Art & Life Skills
Department Chairperson: Louise Brady
(914) 238 7201 x2351
Art is basic to the development of a productive creative human being. The Chappaqua K-12 Art Department is committed to providing a supportive and challenging environment to explore and create.
We foster creativity, curiosity, hands-on problem solving, visual literacy, personal expression and a reflection on an individual relationship to the world. Critical thinking, collaboration and communication are cultivated. Aesthetic experience and connections deepen understanding of past and present cultures, and help us imagine and create the future.
The focus for the K-12 Art Department is the creative process.
The 3-D AP is a rigorous year long course that requires a commitment to art and design and the ability to work independently. Students must be able to commit to some outside work.
All AP students will be required to complete an independent summer assignment which includes a sculpting project and a gallery or museum visit.
Please submit a short typed statement about your interest in the 3-D AP along with a digital portfolio of 3 to 6 projects. These projects could be sculpture, 3-D design, or highly developed concept drawings.
Submit your portfolio and written statement to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday February 9th at 2:35pm.
All materials will be reviewed by the art department faculty
AP Drawing is a rigorous year long course that requires a commitment to art and the capacity to work independently. Students must be able to commit to a minimum of five hours of work per week outside of class.
All AP Drawing students will be required to complete independent summer assignments which will include drawing, painting, reading, writing and gallery visits.
Please share your completed application and digital portfolio in google docs at email@example.com including the items listed below (in order)
This is due on Friday, February 9th by the end of the school day or SOONER
(Be on time … a late application is NOT a good way to start)
What will you bring to the class? What do you expect from the class?
2. What drawing experience do you have?
List all classes/teachers you have worked with at
3. Half of the AP art portfolio consists of a thematic concentration of your own choosing. At this point, what are some of your artistic interests and passions in media, style, content and/or subject matter?
4. List your sports, activities, work and other time commitments. Give seasons if applicable.
This is informational only and not judgmental.
Required Projects for AP Application
Portfolio must include:
Literal (fully developed) self-portrait or portrait with a clear/evident light source
Figure in an environment from a unique perspective and/or Hands & Feet composition
Academic still-life (vantage point and/or approach should be skewed/varied)
Non-literal or symbolic self-portrait or portrait from an unusual vantage point
Descriptive word illustrated (in journal)
An independent piece of art investigating your voice, imagination, originality and invention (mixed media) (could be a journal entry)
Any other journal entries that clearly exhibit sustained explorations/investigations (ranges of personal intentions)
PLUS INDEPENDENT DRAWINGS/PAINTINGS (this could come from outside courses or investigations of personal concepts/themes)
Each student must hand in at least 6 portfolio (high quality) pieces … a “suggested” journal that explores innovative thinking, and INDEPENDENT work (outside of class).
ALL work should demonstrate technical competence and skill with drawing materials and varied media (consider engaging space, layering, combines, surface manipulation and varied approaches to creating art).
ALL work should exhibit confidence (evocative), and engage the viewer (dynamic) … it should be personal.
Your portfolio will be reviewed and assessed by the art department