focus in the composition?

    What causes you to look there?

    How does the artist create depth, texture, or perspective?

    What factor about the piece makes everything look like it belongs together? (What unifies the piece?)

    Does the use of repetition  or pattern affect the composition?  How so?

    V. Interpretation

    What do you think the piece is about?

    What was the artist trying to say?

    (Think about subject matter, quality of work, characters in the piece, and your other responses)

    If you were insider the work, how would you feel?

    In the case of highly abstract or non objective work, how does it make you feel or remind you of?

    What title would you give this work if you were the artist?

    VI. Aesthetic Judgment

    Do you like the work?  What do you like/dislike about it about it?  Explain.

    Is the work well made? Is it well composed, well crafted, highly skilled, highly conceptual?

     Does it have cultural significance that one needs to understand to “get it”

    Does it move you?  Does it have “Power?”

    Does it change your mind about something?

    Would you buy it?  For how much?

    Is it “Good Art?” Is it art at all? Is anyone the artist besides the one who painted it?

     Advanced Placement Studio Art

    2-D Design Portfolio Summer Assignments 2010


    1.    Mechanical Figure: Build an exploration of a human figure from photos of Geometric parts. Begin by compiling a LARGE series of interesting geometric images. These may include auto parts, gears, assembly line machines…etc.  You can find them in magazines (biker magazines), online, or the newspaper. Make photocopies of the images (or simple print them all in black and white.  Carefully cut out the parts you’d like to work with and assemble them into a detailed cybernetic figure in motion.  

    2.    Mathematical Equation: Create a unified and well-balanced composition based on mathematical equations.  You should consider all aspects of composition including movement, repetition and depth.  You may incorporate hand drawn images as well as found image.

    3.    Newspaper Commentary: Take a current news story and interpret it in an abstract or surreal manner. You may include photos, collages, text or other relevant images form the story. You may include a personal commentary perspective, or simply use this a vehicle to get your viewer’s attention.  This piece may be done in the medium of your choice.

    4.    Book Illustration/Design: Make an illustration or design based on a book you’ve read recently.  You may work in a surreal manner or as an illustrator.  Try to Think “outside the box”

    5.   Photography: Visit a  child’s playground, the Buffalo Marina, or a park you haven’t been to before with your camera.  Take a series of photos that capture stunning and dynamic compositions.  Be sure to consider contrast, movement, balance and lighting.

           AP Studio Art Drawing

             Drawing Portfolio Summer Assignments 2010

    1.    Create a cubist Portrait: Research the style and techniques of the cubist movement. Ask a relative to sit for you while you draw their portrait as a study, then, take several pictures of them using your digital camera from multiple angles.  Using the images that you took, cut out sections of their face and rearrange the images to show several views simultaneously as a synthetic cubist piece would.  Draw or paint the “cubist” piece that you designed using the medium of your choice.

    2.    Café drawing: (or any other local hangout): go to a place where you can sit and sketch for a long period of time. In your drawing, capture the essence of this place (local eatery/café, bookstore, mall, etc.) by drawing the people and place

    3.    Mechanical Device: Compose a close-up drawing of a series of mechanical devices (cog.. clocks, gears, under the hood of a car…)  Locate interesting mechanical objects of varying textures (chrome to heavy oxidation) You should do studies of the objects in your sketchbook before you begin your final composition. Be sure to consider all of your space and use high contrast!

    4.    Tool/Toy Still Life: Make an arrangement of either interesting tools or old, weathered toys.  You must use a minimum of 5 objects in the still life, but not all need to be fully represented in the final composition (some should go off the picture plane)  You should touch all four side of your border when you compose your still life.  This may be done using charcoal, graphite, Conte or the drawing medium of your choice.

    5.    Transparent container Drawing: Put an object inside a transparent container and draw it from an interesting perspective.  Gripping composition and layout along with a high contrast will be key to the success of this drawing.  Keep in mind that shiny objects tend to have a high contrast!