The Mt. Eden AP Studio Art Class of 2014

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My outstanding AP Art Class of 2014

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My *insane* AP Art class of 2014

My Varsity Ladies. Gonna miss each and every one SO much!

The Varsity Ladies of AP Art have kicked some serious butt…

My Varsity Ladies. Gonna miss each and every one SO much!

My Varsity Ladies. Gonna miss each and every one SO much!

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2014 AP Studio Art Senior Show

2014 senior show

MEGA, the Mt. Eden Gallery of Art, is proud to announce our new student art show, AP Senior show.   We hope you can join us for the opening reception on Thursday,  March 13th from 2:30 – 5:00pm.   Mt. Eden High School is located at 2300 Panama St. Hayward, CA 94545

Our new show features the finest work from seniors in AP Studio Art. For these students, it’s the only opportunity they’ll have to show their top pieces before these pieces go in the mail in May with their AP portfolio.MEGA AP Opening Reception
Thursday, March 13th, 2014
2:30 – 5:00pm
Refreshments will be servedWe hope you can join us to celebrate this outstanding show. If you miss the opening and would like to check out the show the work will remain on display through April 10th. Feel free to stop by any day at lunch or Thursday’s until 5pm.

About those pre-class jitters

It’s the time of year when I start to get emails from nervous incoming AP students. Please trust me when I say that EVERYONE is a little nervous before school begins and even for the first few weeks of class. If that’s you, read on…

I know AP seems daunting and like you’ll never be able to do it or maybe you feel like you’re not “talented” enough (I don’t believe in talent, btw). But, if you don’t try you’ll never know the joy of climbing the mountain that is AP Studio Art.

If you’ve got a lot of other demanding classes or have other obligations please consider staying in AP and just trying it out for the first few weeks, just to see what it’s really like. If, after that time, you still feel like you’re in over your head, I’ll help you drop the class and find a new one or you could just become my AOP so you wouldn’t even have to change classes.

The art work my students create in AP is amazing and is often very intimidating to new students. But remember that you’ll have me, as well as all your classmates, to help you along the way. We really do become like a family because we work so closely and you’ll make some great friends. Also, I should point out that I’ve been doing this for a while and I really will TEACH you a lot. I think art students forget that sometimes and think they have to be able to do it all already. Try not to compare your Chapter 1 to someone else’ Chapter 20. I’ve made a little slide show that shows some of my student’s progress through time and with help & my instruction. Here’s the link: http://www.slideshare.net/CarrieKingWeinstein/pretest-and-final-portraitsI hope it shows you how much better your work will become over time and with help & instruction from me.

It’s a lot, I know, but it IS achievable and I believe that YOU can do it if you put your mind do it and don’t give up. If I didn’t think you had it in you, I would have asked you to drop out last spring.

It’s due when? The FAST pace of AP Art.

How to Survive AP Studio Art

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Listen well. It’s not from our school, but AP Studio Art requires the same portfolio from everyone, everywhere. (AP II is similar to our Varsity)

Your AP portfolio must include 24 pieces of art – 12 Breadth (assignments) + 12 Concentration (your series). You will submit your completed portfolio in early May, but it will have to be complete by early April so you can crop, resize and edit your images before you upload them to the AP website.

This is a lot of work and we’re on a tight schedule since we start school much later in the fall than most other schools in other states. Therefore, you’ll need to create about one piece every 2 weeks. However, you’ll always work on 2 pieces at the same time so we can stagger the due dates and only have one due each week.  It sounds confusing, but you’ll get the hang of it quickly! Here’s the calendar with the due dates, critiques & check-in’s.

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Here’s a link with GREAT tips on how to speed up your process:

http://www.studentartguide.com/articles/how-to-draw-and-paint-faster

(I’m updating the calendar and will add it soon!)

This fast pace may sound scary since you’re used to having unlimited time on projects, but please trust me here, you get used to it by about the 3rd assignment. You get good at being fast when you stop thinking that every piece is precious. You’ll make more, lots more!!! Don’t be afraid to screw it up, but please DON’T START OVER! Put in the hours needed to create and leave yourself enough time to FIX what needs fixing, but don’t…start…over…SERIOUSLY.

Heed these words of wisdom from Mt. Eden’s own “Varsity” AP Students: AP Art alumni wisdom