:: 2013 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

AP Art History in Costa Rica
Institute Code AP13002
This institute has been canceled.

This institute will take place over four days of classroom instruction at the Museo de los Ninos, plus two optional days of touring.

This summer institute is designed for both first year and experienced AP Art History teachers. The institute will encourage active participation by discussing works of art.

Participants are therefore strongly encouraged to read one of the major art history textbooks BEFORE attending so that they can receive maximum benefit from the institute.

If participants are able to do this, then as a group, we can concentrate more on pedagogical issues (i.e. teaching strategies) than we do reviewing content. Participants may wish to bring an external hard drive or flash drive (of at least 8G or more) for file sharing.

Lead Consultant: Douglas Darracott

Douglas Darracott is the author of the current teacher’s guide for AP Art History located on the AP College Board website. He has also served as a member on the test development committee and as a question leader for the AP Art History exam reading. He received an MFA from the University of North Texas in 1992 and since 1998, has taught studio art and art history on the high school level. He currently teaches at Plano West High School in Plano, Texas.

Additional Information about UT Fine Arts AP Summer Institutes in Costa Rica:

UT APSI Institutes in Costa Rica include the option to stay in a “HomeStay” as well as two different days of nature tours and activities (more information below).

Lunch is included for the four classroom days. Some supplies will be provided and participants will receive lists of recommended items to bring from home. All are encouraged to bring a camera, binoculars, a collapsible umbrella and other rain gear.

Institute participants are responsible for their flights to Costa Rica, cost of both air and ground transportation are not included in the registration fee. Participants should be in San Jose by Sunday, July 14, 2013. Taxis are available from the airport. Buses and walking are the primary modes of ground transportation in San Jose.

San Jose lies in a tropical savanna and is very pleasant in the summer. July temperatures average daily highs of 80°F with nightly lows of 68°F. Cloud cover is predominant in July with steady, light breezes (6 – 15 mph) and 72% chance of a light rain sometime everyday.

Hotels or “Home Stay”? We offer a most affordable housing and meals option: Immersion into local culture and cuisine with a “HOME STAY”. Pairs of art teachers will reside for six days/seven nights in private homes in a neighborhood near the University of Costa Rica. These “Tico” families are experienced hosts. Each art teacher will have a private room and the pair will share a bath. Breakfast and dinner in the home are included.

For those preferring a hotel, we suggest the
Holiday Inn downtown.

Wednesday, July 17 is set aside for nature field trips. Institute participants may choose to book their own tour via the dozens available on the internet or pre-pay to join our AP* group for a bus tour.

Our Wednesday option is a visit to the Colinas de Poas. Teachers may choose to explore the Canopy, lake canoeing, hike nature trails (drawing & watercolor), and for the bold and fit: suspension bridges and ziplines (optional). Lunch is included.

On Saturday, July 20 teachers may join us for a second pre-paid bus tour. On this excursion we will have breakfast at a coffee plantation and then visit the Poas Volcano. At La Paz Gardens & Waterfall Park we’ll enjoy buffet lunch and explore the tropical animal zoo, butterfly gardens, and for those willing to do several hundred stairs, go down near the river to view the wonderful waterfalls.

The last class day is Friday, July 19. Some teachers may want to schedule a return flight for Saturday, while many may plan to extend their visit into a full vacation, exploring more of Costa Rica’s rain forests, volcanoes, and wonderful beaches.

Click here for the College of Fine Arts Website.

Contact AP* Coordinator Fred Woody via email: apfinearts@austin.utexas.edu

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