Art and Design APSI at SAIC with M. Colleen Harrigan - Online: July 6 - July 10


Advanced Placement Summer Institutes (APSI) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) are offered to high school teachers from around the country in the subject areas of Art History and Art and Design (formerly Studio Art). Designed for any level AP teacher, participants earn one graduate credit from SAIC after receiving 30 hours of AP Summer Institute instruction.

While professional development is not required to prepare for 2020-21 AP course updates and new classroom resources, the College Board encourages AP teachers to take advantage of the professional development offered by the AP. Based on survey data, teachers across the country have found AP professional development to be extremely valuable.

Teachers who do attend an AP Summer Institute in 2020 should be able to: 

  • Understand the Course

    • The course framework defines the scope of the course and specifies what students must know and do to be successful on the AP Exam.

  • Plan the Course

    • Sequencing, pacing, and scaffolding are essential for building students’ understanding and their ability to transfer and apply knowledge and skills.

  • Teach the Course

    • Effective instructional strategies help students to develop a mastery of course content and skills over time.

  • Assess Student Progress and Understanding

    • Learning requires time, practice, and regular feedback.


APSI Art and Design Description: 

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 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 current 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.

Registration deadline: June 10, 2020

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.


9:00am-11:00am (CST)  2 hours

Synchronous Instruction with Full Group and Small Breakout Groups


11:am-3:00pm (CST) 3 hours

Asynchronous Instruction will consist of Short Studio Activities that relate to and interact with the Synchronous instruction that day.


3:00pm-5:00pm (CST) 2 hours

Synchronous Instruction with Full Group and Small Breakout Groups


Both Colleen and Michael are very knowledgeable and are able to convey their knowledge, and have fun doing it! We really benefited from their team approach, as their styles are different, but complementary.

--Past APSI Art and Design participant


  • When

  • Monday, July 6, 2020 - Friday, July 10, 2020
    8:30 AM - 1:00 PM
    Central Time

  • Where

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
    37 S Wabash
    Suite 711
    Chicago, Illinois 60603

Additional Information

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