AP Studio Art: 2D Design Syllabus

Mr. Ron Thompson

Lecanto High School

3810 West Educational Path Lecanto, FL 34461

(352) 746-2334 ext.4288



Mission Statement

Lecanto High School will encourage student and staff to become active lifelong learners and will provide
a positive learning environment so that students and staff can develop to their full potential in order to meet the needs of, participate in, and improve our global society.

Course Description

AP Studio Art: 2D Design is an advanced class designed to prepare students for the Advanced Placement test in 2-D design.  This test gives students the opportunity to earn college credit honored at most colleges and universities in the United States and Canada.

Students are responsible for producing a body of work that will constitute their portfolio for submission to the College Board. You will need to have five professional quality printed 16x24 photographs, set into hinged mat boards to send the quality portion of your portfolio for evaluation. I will gladly help you select and order what you will need.

As an advance course of study, students will be eligible for honors grading (A=5pts, B=4pts, etc.). This class may be used to either satisfy the Fine Arts credit necessary for graduation or applied as an elective credit.

This class is designed for students who may want to study photography further in depth and begin to explore a personal style.  It is designed for students to develop mastery in conceiving, composing and executing 2D art through the use of photography.

AP Studio Art: 2D will enable a student to develop a cohesive body of work in which a strong underlying visual idea based in 2D design is evident. Students will produce the work through a process of planned investigation and research into the subject, which is to be documented.

The prerequisites for this course are Creative Photography 1 and Creative Photography 2 with a grade of B or better; Applicants must also receive instructor approval prior to enrollment.

During the course, students will produce a portfolio of work utilizing and expanding upon skills learned in previous courses. Completed projects must be of a high standard and will be expected to be of college level or professional level quality. Students will primarily use a digital camera, with image production work being done in Photoshop.  They will study past and present photographers and their contributions to the art of photography.  Students will be instructed in how to select work that best exemplifies the elements of Art and Principles of Design. With guidance from the instructor, the student will prepare images for exhibition on campus; submit photographs for consideration to the Florida State Fair, the Inverness Fine Arts Festival, and student art shows. Students will be photographing off-campus for the majority of assignments. Personal development of style and versatility of medium will be stressed.

As part of the course, the student will submit images on a regular basis for class critiques. The student will also take part in the critique of fellow students work using the Elements of Art and Principal of Designs as the basis.

Students will be expected to submit a digital portfolio of their work in April that is evaluated by members of a national committee of professionals. The portfolio of work is separated into three parts – Breadth, Concentration and Quality. The quality portion of the portfolio must be sent in hard copy form and will be shipped in May.  The full explanation of each portion of the portfolio is listed below. 

The Breadth Portion shows a range of technique, style, ability, and subjects.  Students enrolled in the course will produce a series of high-quality, unrelated images of which no more than three may utilize the same technique. Students may show work consisting of images produced using film or digital, color or black and white; additional techniques such as sepia tone or silver printing may be utilized. Differing styles of photographing including, but not limited to portraiture, illustrative, documentary, still life, action, and interpretive may be included. This 12-image selection should show a growth in skill and ability. Besides assignments done in this class, work completed in Creative Photo 1 and 2 can be applied to this portion of the portfolio if you choose.

The Concentration Portion explores one theme with depth and mastery. The student will choose the theme with advice and counseling from the instructor in which a strong underlying visual idea based in 2D design is evident. Then utilizing documented research into the subject, the student will develop a planned approach to produce a high caliber series of images reflecting the chosen theme.

The Concentration will consist of 12 images that portray various aspects centered on the chosen theme. Photos for the concentration may be taken both in and out of class. These images must transcend the ordinary and show a level that demonstrates an understanding of the subject at a college-level. You are advised to begin planning and executing imagery for you concentration as soon as a theme is decided.

The instructor will assist and guide the student throughout the process. As possible themes are developed, the instructor may suggest avenues of research to expand the stunts thought process. Further, the instructor will offer technical assistance and aesthetic advice during the execution of the theme.

The Quality Portion will be a selection of images from both Breadth and Concentration that are examples of your finest work. These images should be as technically flawless as you can make them. These images will demonstrate a understanding and mastery of the techniques used to produce the work. These images will be printed and matted for delivery to the judges.

The portfolio will be prepared in a professional and timely manner for delivery to evaluators. Students should expect to complete one work every two weeks in order to finish on time. Work outside of class time is expected.

Required Material:

•A 2gb flash drive (larger is highly recommended)

•Notebook with pockets and clips

•Materials and Props as needed

Class Supplied Material:

•Nikon D5000 camera.  (Student may chose to use their personal digital camera)

•Desktop computers with Photoshop installed

•Equipped Photo Studio & Darkroom with access as needed

•Textbooks – Focus on Photography, The Photographers Eye

•Class Website: http://www.lecantophoto.com

Grading Policy:

Grading Percentage Scale



Grade Weighting



15% Attendance and participation



  5% Notes and Notebook



80% Photo assessments and tests



Below 60%


Class Rules:

1. Students will be in their assigned seats when the late bell sounds. Anyone

    not in his or her seat will be considered absent.

2. Spacing in this classroom is tight and there will be students moving about

    with chemicals and equipment. Do not block aisles with book bags or other

    tripping hazards. Do not bring rolling computer station chairs to the tables.

3. Students will be silent until released for independent work.

4. Passes will not be given during the first 10 minutes of class or during the

    last 10 minutes of class. Passes will also not be given, nor should be

    asked for during lectures.

5. Students should maintain a civil, conversational tone of speech. Loud

    speech, profanity, threats, insults and the like will not be tolerated.

6. Much of the equipment used in this class is delicate and expensive.

    Students found to be abusing or showing carelessness will lose the right to

    use school equipment. The cost of any damage caused by such actions will

    be accessed to the student. Understand, some equipment used in this course is

    valued at nearly $1000 – Follow directions and you will be fine.

7. The darkroom is video monitored. Proper classroom behavior is expected.

8. Students working outside the classroom will be restricted by the following


         a) The median in front of the school (student parking is off limits)

         b) The north hallway and bus ramp (all other schools are off limits)

         c) The roadway encircling the back and south sides of the school.

         d) ALL interior hallways are off limits

         e) Photo students may not interact with any other students without

             faculty permission.

9.  School equipment may not be used to photograph, process, print, scan or

                 enhance any actual or implied nudity without prior approval of the

                 instructor. Violation of this rule will result in a failing grade for the

                 quarter, referral to school administration for further discipline and

                 possible referral to law enforcement for investigation and possible

                 criminal charges. Many of the students are minors; photography of minors

                 in a sexual context can be interpreted as Child Pornography. Possessing,

                 distributing, transmitting and manufacturing child pornography are all

                 illegal in the State of Florida and are third degree felonies covered under

                 Florida Statutes 847.0135, 847.0138 and 827.071. Each count of a third

                 degree felony is punishable by a prison term of five years. The course

                 instructor is required by law to report ANY violations of this rule to

                 both school administration and legal authorities. Don’t Do It.


Students will be expected to produce original work. This includes all work – written, presented, or submitted as a photograph. While a student may use another person’s work for inspiration, they must not copy it. The process of using another’s work and claiming it as your own is called Plagiarism. This is a highly unethical practice that has no place in my class. Students will receive guidance and instruction from the instructor to insure there is a clear understanding of what is and is not acceptable. It is extremely important that students understand the concept of artistic integrity and how to properly apply it when producing their own work. If at any point you have any question regarding this issue – ASK. The instructor will insure that you fully understand what is allowable and proper.

If you are found to have intentionally used another’s work and claimed it as your own, that work will immediately be disqualified from any consideration in your portfolio of work. If it was done for as class assignment, you will receive a grade of zero. Further, all of your completed work will be investigated to insure it is original. Finally the instructors and school administration will make the final determination as to whether you will be allowed to submit any of your portfolio material to the college board for consideration.

Plagiarism is a very serious matter that can call into question more than work; it calls into question your very character and raises a question of trust. No grade, college credit, or artwork is worth your reputation. Do your own original work and this issue will have been avoided.

Florida State Course Description:

Students lead a focused investigation of a subject matter from ideation to completion. Students select a theme, develop a concept, and prepare the work for public viewing, portfolio, distribution, and/or exhibit. This course may include, but is not limited to, research, collaboration, installation, history of photography, making connections to contemporary and community photographers, and critiquing with varied techniques. Processes, techniques, and media may include, but are not limited to high speed photography, studio lighting, flash, long exposure, formal portraiture, large format, RAW processing, and digital output on a variety of media, including nontraditional materials. Craftsmanship and quality are reflected in the surface of the print, care of the materials, attention to compositional conventions, the display setting, and expression of ideas and feelings. Photographers use an art criticism process to evaluate, explain, and measure artistic growth in personal or group works. This course incorporates hands-on activities and consumption of art materials.

This course will incorporate the following state and district standards for art and photography, which will include the study of photo history, art criticism, aesthetics, and technique:

VA.912.C.1.8, VA.912.C.2.3,  VA.912.C.2.6, VA.912.C.3.3, VA.912.S.1.2, VA.912.S.1.7, VA.912.S.2.3, VA.912.S.3.3, VA.912.S.3.4, VA.912.S.3.6, VA.912.S.3.7, VA.912.O.1.3, VA.912.O.2.2, VA.912.O.3.2, VA.912.H.2.3, VA.912.H.3.3, VA.912.F.2.7, VA.912.F.3.5, VA.912.F.3.11, LACC.112.SL.1.1d, LACC.112.SL.2.4, LACC.1112.RH.1.1, LACC.1112.WHST.2.4,

Full Description of Standards may be seen at: http://www.fldoe.org/bii/curriculum/Fine_Arts/pdf/0108330.pdf

Weekly Class Schedule

The weekly class schedule is designed to help fulfill the requirements of the Breadth portion of the portfolio submission. This will focus of the Elements of Design and students are expected to stay current with the schedule. Students will receive instruction to help guide them through the process of conceiving an idea to illustrate each assignment; how to most effectively integrate the elements of art and principles of design into the concept, and finally instruction and assistance in the execution of the photographic process to produce the highest quality image the student is capable of producing. During this time students will also be expected to continue work on their chosen concentration.

Students should not view each week as a standalone assignment, but rather as one of growth. As student skills improve, they must be open to revisiting past work and seeking to improve upon it. Art is never truly finished – Art is an ever-changing, ever-growing process. Students should be prepared to discuss the relationships between earlier completed work and current work. While it will ultimately be the student’s decision about whether a work will be redone in an effort to improve upon it – it is very important that the student understands and accepts that revisiting previous work may be in their best interest.