This course will survey all tenets of the AP ART and DESIGN Portfolio including Drawing, Two-Dimensional Design and Three-Dimensional Design. The many subtle and nuanced differences between the portfolios especially those regarding the Drawing and 2D Design portfolios will be clarified. Participants will be involved with intensive TRAINING exercises of student portfolios utilizing the BRAND NEW official rubrics. In addition a special focus will be placed on ideas for encouraging student voice and creativity within the Sustained Investigation section in order to elevate the students’ artworks to authentic college level performance. Since the mandated writing inclusions of this portfolio section will be assessed discussion of how and what students need to do in order to succeed will be of utmost concern to all participants. Discussion of the legitimacy of appropriation will also be a focus in this course. Participants will also have the opportunity to create their own skeletal domain of “portfolios” based on the Sustained Investigation (Concentration) section of the Drawing, 2D OR 3D portfolio. Participants will also create artworks based on some of my own successful college-level assignments. Examples of successful college artworks will be shared with all participants. Required reading-(The Blank Canvas by Anna Held Audette) will be discussed as well as a possible excursion to an art gallery or museum will be scheduled during this Summer Institute to offer participants an enriching experience necessary to fostering creative energies. Discussion concerning some of the changes in the AP ART and Design portfolios will be on the agenda. Participants are encouraged to bring with them examples of their own student artworks which can be “mock-scored” utilizing the new official rubric. Participants are invited to share some of their “best practices” connected to their successful teaching experiences. Upon successful completion of this Summer Institute participants should be able to design and successfully teach their own AP ART and DESIGN course.



Bertha Steinhardt Gutman

Bertha Steinhardt Gutman earned her M.F.A. degree in Painting from The State University of NY at Stony Brook in 1991. She is a Professor of Studio Art and Art History at Delaware County Community College in Media PA since 2002. She is a professional painter with numerous awards and honors based on her national exhibition record. She taught the AP Studio Art, Art History, & Art & Design courses for several years at a small private school on Long Island. She served as a reader for the AP Studio Art portfolios for 18 years. She has been conducting AP Summer Institutes and Workshops in Studio Art for the College Board for the past 13 years.

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Institute Faculty

The faculty have been selected for their teaching expertise, creativity, innovations in teaching and experience with the AP* Program curriculum. All faculty members are endorsed and certified by the Middle Atlantic Regional Office of The College Board and have demonstrated a commitment to excellence that is second to none.

Daily Schedule

Classes are scheduled from Tuesday - Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Class check-in begins at 7 a.m. with as brief orientation at 7:20 a.m.

Participants receive a catered lunch at a waterfront restaurant each day.

Morning and afternoon coffee/snack breaks are provided each day.

An Opportunity for Learning and Interacting

Instructors encourage sharing among participants that will enhance the knowledgeand skills of all participants for effective teaching. The opportunity to exchange and communicate with instructors and colleagues within the Middle Atlantic Region and beyond is a valued support resource for the entire school year.

Course Questions?

Questions/concerns about your particular course can be addressed by going to course description and clicking on the instructor’s name. You will then be able to e-mail the instructor. Any problems call the Lewes Summer Institute office at 302-644-0277.

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