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Faculty Spotlight: Christopher Darway

Christopher Darway - Work

Christopher Darway - Work

Faculty Spotlight!


Instructor Christopher Darway will be showing in the Innovative Merger of Art & Guns to Inspire NewExpressions, or IMAGINE PEACE NOW Exhibition. This show is a call to arms, hearts and hands intended especially for contemporary metal artists. Included work will respond to and initiate conversations regarding the gun violence so prevalent in American culture today.
 

Christopher will also be conducting workshops for both the South Florida Jewelry Arts Guild and the Florida Society of Goldsmiths next May 2017. Be sure to check out the link here for more information about this exciting show!

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Faculty Spotlight: Leanne Grimes

Leanne Grimes

Leanne Grimes

Faculty Spotlight: Leanne Grimes

By Caitlin Perkins, UArts Continuing Education Director


Leanne Grimes is teaching a five week painting course through UArts Continuing Education called Watercolor Workshop - Observational + Still Life Painting this fall. I had a chance to catch up with her to ask her about the course and what students will learn.


Q: Why were you interested in teaching at UARTS?

A: I wanted to teach at UArts because of the students. It attracts very creative and dedicated individuals. In fact, there is a family connection to the school--my brother went to UArts for Industrial Design, and my mother received her Masters in Art Education from UArts.


Q: What is your favorite subject to teach?

A: Color and color theory. In this workshop we will do exercises to help with your paintings--you want to learn to mix colors according to what you are seeing, we might turn some of these into collages, we'll do color experiments, and we'll be making color charts that you can reference later.


Q: What are some of the challenges for new watercolor painters?

A: You can see all the mistakes. We will approach painting in a way so that you are prepared to use these "mistakes" to your advantage.


People can get really tight in their watercolor paintings because of a desire for highly rendered detailed, but through our classroom exercises we will work on loosening up your painting technique.


Q: What are some of the key ideas in creating a great painting?

A: Striking a purposeful composition is definitely key. But, in addition we will think about color and color relationships – we will talk about analogous color and more dynamic color combinations. We will use the value in color to build volume in your paintings and we will also talk about the shapes of color, and think about how to use shapes to make a painting.


Q: What often surprises people about painting with watercolor?

A: The vibrancy that comes from using transparent pigments! People are often surprised by how much control you can have over the medium.


Join Leanne Grimes this fall in the UArts studios! Click here to learn more.

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Student Consumers? Student Creators!

Increasingly, teachers and students are using devices, software, apps, and digital tools in "active" ways. 

The U.S. Dept of Education's new National Education Technology Plan states it simply: "all students understand how to use technology as a tool to engage in creative, productive, lifelong learning, rather than simply consuming passive content." 

What is 'active?'  Students should be making things, connecting with others, harnessing the power to shape their own learning, engaging in modeling, experimentation and creation, collaboration, working for multiple audiences, and using technology as a means to do so. 

Students do so through coding, simulations, media production... the idea of students as creators rather than consumers.

What, then, is 'passive?'  Digitized worksheets, apps and software that amount to "drill-and-kill" of basic skills, using personal devices to read and watch content that others have produced.

How to make the shift?  Here's one way to think about it: substitution, augmentation, modification, redefinition. The idea is to progress from using technology to perform the same tasks done by hand (substitution) to using technology for new tasks that would otherwise not be possible (redefinition). 

Lean more about 'active' tech use by registering for a Fall 2016 PIE + MEd Tech course!
 

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Six Reasons Why You May Want to Pursue Teaching Artist Opportunities

PAEP, 2014

PAEP, 2014

You’ve spent a lifetime making a creative life and now you find yourself thinking, “what’s the next step?” Have you considered taking your creative practice into a classroom?
 

Here are six reasons to pursue the teaching artist path:

  1. 1. You’re an accomplished artist or performer who wants to expand your employment opportunities.

  2. 2. You’re a recent arts graduate looking for direction and professional fulfillment.

  3. 3. You want regular work but still want to be free to pursue your art.

  4. 4. You love sharing your creativity with others.

  5. 5. You’re a practicing artist who seeks more ways to share your skills, more ways to develop professionally and more ways to earn a living.

  6. 6. You’re already performing as a teaching artist but you lack formal training and credentials.

UArts Continuing Education offers an online program called the Teaching Artist Certificate program. You can learn more about it here. We are currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 Teaching Artist Certificate Program - click here to view the application!

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Special Rate for 140 Anniversary Course for the Community!

UArts 140 - Logo

UArts 140 - Logo

Fans and aspiring comic book artists alike improve drawing and writing skills in a workshop-style course, designed to expand knowledge and execution of this vibrant storytelling medium.

In honor of our UArts Founding, 140 years ago, tuition for the Making Comics course is $18.76.
 

Participants are asked to consider a voluntary, 100% tax-deductible donation to the President’s Fund for Excellence. Established by new President David Yager, the President’s Fund for Excellence supports extracurricular activities of students and faculty that would not otherwise be possible. This fund is entirely donor funded and can support travel, research, publication, and other creative projects that foster excellence and innovation.
 

To donate, please visit www.uarts.edu/donatenow and choose “President’s Fund for Excellence” as your designation.

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Fall 2016 courses start Monday, September 26!

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Our Fall 2016 courses are officially open for registration! Classes start on Monday, September 26th - and we can't wait to see you there. 

Check out some of our exciting offerings!




 

  • Metal Sculpture - Forging + Welding
    Students will learn techniques including oxyacetylene cutting and welding, arc and TIG welding, as well as plasma cutting and forging.
    InstructorPhillip Scarpone
     
  • Adobe Creative Suite Overview
    Learn the basics of image resolution, scanning, image import/export, print setup, photo adjustments and vectors, as well as introductory typography and design.
    InstructorChristine Bailey
     
  • Food Writing
    Whether you write about producing, preparing, or partaking offood, this course will show you how to make mouths water as you inform, educate, or persuade.
    InstructorAndrea Calabretta
     
  • Contemporary Theater
    From the iconic play Waiting for Godot to the runaway Broadway hit Hamilton, this course will sample major developments on the contemporary stage.
    InstructorToby Zinman
     

Visit us here for a full list of Fall 2016 CE courses and information about our certificate programs. Call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone!

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Welcome Juliana Noone, PIE Program Assistant!

Juliana Noone

Juliana Noone

Please join us in welcoming Juliana Noone as the new Program Assistant for PIE!

Juliana Noone joined UArts and the Professional Institute for Educators in June 2016. Before working at UArts, she was completing an internship in the programming department at FringeArts, and had also been working as a Maker Mentor in the Maker Jawn Initiative through the Free Library of Philadelphia where she ran pop up maker spaces in local libraries in North Philadelphia communities. Prior to that she completed a two year fellowship through the FAO Schwarz Family Foundation at Please Touch Museum, and worked several years working in early childhood education. Juliana is a graduate of West Chester University, where she studied Fine Art, Art History, and Psychology, and has also studied improvisation at the Philly Improv Theater. Juliana is also a co-founder of the live art troupe, ROMPUS, where she develops large scale, live painting and shadow performances in collaboration with visual artists and musicians.

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Murals tell the stories of our city.

Shira Walinsky Mural

Shira Walinsky Mural

Murals tell the stories of your classroom.

(Image) Shira Walinsky, Ethiopian Garden, 44th & Ludlow in West Philadelphia

"The city is a connected web of personalities and histories which fascinate me. The network of family, neighborhood, immigrants and teachers are some of the subjects of my murals. By exploring lives which are either marginalized or often simply forgotten by society we represent and affirm a sense of identity and a place in history within these people."

                           - Shira Walinsky, Artist & Educator
 
In Mural Arts + Storytelling for the Classroom, developed through a partnership with the Mural Arts Program, participants study the historic context of murals in Philadelphia and explore the process of visual translation and community collaboration. The course includes a guided tour of Philadelphia murals, as well as guest speakers and projects that build an understanding of collaborative artmaking.
 

See our full course catalogue HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.

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Sewn books, flexagons, and pop-ups...oh my!

Denise Carbone (left)

Denise Carbone (left)

Printmaking for the Classroom

 
 
Denise Carbone, artist and educator, is a faculty member with The University of the Arts and the book conservator at The American Philosophical Society Library. Denise's personal work challenges traditional methods of printmaking and book structures by incorporating mixed media, found material, letterpress and alternative processes. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally.
 
Printmaking for the Classroom: Book Arts + Language Arts integrates text, image and structure through hands-on projects and exercises for educators in the classroom. You will explore and create several book structures, including accordion variations, sewn books, flexagons and pop-ups, using simple methods to generate images, to which we will add narrative.
 

See our full course catalogue HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.

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July PIE Offerings, Going Fast!

There's Still Time to Enroll in a July Course!
                                                                 


See our full course listing here for more details.

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.
 

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Digitally-Driven Instruction

Your Classroom, Your Technology


Research suggests that, on the whole, K-12 educators have been slow to adapt instruction in meaningful ways to technological advancements.  But there are definitely exceptions. A growing number of educators are becoming influencers in the ed tech space by leveraging digital tools in their subject areas and by sharing their experiences with others. Become that influencer at your school.
 
Join veteran educator and PIE faculty member Scott Duggan for your choice of courses:
 


See our full course catalogue HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.
 

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Tell a story through the written word.

David Greenberg, CE Instructor

David Greenberg, CE Instructor

Put it on the page.


Creative Writing is getting kicked into high gear this summer in CE and we want to tell you all about it!


Writer and author Michael Aranovitz's first novel Alice Walks is being released in paperback and electronic forms through Dark Regions Press. Michael also did a review of the famous Bill Leverty from the 90's powerhouse metal band Firehouse. Congratulations, Michael!  


Screen writer and instructor David Greenberg has written or doctored over 40 screenplays for features, shorts and documentaries. His feature writing and directing debut Stomping Ground is in post-production. The features, Used To Love Her and What Matters Most, both played festivals in the past few years.


Be sure to check out their courses below! Classes start next week!
 


  • Screenwriting - Developing Your Script
    This course allows you, the budding screenwriter, to begin at the beginning and develop a feature film idea into a story treatment with complete beat sheets, character bios, an outline, and a first draft screenplay at a professional, industry-standard level.
    InstructorDavid Greenberg
     
  • Writing the Short Story
    Writers of all levels and experience will learn how to develop fictive ideas, moving from idea generation toward exciting and heartfelt climaxes.
    InstructorMichael Aranovitz
     

Visit Continuing Education for course and certificate program information, or call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone.

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NEW for ArtsWeek: Non-Credit Course Options

We Listened - Register Now!


They're here!
 
Are you interested in an immersive arts experience, but don't need graduate credits? Non-credit courses for 2016 UArts ArtsWeek are available for a special, discounted tuition rate! Check them out - we can't wait to see you this summer!
 


See our full course catalogue HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.
 

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New This Summer - Design Thinking for the Classroom

Meet Your Classroom Design Challenge with Phil Holcombe


Phil Holcombe is a professional designer, educator, and founder of PlusUs, a Philadelphia-based educational design consultancy that uses the design process to optimize learning experiences for today's students. Phil's NEW course, Design Thinking for Educators, is tailored for K-12 educators looking to deepen their understanding of Design Thinking and to discover ways to use Design Thinking in their classrooms - whether to strengthen curriculum, align instruction, organize resources, structure lesson plans, or foster communication.
 

See our full course catalogue HERE for more details.

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.
 

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It's all about project management this summer

Digital Operations + Project Management
 

Sloan Miller is a creative and technology industry veteran with expertise in operations, strategy, business development and leading teams. His in-depth knowledge across various methodologies allows him to successfully execute projects in a flexible and adaptable way. Sloan has consulted and contracted with dozens of startups, non-profits and established businesses in operations and outreach.
 

Are you a freelance designer or creative that needs help with best practices in your field?  Sloan is teaching Fundamentals of Digital Operations + Project Management, starting July 5. This course offers a comprehensive guide to the potential and pitfalls inherent in web-based projects. 
 

Visit Continuing Education for course and certificate program information, or call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone.
 

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Catch PIE @ PAEA in Philadelphia!

See you in October, if not sooner!


Planning on presenting at PAEA this October? Submit your proposal by Friday, June 24th! And after you've hit 'send', join us for ArtsWeek beginning June 27! Other exciting courses coming up this Summer/Fall include:
 

See our full course catalogue HERE for more details.
 

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.
 

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Create Wearable Art in Your Classroom

Jewelry is what you make of it.


Chris Darway has been working in metals for over 40 years. An educator and artist, Chris has sold and exhibited his work internationally through galleries, shops and craft shows, including American Craft Council and the Smithsonian Craft Show.  He is a two-time recipient of the New Jersey State Council of the Arts  Award and the winner of the International Pearl Design Contest in Japan.

In 3-D Projects for the Classroom: Traditional Jewelry Techniques, participants will learn fabrication techniques such as hollow construction, linkage, chain making, forming and fabrication.
 

See our full course catalogue HERE for more details.
 

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.
 

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Transform your creative impulse into creative action.

Artist Christine Stoughton will take you there.
 

"...Inherent in the making of art is the transformation of a creative impulse into a creative action. In the visual arts, this involves a change from the artistic concept to the art object. My work is strongly motivated by this idea of change, both in the making of the work and in the final image. Eastern philosophy, with its honoring of the simple and its focus on change with mindfulness in the present, is a guiding principle for me. My former profession of practicing psychologist and my experience of being a mother has reinforced the view that living life is about honoring change and recognizing impermanence. Thus the capturing of the ephemeral is essential to my art."
                                                                                                                                                                                                - Christine Stoughton, PIE Faculty
 

Join Christine Stoughton this month for Printmaking for the Classroom: Monoprinting. Techniques covered include printing with water-based inks and multiple colors as well as working with non-traditional presses that can be used in a variety of classroom settings.
 

See our full course listing here for more details.
 

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.
 

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Enhance your professional practice with Danielson.

Effective Teaching Practices: New Ways of Using the Framework
 

Does your school and/or District use Danielson's Framework for Teaching?  Join PIE + MEd faculty Elana Betts for a deep dive into understanding and applying the Framework, including strategies for implementing Teacher Tools, conducting self-assessments, peer observations, and individualized professional development plans. 
 
We will:

  • Apply Danielson’s theory of professional practice to your classroom, including planning and preparation, classroom environment, instruction, and professional responsibilities
  • Assess and chart your own professional and pedagogical growth within the Framework
  • Use Teacher Tools through hands-on learning experiences
  • Access On-Demand professional development resources
     

See our full course listing here for more details.
 

Ready to register? Online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006.
 

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Kick start your inspiration.

Unleash your creativity.
 

We want to see you spread your wings and lose yourself in one of our courses - indulge, ignite, and be inspired.
 

  • Jewelry Workshop - Earrings
    In this one-day workshop, learn the basic jewelry fabrication techniques to create a unique sterling silver earrings. Learn how to saw, file, pierce and texture with hammers to explore various shape options.
    Instructor: Joseph Pillari
     
  • Painting from Observation
    This course explores painting materials, technique and concepts with a focus on capturing realistic works from direct observation. Learn the basics of color mixing, application techniques and composition.
    Instructor: Coy Gu
     

Visit Continuing Education for course and certificate program information, or call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone.
 

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