Whether you're looking to log studio time in an art + design course or refresh your digital design skills, there's still time to join us this summer. Courses begin throughout July, including:
View the full list of CE Summer 2017 course offerings. Questions? Contact or call 215-717-6006.
Matt Duvall PIE Faculty
UArts congratulates Matt Duvall, MEd Faculty, who has successfully defended his doctoral dissertation: The Impact of Virtual Literacy Communities in an English Language Arts Classroom: A Case Study Using Goodreads. We are thrilled to report that Matt will begin work as a postdoctoral fellow with the Entrepreneurial Games Studio at Drexel's ExCITe Center, where he will be working on the Skyscraper Games project (www.skyscrapergames.com), focused on middle grades students and teachers interested in computational thinking through game design.
We listened! Teachers are looking for more online course options. Register now for:
Whether you're an aspiring singer, composer or producer, our summer Music courses will help build your skills and confidence. You'll also have the option to showcase what you've learned alongside your classmates in our Summer Variety Show.
Check out all of our summer courses offering at cs.uarts.edu/ce/courses. Questions? Email or give us a call at 215-717-6006.
Take your digital design skills to the next level.
Our Digital Technology summer course offerings will equip you with the skills to succeed in these endeavors and more.
Jill Rakowicz, a K-5 arts teacher with the Littlestown Area School District, is an alumni of the MEd in Educational Program Design program. Hear about her capstone project, which she was selected to present to at the NAEA conference in Chicago and imagine how your own classroom practice would be enhanced through one of UArts' 30-credit Master's degrees.
Apply today and begin this Summer. Join colleagues to demystify curriculum, instruction and assessment, and use technology to support meaningful learning experiences both inside - and outside - the classroom.
QUESTIONS? Call Jules 215.717.6092 or email .
Our range of Writing courses are designed to help you develop your voice in a variety of genres. Summer course offerings include:
10 Week Courses 5 Week Courses
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Check out what's in store for next semester. Submit your district paper work before the school year ends and firm up your professional development plans.
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CE Student Work: Catherine Moroney
Sign up for both of these Summer 2017 Thursday night 5-week painting courses and get 20% off!*
* Discount cannot be applied via online registration. Call 215.717.6006 to redeem this this discount.
PIE students recently enjoyed the warming spring weather while plein air painting with artist Joe Sweeney.
Come paint with Joe during this Summer's 2017 ArtsWeek course, Landscape Painting at the Seaport Museum, from Aug 7-11!
Register online or all Jules at 215.717.6092 for more information.
Work by: William Bech, Hara Zefran, Courtney Jaggers Maikits, Michele Cole, Alicia Luba, Josh Irvan, Sandra Sherbinko, Kate Kasmar, Juanita A Gaspari, Alison Bongiorno, Kaitlyn Boyer, Elizabeth Kerr
Photo credit: Andrea Poulsen
Our Summer 2017 courses are officially open for registration! Classes start on Tuesday, June 6th.
This semester includes a selection of Director's Spotlight courses. With a special tuition rate of $295, these courses are designed to get you started on your journey of becoming a maker.
Check out all of our other exciting summer offerings including:
View a full list of courses and register online here. Join us on May 10 for the CE Summer 2017 Info Session to learn more about our courses and certificate programs. Call us at 215-717-6006 with questions or to register over the phone!
Caitlin Perkins Director of Continuing Education + Special Programs
When people ask me how to get started on a path to creativity I stress the importance of quantity. Want to learn to draw? Make a ton of drawings. Don’t get stuck trying to make one perfect painting, or develop writer’s block from anxiety about getting the pen to page – instead, welcome the mistakes, learn from them, and enjoy your journey of becoming a maker.
To get you started, I am offering a special tuition rate of $295, on a selection of Continuing Education courses. I’m certain our courses will delight you. Courses include:
*Tuition for Making Videos for the Web is $500.
By Caitlin Perkins, Director UArts Continuing Education
Gayatri Aditya is a UArts Teaching Artist Certificate Program Student. She participates in this online program from Shanghai, China.
I had a chance to catch up with Gayatri, one of our Teaching Artist Certificate program students who lives in Shanghai. Literally, catch up to her–she is a busy woman. She has been a participant in our TAC program since last fall, but she just got back from Ooty in Tamil Nadu region of India where she spent four days as a teaching artist-in-residence at a remote rural school.
Gayatri and I spoke about her fall Capstone Project, which will complete her Teaching Artist Certificate program. Even though it was early morning in Shanghai, she was beaming with happiness to report that because of her participation in the Teaching Artist Certificate program, she had just secured a job at the Bright Start Academy in Shanghai. She starts teaching her new program in September teaching art to a group of 16 two-year old children!
Gayatri explained that she would develop a series of lesson plans to work with the school’s curriculum, and laughed as she explained that she would definitely be referring back to the coursework from the Human Behavior and Child Development class in getting ready to work with such young children.
Leading up to our conversation, I’d been following Gayatri’s journey to Ooty in July of 2016. She worked with a Tribal school in Ooty,Tamil Nadu to help build a school.
Gayatri did a four-day workshop and intervention in the Tribal school in Ooty. This particular school sits inside a forest surrounded by tea plantations, and the tea farm worker’s children attend the school until the 4th grade. The teachers are government appointed, and Gayatri said that they are extraordinary, working at the school with no power or electric connection, let alone wireless. She laughed saying that simple teaching tools she has so often relied on didn’t exist, “They write everything. No photocopier. No Internet. No electricity. No lights. They are in the middle of the forest!”
The children have text books, but there are no storybooks. We spent a lot of time reading stories, but as she started her four day residency, “I realized on the first day that the children couldn't draw!”
And, in closer observation she saw that the children were being “overly corrected” or "inappropriately corrected' when they showed their drawings to their teachers. Disturbed by the barriers that had been put up, Gayatri said she went home that night and remembered something her mentor Cheilaugh Garvey said: “Children learn best when they are let out in nature.”
The next day, Gayatri took from Garvey’s lesson and asked the children to go out and collect whatever they could find. Then they made “drawings” using these found materials. The children made patterns or designs of their choice and then we let the rain and wind wash it away the next day. The drawing project was amazing!
Gayatri added to their experience by having the students photograph their drawings and designs.
Gayatri left for Chennai/Madras, India on June 24th, and upon her return she shared this experience with her fellow UArts TAC classmates, indicating that [she had] “put all that we learned last month into practice. It really works! I suddenly found Lowenfeld's [stages of artistic development] observations and charts coming into being!”
While the school project with Ooty is over, Gayatri explained that they have identified needs the school has and she will continue to raise awareness and funds to support it. She started the a fundraising campaign in June and has already raised funds and volunteer support. You can read more about Gayatri’s projects with the children on this blog: https://gayatriadityablog.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/first-blog-post/
Jill Rakowicz received her Master of Education in Educational Program Design with a Concentration in the Arts. Her thesis explores the ways in which art discussion practices align with PA Core State Standards and challenges the concept of "production" in the art room.
"UArts offered a flexible program that worked symbiotically with my teaching of visual art. I was able to research themes that pertained specifically to my art curriculum within my district and connect them to the Core State Standards as well as 21st Century Learning Skills. I could take my research and apply it immediately in my art room." - Jill Rakowicz, UArts MEd in Educational Program Design, 2015
Jill is presenting 'Aligning Visual Art Curriculum with Common Core State Standards Through Visual Thinking Strategies' on Saturday, March 19th @ 2:00PM at the 2016 NAEA National Convention in Chicago, IL! Visit the official NAEA website here for more info.
Workshop is free, but advance registration is required. Spaces are limited.
We are pleased to invite K-12 teachers to attend our free spring one-day workshop, designed to engage teachers in all subjects in the benefits of primary sources from the Library of Congress to inspire you and your students.
Featuring a keynote talk by Kim Sajet, Director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C., this workshop includes guided activity sessions working hands-on with the Library of Congress digital collections and teacher tools, providing easy implementation of inquiry-based learning into your classroom.
Activities are designed to help your students to observe, reflect and question sources in many subject areas and make thoughtful connections. Learn how to differentiate between primary and secondary sources, navigate and access primary source items from the Library of Congress, and discover the different formats primary sources have — all to help students explore the ways people have documented their stories throughout history. In addition, we have special activity sessions during the workshop for teachers to explore specific artifacts such as photographs, sound, prints and imagery to enhance student learning in a range of subject areas and grade levels.
Join us to effectively understand and use the vast resources of the Library of Congress in your teaching. Program includes: 5.5 Act 48 or NJ Professional Development hours, free lunch, free parking, plus a flash drive of immediate resources for your classroom!
Continuing Studies is proud to welcome Caitlin Perkins as our new Director of Continuing Education + Special Programs. Caitlin came to UArts from Fleisher Art Memorial, where she served as the Manager of Adult Programs at for the past three years. During her tenure at Fleisher, she managed a faculty of 55 teaching artists and oversaw the classes and workshops for more than 900 adults each term.
Prior to Fleisher, Caitlin managed Philagrafika’s international artist residency projects and partnerships with exhibition and historical sites across Philadelphia. Caitlin was the Project Manager for Philagrafika, overseeing public art projects and she worked with the Artistic Director and a curatorial team to produce Philagrafika 2010:The Graphic Unconscious, a citywide festival celebrating print in contemporary art with over 90 partner sites. In addition, she served on the Philadelphia committee to host the Southern Graphics Council (SGC) Conference in 2010. She was an artist member of the Space 1026 collective and a co-founder of the Philadelphia Center for the Book. In her artistic practice, which includes prints, books and installation, she foregrounds the use of historical materials. She received her BFA, magna cum laude from the University of New Mexico and her MFA from the Book Arts/Printmaking Program at The University of the Arts.
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