Teacher Programs: Art History

Session 1

June 24-27, 2019

Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Note: Residence hall check-in occurs Sunday, from 12:00 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Check-out occurs Friday at 10:00 a.m. For those traveling from out-of-town, please schedule return travel on Friday morning rather than Thursday evening. Your housing fee includes staying until Friday morning.

Program Fee: $1,320—Includes one graduate credit, all AP* course materials, and some meals.

Housing Fee: $455—Rooms are available in SAIC's 162 North State Street Residence Hall.

In the AP* Summer Institute in Art History at SAIC, we explore proven and new teaching strategies designed to enrich the visual lives of your students and provide them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the course, on the AP* exam, and beyond.

This AP* Summer Institute mines the cultural and architectural riches of Chicago in a workshop addressing the needs and concerns of all AP* Art History teachers, both beginning and experienced. We will analyze and practice the pedagogical techniques that make art history come alive for our students as they master the content and skills necessary for success in AP* Art History. We will familiarize ourselves with the Big Ideas, Essential Questions, and Learning Objectives in the new curriculum, and we will discover how to help our students demonstrate convincing evidence of what they learn by discussing and writing about art with intelligence and sophistication. We will look carefully and deeply at the list of 250 required works, learn more about works with which we are unfamiliar, discuss the most time-efficient and effective ways to research unfamiliar works, examine resources outside standard textbooks, and study strategies for helping students do effective independent research. We will enhance our own knowledge of the global cultures represented in the course as we investigate course-related artworks in the Art Institute of Chicago and the Field Museum. We will explore various models for organizing the course while addressing the course audit and sample syllabi. All week long, we will study models of effective, innovative teaching and seize every opportunity to explore and share best practices, enrichment activities, and actual teaching materials.

Program highlights

  • Access to the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago and its encyclopedic collection of classical, modern, and contemporary art.
  • On-site viewing and discussion of original works of art usually seen only on classroom screens and in textbooks.
  • Opportunities for sharing teaching strategies with peers from across the country in SAIC's classrooms and the Art Institute's galleries.
  • Access to Chicago's acclaimed architecture, monuments, public artworks, and vibrant cultural landscape.
  • Accommodations in SAIC's residence hall in the heart of downtown Chicago, just steps away from the historic lakefront and the celebrated Millennium Park.


Art History Consultant Faculty

Marsha Russell

Marsha Russell has been teaching AP* Art History and sophomore Humanities at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, Texas, for the past eighteen years, following ten years at Austin’s A. S. Johnston High School. She founded the AP* Art History program at both schools and was the first to teach the course in the Austin metropolitan area. She has served as a College Board consultant, conducting teacher training events across the nation since 2002, and she has been an AP* Art History examination Reader, Table Leader, and/or Question Leader since 2003. In 2009, she was one of four high school faculty representatives to the College Board colloquium for college art history professors, and her address to the group, “AP Art History: The Keystone of the High School Curriculum,” is published on the College Board course webpage. She has served as a consultant for Prentice-Hall, the Florida Virtual School, AP* Strategies, and ArtStor, and she wrote a Course Planning and Pacing Guide for the AP* Art History course that was launched in 2015. She has been named Tracor Teacher-Scholar and received grants from The Texas Council on the Humanities and the Austin Area Junior League to integrate art history into the world history curriculum. Additional grant support has enabled her to do AP* Art History course-related study travel in India, Cambodia, Indonesia, China, Japan, and Mexico. Russell received her degrees from Southwestern University and the University of Texas at Austin.

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