• 2013 Highlights

    AP 3-D Design:
     Full year, 1 credit
    • The College Board has officially authorized this class to use the AP designation since participating in the AP Course Audit. This authorization grants Pioneer permission to use the "AP" designation on students' transcripts in association with the authorized course.
    Course Description:
    This course is designed for highly motivated and dedicated art students in order to create and document college-level works of art. All students taking this course will be required to submit a portfolio in accordance to the set criteria established by the AP College Board (see Portfolio Requirements). Any student failing to meet this deadline will fail the course. Due to course load and demand for quality work, it will be expected that all students are able to spend time working in the studio outside of class time.
    All students who plan to enroll in AP 3-D Design must have successfully completed:
       -  Ceramics I (1/2 year, 1/2 credit)
       -  Ceramics II (1/2 year, 1/2 credit)
       -  Advanced Ceramics ( 1 year, 1 credit)
    Students may use works created in any of these or other classes that meet the portfolio criteria, however it is emphasized that students create the 18-24 pieces required during the present school year as verse relying on works previously created; allowing the student and teacher to select only the strongest pieces for submission.
    Portfolio Requirements:
    The AP Studio 3D Design Portfolio is composed of 3 required sections; established by the AP College Board. They are:

    Section I:  QUALITY:  5 works, 2 views of each piece. 10 slides total.


    Ø     Works selected for this section should demonstrate a student’s absolute best in mastering technique, craftsmanship, and composition.

    Ø     Quality of work should clearly reflect, at the least, of a college Intro. or 101 level.

    Ø     Selected works for this section can be the same pieces being submitted for Concentration or Breadth, or they can be entirely different works of art. 


    Section II:  CONCENTRATION:   12 slides total - some may be details.


    Ø     Works selected for this section should show a body of related works, exploring a particular theme or idea of the artist’s own interest. A good concentration should provide a student with room to progress, explore, and stay challenged while keeping within an established theme.

    Ø       A concentration’s focus can be aesthetically based such as (a series of work exploring patterns or textures and how they can interact with form); or more conceptual based (a series of work comparing patterns/stages of oneself in relation to stages/patterns found in nature). [c3]

    Ø      Students are encouraged to reflect upon and incorporate their best technical strengths into their concentration (ex: coil building, creating realistic details) so as to create the high quality work necessary while still exploring/discovering a theme. [c2]

    Ø     While there is no established limit as to how many of the 12 slides required can be details, students should rely on no more than 3.


    Section 3:  BREADTH:    8 works, 2 views of each. 16 slides total.


    Ø      Works submitted for Section 3/Breadth may not be used in Section 2/Concentration, but can be used for Section 1/Quality.

    Ø      Works selected for this section should convey a student’s advanced abilities and understandings of various ways to incorporate the Principles of Design, through the use of various methods/techniques and media. 

    Ø      Works submitted in this section should demonstrate a wide range of thematic explorations, versatility, and approaches with media, technique, composition, and intent.