AP* Summer Institutes in Costa Rica
JULY 15 - 19, 2013
Four days of classroom instruction by top College Board* approved teachers.
Classes held in the Center for Science and Culture (aka: Museo de los Ninos) in San Jose, CR.
Wednesday, July 17 is reserved for field study options (below).
AP* ART HISTORY:
Led by Douglas Darracott, Plano, TX. Doug authored the teacher’s guide for this AP* exam and is widely know as one of the very best instructors; an exam reader since 2002; serves on the art history exam development committee for the College Board*; eighth year leading this Institute for UT-Austin.
One highlight of this Institute will be time spent in the renown GOLD MUSEUM collection of Pre-Columbian artifacts.
AP* STUDIO ART PORTFOLIOS:
Led by Charlotte Chambliss, Dallas, TX. Charlotte is one of the premiere AP* art teachers in the nation; eighteen years teaching AP* studio; portfolio reader for thirteen years; exam Table Leader and Question Leader; has served as member of the art portfolio development committee and AP* National Convention for the College Board*; has been a “Consultant” since 2002.
For these Institutes in Costa Rica include a “HomeStay” and one or two days of nature tours and activities (more information below).
MEALS AND SUPPLIES
Lunches are 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.
Cost of both air and ground transportation are not included in the registration fee. Institute participants are responsible for their flights to Costa Rica. 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.
CLIMATE IN SAN JOSE AND CENTRAL COSTA RICA
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, nature trails (drawing & watercolor), and for the bold and fit: suspension bridges and ziplines. 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 will enjoy a 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.
Contact AP* Coordinator Fred Woody via email: email@example.com
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