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AP DRAWING » Syllabus

LOCATION:    H103  Liberty High School    FRISCO ISD
INSTRUCTOR:    Pernie Fallon
PHONE / EMAIL:   469-633- 5855 x 25897  
COURSE WEBSITE:  Home of Redhawk Artists

Course Description: A fundamental class for college preparation with emphasis on contemporary and traditional two-dimensional processes, concepts, and materials. Projects are designed to introduce and fuse content, skill, and the principles of drawing, mark-making and composition. Emphasis will be placed on solving visual problems and thinking critically, analytically, and creatively.

This AP Drawing course will address three major concerns that are constants in the teaching of art: (1) a sense of quality in a student’s work; (2) the student’s concentration on a particular visual interest or problem; and (3) the student’s need for breadth of experience in the formal, technical and expressive means of the artist.

Instructional Goals

The instructional goals of Liberty High School’s AP Studio Art program are consistent with the College Board AP Studio Art program can be described as follows:

• Encourage creative and systematic investigation of formal and conceptual issues.

• Emphasize making art as an ongoing process that involves the student in

informed and critical decision making.

• Help students develop technical skills and familiarize them with the functions of

the visual elements.

• Encourage students to become independent thinkers who will contribute

inventively and critically to their culture through the making of art.

AP Drawing Course Objectives:

AP Drawing introduces students to studio practice through intensive conceptual, visual and material investigations. Students should learn that the life of an artist/designer requires commitment to the search of knowledge. Projects and readings are designed to enable the student in the process of self-discovery.


Through a series of projects, students will explore the complex set of relationships inherent in the process of drawing and mark-making. Using a variety of strategies of representation students explore how a single idea can manifest into multiple forms according to varying constraints. The critical role of context emerges as the factors influencing interpretation (cultural, social, historical, economic) are considered. Perception is experienced in relation to emotion, cognition and culture. Criticism is a key component of the student’s developments in terms of quality and quantity, in both objective and subjective terms. By the end of this course, students should be able to develop, analyze and present ideas, concepts, generate meaningful, well-crafted works within particular contexts, articulate a specific inquiry and critique work according to an established criteria.  The students will prepare a portfolio as required by the College Board.

The AP Drawing course involves purposeful decision-making using the art elements and design principles to complete an advanced level portfolio. Through direct teacher instruction, emphasis will be placed on the production of a volume of quality pieces of artwork. Students will address all three sections of the portfolio: Quality, Concentration, and Breadth. Students will be challenged to develop their own work through personal investigation. Students will develop mastery of concept, composition, and execution of their personal ideas and themes. Students will also understand that art making is an ongoing process that uses informed and critical decision making to determine outcomes to problems. Students will be expected to develop a successful comprehensive portfolio that addresses each of these issues in a personal and unique way.

AP Drawing Portfolio Requirements:

Section I – Quality: 5 original Works demonstrating student mastery of drawing and mark-making will be submitted. Light and shade, line quality, rendering of form, composition, surface manipulation, and the illusion of depth are drawing issues that can be addressed through a variety of means which may include drawings, paintings, printmaking, mixed-media, etc. Abstract, observational, and inventive works may be submitted. The range of marks used to make drawings, the arrangement of the marks and the materials used to make the marks are endless.

Section II - Concentration: 12 images of works describing an in-depth exploration and visual expression of a particular drawing and mark-making concern. The concentration focuses on the process of investigation, growth, and discovery. Students are encouraged to explore a personal, central interest as intensively as possible; they are free to work with any idea in any medium that addresses drawing and mark-making issues. The concentration should grow out of and demonstrate, a plan of action and investigation in which the student has invested considerable time, effort, and thought. The concentration should show visual evidence of the student’s thinking, selected method of working, and development of concept and work over time.

Section III – Breadth: 12 images in a variety of works demonstrating student understanding of the elements and principles of design. These works as a group should demonstrate the student’s visual organization skills. As a whole, the student’s work must show exploration in a variety of media, techniques and approaches. The work should reveal inventiveness and the expressive manipulation of form, as well as knowledge of color issues and compositional organization.

Attendance Policy:
*Attendance is mandatory.
*Tardiness is not acceptable. Students will not be admitted to class without a pass from
the tardy table. Students will comply with the Liberty High School and Frisco ISD policies
for tardies.
*Technical demonstrations and lectures will not be repeated. Students are responsible for
conferring with the teacher on missed work.
Grading Policies:
Grade Book Percentages
Major – 50% - Major projects and tests.
Minor – 30% - Quizzes, smaller projects, reports, and project checks
Daily –  20% - Sketchbooks, daily assignments, participation, and homework
Late Work

• Late work will be accepted for one day (not the next class, but the next day) after the assignment is due for major and minor grades. Late daily work is not accepted. After this time period, late work will be graded as lined out in the Liberty High School grading policy for late work.


All projects assigned and included as a portion of the “major assignments” will be assessed following the standards of the AP 2D rubric.

Grading Policy:

There will be 12 Breadth projects, 12 Concentration pieces, reading assignments, a guided sketchbook, and development of a professional business portfolio for this course. Each assignment is expected on its due date. (There will be no exceptions). Late work will be accepted for one week only beyond original due date for a grade of 63%. Failure to complete one of the required projects by the late work due date will result in a 0%,

During the first semester, you will be making your sketchbook; this includes folding the signatures and binding the book. Specific assignments will be given to guide your sketchbook’s content. Each section will house two projects and include the ongoing sketchbook assignment. Each project (this includes the sketchbook as a project) is graded equally and following the standards of the AP 2D rubric.
Professional Business Portfolio:
During the course of the year, you will be developing your professional business portfolio.
This includes your letter of intent, curriculum vitae, artist statement, statement of current
research, letter of recommendation, photographs of your major work, and other
documents necessary for the business side of art.
Each project will be graded on:
1. Formal Elements: relates to formal elements for a given assignment. The work must
physically reflect an understanding and competency of the appropriate formal elements.
2. Synthesis: includes conceptualization, creative problem-solving, innovative thinking,
understanding and utilizing context, and processing of an idea into a successful, final
3. Effort: concerns your effort demonstrated in and out of class. You can be in class
without actually working on your project. I will be measuring your productivity.
4. Craft: is your demonstrated care regarding their work and its presentation.
Craftsmanship refers to the quality of drawing and mark-making and technique involved
in creating finished work. Taking time to
make sure a project is done well.
5. Discourse: relates to your level of engagement with the class, the degree to which you
are a contributing member of class. It is not enough for you to be a sponge- you need to
Lectures, introductions to assignments and technical demonstrations will be given on every
Wednesday that a class meets. Students will be expected to take notes according to the Cornell
standards. Even though these days are scheduled for lectures, come prepared to work should
the discussion not run for the entire class period. Assignments will be due every two weeks on
the Monday that the AP 2D class convenes. On these Mondays, there will be a class critique.
There will be times that this schedule will

Grading ScaleStudents will be graded on a scale that represents performance along a continuum to reflect a true score. Click here for Ms. Fallon's Grading Scale.

Classroom Policy:
Each Student is responsible for keeping the classroom tidy and clean. Failure to comply with these policies will be reflected in the professional ethics grade and will create a less-than-desirable working environment for you and your peers. (Follow classroom policies and procedures).

Storage: There is some storage in the classroom as well as in the portfolio room for art kits, portfolios and projects.

Materials: Purchase an AP DRAWING Art Supply Kit at Asel’s Art Supply Store in Plano. Make sure to buy the kit for Ms. Fallon’s class. The supply list is attached to this syllabus. Double check that you are receiving all the supplies on the list. You will also need to purchase 2 binders from an office supply store. One should be an 1 ½  inch white 3-ring binder with a clear insert on the cover. The other should be a black ½ inch 3-ring binder with a clear insert on the cover. Please keep syllabus, handouts, notes and all other pertinent materials in your white binder. Sketches and journal notes will be kept in your sketchbook.

There is no excuse for plagiarism. Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course. The student should maintain a high standard of individual honor and absolute integrity in his or her scholastic work. Students who violate Liberty’s rules on scholastic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary penalties. Since such dishonesty harms the individual, all students, and the integrity of the school and district, policies on scholastic dishonesty will be strictly enforced.

Consistent with other classes, the discipline consequences in the art room are the same as those enforced by Liberty High School.

Severe Clause:  If a student willfully inflicts harm upon another student, willfully destroys property or artwork, or is insubordinate to the teacher, he or she will be immediately removed from art class and sent directly to the office.  Any damage caused by the student to school property including materials or tools will be repaired or replaced at the expense of the student. The offending student(s) will be dealt with according to Liberty High School and Frisco ISD policies and procedures.


    • Students will be required to sign a new RUP and are required to use the FISD wireless network for Internet access during the school day. Students will use their ADS. The use of the student wireless connection will not use the students personal data plans.
    • FISD BYOD Handbook
    • The teacher has complete control over the classroom and decides when/how students will be able to utilize their personal devices for learning.
      • Green/Yellow/Red Days  
        • Green = device usage for educational purpose without needing to ask.
        • Yellow = use device only with permission.
        • Red = no device usage at that time.
      • Face Up/Down access for students

Ms. Fallon’s art room is located in H103 on the Liberty.  Phone is 469-633-5855 x 25897. Click here for Ms. Fallon's schedule.


Student needs to purchase art supplies and bring them for the first day of class.  The supply list is here:

AP DRAWING Supply List

Please print out this list and check that all supplies are in the kit before you leave the store.


Pernie Fallon, Liberty High School

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Redhawk Art
15250 Rolater Road
Frisco, TEXAS 75035
(469) 633-5855 x 25897