Studio Arts

Offered June 15-18, 2015

Debra Fitzsimmons, STUDIO

Debra Fitzsimmons, STUDIO

For new and experienced AP teachers

Download 2015 syllabus

To accommodate commuters, this course will begin at 8:00 AM and pre-conclude at 4:00 PM. An additional hour of daily studio assignment time may continue until 5:00PM in the classroom or, in recognition that participants may have in-home studio facilities, at an independent location but MUST MEET DAILY ASSIGNMENT EXPECTATIONS. Reading and lesson design assignments will be expected daily.

Course Description

Does, “What’s your CONCENTRATION?” freeze your students in their tracks? Does “BREADTH” need some deeper breathing? And “OMG-QUALITY”! That’s not good for young artists’ thinking process or portfolio development! This workshop is for you! You’ll learn some great strategies for student identification and development of “CONCENTRATION.” You’ll follow your own direction with a selection of over 100 lessons for “BREADTH.” And through hands-on critique and studio practice you’ll renew your art content skills as you develop your own “QUALITY” artworks. You’re going to use both sides of your brain so bring a tablet, laptop or notebook, and dress for studio mess.

Consultant: Debra Fitzsimmons, MFA, Ed.D.

Debra Fitzsimmons taught public school for 30 years. Her experience includes teaching in rural as well as suburban schools with 18 years as an AP* Studio Art Instructor. She currently teaches art education methods at Lake Forest College. Having witnessed the positive attributes students obtain from the AP* experience, Dr. Fitzsimmons is an AP Advocate, an AP Studio Art Reader, and a Consultant for AP Studio Art Portfolio & AP Studio Art Vertical Teams professional development sessions and courses.

Debra Fitzsimmons is an award winning artist whose artwork has been featured in numerous individual, invitational, and juried exhibitions. In addition, Dr. Fitzsimmons is also a published author, and award winning educator.