Summer Assignments for AP Studio Art –3D Design                Klenow

Helpful hints:

1. Draw directly from life -instead of using reference photos, whenever possible. If you must use a photo, take your own or use a photo from the public domain. Attach the photo to the back of the work. The AP Readers (Judges), as well as art schools love to see a drawing made from life.

2. Use quality materials for your art. Good materials make it easier to create good work.

3.  Use a sketchbook to plan your artwork. Make several thumbnails

4. Use a variety of media, even combining them for mixed media.

5. Apply the elements and principles of design to all of your artwork

6. Visit the AP Central website for the portfolio are submitting  often to see sample portfolios and to become familiar with requirements.

Choose 3 from the list, although completing more pieces than required will only put you that much further ahead school starts.

These pieces will be due at the end of the first week of school.

  1. Using either Popsicle® sticks, wooden matches, toothpicks, dowel rods, mat board cardboard, or any combination of the above, create an architectural model for a house (domestic architecture), a city skyscraper, or a museum of modern art to be built in the year 2075. (This should be the exterior structure, not an interior cut-away.) You may want to reference the work of Frank Gehry, Robert Venturi, Frank Lloyd Wright, or Philip Johnson.


  1. * Take an everyday object such as paper clips, straws, plastic spoons, rulers, pencils, etc. create an extraordinary shape that shows movement or rhythm.  You will need to purchase a hot glue gun.


Pencils                                                 spoons

  1. * Using Sculpty® of different colors, fashion full-figure or high relief caricatures of your family.


  1. * From a block of plaster, fashion a handheld organic sculpture that is inviting to the touch. Tools necessary to manipulate these materials include a rasp (a very rough file),, a variety of sandpaper grits, and fine steel wool to finish it off. You might look at the work of Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, or Isami Nagouchi. Google instructions for how to mix plaster of paris. Seal it when you are done (varnish, modge podge, paint it, etc.)

 by Henry Moore

  1.  * Create a three dimensional sculpture from found objects. You may choose to look at the work of Pablo Picasso, Julio Gonzales, Richard Chamberlain, or Robert Rauschenberg.  Get friendly with that hot glue gun again.


  1. * SMALL to BIG-Select a subject for your composition that is normally quite small, such as a paper clip, nail clipper, wrist watch, corkscrew, electrical or mechanical parts, bugs or other small creatures, etc. recreate the subject on a giant scale: Make a soft sculpture by cutting fabrics and flexible materials, which are then sewn, stuffed, stitched, and decorated; or create a large rigid structure by using cardboard and tape.


Claus Oldendburg

  1. * Find an interesting object from the garage, attic, flea market, auction, or secondhand store. Transform the object by covering its entire surface with textural materials: mosaic, pebbles, glass, mirrors, feathers, flocking, yarn, paper, sand, photos, rope, coins, marble or granite chips, smaller objects, etc. Do this by using white glue: Spread glue on the surface, then sprinkle fine-particled materials such as sand, marbledust, or sawdust on it. (Use tile cement to attach heavier materials.)

 penny covered fish

  1. * Using paper materials only (this can include colored paper, cardboard, etc.), build a 3D sculpture (in the round) demonstrating strength and motion. This work should be well crafted and complete from all angles viewed.

 Jenn Stark

  1. . * Create a vessel out of sticks and twigs, emphasis on the texture, make it in the round, look at North Carolina artist Patrick Doherty ( and Andy Goldsworthy’s work for inspiration.