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Professional Development + Encrichment courses for Graphic Designers

These courses are offered as professional development opportunities for artists and graphic designers who want to  get inspired, enhance their skills and train with renowned leaders in the field.
 
  • Data Visualization
    Visual presenation of quantitative data
     
  • Letterform Design
    Developing unique alphabets + letter sets based
    on classical principles of the Latin-based letterforms.
     
  • Photographics
    Explore the constructed photograph - street shooting
    + controlled studio lighting.
     

Visit cs.uarts.edu/ce/courses for a full list of Fall 2017 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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Fall 2017 Director's Spotlight Courses

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DIRECTOR’S SPOTLIGHT 
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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Enrich your summer with 5-week courses beginning in July

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.

    

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MEd Faculty Matt Duvall Award Postdoctoral Fellowship

Matt Duvall PIE Faculty

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. 

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Away for the summer? Take an online course.

We listened! Teachers are looking for more online course options. Register now for: 

 
 
** Registration closes next week!
 

Register online at cs.uarts.edu/pie or call 215.717.6006. See our complete summer course catalogue for further details.
 
    
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UArts Anderson Hall closure + course cancellations

Dear UArts Continuing Studies community,
 
A large water main burst in the basement area of the university's Anderson Hall causing significant damage and forcing the closure of the building through the summer of 2017. 

Continuing Studies is working with the university administration, faculty and studio technicians to relocate our summer programs that were planned for those studios; however, unfortunately, in some cases we can not accommodate class offerings in alternative spaces, forcing us to cancel select classes.
 
Please be sure to look for communication from Continuing Studies staff for the final location of your course.
 
 
If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to or 215.717.6006.
 
    
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Write, sing, record and perform in our summer music courses.

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Start composing and creating.


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.

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Dive into digital design and technology this summer.

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Take your digital design skills to the next level.

 


Interested in building a website but not sure where to start?  Want to enhance your digital design skills or generate engaging video content for the web? 
 

Our Digital Technology summer course offerings will equip you with the skills to succeed in these endeavors and more.



Visit cs.uarts.edu/ce for a full list of Summer 2017 courses and information about our certificate programs.

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Hear about the UArts MEd experience first hand from alum Jill Rakowicz

"I could take my research and apply it right then and there to my teaching practice."
 

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 .

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Beginning soon: 5 + 10 Week Writing Courses

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                                


View a full list of Summer 2017 courses and information about our certificate programs.


Questions? Call the Continuing Studies office at 215.717.6006 or email .

  

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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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DIRECTOR’S SPOTLIGHT
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.
 

*Tuition for Making Videos for the Web is $500.


     

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Student Profile: Gayatri Aditya

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    •  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: https://gayatriadityablog.wordpress.com/2016/08/07/first-blog-post/

 
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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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