AP 3D: The Year Long Exam

AP 3D: The Year Long Exam

Cathleen Bryan, Writer

The AP 3D exam is the apex of multi dimensional art at Franklin High School, utilizing the spectrum of techniques learned from Ceramics 1, 2, and 3. 

The students of AP 3D have been hard at work since the start of the 2021-2022 school year, preparing for their upcoming exam this spring.

According to AP 3D Art Teacher, Ms Johnson, the whole point of the class is preparing for the exam.  AP 3D focuses on expanding their knowledge on a specific inquiry that connects into the world of art, such as mental health, nature or world events. Ms. Johnson says she helps each student pick a topic they are passionate about and interested in.

In order to move from just a topic to a piece of art, students are required to create a basic sketch that will allow them to envision their finished pieces. Once a basic sketch has been completed, students will begin to work with various clay bodies throughout the year.

During this time the hope is to make between five and eight pieces of artwork, which will be presented on May 6, the day of the exam.

Ms Johnson checks in with students everyday, facilitating the construction of their projects, and helping them to create their best work, no matter their artistic ability or how far along they are in the process.

It takes 3-5 weeks to create one piece. Since some students work at a different pace to their peers, it can be difficult to ensure everyone has enough work to submit as the year comes to a close. 

With finals approaching soon, students are struggling to stay motivated, engaged and focused. However, Ms Johnson helps to advise against this saying to “keep your eyes on the prize” which many students find helpful. 

As this course is coming to a close , let’s explore the work of some students from the current AP 3D art class below!