• AP 2D Design/Photo Summer Assignment and Supply list 2019

    Over the summer break all AP Photo students are required to complete 2 shooting assignments and to bring it to class the first day of school.



    1. Organize visual elements of design while shooting from peculiar angles

    *Shoot from below, shoot from above, shoot sideways, looking in, looking out, make the ordinary extraordinary!


    2. Create exquisite images which visually move the viewer to understand moments of your summer.


    You may shoot with film, a digital camera or if you must, your phone.


    Supply List:


    1.  8 by 10 inch Spiral sketch pad. I like this gray one from Michaels, with a coupon it is very reasonably priced. http://www.michaels.com/strathmore-400-series-toned-gray-sketch-pad/M10258507.html#q=sketch+pad&start=10

    2. 1Memory Card used only for AP Design class

    3. 8GB Flash Drive Used only for AP Design class

    4. 4 Glue sticks



    Remember seniors,

    Summer vacation can be a great opportunity for you to leisurely photograph for your concentration project or to capture:


    Balance/Emphasis or Variety





    This year we studied and created

    Figure /Ground
    Next year we images based upon the following design elements:
    Repetition, Unity and figure Ground
    Next year we will cover:
    Proportion/Scale, Balance/Emphasis/Contrast and Variety
    Visual terms of design.
                    Unity is the quality of oneness or wholeness that is achieved through the effective use of the elements of art. It is like invisible glue it holds the composition together.  It can be difficult to understand but it is present when you like at a composition and know that you would not move a thing.
    Proportion is the principle of art concerned with the size relationship of one part to another.
    According to the dictionary, the proper relation of things one to another as of parts to a whole”arms somewhat out of proportion to the body”
    Scale is similar to proportion but there is a difference. Proportion is the relationship of one part to another. Scale refers to size as measured against a standard proportion.
    For instance there are regular sized cockroaches but the cockroaches found in some places are so large they are out of scale with the norm.
    Variety adds interest  to a composition. Emphasis enhances variety because it creates areas that draw your attention. The eye-catching or dominant, area is usually the focal point that first attracts the viewer. The viewer then looks at the less dominant areas. Harmony makes variety and emphasis work together in a piece of art. Variety and harmony compliment one another in the same way that positive and negative spaces compliment one another. Variety adds interest to an artwork while harmony prevents variety from causing chaos.
    Repetition is repeating patterns or shapes. It may evolve within a composition to create movement or it may be used to create a sense of Unity.
    Space is the element of art that refers to the emptiness or area between, around, above, below or within objects.
    Emphasis is the principle of design that makes one part of a work dominant over the other parts.  Emphasis controls the sequence in which the parts of a composition are noticed. It controls the amount of attention that is given to each part of the composition.
    There are two major types of emphasis. In one, an element of art dominates the entire work in the other; an area of the work is dominant over all of the other areas. The specific area which is being emphasized can be the focal point.
    Not all works of art have only one focal point sometimes there are many.
    Balance is used by artists to bring a sense of wholeness or Unity to their works.
    Formal Balance is when very similar elements are placed on opposite sides of a central axis (imaginary line) horizontal or vertical through the composition. Symmetrical balance is when each side of the composition mirrors it self or is identical (a square with a heart inside)
    Informal balance is when unlike objects are visually balanced within a composition.  Although informal balance may seem less planned, it is not. The artist must consider all of the visual weight matters in order to fit them successfully in a composition.  Radial balance is when the placement of the basic elements is based upon the circle.
    Students take the Studio 2D exam in MAY of the senior year. The photo work we do in school is based upon design principles and themes.
    You can find more information about the AP 2D design portfolio requirements at: http://apcentral.collegeboard.com/studio2D
    The concentration project is studied in and outside of class for the third quarter of the year. It is a body of related works that the students individually choose. It is a thesis.