AP 2-D


Hello students!  I miss each of you and hope everyone is staying healthy.  Official remote instruction begins Thursday, April 2nd.  Please read/complete the task below before then.

We are going to be using Google Classroom to turn in assignments/track attendance.

You must join the google classroom course or you will be marked absent for my course each day until doing so.

See the joining instructions & class codes below (YOU HAVE TO USE YOUR SCHOOL EMAIL!!!) :


Join a class with a class code

  1. At the top, click Add Add and then Join class.Click Join class
  2. Enter the class code your teacher gave you (photo class’s are below) and click Join.
    A class code consists of 6 or 7 letters or numbers. For example, hjhmgrk or g5gdp1.Enter class code

**SMARTPHONES/IPADS:  You can also download the Google Classroom app.




Make sure you are joining the correct course/class period.

AP 2-D GOOGLE CLASSROOM CODE (4th & 5th period):  5iaobe4




March 20th Update:

Big News from the Collegeboard! >>> Click here for all AP Course updates


AP 2-D portfolios have lowered their requirements and have gone fully digital, we are no longer mailing in 5 “Selected Work” pieces.  You guys should be in good shape with these new requirements.

Selected Works (Your “BEST” works of art – all 3 should still be related in some way.  Can be a mini series or part of your sustained investigation):  3 works required (instead of 5), submitted digitally

Sustained Investigation (Your related series) : Shortened to 10 works required (instead of 15), also submitted digitally

DEADLINE:  Portfolio due date extended for all students to May 26 at 11:59 p.m. ET


All of your images/written sections need to be uploaded & completed on https://apstudio.ets.org/apstudioart/


(See the sample of Adam’s work that I made combining a photo that they started with vs. their fina l finished product and a planning slide they had created.)


It’s okay to upload a bunch of “Final” works of art but don’t forget to edit together revised works/planning sheets/sketchbooks next to final pieces of art as well.

Make sure you label to final work of art so the person judging is aware of which one is your finished product.

We will be in more contact once our school goes virtual but feel free to begin uploading images to the website above.

If you are uploading any scanned or photographed images, make sure you photograph your work STRAIGHT-ON and crop in tightly so that there are no edges/extra background  (Example A is what you should be aiming for, and the yellow border is how it should be cropped).








March 15th Update:

Hello AP Students!  Here to answer questions and give you some information for our time away from school:

TOMORROW, MON. MARCH 16 IS THE LAST/ONLY DAY WE CAN ACCESS CLASSROOMS.  If you need supplies/files/etc. please read below. *****

Polk Schools will tentatively reopen for all staff and students on Monday, March 30th – It is extremely possible that the school reopening will get pushed back beyond March 30th, so we need to prepare to be away from school and work on our AP portfolios from home as needed.

If we return to school on the tentative return date of Monday, March 30th, the school year will not be extended. The State is treating this closure like hurricane days.

  • Are grades due on Tuesday, March 17th?
    • No. All deadlines that occurred during next week have been postponed. Updated district deadlines will be communicated once we’re either back at school on Monday, March 30th, through district email, and/or once the district knows if the closure will be extended past the tentative return date.

AP Collegeboard COVID-19 Update



Tomorrow, Monday, March 16 is the last day I will be allowed access to my classroom before we are locked out from our rooms to be cleaned/until reopening.  I will be in my classroom on Monday, March 16th from noon-2pm.  If you need to get into the room before then, contact me and I can meet you anytime before noon to let you grab any supplies you need.  You can send a friend, sibling, parent if you cannot make it.  You can park in the teacher parking lot near F Building.  We really should not have students on campus, make your time in the classroom quick and make sure you’re wearing your ID.

Please let me know if you plan on stopping by or sending someone to pick up supplies/back-up any files.  This is your only opportunity to back-up files to your flash drives to take home and borrow any art supplies, cameras, paper, etc. needed so you can complete work from home.


Everything is unpredictable right now, we need to think ahead.  Take enough art supplies to complete all 15 SIs.  The Collegeboard has not announced any official deadline extensions as of yet and we need to get as much done at home so we can be ready to do any last minute touches on your portfolios.  We may be able to “request” a deadline extension according to their latest statement but let’s not bank on our request being accepted.  We need to aim to finish portfolios on time.  I think we are all capable of it.



Accessing Photoshop Home << Click this link for instructions on downloading Photoshop from home.  You’ll sign in with your school credentials. It takes a long, long, long time to download if using wifi.

If you have work completed, you can spend some time printing tomorrow.  We will plan to print when we return to school or you can find other resources as far as printing on your own.  Otherwise, have everything all set and ready to print for our return.


What about SI Critiques?

If school truly reopens on the 30th, we will only miss the Friday critique for SI #12.  You are all still responsible for completing that SI project but we will clump SI #12 in with the April 3rd critique.  If we are out of school beyond April 3rd, we will regroup and discuss plans about critiques.

STICK TO OUR CURRENT SI DEADLINES.  I am less worried about the actual critiques and more worried about you all completing the work.  The deadlines were created to make sure each of you stay on track and don’t fall behind on work, the critiques are for providing feedback and holding students accountable for completing their work.  Like I said, use the deadlines to guide you in completing the projects while we’re out of school.  If you keep up with the deadlines, you’ll be fine upon our return.

I have a lot of the same questions that you kiddos do, I will continue to answer them as soon as I find anything out.  I don’t think any of us were expecting school to close so quickly so let’s do what we can do help each other out.  I will post updates to this page, Remind only lets me send short messages out.

Stay safe & healthy!  Please continue working on your portfolios, the work is not going to go away even though school is closed.












1/9:  I’M ABSENT.  Hi my little chicken nuggets, complete this planning sheet for your upcoming sustained investigation project/critique, I will check them at the end of class this Friday.  Feel free to print it and create a sketchbook page from it or complete it digitally/turn it in on Office 365.  You have the BEAST/HP M254DW printer hooked up to your computers, feel free to use it.

Sustained Investigation Project #3 WS




Each week, a new google slide link will be posted for you to upload that week’s SI photo/s.

You are responsible for keeping up with these deadlines.  If your photo is not uploaded by the start of class, you will get a zero that you cannot makeup for that critique.  You can/will still  earn credit for completing and turning the photo in late.



12/11:  SNOWFLAKES!!!

Miss G sucks and forgot to load paper into the two canon printers before she left yesterday because of the early dismissal – Someone needs to get the copy paper near the Beast printer and load a good stack of it into both the fish and turtle printers.  It will self-dispense one-by-one and not jam up.

If we run out of ink, an AP student can fetch some ink from the top drawer in the filing cabinet in my office, it’s clearly labeled.  The beast printer is running low – we are not replacing that one just yet, only fish/turtle.  Get Mrs. Goodson for help if totally necessary on the fish/turtle ink replacing.

Create ONE photo snowflake!

Hold on to these in your drawers/lockers when done, I’ll collect/hang them tomorrow.  CLEAN UP YOUR LIL PAPER SHREDS AND PUT YOUR SCISSORS AWAY PLEASE!!!!

12/9: Door Decorating Template

Right click & save!



Creating a contact sheet of mini series photos!

Photoshop directions:

Open Photoshop > Choose File > Automate > Contact Sheet II.

Specify yesterday’s SHAPE images by clicking “Browse”.  All 10 must be added.

Check the Document dimensions and Thumbnail columns and rows.  Make sure they match the settings below:





October 21,  2019

Reflection Questions – due tomorrow

Write/Glue these questions into your sketchbook & answer them thoroughly:


  • After seeing your classmates’ projects and comparing your project to their level of work, do you feel as though you met the criteria of “Advanced 2-D art skills?” that the rubric calls for? Why or why not?


  • What would you do differently for next project? How are you going to improve/revise your theme and inquiry to better it?   (I will not accept “nothing” as an answer.) What is your next project going to be like?

Oct. 1, 2019

AP Portfolio

Questions are due on Friday, Oct 4th.

September 23, 2019

Create one finalized, complete, edited/scanned/photographed “ready-for-critique” photography project using one of the following media combinations below.

You can add other art materials, supplies, or strategies to your project to help achieve your concept. You do not have to use the supplies in class; if you have some at home you would prefer to use, you can utilize those.

  • Staples & Photography
  • Texture plates/Rubbing Plates & Photography
  •  Bubble Wrap & Photography (I have a super small amount, I will bring a TOOOOON from home TOMORROW)
  •  Maps & Photography
  •  The TANK!!!! & Photography
  • Free choice BUT I HAVE TO APPROVE!! & Photography

These will be due at the end of class on Monday, Sept 30.

This is the LAST experimental prompt!!!

September 16, 2019


Create one finalized, complete, edited/scanned/photographed “ready-for-critique” photography project using one of the following media combinations below.

You can add other art materials, supplies, or strategies to your project to help achieve your concept. You do not have to use the supplies in class; if you have some at home you would prefer to use, you can utilize those.

  • Cardboard & Photography
  • Mirrors & Photography
  • Stencils & Photography
  • Coffee & Photography (ACTUAL COFFEE WON’T BE AVAILABLE UNTIL WEDNESDAY – not for drinking)
  • Post-it Notes & Photography
  • Tissue Paper & Photography

These will be due at the end of class on Monday, Sept 23.

On the 23rd, you’ll receive a new prompt just like this with new materials to choose from.

September 10, 2019 – Miss G is absent!


Hi all, miss you.  I realized that I forgot to tell you I was planning on being absent today which is funny because.. you guys are my most important class…  WHOOPSIES.

We’ll use today to plan out your experimental material prompt photo.  Obviously, the class cameras can’t be used today.  I don’t mind if anyone that brought a camera wants to take photos IN the classroom using any materials listed on the prompt BUT make sure you clean up everything/make my room look better than how you found it.  The prompt is below.

You must do the TWO THINGS, listed below, before 2pm today to get a 100 point grade.

  • Take an overhead, straight-on photo of your mind map using your phone (or a friend’s, if you don’t have your phone) ANNNNNNND email OR remind 101 message it to me.  I want to make sure all of you and myself have a photographed copy of your mind map to archive for future use.  I also want to make sure I have time to put in accurate grades for everyone – I ran out of time yesterday.  If your mind map is incomplete, you may want to use today to finish that thang up.
  • Email (can be in the same email message as above) or Remind message me the answer to these 2 questions in full sentences:
    Which listed material do you think you are going to use for Week 1’s photo prompt?
    How do you plan on using that material with photography?

If you sent me an image of your mind map & the answers to those two questions over Remind or through Email, you get a 100 for the day!   See below for the Prompt.


Create one finalized, complete, edited/scanned/photographed “ready-for-critique” photography project using one of the following media combinations below.

You can add other art materials, supplies, or strategies to your project to help achieve your concept. You do not have to use the supplies in class; if you have some at home you would prefer to use, you can utilize those.

  • Ink & Photography
  • Magazines/Books & Photography
  • Poured Acrylic Paint & Photography
  • Tape (of any kind) & Photography
  • Yarn/String/Thread & Photography
  • Clear Gel Medium & Photography

These will be due at the end of class on Monday, Sept 16.

On the 16th, you’ll receive a new prompt just like this with new materials to choose from. 😊 Don’t fall behind on these projects! Leave yourself time to gather supplies, shoot, edit, print, work on top of your photo, etc.

Mind Mapping:


Welcome Future 2019-20 AP 2-D Students!

Click on this link to download this summer’s AP summer assignment & course introduction letter:  AP Student Letter

See me to check out a camera before the school year ends – get excited!!

Click HERE to view the College Board’s informative course website for AP 2-D.

Everything below this point is 2018-19!

Whole Portfolio Critique – Apr 22-25 (300 POINTS!!!)

AP Template New

Download & fill in the template for our Whole Portfolio Critique – all 24 photos!

This is your opportunity to show us any photos that you may have turned in late/replaced.

This is a 300 point assignment, each photo is 12.5 points.

****If you have ANY artwork that has been worked on manually OR film/cyanotype (ie: Printed out and spray painted, drawn on, cut out from, taped up) you MUST photograph the finished piece head-on using a tripod and crop it and skew it so that it looks professional.  You should not be able to see anything around the image.  See me for help.  If you upload crooked, uncropped phone photos of your printed artwork with a glare and a bad angle, I will not give you credit for that piece.

If you have unedited photos, images that don’t quite “work together” as a concentration, blurry or low-res photos, repetitive breadth photos YOU WILL GET POINTS OFF!!!  I will not award the full 12.5 points for photos that were critiqued poorly and never fixed or replaced.  We will discuss this in class the week prior to make sure we are all on the same page.


Our AP Final/Portfolio Packing:  May 10th – time will be announced, don’t be late!
As you pack your portfolio folder with your 5 printed quality pieces, I will check to see that your online portfolio is complete and forwarded to me – then you will be forever free from AP 2-D!
If you have printing to finish, commentary to write, or photos to upload/online portfolio to submit, you will have to stay until it is 100% complete. 

If you miss the “exam”, you must pay back the school for the exam cost and there is a high potential that you will not pass the 2nd semester.  If you need to complete your portfolio packing ahead of time (due to other AP tests on the same day), let me know and we can arrange it.  There is no make-up exam date after 5/11.

YOU MUST “FORWARD” YOUR ONLINE PORTFOLIO TO ME.  PLEASE DO IT BEFORE 5/8.  I need time to go through and make sure you’re not missing anything.  The teacher & school codes are on our previous set-up handout below.

Breadth section recheck: all 12 photos due online by 5/6.  If you are missing photos, you get a zero.

Concentration section recheck: all 12 photos due online by 5/7  If your work is not in, you get a zero.

Quality pieces: All 5 pieces printed by 5/10 – COME IN ANY TIME TO PRINT!!  Get it done!

Create/Access AP CollegeBoard Portfolio Account @ https://apstudio.ets.org/apstudioart/

See me for Film Scanner Download!!!

Breadth 1 & 2:  Click me!

Cancelled until further notice.. Breadth 3 & 4 Click me!

Breadth 5, 6, 7 = Click me!

Breadth 8, 9, 10:  CLICK ME!

Breadth 11 & 12:  Click me!

Concentration #1:  Click me

Concentration #2 & 3: Click Me!

Concentration 4 & 5: Click me!

Concentration 6 & 7:  Click me!!

Concentration 8 & 9:  Click me!!

Concentration 10, 11, 12 Click me!!

Requirements for AP Digital Images

  • JPEG (.jpg) format
  • RGB color mode
  • Highest Resolution possible
    • (You cannot make a photo’s resolution HIGHER if it is TAKEN at a LOW resolution. For example, an iPhone photo takes photos at 72 resolution, making it 300 will not improve the quality, it might actually make it worse!)

***Keep copies of your original images, do not change/save over your original file to meet these smaller images for the collegeboard website.

Recommended image sizes: The image sizes below are recommendations. Your image sizes may be different.

Landscape orientation (h x w):

  • Maximum size: 530 x 780 pixels (7.36 x 10.83 inches or 18.69 x 27.51 cm)
  • Minimum size: 480 x 480 pixels (6.67 x 6.67 inches or 16.94 x 16.94 cm)

Portrait orientation (h x w):

  • Maximum size: 780 x 530 pixels (10.83 x 7.36 inches or 27.51 x 18.69 cm)
  • Minimum size: 480 x 480 pixels (6.67 x 6.67 inches or 16.94 x 16.94 cm)

Square images (h x w):

  • Maximum size: 642 x 642 pixels (8.91 x 8.91 inches or 22.64 x 22.64 cm)

These image sizes are based on minimum and maximum measurements. Your image sizes may be different.

Images that do not conform to these specified parameters will be automatically resized to meet submission application requirements.


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1/16: Reflection Essay/Planning

Download/save the Word Document, fill it out online & upload to Office 365! 🙂

ap reflection essay

1/14:  Mini Concentration Series Critique Prep

Click here to access the Google Slide

Load all 6 photos onto the Google Slide, we will begin critiquing tomorrow as soon as the bell rings for 4th period!

11/26:  Intro to Film!

As we near winter break and the start of the 2nd semester, it is important to get the AP 2-D students into the film unit so that those of you that choose to use film photography for your concentration series feel more confident in the media.

Click here for film printing data

Click here for this week’s handout:  DUE TUESDAY! SLR Camera Part Worksheet

11/4:  David Hockney inspired portrait project:

  1. Choose one person to photograph
  2. Standing in one place begin taking photos of different parts and angels of the person(s).
  3. Have the person (s) move their head in different directions
  4. Take 12-20 pictures.  Take more pictures than you think you need to prevent missing areas in your finished artwork.
  5. Save all your photos into one, new folder so that you can easily find them. It is important that they are in only ONE folder, with no extra/unrelated photos.

Photoshop Section

Part 1: Shrinking your photos

  1. Before you begin creating your David Hockney inspired project, you will be shrinking all your images first:  In Photoshop, Go to File > Scripts> Image Processor
  1.  Select the Folder where you have all your images taken for the Hockney assignment.   Make sure the folder has ONLY your Hockney-portrait photos in it.
  1.  Check Save in Same Location
  2. Check Save as JPEG and RESIZE to Fit
  3. Change your W 400 px and H 400 px
  4. Click “Run”
  5. You will wait while Photoshop runs through all your files and shrinks them.  When it is done running there will be nothing on your screen.


Part 2: Putting the Images Together

  1. Create a new document in Photoshop (File>New) 
  2. Make it 1500 x 1500 pixels   Resolution 300
  3. Make your background color anything you would like – choose a color that compliments your photographs.
  4. Open all of your newly shrunken photos for the assignment by going to File > Open > Select Folder – Find the folder where you put your Hockney Images & Select the JPEG folder to open.
  5. Click on Windows > Arrange > Float all in windows
  6. Select the Move Tool
  7. Check the Auto Select Box above the move tool – When you click on a photo it will now automatically show you what layer you are on in the layers pallet.
  8. Use the Move Tool to drag each photo on to the blank canvas
  9. You are required to use 15 photos in the Hockney-inspired project.  You may use more if you like.
  10. If you would like to rotate your image hold down “Ctrl and T”at the same time on your keyboard.  Rotate as desired.
  11. Use the Crop Tool to crop the excess white canvas around artwork (do not crop any of the pictures!)
  12. Merge your Visible layers before saving – ONLY IF YOU ARE 100% DONE WITH THE PROJECT!
  13. Complete any final edits to your project.  Make sure the photos have good contrast and are all matching in colors.  Your project may be in color or black and white.

Save & Upload to Office 365 by Tuesday, 11/13.

Monday 10/29:  Intro to Portrait Photography

POWERPOINT: Portrait Types

AP:  You will chose one of the categories on the PowerPoint and take 5 new photographs using that portrait style.  You may use any in-class or out of class resources to achieve your photographs.

These images will be due in Office 365 on Nov 1.

Do not use photographs from this summer, I will be checking the metadata to make sure these images are from this week AND taken with a DSLR camera.

Tuesday 10/23 – Thursday 10/25:  Ghost Portrait

Take & submit 2 Ghost/Slow shutter portraits:  1 full body (head to toes) & 1 head-shot (belly-button up or shoulders up)

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Have your model slowly move from their original, starting position.

  • Camera Mode: Shutter Priority (Tv or S on dial)
  • Aperture: will adjust automatically
  • ISO: 800
  • Shutter Speed (target): 10″ or slower (“30)
  • Lens:  AF – Autofocus

Use a tripod & remember, the brighter the environment, the more light that is entering that lens! 

My 1st period students may be the only class that might be able to go outside to get these photos taken because of how dark it is in the AM.

Leave yourself time to edit this before Thursday.  Play with photo filtres, the black & white adjustment layers, exposure, levels, curves, etc.

Monday, 10/22:  Intro to Ghost Portraits

Bring cameras for Tuesday!

Today you will answer the questions on the worksheet, you may use the internet to research answer.

We will begin shooting photos on Tuesday, feel free to take photos at home as well.

Tuesday, 10/16:  Fish Tank Week!

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  • Turn in 5, completely DIFFERENT,  quality “fish tank” photos by Friday, Oct 19.   Each of your 5 photos should look distinctively different – different colors, subjects, etc.
  • While you are not shooting tank photos you need to get 3 photographs outside of the classroom using photo gels (either over the lens or within the path of light.)

This project is open ended,You may use ink, whipping cream, food coloring, dropped items, etc.  NO PAINT.

You are responsible for refilling/cleaning/dumping water for the fish tank as needed, especially if using dyes/whipping cream.
I will take 10 points off of your photography assignment each time I find a student or group of students that did not clean the area after using it.  (This includes any water spills – let keep the floor as dry as possible!)

Lens:  Auto focus (AF)
Dial Mode:  Shutter-Priority Mode (S or Tv)
Shooting Mode: Continuous shooting mode Image result for continuous shooting mode
ISO:  800
Shutter Speed: 1/160– FAST – Any number over 1/200  (I used 1/500)
Exposure Compensation: See me for “exposure compensation”, we may have to trick your camera a little.
Aperture:  LO/Around f4.5 – if in S/Tv mode, it will adjust on it’s own.
**** It will help to dip a marker or ruler into the water to use as a focusing aid before pouring or dropping anything.   Hold your shutter button down halfway to focus the camera using a focusing aid before shooting your photos.

Editing:  Aim to find a way to make your background as clean and dark/black as possible.   Edit/clone out any blemishes or unwanted spots in your 5 photos.
***You can try different editing methods, such as rotating the picture 180 degrees so it looks like the flow is moving upwards or for the mirror and flip images together to create symmetrical works of art.

Due Friday

10/10:  Continue work on this week’s Sketchbook Friday assignment/make-up work!

Make up work due Friday the latest!

10/9:  Grading Day

Take out your sketchbook & sit at your computer.   Today is a “catch-up” day and an opportunity to get ahead on your sketchbook Friday assignment.

I am going to come around with my laptop.  I only have about 1 1/2 minutes with each of you today if I’m going to get all grades in so – please remember, today is not a day for me to help you make up missing work, you’ll need to stay after if you need assistance with assignments.  Also feel free to ask a friend/see my website for help.  Use the directions and resources on this site, they’re helpful!

Open the following assignments (AND any make-up work you need me to put a grade in for) and be ready to quickly show me them so I can enter grades.  You can open your photos in Photoshop or simply a preview.
Remember:  Office 365 has not been our friend this week due to the district network issues & this is not how we will normally enter grades.

Assignments being checked:

  • 3 Paint Drop photographs
  • 3 Fast/3 Slow shutter photographs
  • 1 Pencil Sketch photo substitute assignment
  • & any make up work/sketchbook assignments

AP ONLY Sketchbook Friday:  October 5 

You may print a pair of glasses out and collage photos into the lenses with magazines OR photoshop photos into them and then print it (like my sample).  You can also find your own pair of glasses or use a photo of your own using eyes or glasses!

To print from here: Click on your favorite set of glasses, click “view full size” on the bottom right of your screen & right click the photo to save it onto your computer.  Open it in Photoshop & SCALE TO FIT.  It must take up your whole SB page.

To Photoshop:  Use the Magic Wand Tool to select out the lens areas and click backspace on your keyboard to delete the white selection.  Drag & drop in various images and use a soft eraser on a low opacity to blend the edges together.  Make sure you SCALE TO FIT before you print – it must take up your whole SB page.

Hint:  If your glasses layer is the 1st one, everything will sit perfectly  behind it.

Due fri, oct 12

10/3-10/4:  Paint and Water Drops

Mode Dial: Shutter Priority Mode  (S or TV on dial)
Lens: Autofocus (AF)
ISO: lower than 800 (ISO-400 worked for me) – we will crank up the lighting in the classroom to help with ISO (1600 photos will come out too noisy)
Shutter Speed:  FAST – Any number over 1/200  (I used 1/500)
Exposure Compensation: See me for “exposure compensation”, we will trick the camera a little.
Shooting Mode:  Continuous
Aperture: will adjust on its own.  (Mine was f4.5)

You can put colored construction paper under the plexi-glass to change the background color.

**Plexiglass must be washed when you are done.

Due Friday:  3 best paint-drop photos in Office 365 folder named “Paint Drop”

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10/01:  Turn any photo into a “Pencil Sketch” using Photoshop

Substitute Assignment:  Today you will use any previously taken photo of yours to convert into a “pencil sketch” using Photoshop.  Follow the steps below.

This must be completed and uploaded to Office 365 today – no makeup opportunities.  Anything uploaded after Oct 1 is an automatic 0.


Start with and open a photo in PS that has some decent edge detail.

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Covert the photo to grayscale (Ctrl+Shift+D)

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Duplicate the layer by right clicking on it and choosing Duplicate Layer or press Ctrl +J.

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Invert the layer by going to “Image” menu > “Adjustments” > “Invert.” or (Ctrl+I)

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Change to blend mode to “Linear Dodge” or “Color Dodge” and you should see a perfectly white image (Use Color Dodge for sharper edges)



Go to the “Filter” Menu at the top of Photoshop >Blur>Gaussian Blur
(You could actually use any filter, as long as it creates a difference between the 2 layers)

As you adjust the blur you will get a different result.


Here are some variations using Color Dodge, you will notice that Linear Dodge produces a softer result that Color Dodge. Try different blending Modes for different results.

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Here is the result on a different image


Scroll to the bottom of this link to see how you can make it look like colored pencil

9/25:  Shutter Priority Mode

“Shutter priority refers to a setting on some cameras that allows the user to choose a specific shutter speed while the camera adjusts the aperture to ensure correct exposure.   Shutter priority with longer exposures is chosen to create an
impression of motion.   For example, a waterfall will appear blurred and fuzzy. If the camera is panned with a moving  subject, the background will appear blurred.

When photographing sports or high-speed phenomena, shutter priority with
short exposures can ensure that the motion is effectively frozen in the resulting image.

Shutter priority is often abbreviated as S (with Nikon, Minolta, Konica Minolta, Sony, Olympus, Sigma) or Tv (for “time value” with Canon, Pentax, Leica) on a camera mode dial.”

Shutter Priority on SLR Mode Dials:
S for Nikon
Tv for Canon

Sample shutter speeds:

1/250 of a second to freeze the action of the dancers
1/125 of a second to freeze the action of the musicians

*****Use a tripod


-Set your ISO first, it will likely be in the low 100s because we will be outside.
1. Take 3 photos with a slow shutter speed (like 1″)  and throw an object like water/glitter or a ball  OR pop a balloon of water.
2. Take 3 photos that freeze the action of a moving object or person. (like 1/200)

Edited & due 9/27  Submit as “Shutter Priority”

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9/20:  8 Photos using Aperture Priority Mode

You will take 8 specific photos using ONLY Aperture Priority Mode.  Due in Office 365 in folder named “8 AV Photos” on 9/24, Monday.

Camera Set Up
  • Set camera mode (dial on top) to AV or A,
  • Set your ISO first depending on how bright or dark your lighting is,
  • Set aperture/f-stop to the lowest number it will go (f/1.8-f/5) by scrolling the command dial to the left,
  • Get in SUPER CLOSE to your subject,
  • If your lighting is dark, you may need a tripod or to place your camera on a steady object due to a slow shutter speed.  (This would prevent blurring)
Photo 1 & 2:  Photo with hand/s out stretched holding something in focus with subject behind blurred.  The person must have something in their hands or falling from their hands!
Photo 3 & 4:  Part of a bike, motorcycle, bus, car, atv, or skateboard on (think forms of transportation) focus with the back blurred
Photo 5 & 6:  Half of a persons face close up  in focus with the back blurred.
Do NOT show the whole face, you can cover it or crop it out.
Photo 7 & 8Free choice:  You may pick any subject to photograph as long as the front is in focus with back blurred.

9/19:  Upload “In the Series of…” Photos to Class Google Slide

goo.gl/E35nVZ   << Click here for google slide


Your camera may have several scene settings that can be used in various situations.  Many people call them CHEATER SETTINGS.


Some of the most common ones are:

 PORTRAIT – Uses a wider aperture to produce a shallower depth of field

 LANDSCAPE – Uses a smaller aperture to produce a greater depth of field

SPORT – Uses a faster shutter speed to capture frozen motion

 MACRO – Allows you to focus very close to an object (2-10 inches). Usually this causes a shallow depth of field.

AUTO – Sets everything for you. All you have to do is press the button. However, it may make choices for you that you do not want. Also it may not allow you to change the ISO or white balance.

More advanced digital cameras & DSLRs may have the following options as well:

A or Av- Aperture Priority. This allows you to pick a specific aperture, and the camera will find a shutter speed to use to make a perfectly metered photograph.

S or Tv – Shutter Priority. This allows you to pick a specific shutter speed, and the camera will find an aperture to use to make a perfectly metered photograph.

M – Manual. This setting allows you to choose both the shutter speed and the aperture. The camera should have a meter that you can view to make sure that you are producing a perfectly metered photograph.

Tuesday:    You have one day to do this!  Shoot your photos, transfer them to your computer, and upload all 4 to Office 365 in a folder called, “Aperture”.  DUE @ END OF CLASS.

Line up 4 different objects and practice using aperture priority (A or Av on the dial) mode to work on getting:

  • only the front object in focus,
  • only the first two closest objects focus,
  • the first three closest objects in focus,
  • all objects in focus,



9/10:  “In-the-style-of”

Due Monday:   Research a photographer whose artistic style you admire and answer the following questions in full sentences on a sheet of paper:    (each question is worth 20 pts.)

  1.  What common themes or characteristics do you see in their photographs?
  2. What tools or subjects/objects do you think they need to achieve their photography?
  3. What level of editing, if any, do they need to finish each photo?
  4. How could you recreate their style, here in Lakeland or in school?
  5. Why did you chose this photographer?

Tuesday-Friday:  You will work to recreate a 5-photo series in the style of your chosen photographer.  Each of the 5 photos must be different.  (i.e.  Clyde Butcher is my chosen artists – I photographed 5 different lakes in black & white – YOU CANNOT USE THIS ARTIST!)

This 200-point project is due in Office 365 at the end of class Friday.   Upload it in a folder named “Artist Series”.  Each photo will be worth 40 points.  You will be graded on class time used/being on-task each day, accuracy of artist style, and quality of the photograph.

9/4: Illusions!


Tampa Bay Lightning Art Show

8/28-8/31:  Breadth Project Planning & First Semester Overview

AP Tips/Breadth & First Semester Info


Camera Simulator

AP Summer Assignment due date extended to Wednesday August 22nd

All summer camera rentals are due Wednesday as well.  For each day you turn a camera in late, you will get a strike.  3 strikes will result in loss of after-school camera renting privileges for that school year.

June 1, 2018

AP Summer Assignment


Coming soon – AP Summer Assignment 18-19 School Year

Hello & welcome incoming AP Students!  Check back on June 2nd for your AP Summer Assignment.

See me ASAP to check out a camera for the summer!  You should be using a DSLR for these photos, no iPhones PLEASE!!

Make sure you sign up for Remind101 ASAP.  See below for the letter.

AP Student Letter



Our AP Final/Portfolio Packing:  May 11th @7:30AM, don’t be late!
As you pack your portfolio folder with your 5 printed quality pieces, I will check to see that your online portfolio is complete and forwarded to me – then you will be forever free from AP 2-D!
If you have printing to finish, commentary to write, or photos to upload, you will have to stay until it is 100% complete.  If you miss the “exam”, you must pay back the school for the exam cost and there is a high potential that you will not pass the 2nd semester.  If you need to complete your portfolio packing ahead of time, let me know and we can arrange it.  There is no make-up exam date after 5/11.

YOU MUST “FORWARD” YOUR ONLINE PORTFOLIO TO ME.  PLEASE DO IT BEFORE 5/11.  I need time to go through and make sure you’re not missing anything.  The teacher & school codes are on our previous set-up handout below.

Breadth section recheck: all 12 photos due online by 5/8.  If you are missing photos, you get a zero.

Concentration section recheck: all 12 photos due online by 5/9  If your work is not in, you get a zero.

Quality pieces: All 5 pieces printed by 5/10 – COME IN ANY TIME THIS WEEK TO PRINT!!  Get it done!


MAKE SURE RESOLUTION IS 300 WHEN PRINTING!  Change paper size & type of media as needed depending on the paper you are using.  If you dont know – ASK! 🙂

Tips for your uploaded photos

Begin and end each section with your strongest pieces.

Make sure all pieces are different from one another – ESPECIALLY photos that you uploaded next to each other.

For the Concentration Section: Show GROWTH.  Show gradual improvement and show progress from piece to piece.

AP Digital Submission Website






Whole Portfolio Critique

AP Portfolio Template

Download & fill in the template for our Whole Portfolio Critique on Mar 21, 22, and 23.  This is your opportunity to show us any photos that you may have turned in late/replaced.

March 19 & 20 are work days for setting up our PowerPoints and fine tuning any photos.


Feb 12 – Congressional Voting

View the entire slideshow – then go back through and chose 25 of your favorite photographs.

List the numbers on your voting handout & turn it in before you leave.  I will be checking for completion of this handout, if it is not complete or turned in, you will get a zero.

Some changes to our schedule

Thursday, February 1st’s critique will include Concentration 5 & Breadth 6

Thursday, February 8th’s critique will include Concentration 6 & Breadth 7, 8, 9

Wednesday, Dec. 21

A day at the park!

Below are some wonderful shots from our walking trip to the local park.  Great job, kids!  Student faces are blanked out for anonymity

Tentative Day-to-Day AP Schedule for 2017-18

Wednesday, Dec. 6

Complete the handout/planning guide on your Concentration Topic, these will be due on Thursday and will help significantly with Friday’s AP List Sketchbook assignment.

Let’s get these concepts figured out early on so we can use our winter break to snap some helpful photos!

Wednesday, Nov. 29

Potential Transcendence Photos Slideshow:

Choose TEN photos that you like best and turn your handout into the substitute for voting.

CLICK HERE FOR PPT: Transcendence

Thanksgiving Break

Concentration Topics

As you all begin to consider your concentration topic and fine-tune your ideas, I want to get you thinking about how to relate a whole body of work, even with the most vague topics/themes.

See these examples below of different Life Framer photography topics that may be of use for inspiration towards your concentrations.  Also consider looking into this specific website and their opportunities for photo competitions!

Colors: https://www.life-framer.com/colours/
A World of Cultures: https://www.life-framer.com/world-of-culture-2/
Youthhood: https://www.life-framer.com/youthhood/

Monday, November 6

“My Best” Assignment

It’s time to see what each of you really has to offer for your AP portfolio!  Download and use the powerpoint template below and insert 2 of your BEST photograph examples in each of the categories listed in the Powerpoint.

Use work from either this year or previous years of photography – as long as it is your BEST!

AP&amp;CP3 BEST Works

Tuesday, October 31st

Setting up our photos for printing!

Today you will choose ONE photo to use for printing on the water color paper that you painted yesterday.  Following the directions below to successfully prepare your photo for printing!

  1.  Image Size/Crop:  Chose the crop tool & change the dimensions up top to “8×8” (for square) or “8×10” (for rectangle)
  2. Threshold: Image>Adjustments>Threshold, move the slider bar around to preserve some of the details in your photo.  The more white you have, the more watercolor that will show through!
  3. Use the brush tool to touch up any areas that might have extra pixels.
  4. Save as .PSD & save to your computer folder – NOT ONEDRIVE

Friday, October 27th

Sketchbook Friday!   Ghost_Emoji_large

Students will be making a SPOOKY design in their sketchbooks, making sure to fill the WHOLE page!  See below for a sample:


Wednesday, October 25th

AP Portfolio Planning Sheets

Students will fill out a graphic organizer to help them lead a discussion on Thursday about their concentration concepts & their progress on their portfolios.

Click here for new college board concentration samples

Click here and go to “SAMPLE PORTFOLIOS”

Tuesday, October 24th

Click here for sample AP Photo portfolios!

Friday, October 20th

SKETCHBOOK FRIDAY:  Using tape, section off a page in your sketchbook to make a creative design.  Fill the untaped areas in with color, pattern, or any other design.


Make sure your assignment is done in color and fills the entire page!

This will be due next Friday – Don’t forget, I will be checking your previous sketchbook assignment when I return from my conference on Monday.

Thursday, October 19th

Students will chose their best 5 “one focused object” photos from yesterday and “quick edit” them.  (Adjust curves, levels, saturation – any adjustments you think the photo needs.)

These should be uploaded into OneDrive as “Photo Assignment 7” by the end of class and it will be graded this weekend!

Wednesday, October 18th

Students will creatively shoot 10 photos showing emphasis and focus on ONE, clear subject or object.  This subject should stand out from it’s background.  Practice switching between manual and auto focus and try to see the difference in those two options.

Upload and import these to your computers before you leave!

Tuesday, October 17th

Auto-focus VS. Manual-focus Worksheet & Discussion

Click here for today’s reading

Thursday, October 5th

Of the 5 “oil/water” photos you took yesterday, choose your best 3 and edit them!  Upload these a new “Assignment 6” folder to your Photo Folder in OneDrive by the end of class today.

If you get completed early, work on your sketchbook assignments; they’re due tomorrow!

Tuesday, October 3rd

Bring your cameras tomorrow if you have one – Wednesday is a photo-taking day!


You will be shooting at least 5 photos in class using abstracted designs made by oil & water, light and colored paper.

Friday, September 29th, 2017

Sketchbook covers due at the end of class today!

New Sketchbook Friday Assignment: In the very first paper page of your sketchbook, fill the entire page, in color, with your name in some creative way.

This is due at the end of class on Friday, October 6th!

Sketchbooks will be graded out of 15 points every week:
5pts: Directions & assignment criteria followed
5pts: Creativity & craftsmanship
5pts: Neatness & completeness

Monday, September 26th, 2017

“America in 2017” Photos
– 2 photos required for OneDrive – to be graded, (Due Tuesday, Oct. 3)
– Optional to submit to the NYC art show, (Deadline is Fri, Oct. 6 @ Midnight)

Each photo you turn in for a grade and/or to the art show must be edited in the following way in order for it to print accurately:

Color Mode:
>Image>Mode>RGB Color OR Grayscale
Bit Depth:
>Image > Mode > 8 Bits/Channel.
Color Space:
>Edit>Color Settings>RGB>”Adobe RGB 1998”
Image/Document Dimensions:
>Image>Image Size>
Longest Side Minimum: 11 inches
Longest Side Maximum: 32 inches
>Change Resolution to 300 pixels/inch
Saving the File:
>File>Save As> File Name: “Last name_First Name_01”
Example: Dietz_Amber_01
>Change Image Format >JPEG or TIFF

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

SKETCHBOOK FRIDAY: Sketchbook Covers

Design both the front and back of your sketchbooks; you only get one sketchbook, no re-dos or losing yours.  These were purchased using your lab fees.
If you were absent, come see me for examples of ways to design yours.

This is due at the end of class Friday, September 29th.

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Editing your photos with a “Grunge” effect

You will edit your best 3 “unphotogenic” images with the steps below after you watch my in-class demonstration.   The final, edited piece will be graded out of 7 points according to whether or not you followed each of the 7 steps.

This is due by the end of class on Friday, September 22nd BUT our last day to work on it as a class will be Thursday, September 21st because we will be beginning our sketchbooks on Friday.



  1. Levels
  2. Curves
  3. Duplicate Photo Layer
  4. Layers> New Adjustment layer> Black & White Filter
  5. High Pass Filter
    1. Set blending mode from “normal” to “soft light”
  6. Burn Tool
  7. Lower the photo saturation IF NEEDED, otherwise check the overall quality of your photograph


Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

“Photographing Unphotogenic Subjects”

Think of 3 items inside and 3 items outside of the classroom to photograph that may be considered unattractive or unpleasant.  We will use and edit your best 3 photos next class.  No pictures of people/portraits!

Do not turn into OneDrive yet, only upload to your computer so we can use them for editing.

Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

How to fill text in with photographs rather than color:

https://youtu.be/LNFxUyfs0v8  (Link is blocked by school computers – for home or personal device use if needed)

Due end of class September 6th, 2017.

Tuesday, August 29th, 2017

HDR Merged Photographs

Follow the link below to read about HDR Photography.

With a partner (there may only be 1 group of three if everyone is here today) create and draw an artistic step-by-step guide to remember how to merge over-exposed & under-exposed photos to create the perfect HDR photograph.


Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017

Check your student portal grades, students!
I put some grades in last night and quite a bit of work was missing.  If you make up a OneDrive assignment you MUST write it down on our “Late Work” clipboard in class – verbally telling me does not count and it will not be graded unless it’s written on that clipboard.


Choose one of the photographers below (unless approved by me) and create a Prezi or Power point presentation with 12 slides.  This assignment will count for a total of 200 pts.

MUST Include:

  • 1 slide with biographical information (50 words, 30 pts.),
  • 1 slide explaining the time period/artistic era that their work was known for (50 words, 30 pts.),
  • 1 slide with artistic influences of your chosen photographer (50 words, 25 pts.),
  • 1 slide evaluating/critiquing his or her work (50 words, 25 pts.),
  • 2 slides featuring examples of the artist’s oeuvre (work) with title and date of all photos (25 pts.)
  • 1 slide explaining & displaying their most significant work (50 words, 25 pts.),
  • 12 photos must be included throughout the presentation, 15 pts.)
  • Overall neatness, organization, and effort put into the PowerPoint (15 pts.)
  • Spelling, grammar (10 pts.)


Bruce Weber
Lee Friedlander
Berenice Abbott
Jerry Uelsmann
Man Ray
Robert Mapplethorpe
William Christenberry
Albert Maysles
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Sophie Calle
Diane Arbus
Margaret Bourke-White
Anne Geddes
Roni Horn
Dorothea Lange
Annie Leibovitz
Sylvia Plachy
Leni Riefenstahl
Cindy Sherman
Ansel Adams
Alfred Stieglitz
Bill Brandt
Chris Jordan
Clark Little
Edward Steichen
Andreas Gursky
Dmitry Medvedev
Richard Prince
Richard Avedon
Mario Testino
Nigel Barker
Edward Weston
Matthew Brady
Timothy Greenfield Sanders

When complete, save the PowerPoint or Prezi as Typed assignment 1 and upload into your Typed Assignment Folder.  We may or may not present these!
This is due on Monday,  August 28th!

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017


Today you will be going on the computers and choosing a tutorial to utilize for our first “free-choice” project.  Chose something professional, aesthetically pleasing, and stay away from text or the “fun” tutorials AKA ones that might take any detail out of your photos.  Some tutorials might give you photos to use – Please use only your own.

Get to work right away, utilize your previous photos for this assignment.  It will be due at the end of class on Friday!

Sample Tutorials:




Due tomorrow: Camera Handling Agreements
Camera Contract Link: Camera Contract

Due Thursday: Camera/Equipment Rentals, Portfolio Samples,

Due Friday: Assignment 1

Due this week: Signed syllabus, first-day questionnaire,

Monday, August 14th, 2017

Group Discussion:

Today we had an informal round-table discussion about what types of projects the group would like to do and addressed any questions/concerns/etc.  We talked about the previous summer assignment and the summer equipment rentals.

We came up with the idea to have a portfolio day on Thursday so that I may get to better know each AP Student and give them feedback on their current work.  This portfolio day will also give our CP3 students a chance to see high-quality work from our AP students!

Due this week: Signed syllabus, first-day questionnaire handout,

Due Thursday: Rental Cameras/Equipment and any work you want in your mini classroom “Gallery Showing” during Thursday’s class,

Friday, August 11th, 2017

Creating our OneDrive Folders:

See “home” page for info on today!  A bit of a change since last year but it will preserve our printing resources and ease the students’ “turn-in” process for work.

Thursday, August 10th, 2017

Getting to know the students:

Today we completed a “First-Day of School Questionnaire” and discussed many of the class expectations.  This allowed myself to understand each students’ knowledge about their current photography ability and their interests while they learned how I expect them to behave in my classroom.

It was a wonderful day and I am looking forward to getting to know each one of you more and more each day.  This week we will be looking at OneDrive (how we will be submitting photos for grading) and assigning computer numbers/seats.  Hope you all are resting up!

DUE THIS WEEK:  Summer Assignment due Monday (just the photo portion), Signed Syllabus, & Completed First-Day of School Questionnaire

Link to the Questionnaire: First Day Worksheet

Link to Syllabus: Syllabus

Link to Mrs. Smith’s Summer Assignment: AP Summer Assignment

Monday, August 7th, 2017


About this course:

The AP Studio Art Program consists of three portfolio exams—2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing—corresponding to the college foundation courses. Portfolios allow flexibility of coursework while guiding students to produce college-level quality, artistic investigation, and breadth of work.

The 2-D Design portfolio addresses two-dimensional design issues and involves decision making about how to use the elements and principles of art in an integrative way. Students’ portfolios demonstrate skills and ideas developed, refined, and applied throughout the course to produce visual compositions.

Students may choose to submit any or all of the portfolios. Portfolios are evaluated based on standardized scoring descriptors aligned with skills and understanding developed in college foundation courses.

AP Studio Art students work with diverse media, styles, subjects, and content.  Each of the three portfolios consists of three sections:
• The Range of Approaches (Breadth) section illustrates a range of ideas and approaches to art making.
• The Sustained Investigation (Concentration) section shows sustained, deep, and multi-perspective investigation of a student-selected topic.
• The Selected Works (Quality) section represents the student’s most successful works with respect to form and content.