Advanced Placement* Summer Institutes (APSI) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) are offered to high school teachers from around the country in the subject areas of Art History and Studio Art. Designed for any level AP* teacher, participants earn one graduate credit from SAIC after receiving 30 hours of AP* Summer Institute instruction.

AP* Art History

Session 1: June 22–25, 2015, Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. 

Application Deadline: Friday, June 5, 2015

Session 2: June 29–July 2, 2015, Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.– 5:00 p.m. 

Application Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015

Program Fee: $1,150—Includes one graduate credit, all AP course materials, and some meals. Meals include one dinner, four continental breakfasts, and four lunches. 

Housing Fee: $395– Rooms are available in SAIC’s 162 N. State Street Residence Hall.

SAIC's AP* Summer Institute in Art History offers high school teachers the exciting opportunity to explore new pedagogical approaches and proven teaching strategies to effectively provide students with the knowledge and analytical skills needed to succeed on the AP* Art History exam and beyond. 

This AP* Summer Institute, designed to address the needs and concerns of both beginning and experienced AP teachers, focuses on jump-starting participants’ preparations for the new AP* Art History curriculum that will commence in the fall of 2015. We will analyze and practice the pedagogical techniques that make art history come alive for our students as they master the knowledge and skills necessary for success on the revised AP* Art History examination. 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, begin learning 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 explore various models for organizing the course, and participants will begin creating their own syllabi for the new course. All week long, we will study models of effective, innovative teaching, seize every opportunity to explore and share best practices, enrichment activities, and actual teaching materials. 

Of special note: Intensive preparation will be included for the newly redesigned AP* Art History course. Experienced teacher and highly regarded institute presenter Marsha Russell will facilitate the AP* Art History Summer Institutes.

Program highlights include:

AP* Studio Art

Session 1: July 20–24, 2015, Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Application Deadline: Monday, July 6, 2015

Session 2: July 27–31, 2015, Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Program Fee: $1,150—Includes one graduate credit, all AP course materials, and some meals. Meals include one dinner, four continental breakfasts, and four lunches. 

Housing Fee: $395– Rooms are available in SAIC’s 162 N. State Street Residence Hall.

Our AP* Summer Institutes go beyond professional development to provide a unique combination of seminar sessions and hands-on collaborative studio activities that revitalize teachers and focus on the importance of contemporary art practice in the high school art room. More than simply explaining the AP* Studio Art program requirements and portfolio scoring methods, experienced arts educator and skillful consultant Barry Lucy facilitates meaningful opportunities for peer dialogue, discussion of new media affects on AP*, up-to-date information on digital upload, and inspiration for developing curricula specific to the three portfolios: drawing, 2D design, and 3D design.

Program highlights include:

Participants should be prepared to share their innovative approaches with other workshop members. While some art supplies are provided, participants are encouraged to bring their laptops, sketchbooks, and other favorite art supplies.

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