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Instructor Howard Glasser presenting at ATLIS

Howard Glasser
PIE + MEd instructor, Howard Glasser, will be co-facilitating "Innovative Ways to Support Faculty" at this year's online Association of Technology Leaders in Independent Schools' (ATLIS) conference on Monday, April 24 at 1:15pm PT.
ATLIS formed around the idea that technology leaders make the best decisions when they are reflective, informed, and connected. Registration is now open to participate in this years conference where independent school technology leaders log in to share experiences, knowledge, and insights on the best practices in technology and innovation for independent schools.
For more information and a full schedule click here.
For more information on the PIE + MEd Programs, click here or call 215-717-6092
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Get a head start on planning for next year: Fall 2017 Catalogue available online

Fall 2017 brochure cover

Fall 2017 brochure cover

  • 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.

    View the PIE Fall 2017 Catalogue

    Make sure you're on our mailing list to stay informed about our year-round professional development opportunities.

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CE Painting Package: 20% off 5-week courses

CE Student Work: Catherine Moroney

CE Student Work: Catherine Moroney

Sign up for both of these Summer 2017 Thursday night 5-week painting courses and get 20% off!*

  • Watercolor Workshop: Observational + Still Life Painting
    Thursdays: June 8 - July 6 | Instructor: LeeAnn Grimes

    Gain a familiarity with the properties of the watercolor medium as you explore various approaches to painting still life set ups. A variety of styles and approaches are demonstrated and discussed, including color selection, painting wet into wet, glazing and washes. Get the tools to paint with confidence through this mix of demonstrations, and in-class painting exercises.
  • Painting the Urban Landscape
    Thursdays: July 13 - August 10 | Instructor: Coy Gu

    Paint Philadelphia's skyline under the guidance of a pro! Gather at an on-campus vantage points providing spectacular views of the city's iconic skyline. Artists across skill levels receive collective as well as one-on-one assistance ranging from painting basics, such as perspective and composition, to more advanced techniques including lighting, texture and depth through the use of atmospheric perspective. Use of a limited palette of acrylic paints and Bristol board (supplies provided for your first session) makes for easy transportation and setup.

* Discount cannot be applied via online registration. Call 215.717.6006 to redeem this this discount.

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This summer: Enjoy the outdoors with plein air painting

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.

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Free UArts event exclusively for Educators

View senior thesis exhibitions from the College of Art, Media & Design, mingle with faculty and students over hors d'oeuvres and drinks, and come see what the University of the Arts has to offer your students!
Educator Mix & Mingle: Fine Arts Senior Thesis Exhibition
Tuesday, April 18, 5 - 7pm
Hamilton Hall, 320 South Broad Street
RSVP for April 18
Educator Mix & Mingle: Craft + Material Studies and Photography Senior Thesis Exhibition
Thursday, May 4, 5 - 7pm
Hamilton Hall, 320 South Broad Street
We hope you’ll join us. Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions with any questions at 800-616-2787 x6049 or .
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PIE Jewelry Exhibit on view now

3-D Projects for the Classroom: Precious Metal ClayPIE Educator Exhibit
University of the Arts, 210 S. Broad Street, Terra Hall, 9th Floor

Precious metal clay is an amazing and unique material, well-adapted for K-12 classroom use.  Made of pure silver or bronze, it molds and handles like putty, fires in a kiln, and becomes a solid permanent silver. Safe and non-toxic, precious metal clay work involves simple tools and equipment that students of all ages can easily use.  

K-12 educators enrolled in our Spring course with artist Chris Darway worked with various forms in silver and bronze to produce jewelry and small sculptural objects.  Chris covered wet and dry fabrication, firing times and temperatures, use of the kiln, and alternative firing methods. 
Inspired? Enroll in this summer's Precious Metal Clay course and make your own wearable art.
    • Precious Metal Clay - William Bech
    • Precious Metal Clay - Hara Zefran
    • Precious Metal Clay - Courtney Jaggers Maikits
    • Precious Metal Clay - Michele Cole
    • Precious Metal Clay - Alicia Luba
    • Precious Metal Clay - Josh Irvan
    • Precious Metal Clay - Sandra Sherbinko
    • Precious Metal Clay - Kate Kasmar (Anne Meyers)
    • Precious Metal Clay - Juanita A Gaspari
    • Precious Metal Clay: Alison Bongiorno
    • Precious Metal Clay - Kaitlyn Boyer
    • Precious Metal Clay - Elizabeth Kerr

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

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CE Summer 2017 course registration is open


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New! CE Director's Spotlight courses

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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:

Register online or contact the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006 with any questions.

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Student Profile: Gayatri Aditya

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    •  Student Profile: Gayatri Aditya
    •  Student Profile: Gayatri Aditya

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:

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MEd Graduate Jill Rakowicz presenting at NAEA Conference

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.

Congratulations Jill!


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FREE TPS-UArts Workshop for K-12 Educators

Free Teaching with Primary Sources One Day Workshop 
Featuring Keynote Kim Sajet from the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.
Saturday, April 23, 2016: 10 am – 4 pm | The University of the Arts

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! 


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Welcome Caitlin Perkins, New Director of Continuing Education

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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CE Spring Info Session

Attend Our Spring Information Session

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm

Take the first step in learning about Continuing Education courses and certificate programs. Our curriculum provides an accelerated, in-depth learning experience taught by talented working professionals who emphasize practical knowledge and skills using a project-based approach. Every program has a clear learning outcome: secure a new position, transition into a new industry, or keep technical skills current.

Attendees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for one new spring CE course. (New students only. No retroactive refunds will be given.)

Terra Hall
9th Floor, Room 901
211 S. Broad Street (Corner of Broad + Walnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19107

RSVP to  or 215.717.6006

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The University of the Arts Awarded the PSEA Seal of Recognition

The University of the Arts is a proud recipient of the PSEA (Pennsylvania State Education Association) Seal of Recognition For Professional Development for our non-matriculated courses offered through the Professional Institute for Educators as well as our Master's programs. 

The University of the Arts has a long tradition of providing high-quality and enriching professional development for Educators. Courses are current, practical and relevant for general and subject teachers throughout the region. We strive to empower educators across disciplines to advance their teaching skills and improve learning for all students. Not just for arts specialists, UArts develops innovative and creative educational programming to serve the professional development needs of K-12 teachers. Both our matriculated and non-matriculated, graduate credit courses are designed specifically to meet the needs and address the challenges of today’s K-12 teacher.  All matriculated programs fit individual student needs by offering flexible scheduling options including summer, evening, and weekend courses at sites throughout the greater Philadelphia region. 

The Seal of Recognition has been awarded for the following programs: 

  • Professional Institute for Educators - Courses designed especially for a wide variety of subject teachers, including courses for curriculum development, inclusionary practices, classroom management, literacy, the arts, technology, enrichment and leadership. PIE is an approved provider for PA Act 48 and NJ Professional Development.

  • Master of Education in Educational Program Design -This Master of Education degree is offered to deepen knowledge about quality education program design. It demystifies curriculum, instruction and assessment for teachers.Recommended for K-12 educators who have yet to earn their master’s degree and are seeking graduate-level instruction about innovative teaching methods that focus on both theory and real-world practice.

  • Master of Education in Educational Technology - Through the incorporation of both theoretical and real-world best practices, the MEd in Educational Technology arms you with a comprehensive understanding of the role of technology in education in the 21st century.  Designed for in-service teachers who desire to develop an expertise in the integration of technology into classroom learning.

  • Graduate Certificates - For those who do not wish to earn a master’s degree but are eager to explore one of our content areas in depth, we recommend the graduate certificates. Content areas include Educational Technology, Inclusion, Literacy and The Arts.

  • Summer Music Studies - With a legacy of serving over 300 music educations from across the country each summer for over twenty years, this program offers week-long, graduate level coursework for students interested in expanding upon their pedagogical, technological, musical, and instructional skills in all genre of music classrooms. 

  • Master of Music in Music Education Our MM is designed for music teachers desiring a master of music degree and others interested in studying music education at the graduate level and can be completed in as few as three or four summers. This summer-only program is offered in conjunction with the Summer Music Studies Program. 

For more information on our programming, contact the Continuing Studies office at 215-717-6006 or email us at .

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CE Photography Capstone Exhibition

The Division of Continuing Studies is pleased to present the upcoming Continuing Education Capstone Exhibitions, featuring the work of Digital Photography certificate students.

CE Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition
August 5 - September 21,2015

Featuring the work of:
Cheyene Mason Perez – Exposed Within the Spotlight
Veronica Clymer – Serenity

The Continuing Studies Gallery
9th Floor of Terra Hall
211 S. Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

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SummerStudio: Design Thinking - A Special Invitation to Art Educators

SummerStudio: Design Thinking
A National Professional Development Opportunity
July 13 - 17, 2015 at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO

The University of the Arts is pleased to partner with the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to offer graduate credits for SummerStudio Design Thinking, an exciting professional development opportunity for Arts Educators. The program is brought to you by the NAEA in partnership with The National Art Education Association (NAEA), the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

The Intention of SummerStudio is to build creative leadership teams of “Lead Art & Design Teachers” with a proficient working knowledge and expertise to teach and mentor students, other educators, and members of the community in the innovative process of design and creative problem solving within art education and across the curriculum.

Why do YOU need to be part of SummerStudio Design Thinking?

  • SummerStudio Design Thinking promises to spark the imagination of art educators, teaching artists and in turn, your students, by exploring *“Design Thinking,” is an inventive process, through which problems are identified, solutions proposed and produced, and the results evaluated.”
    * Definition adopted by consensus of participants in the National Design for Thinking Institute, August 6 – 9, 1998, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, supported by the National   Endowment of the Arts 
  • This is a unique “hands-on” professional development opportunity to learn from an internationally acclaimed team of Design Thinking experts including Jack Lew, prominent designer and educator and former director with Disney and Electronic Arts (EA); Jacob Simons, award-winning Experience Design Director; André Thomas, former Head of EA Sports Graphics and current faculty in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University; Caroline Payson, Director of Education, and the education team from Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, America’s preeminent museum and educational authority for the study of design; Cheri Sterman, Director of Education, Crayola Inc., and the exemplary team of Lead Design Teachers, selected as part of the National Art Education Foundation (NAEF) action research project—Art Education by Design - directed by Jan Norman, founding Director of Design for Thinking and Chair, NAEA Design Issues Group. 
  • Become a Design Thinking Leader for your school, community and the field of education, equipped to inspire and teach others the creative problem solving process of design, to support the new National Visual Art Standards, and to promote 21st century skills essential for school to college and career readiness and learning across the curriculum—including science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) + art (STEAM). 

SummerStudio will be held in Kansas City, “America’s Creative Crossroads,” sponsored by NAEA and hosted by the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, in partnership with Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum.

Register on the NAEA website:  For questions regarding your team and participation, call or email Jan Norman at or(610) 608-9200   Graduate credits are available through The University of the Arts.  Participants must first register directly with NAEA. Upon registration, participants may then register for credit by contacting the Professional Institute for Educators at 215.717.6006. Visit for more information.

UArts Course Info: VPAS 554 NM 01 Studio Design Thinking, 2 graduate credits $575 tuition (payable to UArts)

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Registration now open for UArts Summer Music Studies Program

The University of the Arts is proud to announce the expansion and redevelopment of the Summer Music Studies Program (SMS). The SMS originated on the campus of Villanova University twenty-five years ago, serving music educators from across the country with summer graduate coursework in all facets of music education.

As we transition into this new phase of summer offerings with The University of the Arts as program leader, we are proud to continue the traditions and culture established, and to evolve the program, locations, coursework and faculty to best serve our students.

Expansion of graduate coursework to four locations for Summer 2015 will now make courses available at Villanova University, as well as the Center City Philadelphia home of UARTS, Ursinus College, and at Parkland High School, all with free parking.  We will also begin to offer on-line courses this coming summer, which will expand in future years.

Please visit for information about summer course offerings, locations, housing opportunities, and to learn more about our faculty for Summer 2015. Registration is now open.

The University of the Arts offers a Master of Music in Music Education degree program for certified music educators seeking to advance instructional skills, educational foundations and knowledge, pedagogy and musicianship to best serve Pre-K through 12th grade 21st Century students. The MM in Music Education degree is a component of the Summer Music Studies Program, providing degree advancement through rigorous and relevant coursework in music education. Visit for more information.

For questions about Summer 2015, contact Elizabeth Sokolowski, Director of Summer Music Studies at .


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Congratulations to our CE Certificate Graduates!

Congratulations to the 23 students who recently completed their CE Certificate Programs! A celebratory reception was held on Thursday, April 30 to celebrate their accomplishments. We wish these students great success in all they do! We are excited to see how they apply the skills they have learned through these programs towards furthering their professional goals.

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CE Summer Info Session

Attend Our Summer Information Session

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 | 5:30 - 7:00 pm with a brief presentation at 5:45 pm

Take the first step in learning about Continuing Education courses and certificate programs. Our curriculum provides an accelerated, in-depth learning experience taught by talented working professionals who emphasize practical knowledge and skills using a project-based approach. Every program has a clear learning outcome: secure a new position, transition into a new industry, or keep technical skills current.

Attendees are eligible for a 10% tuition discount for one new summer 2015 CE course. (No retroactive refunds will be given.)

Terra Hall
9th Floor, Room 901
211 S. Broad Street (Corner of Broad + Walnut)
Philadelphia, PA 19107

RSVP to or 215.717.6095

Need Directions? Go to:

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CE Preview Workshop Day

Join us on May 9 from 10 am - 4 pm for a one-day hands-on experience for only $45.

These one-day workshops are designed to give you a short introductory experience to many of our popular subjects. They provide a quick sample that can help you select a full course or allow you to explore a new subject that intrigues you. Free lunch is included for all participants.

  • Digital Camera Basics
  • Drawing Basics
  • Photoshop Basics
  • Screen Printing Basics
  • Social Media Basics
  • Writing Workshop

Students who register and complete a workshop are eligible for a 20% tuition discount on one 30-hour course within the same term. Contact the Continuing Studies office at 215-717-6006 with any questions.

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