This course is an advanced elective art course to build a firm foundation in the Visual Arts, through intensive study, following the AP guidelines. Emphasis is on mastery of those skills to complete an art portfolio; materials will be discussed and projects will be designed by student and teacher following AP Breadth guidelines. Students must demonstrate the ability to work independently and be self-directed; students will also explore the design principles in-depth, creative expression, originality, craftsmanship, aesthetic perception, art heritage, criticism, assessment and aesthetics.