Friday, May 9, 2014

Online Portfolio Assignment

What is the goal of this assignment?
This assignment will allow you to create an online presence that showcases your artwork on the internet.  You will create a portfolio website bringing together the best of  your artistic work, awards, shows, and more.  Ultimately, you will be able to use this for sharing with friends, family, scholarship opportunities, future employers, and colleges.

DEADLINES: Email BOTH and A LINK to your page TODAY for 30pts. Your finished website is DUE FRIDAY MAY 16th for 200pts.

1)  Check-out other examples of online portfolios.  Take note of what they did well, areas for improvement, and ideas you could replicate  in your website.  EXAMPLE SITES:

2)  Compile your artwork from this year and beyond and include the following content.
Introduction - Future plans, extracurriculars, talents & hobbies, etc
50 pts
Artwork (Title, materials, dimensions)
  • Series (concentration works) with Artist Statement
  • Breadth of artwork

50 pts

50 pts
Design + Function
  • CLEAN AND SIMPLE template to showcase your visual work
  • Website must be EASY TO NAVIGATE for your viewer
  • ORIGINALITY: Do not use any stock images, this is all about your visual work, not someone else’s.

50 pts
3)  Go to a site that will allow you to create your own free website in a few simple steps.  Unless you know of another site, try out,,

4) Start your website!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014


Upload Breadth + Concentration Images + Statement

Login to your AP Studio Digital Submission site to upload 12 BREADTH photos with dimensions and medium, 10-12 CONCENTRATION photos with a brief statement.
300 pts - THURSDAY MAY 1st
Portfolio Image Details   photo set-up: handout      photo shoot: video tutorial      photo editing process + dimensions

Monday, April 14, 2014

Concentration Statement

Your concentration and its supporting statement will be typed into the AP Concentration 'Commentary' tab in your online portfolio showing investigation, growth, and discovery involved with a compelling visual concept through the following questions.

(1) What is the central idea of your concentration? (500 characters maximum)

(2) How does the work in your concentration demonstrate the exploration of your idea? You may refer to specific images as examples. When referencing specific images, please indicate the image numbers. (1350 characters maximum)

sample statement:
   My concentration is about humiliating and humorous moments that occur in everyday life. For example, an elderly man’s dentures falling out while laughing, a woman loosing her wig while taking a walk through the park, and a girl walking into a glass door.
  As my concentration developed, I zoomed in closer to the figures expressions and where the action was taking place. I also experimented with bold colors and the positioning of the figures to force the audience to become an active participant in the humiliating moment. 

sample statement:
   My concentration is about creating artwork that will make the viewer experience how people might feel in certain circumstances of solitude. I used a variety of media, but relied mostly on pen. I wanted to create a mood that would cause the viewer to feel the emotion of the person in the artwork.
    As my concentration developed I simplified the composition so the viewer would focus solely on the figure in the composition rather than the background. This is exemplified through  slides one through three of my concentration by using  line, value shift, and value contrast to develop my ideas.  

sample statement:
   My concentration is about detailed monstrous figures based on human and animal anatomy, and technological objects. I wanted to blend and morph a variety of appendages or parts to create new figures. I selected pen as the media to focus on creating fine details.
    My first drawing helped me discover my new talent, which is the visualization of newly formed living organisms. It progressed with each work having a certain style of texture and appearance. In the end, I learned how to take my detailing ability to a whole new level and the patience to achieve it.  

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

AP Art on Exhibit! National Library Week April 14-18

AP students will choose, mount/matt, label, install, and market a selection of their work around the library next week for National Library Week. This opportunity provides exposure for your advanced work and will draw more students to the library!

  • Choose 2-4 of your favorite, most vibrant, eye catching pieces to draw a crowd from over the course of the school year.
  • Your collaborative display will fill the walls and shelf of the library entrance and may spread further once full.
  • You will install your work during class on Monday or Friday. Space selection based on first come first serve.
  • Matte or mount all pieces with a 2” border.
  • Label each work with a 2 INCH WIDE typed name tag using CENTER justification, ARIAL font, 11 pt size listing: NAME, TITLE, and MEDIUM. Example:
    Suzanne Zimmerman
    stoneware and glaze

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Spring Break Assignments


I. CREATE 2+ PROJECTS of your choice towards Concentration Portfolio. 200 pts
II. LISTEN to Part 1 & Part 2 of 'Art as a Profession' + WATCH and 'How to Steal Like an Artist' (linked)
III. REFLECT to  discussions and FILL OUT  Google Form (linked) for about inspiration and how the visual arts will play a role in your future. 20 pts

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Audio Link + Info | 'Art as a Profession'

Thank you to the participating artists of our 2nd round table discussion for the AP art students of RBHS. Art As A Profession is a casual conversation will take place on Saturday, March 15th at the RAC gallery, 32 E. Quincy Street in Riverside, from 11 am-1 pmRefreshments will be served. The following professionals have generously made themselves available for discussion and questions.
Maura Braun - Interior Designer
Bob Faust - Artist & Designer
Anne Harris - Artist, Educator & Curator
Thomas Jacobs - Architect
Susan Kenn - Designer
Kim Piotrowski - Artist & Arts Administrator
Victoria Pietrowski - Art Therapist
Tony Soluri - Photographer
This is a unique opportunity to share experiences and inspiration to the young talent in our community. We thank you in advance for your time and interest. Students (and parents) must reserve a spot to attend. No prep needed, bring your stories and good cheer. See you Saturday!  

Kim Piotrowski, RAC President
Suzanne Zimmerman, RBHS Art Dept
Blair Jensen, RBHS Art Dept