Session 1

July 16-20, 2018
Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Note: Check in is Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Check out is Saturday by 10:00 a.m.

Session 2

July 23-27, 2018
Monday–Thursday, 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Note: Check in is Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. Check out is Saturday by 10:00 a.m.


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

Housing Fee: TBD—Rooms are available in SAIC’s 162 North 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 educators and skillful consultants facilitate 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.

Studio Art Consultant Faculty

M. Colleen Harrigan

M. Colleen Harrigan is an artist and teacher at Clarkstown South High School in West Nyack, New York. Harrigan is also the Co–Chair of the College Board AP Studio Art Development Committee, a College Board Consultant, and one of the authors of the College Board "Vertical Team Guide in Studio Art". 

Colleen has been involved in many aspects of teaching and learning, from guiding students in the classroom to professional development with teachers. She has studied internationally and received fellowships to Italy and Japan. These opportunities have enabled her to meet and work with many talented individuals, and have informed her studio practice.

Michael x. Ryan

Michael x. Ryan is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Arts Administration and Policy and Contemporary Practices at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He is an AP Studio Art Portfolio Review Exam Leader, and has been involved with the Advanced Placement Studio Art Program for nine years. His creative practice in centered on drawing, mapping, and wood relief forms which have been exhibited widely in the United States and acquired by a number of collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the MacArthur Foundation in Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago (artists' book collection), American Medical Association, JP Morgan Chase, and the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY.


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