Summer Teacher Institute                                               
July 5-11, 2015

Summer Teacher Institute has concluded.  The following descriptions are for informational purposes only.  Registration for this popular program will begin in mid-November, 2014.
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Teacher Institute Policies and Procedures

The Ringling College of Art and Design Summer Teacher Institute provides an immersive professional development experience for educators in the arts and related disciplines.  This weeklong institute is designed to provide creative experiences to both introduce and explore new techniques; and to ultimately enhance instructional delivery by sharing ideas and processes that will promote and enhance arts integration into the curriculum. 

Participants enroll in both a morning Monday-Friday class and an afternoon Monday-Thursday class, and have other opportunities including mini-workshops, an evening lecture, and a field trip to the Ringling Museum.  Students are asked to enroll in one "digital" and one "studio based" workshop to provide for the most well-rouonded experience. 

Time for communal reflection and interaction outside of the classroom is enjoyed during on-campus dining in the morning and at lunchtime. This "to the classroom and beyond" approach continues with Open Studio time available in multiple campus studios and lab classrooms. 

On the final day, students participate in a debriefing session to share the week's experiences, insights, and accomplishments.  Classroom practice and integration with regard to educational standards is highlighted and discussed by participants and faculty. A Closing Exhibition and Reception celebrates the week's many accomplishments, and serves as a venue for personal reflection on personal work and that of their peers. 

Ringling College Continuing Studies and Special Programs awards students who successfully complete all scheduled programming 4 CEUs.

Summer Teacher Institute is funded in part by Ringling College of Art and Design.  Cost: $295 that includes a $50 non-refundable reservation fee. Fees cover 40 hours of course instruction, lectures, one museum visit, closing exhibition & reception, on-campus lodging and 12 meals.  
Summer Teacher Institute REFUND POLICIES

Financial Assistance: is available for those who have not previously received a scholarship to attend Summer Teacher Institute at Ringling College of Art andDesign. You must submit your request accompanied by a letter of recommendation from your school district or immediate supervisor.  Please submit a completed program registration form that includes your written statement directly on online registration or via email to  The recommendation may be submitted using our online form or as a letter sent by mail or email to
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  • CHECK-IN for Teacher Institute HOUSING ONLY takes place on Sunday between 1:30-3:30 PM at the Office of Residence Life in the Ann and Alfred Goldstein Residence Hall, Office of Residence Life lobby.  
  • CHECK-IN for the Summer Teacher Institute program is 3:30–4:00 PM in the Academic Center lobby.
  • ORIENTATION is required and will be held at 4:00 PM in the Academic Center Auditorium.  Orientation will include a welcome from Ringling College staff, and wrap up with a break-out meeting with the instructor of your morning workshop.  
  • DIGITAL ORIENTATION is also required and will be held at 4:45 PM following the meeting with your morning workshop instructor.  [The break-out room assignment will be provided at check-in.]
  • WELCOME DINNER is a required event for all participants and begins at 6:00 PM in the Smith Gallery of the Academic Center

The Weekday Schedule:

7:30-8:30 AM:  FOR ON-CAMPUS RESIDENTS - Breakfast is served daily in Hammond Commons. (Saturday breakfast will also be available for those staying over Friday night.)

  • 8:30-12 Noon:  Morning Classes meet Monday-Friday
  • 12:15-1:15 PM: Lunch is served daily in the Academic Center Brickman Café.
  • 1:30-5:00 PM: Afternoon Classes meet Monday-Thursday, with a special schedule of events late Thursday as well as Friday afternoon.
  • Weeknight Dinners: You are on your own to explore beautiful Sarasota.
  • Evening Open Studio Times/Locations will be announced.

Thursday afternoon workshops will end at 4:00 PM, and we will visit The John and Mabel Ringling Museum Thursday late afternoon and evening.  Bus service to/from the museum will be provided for those not preferring to carpool.

The week concludes with a Debriefing Session conducted by Dr. Wendy Dickinson, focusing on Arts Integration. This will be followed by a screening of projects from digital filmmaking, and an exhibition of art work and the congratulatory closing reception.

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Teacher Institute Refund Policies: 

  • Program withdrawal refunds are  issued only when written notification is received by June 1. Only $245 is refundable. The $50 registration fee is not refundable. Notification can be mailed or emailed to Refunds may take up to 15 business days to process and are issued in the means payment was made to Ringling College of Art and Design.
  • You may substitute someone to attend in your place up to one week prior to the program start date.  At the time of substitution, the person filling your space must register with Continuing Studies and pay a $50 administrative fee.
  • Ringling College will not refund the cost of any unused portion of your program.
  • Ringling College reserves the right to require persons not complying with College policies to leave the program with no refund.

Course/Workshop Cancellation and Schedule Changes
CSSP instructors are working professionals. Unforeseen circumstances may deem it necessary to cancel or reassign a course. The College reserves the right to assign a substitute instructor without notice. CLICK HERE for a list of cancellations and schedule changes. Please visit the web site for updates preceding your course start.

In the event a course or workshop is cancelled, the College’s liability is limited to the return of fees paid for that course. Applications and payments are acknowledgement of the terms and conditions as outlined in our catalogs and online. The College assumes no liability for travel expenses or nonrefundable airline tickets that cannot be used due to any course or workshop cancellation, schedule change, or any misprints in our course catalog, or on our web site. All students accept full responsibility for personal injury and/or personal losses during the period of a course or workshop.

Your Right to Know
Your personal safety and the security of the campus community are of vital concern to Ringling College of Art and Design. A copy of the school’s annual security report, which contains statistics for the most recent three-year period concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, is available upon request. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Director of Public Safety, Ringling College of Art and Design, 2700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34234.  You may request a copy by phone by calling the Office of Public Safety at 941/351-5100 or 941/351-4742.  The annual security report is also available on line at the following web address:

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Don Brandes received his BFA from University of Missouri and his MA from Syracuse University. He was formerly an illustrator for Hallmark Cards. He has taught at Kansas City Art Institute, was a MFA Thesis Adviser for Academy of Art College, San Francisco. He has numerous clients including Northwest Airlines.  Don is a member of the Illustration faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Nancee Clark, figure painter and teacher holds an MFA in painting and drawing from University of Florida. Her work has been widely exhibited in the United States and has been shown in Japan and Monte Carlo. Clark received the State of Florida Visual Artist Fellowship two times.  Nancee has taught at the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College.  She is currently a member of the Computer Animation faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design.

Wendy B. Dickinson,  (PhD, University of South Florida) is Director of Art Education and is also a liberal arts instructor at Ringling College of Art and Design, teaching geometry, visual anthropology, and visual mathematics (statistics and graphical display). Her doctorate is in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis in Educational Measurement and Research, and Cognate in Fine Arts. As a practicing studio artist, Wendy has exhibited her 2- and 3-dimensional prints and book arts in more than 90 regional, state, and national venues. Dr. Dickinson served as President of the Florida Educational Research Association is Contributing Editor for Anthropology News (2007–2012), was named a Fellow of the Royal Statistical Society (2008), and provides expertise as external evaluator for federal granting agencies, and provides program evaluation services to public school districts throughout Florida. Wendy Dickinson has made more than 100-refereed presentations at regional, national, and international research conferences in research areas of statistical methodology, authentic assessment, evaluation, graphical display, and computer programming.

Patrick Lindhardt earned a BA from St. Cloud State University and an MFA from University of South Florida. He is a Master printer and a member of the Fine Arts faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design. His work is included in the collections of Federal Express, Mase Art Center and other private collections. He is the owner of Flatstone Studio and serves as Advisor for Printmaking by Saff and Sacilotto. He is a member of the Florida Printmaking Society.

Joseph Loccisano is Manager of the Fine Art Gallery at Manatee Community College. He also teaches figure drawing, printmaking, and intercultural humanities. Loccisano holds a Master’s degree from the University of South Florida. Loccisano has taught figure drawing and figure painting for the Illustration Department at Ringling College of Art and Design; and Art & Culture at Nova Southeastern University. His artistic residencies include the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop, and the Art Student’s League in New York City. He is Vice President of Internal Affairs for the Southern Graphics Council, and Vice City Director of the Sarasota Sister Cities Association (Treviso, Italy, delegation). For the past three years he has exhibited along with the printmakers of Sarasota Ink, and most recently participated in an exhibition at the Tampa Museum of Art. Loccisano continues to teach for Ringling’s Wildacres Artists’ Retreat as well as jury and lecture on art and art history. 

Mark Parry, B.A., M.F.A. Chapman University (Art & Communications); University of Southern California (Film Production). Mark’s career in the motion picture industry spans 20 years and includes work in nearly every position critical to the creation of a film. As a cinematographer, Mark has shot over a dozen features and scores of other projects including commercials, music videos and shorts. His cinematography has won several awards including the Nissan FOCUS Award. He is a member of the Directors Guild of America, and as second unit director, he directed the Flying Elvises and the Hawaii aerial sequences in Honeymoon in Vegas, a 1993 Golden Globe nominee for Comedy. Mark is a member the Ringling College of Art and Design Digital Filmmaking faculty, and has previously taught at Chapman University’s Dodge College of Film & Media Arts. In 2006, he mentored the director of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Filmmaker Award winning film The Reel Monkey. In addition, Mark served as the cinematographer on the project. Mark has also guest-lectured at the USC School of Cinematic Arts.

Octavio Perez holds a BFA in from Ringling College of Art and Design (Illustration). He worked at Hallmark Cards, Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri for three years as a greeting card designer and illustrator. Currently Perez works on concept design and execution of editorial illustrations and news graphics for the St. Petersburg Times. Numerous national clients including Hallmark Cards Inc., GEAR Inc., Cabela's, and Humanities Magazine.  Octavio is a member of the Ringling College of Art and Design Illustration faculty.

Jeff Schwartz received his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his MFA from American University.  He has also studied at The Vermont Studio and the Lorenzo di Medici School of Fine Arts in Florence, Italy. Jeff has been the winner of numerous awards and fellowships and exhibits nationally in New York, Seattle, Washington DC, Florida, Vermont and Utah.  He has taught at Dartmouth College (NH) and the Academia di Bella Arti, Italy. Jeff is currently the Chair of the Illustration Department at Ringling College of Art and Design. 

Steven Strenk holds an MFA in Studio Art from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and a BFA in Studio Art from Ringling College of Art and Design, and is a graduated from the Alternative Certification for Florida Teachers Program at Eckerd College earning a Professional Education Certificate. Strenk is a member of the Illustration faculty at Ringling College. He also teaches in the Visual Performance Arts Magnet Program at Booker High School in Sarasota where he is Head of the Foundation Program and teaches Advanced Placement Painting. He is responsible for all aspects of course development for freshmen and sophomore classes and he coordinates and supervises all auditions for placement into the Art Program. He is also responsible for all aspects of course development for college-bound seniors. Steve’s work is as diverse as the materials he works with, ranging from graphite to clay, and has been exhibited throughout Florida, as well as in Pennsylvania. 

Jill Taffert received her BFA (Fine Arts) from The Cooper Union in New York.  She is an EMMY® Award-winning Creative Director who has worked broadly in the motion design industry and as an education in the profession.  She has been recognized with number design awards from BDA, AIG, The Art Directors Club, The Type Directors Club, Graphis, and The Academy of Arts and Sciences for her work with E!, ESPN, MSNBC, Discovery Networks, Oxygen, and TV Land.  She has served as professor and chair of Motion Design, Media Arts and Animation at San Francisco Art Institute, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Otis College of Art and Design.  Now as a member of the faculty at Ringling College of Art and Design, she teaches classes in Motion Design, Experimental Animation, Visualization and Concept, Network Design and Branding, Main Title Design, and Portfolio.  Ms. Taffert is in progress towards a MFA in Design and Technology from the San Francisco Art Institute.

Athena Torri holds a BFA in Photography from Ringling College of Art and Design and a Certificate from the International Center of Photography’s General Studies Program, NY.  She began her professional career in 2007 as a Photographer for the Public Relations division of Ringling College. She has assisted photographer Nan Goldin, artist Corrine Botz, and worked for the New York State Council on the Arts. She has exhibited at 25 CPW, Selby Gallery and The International Center of Photography; and has been published in American Photo On Campus Magazine, UnderWrite Art, and Shift Book. She currently co-owns a photography and video services corporation and Studio in Beacon, NY. And works as a production intern at Conveyor Arts; a photography bookmaking company. 

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