Re: Any AP Art teachers?
I was hit with AP art my first year at my current school. It is a hard curriculum, 12 concentration pieces, 12 breadth and 5 actual pieces. I remember when I was applying for art scholarships I did 30 some pieces my senior year (I am a busy bee, my students laugh that I do about 6 things at once all the time, it justifies my coffee addiction). I teach at a rural school where I do pk-12, have Art I-VI in one period, and also whatever history class is needed.
My first year it was three students who I did not pick the previous teacher did, and two of the three did absolutely nothing. Trust me I was bi-weekly throwing a fit in the office that they are consider AP and do nothing, because the rest of the class was arguing the same with me. Come slide taking time, it was a last minute rush to finish things. 3/4 of one students was stuff done over the last three years because she took an insanely long time to finish anything, she completed 6 pieces that school year. Her mother and I did not have nice conferences about her work ethic and truthfully like I predicted she has had a hard time in community college art because she is too slow. It still frustrates me.
This year I grilled for two weeks into the 2 AP students, one who shouldn't have been placed in it to begin with, the deadlines the amounts. The digital images opposed to slides will save of the week they had to be mailed off and returned. The student I agreed to take it is on her last piece, 4 from last year where included she just liked them -honestly she could have done some this year instead with time. The other student I've seen like 6. But he is a turkey.
I stress quality in a timely manner, truthful the digital age has created an giant adversary for artist. I tell them most photo software can produce similar artist effects. And as an artist you have to compete with that. It can't take 9 weeks to do a 8*10 painting (1st year girl did that). I do lead by example, I do my pieces within 3-4 class periods, along with hallway duty, attendance, assignment instruction and grading. I have sat down and done actually had a "who can do it better, faster contest" with certain students. I was raised in a military home I enforce deadlines and I hate laziness in my classroom.