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Art   ( Week 1 )
AP Art History (Combined teachers)
Doug Darracott

Course Description

An overview of Pre-AP and AP Studio Art will be examined and discussed. Strategies and tips for organization and implementation the studio course will follow. Participants will engage in a series of new activities using a variety of methods according to their level of expertise. This study will include both technological, photographical and by-hand surface preparation processes. This body of work could be in the form of a deconstructed journal, surface preparations using strategies developed by the instructor, or an independent study. Participants will be introduced to creating a blog, the use apps and You Tube videos and discuss the implications of using the technology in the AP Studio Art course. Participants will engage in creative imagery exercises to stimulate creative choice with their students. The issue of teaching students benchmarks for "quality" in art forms will be addressed with the use of reflective, summative and oral evaluation systems. The Reading 2015 and scoring the portfolios will be reviewed and discussed, from the vantage point of a reader, through an overview of images. AP Central and other instructional resources will also be discussed and shared.

Items to Bring

  • 1. Apron
  • 2. Assortment of papers, paints, brushes, drawing mediums
  • 3. Rubber gloves
  • 4. Sketchbook
  • 5. Hardbound used book
  • 6. Photos
  • 7. Misc. collage supplies
  • 8. Small hardside box
  • 9. Digital camera/USB connection cords
  • 10. CDs
  • 11. Jump drive
  • 12. Card reader
  • 13. Laptop computer NOTE: I am going green this year. I will provide participants with workshop materials on a CD or flash drives only. Please let the summer institute director know if you would like a hard copy.
  • 14. Favorite websites and "best practices/lesson plan to share
  • Any other "stuff" you want to bring !

Biographical Sketch for Doug Darracott

Douglas Darracott currently teaches at Plano West Senior High Schoo in Plano, Texas. He has taught AP Art History, along with studio art, since 1997.

He served on the test development committee beginning in 2013 until 2015 and has been working closely with ETS and College Board on College Board materials (such as the Course and Exam Description) and on the test itself as an outside reviewer. He has also been a consultant for over 10 years, working closely with teachers throughout the United States. He has also served as a question leader at the AP Art History reading since the early 2000s.

He received an MFA from the University of North Texas in 1992 and his teaching certification from the University of Texas at Dallas.


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