AP® Studio Art - 2D and Drawing

This four-day workshop is intended to provide the participant with an overview of the Advanced Placement Studio Art Program, with emphasis placed on the development and strengthening of AP Studio Art courses in Drawing and  2-D Design. Additionally, participants will be introduced to changes in the curricular requirements for each of the portfolios to be implemented in the 2019 school year, as well as strategies for adapting to those curricular revisions.

The workshop will include: 

  • An introduction to the College Board's Advanced Placement Program
  • Discussion of Teacher Resources – including College Board Advanced Placement materials, APCentral, books, internet sites, and museums
  • A review of the College Board's mission of Equity and Access
  • Distinguishing the three Studio Art Portfolios – Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design
  • The AP Studio Art Curricular Redesign –  thorough examination of the changes to AP Studio Art
  • Process vs. Product – ideas for documenting student process
  • Reflective Writing – how to develop effective writing skills to accurately reflect a student’s intent and process
  • Ideas for initiating, developing, and sustaining interest in the Sustaind Investigation
  • Grading the AP Studio Art Portfolios – including an examination of the scoring guidelines and sample scoring session
  • Participant sharing of Best Practices, Classroom Tips, Successful Lessons
  • Hands-on studio activities

Participants should bring the following:

  • Laptop (if possible)
  • Sketchbook 
  • Favorite art making materials

Course Outline (Subject to Change):


  • Introductions
  • Review mission of the College Board's Advanced Placement Program: Access and Equity
  • Review College Board resources for the AP Studio Art instructors
  • Overview of the Course Audit and Submission Process
  • Review the AP Studio Art Program – the Drawing and 2-D Design portfolios and their requirements
  • New developments in AP Studio Art
  • The AP Reading in Studio Art 2019– Facts and Figures
  • Introduction to the hands-on studio activities


  • The AP Studio 2-D Design Portfolio
  • Review samples of the revised portfolios – Samples, Writing, and Rubrics
  • Participant sharing of best practices
  • Process vs. Product
  • Hands-on studio activity:


§The AP Studio Art: Drawing Portfolio

  • Introducing, developing, and sustaining the Sustained Investigation  – participant strategies
  • Participant sharing of best practices
  • Hands-on studio activity

Thursday August 3

  • 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

We hope to include a visit to the Blanton Museum during the institute.

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


Tamera Westervelt Tamara Westervelt