Summer Teacher Institute                                               
SAVE THE DATES: July 10-16, 2016

2016 Teacher Institute details will be available in late Fall. Registration for Summer Teacher Institute 2016 will begin January 8, 2016.

2015 Summer Teacher Institute Workshop Descriptions [pdf to download] for reference only. 

QUICK LINKS - for reference only:
STI2015 Morning Workshop Descriptions
STI2015 Afternoon Workshop Descriptions
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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. In addition, students will attend an evening lecture and take a field trip to the Ringling Museum.

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.  2015 Costs: $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
Summer Teacher Institute Recommendation for Financial Assistance



 meet Monday-Friday from 8:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

Book Art with Lino Block Printmaking
Prior drawing experience is desirable.  All skill levels welcome.
This course teaches print and book processes that combine drawing, painting, monoprint, lino-cut and paper techniques.  Explore materials, color, tools and methods as you develop personal imagery and problem solving skills inherent in these creative processes.  Participants will create images and bind them in an accordion book format.

Digital Painting with Photoshop
Prior Photoshop experience is highly desirable. 
Learn to create artistic images with Photoshop brushes along with the mixer brush and other features.  Whether you prefer pastels and oils, or watercolor this workshop will show you how to use Photoshop tools and techniques to digitally reproduce real world art media and techniques to begin to bring your vision to life.

Digital Filmmaking with the iPad
All skill levels welcome.
From Facebook to YouTube, digital film shot on a variety of tools from cell-phones to state-of the-art digital cameras, has become a fixture of the entertainment, educational and cultural landscape. The course covers the iPad operation as well as basic lighting, scripting, and storyboarding and Premier Pro editing.  Participants will be guided with a contextual overview of digital film and basic video production techniques to each produce one short digital film.  The week will conclude with a film screening of student work.

Mixed Media: Creative Exploration
All skill levels welcome.
Gain practical knowledge and experience through exploration that inspires artists of all skill levels to be creative.  Hands-on exercises will push you bend artistic boundaries to instill confidence and guide you toward discovery.  Broaden your artistic vision through thought-provoking mixed media experimentation to create original artwork unlike anything you've done in the past.  Come expecting to learn, be inspired, and have fun!

Image & Word: Constructing Visual Narrative
Students must provide their own DSLR camera or point-and-shoot camera, or smart phone or iPad camera.  All skill levels welcome.
Photography has been reinvented with social media outlets like Instagram and Facebook.  How can we use digital media to construct a cohesive visual narrative that concentrates on the fundamentals of photographic image making? We will work through several photographic assignments that will examine composition, framing, subject content, elements and principles, and creative aesthetics.

Digital Photography with Adobe Photoshop
Students must bring their own DSLR camera with manual operating functions, and must be familiar with that camera's basic functions. All skill levels welcome.
Learn to use your digital camera features effectively. In addition to memory cards, megabytes, optical and digital viewfinders and zoom, menu options and mega pixels the course covers composition, lighting, aperture and shutter speeds, and then moves onto Adobe Photoshop editing. Participants will use scanners, layers, and sequencing to manipulate their work, and select printing options to produce their final images.   (Participants should bring a digital camera and instruction booklet.) 

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AFTERNOON SESSIONS meet Monday-Thursday 1:30-5:00 PM, 
with Thursday's class ending at 4:00 PM

Digital Drawing + Painting with the iPad 
Prior drawing experience is required. 
Some technological tools are game-changers – such is the case with the iPad.  Participants in this workshop will be introduced to various drawing and painting approaches using touch screen technology, inexpensive apps, and fingers and/or styluses to create.  Work can be exported and modified as picture files and then printed and further manipulated, or uploaded to websites, blogs and other digital locations. With a focus on drawing and painting from observation, this course is designed for the artist who wishes to develop or improve their observational skills and, at the same time, learn a new technology that revolutionizes drawing and painting approaches.

3D: Found Object Sculpture 
All skill levels welcome.
Find it. Play with it. Imagine it. Create it. Give 3-dimensional form to your ideas. Stretch your imagination with the expressive art of assemblage sculpture.  This creative course encourages playful exploration with found objects through hands-on experimentation, low impact building, and composition driven by your ideas.  Art history discussion will look at assemblage influences for artists past and present.

Figure Drawing
Prior drawing experience is desirable.
This classical drawing course develops the participant’s figure drawing skills through the study of proportion, anatomy, gesture, figure/space relationship, value and mark making.  Students will explore various techniques and dry materials.  Progress is evaluated through individual critiques.

Sustainability & Meaning Making in Art: a Mixed Media Approach
All skill levels welcome.
This course will investigate art that addresses a big idea such as sustainability, global awareness, social justice/purpose. Art has the ability to move humans into action to promote social awareness and important global issues. Through hands-on exercises, discussions, and collaborations teachers will create and develop art with personal meaning through mixed media.

4D: Art In Motion
All skill levels welcome.  
This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of motion through exercises exploring the traditional animation technique of 2D stop motion.  Using digital media, time and rhythm, pace, editing and composition, the emphasis is on idea generation, creative problem solving, graphic explorations and collaboration to express movement to demonstrate metamorphosis, transition, and sequence.

Letterpress Workshop
Prior drawing experience is desirable.
This workshop celebrates the craftsmanship of letterpress printing, as it has been handed down over 500 years ago.  From start to finish, you'll learn how to mix ink, hand set metal type, lock up a chase, ink up the press, register your cards, and print your very own set of 5" x 7" note cards on our vintage Vandercook Press.  Choose from over 2000 antique engravings in our collection to embellish a design representative of you. Your limited edition cards will be hand printed, resulting in an elegant relief print, pleasing to both the eye and to the touch.

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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 that focuses 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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Ringling College of Art and Design
Continuing Studies and Special Programs
2700 North Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34234-5895
phone: 941.955.8866
fax: 941.955.8801