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A Letter to Parents and Students About AP Studio Art  
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What is AP Studio Art?

A letter to parents and students:

         The AP Studio Art course is for advanced, serious, and self-motivated art student. The demands of the class require extra time and effort satisfactorily complete the requirements.

         The student will create and assemble bodywork demonstrating breadth and a concentrated area of study; totaling a minimum of 24 pieces of art. This portfolio of the students will be photographed and submitted to the College Board for analysis and scoring.

         The Hernando High School AP Studio Art classes will work toward this goal both collectively and independently. It is, however, not the primary focus of the course. The class is designed to promote analytical thinking skills and ownership of opinions and ideas processed into an art product created by an accomplished art student.

         The class is organized to promote student understanding of art dialog, art critique and self-evaluation of performance.

         The AP Art student is encouraged to be innovated, experimental and open-minded in their approach to their work. Thus resulting in new and fresh involvement between the student’s self-expression and the art pieces themselves.

         The student work is graded in class by a variety of rubric scales. Each one designed to build student learning and understanding. All students are expected to succeed at their particular level of readiness.

 

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What You Should Know About AP Art  
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Students/Parents

What you always wondered about the AP Program but were afraid to ask . . .

·       How difficult are AP courses?

·       Why should I take a more difficult course and risk getting a lower grade?

·       I’m not sure I’m interested in college credit or advanced placement.  Why should I take an AP course and exam?

·       May I take the AP Exam if I haven’t taken an AP course?

·       I’m not sure I am ready for an AP course and exam.  What do I need to succeed?

·       How do I get into an AP course?  How do I sign up for the exam?

·       What if I decide I don’t want a college to receive my AP Exam grade?

·       If I don’t get a good grade on an AP Exam, will it hurt my chances for college admission?

How difficult are AP courses?

Compared with regular high school courses, AP courses are usually more demanding.  Depending on the subject, you may read and write more, analyze material, synthesize ideas, solve problems, and evaluate.  Most AP classes are comparable to sophisticated college courses so they aren’t easy, but they’re not impossibly difficult either.  The intellectual skills and interest you can develop in AP courses – critical reading, analyzing data sets, synthesizing evidence to develop new insights, etc. – will equip you for lifelong learning.  Your investment in any AP course is sure to provide many returns.

 

Why should I take a more difficult course and risk getting a lower grade?

The grade you receive may be as good as or better than one you would have earned in an easier course, because many schools weight the grades given in AP courses to compensate for the increased difficulty.  Secondly, college officials know that all courses are not equal.  Their evaluation of student grades focuses as much on the quality of the courses as on the grades received.  Finally, an AP course gives you an opportunity to learn a subject in greater depth and helps you develop skills that will be critically important to successful study in college. 

 

I’m not interested in college credit or advanced placement.  Why should I take an AP course and exam?

Taking an AP course provides you with extra learning opportunities.  The course gives you the kind of background and preparation that will prove beneficial in your college courses, and an AP grade shows your college that you have learned college-level material and deserve credit and/or advanced placement for meeting that challenge.

 

May I take the AP Exam if I haven’t taken an AP course?

The College Board urges students to study the kinds of skills and subjects outlined in the Course Description for each subject, because they represent the basis for the AP Exam.  The best way to do so is in a yearlong AP course in which the students and teachers focus on AP-level work.  Some students, however, have taken strong courses and/or have studied in depth on their own.  Such students may be able to perform quite well on the AP Exam.

I’m not sure I am ready for an AP course and exam.  What do I need to succeed?

You need to be willing and you need to be able.  “Willing” means motivated to study and learn on the college level.  If you are committed to participating actively in an AP class and doing the out-of-class assignments, you have met a major prerequisite for success.  “Keeping up” is a basic practice for nay college-level course.  These courses move rapidly and cover a lot of ground.  Successful students are those who keep up or, better; stay a little ahead of the required reading.  You must also be able to do the work.  Your record in earlier courses is the most obvious indicator of that ability.   

 

How do I get into an AP course?  How do I sign up for the exam?

First, discuss your interest in the course with your school’s AP teacher or AP Coordinator to find out if he or she feels you can handle the extra work.  You may also want to discuss the course with your parents.  Your AP teacher or AP coordinator will tell you when in May the AP Exam will be offered at your school and how to register for it. 

What if I decide I don’t want a college to receive my AP Exam grade?

You control the reporting of your AP Exam grades.  At the time of the exam, you may indicate on your answer sheet the name of the college you wish to receive your grades.  Or, after the exam, you can write to the AP Program and request that your grades be sent to the colleges of your choice.  Until June 15, you also have the option of telling the AP Program not to send one or more of your AP grades to any or a particular college.

 

If I don’t get a good grade on an AP Exam, will it hurt my chances for college admission?

If you take an exam as a senior, colleges will not receive your grade before July – probably well after you have been admitted.  If you choose to report AP grades obtained before your senior year, you will primarily be telling the colleges that you undertook a difficult course and that you are serious about your studies.  Overall, two-thirds of all AP test takers receive AP grades of at least 3.  This grade is regarded as an indicator of an ability to do successful work at most colleges. 

 

 COMMITMENT

 

SOME POINTS TO CONSIDER:

·      Time requirements.

·      Meeting with the parents.

·      Dedication to perform college level work.

·      Further development of visual acuity and accurateness as well as a deepening understanding of the element of art and the principles of organization and their necessary and ever changing relationships.

·      Necessity of higher-level thinking and creative thought processes.

·      Time management that teaches importance of deadlines.

·      Discourage a job that requires a lot of work hours.

·      Understanding of necessity of homework assignments.

·      Stress management.

·      Funding for needed supplies, film and processing, exam fees, presentation of artwork.

·      Visits to art museums and good galleries both locally and when visiting out of town.