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AP Studio Art might be the weird and artsy outcast of the AP family, but don't underestimate the power of the only AP exam that isn't actually a test. If you spend your free time designing 3-D installations that represent your feelings about first period, weaving tapestries that depict the life and times of President Andrew Jackson, or sketching charcoal studies of sports stars holding watermelons, check out our guide to kicking butt on your AP Studio Art portfolio.

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Specifically designed for mastering the AP Studio Art exam. Learn all the rules and requirements of portfolio submission, the difference between being Pollock and the guy who made that thing one time that looks like something Pollock might have thrown away (but only if you squint), and more elements and principles of design than you can shake a stick at. Bonus section: What to do when you're suffering from a crippling case of Blank Canvas Syndrome. No, the answer is not "taking one of those showers where you sit in the corner with your clothes on.


Who doesn't like to check/cross/lick things off a list when you're done with them? Nobody, that's who. (Except maybe that last one.) Keep track of your portfolio progress with our printable checklists.

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  • 2-D Design and Drawing Portfolios

  • 3-D Design Portfolio

  • Elements and Principles of Design

  • Line

  • Shape

  • Form

  • Color

  • Value

  • Texture

  • Balance

  • Emphasis

  • Rhythm

  • Scale and Proportion

  • Unity

  • And a lot more!

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