AP® Studio Art

This four-day institute will provide an overview of the AP Studio Art program and the three Studio Art exams – 2-D Design; 3-D Design; and, Drawing. Participants will be guided through comprehensive discussions of the three components comprising each portfolio and examine the distinctions that exist between the Drawing and 2-D Design courses. Other topics of discussion will include:  a review of the scoring process and scoring guidelines (rubrics); strategies for developing work for both the Breadth and Concentration sections of the three portfolios; Pre-AP strategies and the development of a vertically aligned curriculum to strengthen the AP classes; and strategies for individual and class critiques.  Throughout the workshop participants will be given the opportunity to view sample portfolios that illustrate the multiple approaches that might be taken in developing the classes or in strengthening existing courses.

Participants should bring the following:

All participants will need to bring a lap top.  Most participant materials will be digital. 

There will be hands-on studio sessions in the afternoons. Basic supplies will be provided. If you have your own preferred “tool box” of favorite art-making materials, please bring them.

Course Outline (Subject to Change):

Day One

  • Introductions
  • Review mission of the College Board's Advanced Placement Program: Access and Equity
  • Review the AP Studio Art Program – the three portfolios and their requirements
  • New developments in AP Studio Art
  • The AP Reading in Studio Art 2017 – Facts and Figures
  • Review College Board resources for the AP Studio Art instructors
  • The AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio
  • Introduction to the hands-on studio activities

Day Two

  • The AP Studio Art 3-D Portfolio
  • Developing the Breadth Section for the three portfolios
  • Participant sharing of best practices
  • Hands-on studio activity
  • Homework: Review the Scoring Guidelines in the CB Workbook

Day Three

  • The AP Studio 2-D Design Portfolio
  • Applying the Scoring Guidelines to AP Portfolio Work
  • Introducing, developing, and sustaining the Concentration – participant strategies
  • Participant sharing of best practices
  • Hands-on studio activity

Day Four

  • The Critique:  How to Get Students Talking and Writing About Art
  • Vertical Teaming for AP Success
  • Participant sharing of best practices
  • Hands-on studio activity
  • Evaluations and wrap-up

Disclaimer:  This agenda is subject to change based on the individual needs of our participants.


Charlotte Chambliss An experienced instructor in both AP Art History and AP Studio Art, Charlotte served as Faculty Reader, Table Leader, and Question Leader at the ETS/College Board reading from 2000-2014.