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Each year, teachers attend four vertical team meetings and two full days of advanced training in course content led by expert teachers, College Board consultants, visiting artists, museum staff, and university faculty. In addition, ongoing support and assistance is provided by Master Teacher Barry Lucy and AP Arts Director, Deborah Moore.

Studio Art Teacher Training Objectives:

    • Deliver ongoing quality training that is content-based and specifically designed for AP success
    • Develop an atmosphere of collaboration among the teachers including the sharing of ideas, artistic methods and technical materials through guest lectures, visiting artists and cultural experiences.
    • Compare curricula to find opportunities for improving the rigor and sophistication of sequential lesson plans from middle school to high school.
    • Introduce team members to opportunities for enrichment at our local museums, universities and galleries.

    Year 2: 2011-2012: Challenging Students in the 3R's: Rigor, Relevance, and Reflection

    Teacher Training #1, Coppell High School, September 10, 2011 (See Agenda) (See Photo Album)

    The first teacher training of the 2011-2012 school year was held at Coppell High School on September 10, 2011. Participating grant schools engaged in a team activity, "Breadth in a Bag" in which teachers focused on creating lesson prompts that incorporated rigor, relevance, and reflection.


    Hands-On Workshops

    Barry Lucy: Eat, Play, Art

    This workshop encompassed hands-on transitional processes which connected across all three portfolios: Drawing, 2D Design and 3D Design. Workshop focused on strategies to inject play as a stage in the creative process.

     Bob Mosier: Using Metaphor as a Concept Developing Tool

    This workshop focused on strategies to help students make the concentration section of the AP Portfolio a more relevant reflection of their personal voice.  Techniques on how to develop concepts, from personal symbols and metaphors were explored.  The discussion and lecture revolved around the phrase, "Learning is something students do, not something that is done to them".  This open-ended model creates an environment that encourages student driven exploration.

    Tamera Westervelt: Scaffolding a Sequential Digital Program

    This digital workshop provided an overview of how to scaffold basic skills using Photoshop to create finished breadth work while building knowledge and skills in design with digital media. Both digital and traditional works were used for the creation of the new digital works. Students will continue to build more rigor and complexity into the works by combining prepared grounds with photography. Printing works on a variety of paper colors and surface textures and working back into the printed product is highly encouraged, examples will be shown.

    Trish Winnard: Increasing Student Performance with a Commitment to Process

    In this interactive workshop, participants engaged in a series of new activities appropriate for the Drawing Portfolio. Participants were introduced to a series of hands-on creative imagery exercises with mark-making processes.  A new and updated version of "Trish’s 12" as surface preparations to “build” drawings upon were taught as an introduction to the activities. How to teach students “quality” while developing personal voice in students work was the basis upon which all work was created.  The methodology is designed to promote increased student performance and commitment to the process.



    Year 1: 2010-2011: Focus: "Five Minds for the Future: Disciplined, Synthesizing, Respectful, Ethical, Creating" by Howard Gardner

    Teacher Training #2, Booker T. Washington HSPVA, January 8, 2011 (See Photo Album)

    The second teacher training was held at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts on January 8, 2011.  We were pleased to welcome guest workshop leader Michael Ryan, the 2010-2011 Committee Chair of the College Board Development Committee. Part of the day focused on the traveling College Board AP Studio Art Exhibition on display in the BTW Gallery. College Board readers and consultants Barry Lucy, Charlotte Chambliss, and Libby Rowe lead the morning activities.

    Teacher Training #1, Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Crow Collection of Asian Art, August 19, 2010 (See Agenda) (See Photo Album)

    The Kick-Off teacher training was held at the Dallas Museum of Art on August 19, 2010.  Guest workshop leaders included professional local artists Dave Herman, Jill Foley, Brice McCasland, and Joyce Martin.



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