:: 2013 AP* Summer Institutes at UT Austin

AP Studio Portfolios in Costa Rica
Institute Code AP13001
This institute is closed for registration.

This institute, over four days of classroom instruction at the Museo de los Ninos, plus two optional days of touring, is intended to provide the participant with an overview of the Advanced Placement Studio Art Program, with emphasis placed on the development and strengthening of AP Studio Art courses in Drawing, 2-D Design, and 3-D Design.

This workshop is designed to address the needs of both experienced and intermediate teachers of any of the three AP Studio Art courses – 2-D Design, 3-D Design, and Drawing. Participants will be guided through comprehensive discussions of the three components comprising each of the three portfolios. Throughout the week participants will be given the opportunity to view sample portfolios that illustrate the multiple approaches that might be taken in developing the classes or in strengthening existing courses. Other topics of discussion during the week will include: an overview of the scoring process and review of the scoring guidelines (rubrics); strategies for developing work for both the Breadth and Concentration components/sections of the portfolios; implementing sketchbook practices as a vital component of the AP Studio Art class; and the class critique. Participants will create a series of works based on their experiences in the tropical venue of Costa Rica.

What Participants Should Bring:

  • An outline of, or lesson plan for, a successful lesson (or lessons) to be shared with the group
  • A flash drive or other storage device for the sharing of files and images to be used in the classroom
  • Camera
  • Sketchbook
  • Binoculars
  • Rain gear
  • Basic art supplies: brushes, watercolors, sketch pad. A selection of supplies will be provided

Laptop computers are welcome, but not necessary

Lead Consultant: Charlotte Chambliss
An experienced instructor in both AP Art History and AP Studio Art, Charlotte has been a College Board/ETS Reader for AP Studio Art since summer 2000 – having served as Faculty Reader, Table Leader, and, currently, as Question Leader. A consultant for the College Board since 2002, Charlotte has presented a variety of workshops on AP topics for several state and national school districts; at the National and State Art Education Conventions; and at One-Day College Board workshops and AP Summer Institutes across the country and abroad. Charlotte has been a member of the Studio Art Test Development Committee and has written numerous reviews, lessons and curricula for the Studio Art Program. Charlotte was a part of the College Board National Leader Program for Consultant Training and Endorsement, and currently serves as a Mentor in the Mentor/Mentee Consultant Development Program. Charlotte was responsible for the development of the AP Art History and Studio Art: 2-D Design and 3-D Design classes at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas, Texas. She currently teaches Foundations and Pre-AP Studio Art at the Episcopal School of Dallas.

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 for $300.00: 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.

Wednesday and Saturday tours are $100.00 each.

Click here for the College of Fine Arts Website.

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

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