Teacher Programs: Art and Design Online

Colorful installation with broken stones, plastic, and bolder in a landscape. Work by Laura Steffen.

Laura Steffen, 2020

APSI Art and Design will be offered online in 2021.


Session 1

July 12-16, 2021​
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CT
Registration deadline: June 16

Session 2

July 19-23, 2021
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CT
Registration deadline: June 23

Session 3

August 2-6, 2021​
Monday–Friday, 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. CT
Registration deadline: July 7

Program Fee: $1,320—Includes one graduate credit and all AP course materials. (Please note: the College Board cannot ship AP materials internationally.)

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* Art and Design 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

  • Workshops are led by a current AP* Art and Design teacher who was on the AP* Art and Design Development Committee during development of the 2019-2020 updated portfolio requirements and rubrics. The consultant is joined by an SAIC faculty member with over 24 years experience teaching in post-secondary education, who has held leadership positions associated with the AP* Art and Design program for several years. 
  • Access to resources from the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago and its encyclopedic collection of classical, modern, and contemporary art.
  • Presentations by visiting artists and arts educators investigating the latest concepts and trends in art and design education, including SAIC's Director, Academic Program Review & Assessment, the former Chief Reader of the AP* Art and Design exam.
  • Individual and collaborative studio activities that focus on building meaningful relationships with ideas, materials, and environments.

Sample Course Schedule

Each session will meet Monday through Friday in a mix of synchronous and asynchronous learning that meets the 30 hour requirement for course completion. Instructors will lead two sessions of synchronous learning daily - a two-hour morning session and a two-hour evening session. This will be combined with asynchronous learning activities that relate to that day’s instruction. Attendees should expect to spend up to 20 hours on asynchronous learning during the week. Instructors will be available in between synchronous learning sessions to offer student support.

SCHEDULE: Monday – Friday

9:00am-11:00am CT  2 hours
Synchronous Instruction with Full Group and Small Breakout Groups

11:am-3:00pm CT 3 hours
Asynchronous instruction, consisting of short studio activities that relate to and interact with the synchronous instruction that day.

3:00pm-5:00pm CT 2 hours
Synchronous Instruction with Full Group and Small Breakout Groups

Art and Design Consultant Faculty


M. Colleen Harrigan

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

Colleen is 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 own studio practice.

Michael x. Ryan

Michael x. Ryan is a visual artist and educator that has taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) for the last 24 years. As a faculty member in Arts Administration + Policy and the department of Contemporary Practices, Ryan has developed many undergraduate and foundations courses over the years. As an administrator and faculty member at SAIC, the meeting of different generations of artists/designers is a daily inspiration to the studio. Ryan has worked with the AP* Studio Art program for over 20 years, is currently a Question Leader at the AP* Studio Art Portfolio Reading, and for five years was Co-Chair of the College Board AP Studio Art Development Committee.

In his studio practice, Ryan attempts to record the fleeting residue of the human presence by realizing the interconnectedness of bodies and places while magnifying the minutia of a life lived. Ryan’s work has been exhibited widely in the United States. His work has been acquired by a number of collections, such as The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Everson Museum in Syracuse, NY, along with many others.

Guest Speaker


Paul Jeanes

Paul Jeanes is an artist and educator who lives and works in Chicago, IL. He formerly served as the Chief Reader of the AP Studio Art program and as the Director of Academic Program Review and Assessment in the Office of the Provost at SAIC. Before joining SAIC, Paul was on the Faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art where he taught in the First Year Experience, the Low-Residency MFA Program and in the Painting Department for 12 years. With interests in curricular and assessment design, Paul has recently made significant contributions to the redesign of the First Year Experience Program at MICA and to the curricular and assessment updates in the newly articulated AP Studio Art and Design portfolio exam.

Paul earned his BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Carolina Asheville and his MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting, where he studied with the late abstract expressionist artist, Grace Hartigan. His current art practice consists of painting, photographs and models that focus on notations of space and the enigmatic play of color and light. His work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions along the East Coast of the United States.

I was able to connect with the instructors and my peers, we were engaged in different ways of sharing thoughts and ideas and there was enough time to relax between activities, lunch, research and making art. It was a great investment in terms of time and value.
-APSI Art and Design participant, 2020


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