AP Studio Art Teachers Meet

October 22, 2012

Converge at Brunswick High School

Photo by Lori Spruce

On Saturday 15 visual art educators, who also teach the AP Studio art course at their respective high schools, gathered at Brunswick High School to network. The teachers were welcomed by the Brunswick High School teachers Jennie Driscoll and Allison Price. Everyone was glad to see the beautiful art rooms and display cases which included outstanding student artwork.

Kal Elmore and Sheila Bohlin planned a morning filled with the opportunity to share on a variety of topics. Some teachers are new this year to the AP process so they brought their questions and the veterans shared their wisdom. Some of the topics that were discussed included: grading, challenging students, risk-taking, motivating students, dealing with different ability levels, scoring, helping students get ideas, and skill building vs the creative process.

Kal shared the Maine AP blog and the new teachers were invited to join. They also looked at the AP College Board site as well as the AP discussion board. The AP college board site includes scoring statistics and an overview that is useful. The teachers shared many ideas.

Some teachers brought student art work to share and practiced scoring a set of figure drawings. Along with the ideas shared, some brought books and other resources as well.

The opportunity was interesting, informative, and participants agreed that is was a worthwhile discussion on all fronts! Afterwards the group visited the beautiful Bowdoin Art Museum – William Wegman exhibit!

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