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Tell a Story in Continuing Education!

Tell us a story! Register NOW for one of these highly popular Art + Design courses! 

Artist Book Structures
Feb 2 to April 13, 6:00 PM - 9:00PM

This course approaches the book as a form of art. You will get an introduction to a fundamental set of materials, processes and concepts involved in making books by hand. Craft and concept are strengthened as you learn new and innovative structures each week. In-class demonstrations and examples help familiarize you with the processes and product of a variety of different book structures.
InstructorDenise Carbone

Prints + Books: A Crash Course
Mar 16 to April 13, 6:00 PM - 9:00PM

Freedom of the press no longer belongs only to those who own one! This course will cover experimental, low-tech printmaking methods, most of which will not require a press. Each week we will learn a new print technique combined with simple book structures that can be used in endless combinations.
InstructorSusan White


Screen Printing
Feb 2 to April 13, 6:00 PM - 9:00PM

Curious to try your hand at pulling a print? Are you eager to get back into the studio and explore new ideas? This course provides an introduction to image generation, screen preparation and the unique nature of this process, from start to finish, allowing more advanced students to develop individually. Students at all levels are welcome as we guide you into the process and let you explore varying levels of complexity.
Instructor: Ian Sampson

    • Screen Printing, Sheila Watts
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We're Bringing Adobe to Continuing Education!

Check out these awesome Adobe courses running in Winter/Spring with Continuing Education! 

Adobe Creative Suite Overview
Feb 1 to April 12, 6:00 PM - 9:00PM

Have little to no experience with Adobe design software? This course outlines the fundamentals of Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign. Learn the basics of image resolution, scanning, image import/export, print setup, photo adjustments and vectors, as well as introductory typography and design. You'll gain a better understanding of how these three software programs work together and independently to create products for print and web. This course offers navigational and introductory essentials, as well as a solid foundation for ongoing design exploration.
InstructorChristine Bailey

Adobe Photoshop
Feb 1 to April 12, 6:00 PM - 9:00PM

Adobe Photoshop is the industry standard for editing raster graphics. This course kicks off with an introduction to its interface, tools and potential application to both web and print. Learn basic techniques for cropping and retouching images as well as for correcting exposure, color and lighting - skills applicable to everything from restoring old photos to manipulating the shot you snapped today.
Instructor: Natasha Warshawsky


    • Caitlin Sheehy, Photoshop
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Around Town

Adam Lovitz, CE Instructor

Adam Lovitz, CE Instructor






Deciding where to head on First Friday? Planning your next gallery hop? Each month, Continuing Education faculty member Adam Lovitz will curate a selection of new and current exhibitions and happenings each month.


Adam's Picks:

World War I and American Art
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Up thru April 9th, 2017

RAIR Filthy Rich - Projects Made Possible by the Waste Stream
The Galleries at Moore
Ana Peñalba: Philli
Mark Stockton: Independent(s)
Paper Giants
January 28th to March 11th

After Now
UArts Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery
Gideon Barnett, Michael Ciervo, Micah Danges, Samuel Hindolo, Peter Allen Hoffmann and Kelsey Halliday Johnson
Through February 28 2017


To learn more about Adam,

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Student Highlight

On January 9, 2017 UArts Continuing Education graduated the first class of Teaching Artists sponsored by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts from our certificate program. Nine artists from across the state participated in the 18 month long program. Courses were conducted online and culminated in teaching residencies in schools and community organizations across the state of Pennsylvania.

Kristin Balmer, Philadelphia

Katherine DeMent, Swissvale

Elizabeth Faist, Factoryville

Julie Mader, Smethport

Shari Mastalski, Butler

Mark McKenna, Bethlehem

Amy Kaye Mullen-Johnson, York

Michele Randall, State College

Alison Zapata, Pittsburgh


Participating Pennsylvania Council on the Arts - Arts in Education Partnership organizations included:

Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership
Lively Arts, ArtsPath: Indiana University of Pennsylvania
AIE Northeastern Pennsylvania, a program of Northeastern Educational IU #19/Scranton
Elk County Council on the Arts
Erie Arts & Culture
Allentown Art Museum

Cultural Alliance of York County
Galaxy, the Arts in Education Program of Central IU #10
Pittsburgh Center for the Arts/Pittsburgh Filmmakers
    • Teaching Artist Certificate Program - Graduation
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In the Spotlight

UArts faculty member David J. Greenberg will be the featured speaker in the UArts Visiting Writers Series this March!

David's feature-length writing-directing debut, Stomping Ground, premiered at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival in 2016. His numerous writing credits include the indie films What Matters Most (2012), Used to Love Her (2014) and the documentary Bonnie & Clyde: Lovers On the Run (2015). In 2015, David wrote and directed the short film Interrogation, which won a Grand Jury Prize at the L.A. Neo-Noir Festival, and his 1995 short The True Meaning of Cool won an award from the American Film Institute.

David will be teaching Screenwriting for Continuing Education this Spring!

Thursday, March 16, 2017
6:30 p.m.
Terra Hall, Connelly Auditorium

    • david greenberg headshot jpg
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The Scoop

Our permanent collection is growing!

The Continuing Studies Division at UArts is pleased to announce the purchase of a photograph from Caitlin Sheehy’s Digital Photography Capstone Exhibition.

Next time you stop by the Continuing Studies office, check it out!

(pictured below, from left to right: Adrienne Harding, Caitlin Perkins, Sheila Watts)

    • Continuing Studies Staff with Caitlin Sheehy Photo (from left to right): Adrienne Harding, Caitlin Perkins, Sheila Watts
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CE Coverage in Technically Philly!

CE Alumni and Certificate Programs Featured in Technically Philly! 

We were so honored and proud to be featured not once, but TWICE in Technically Philly this month! Check out the incredible articles down below, and don't forget to register now for a Winter/Spring 2017 course! 

These 4 Philadelphians landed tech jobs after graduating from UArts | Jan. 6, 2017
Program Director Caitlin Perkins sat down with writer and contributor Julie Lenard to talk about all of the fantastic work our students have accomplished. 

At UArts Continuing Education, web design is an 'art form' | Jan. 11, 2017
Highlighting our Social Media & Web Design Essentials certificate programs, the interviews conducted in this article include Social Media faculty Jessica Meeder, Web Design Essentials faculty David Chaplin-Loebell, and our very own program director Caitlin Perkins!

    • Technically Philly
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Accepting Applications NOW for our Continuing Education Certificate Programs!

Accepting Applications NOW for these exciting Continuing Education Certificate Programs

Social Media Marketing Essentials
Application deadline: January 20, 2017 | Program Orientation: January 24, 2017

Web Design Essentials

Application deadline: January 20, 2017 | Program Orientation: January 26, 2017

Digital Photography Certificate

Application deadline: January 20, 2017 | Program Orientation: January 31, 2017

    • Social Media + Marketing banner
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Philly Featured: 50 Best Places to Travel in 2017, Travel + Leisure Magazine!

Check it out!

Philadelphia has made Travel + Leisure's list of '50 Best Places to Travel in 2017', and the The University of the Arts campus is featured in the Broad Street image! Be sure to visit the link below to read the full article.

    • Travel + Leisure, Philadelphia
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CE Winter/Spring 2017 Courses are now LIVE!

UArts 2017 Winter/Spring CE Brochure Cover

UArts 2017 Winter/Spring CE Brochure Cover

Classes start Monday, January 30th! 

Our Winter/Spring 2017 courses are officially open for registration! Classes start on Monday, January 30th - and we can't wait to see you there. 

Check out some of our exciting offerings!


  • Web Design I (*First course in our new Web Design Essentials cert) 
    Begin to build skills in the tools and languages used on the web; process images for use on the web; learn the roles of HTML, CSS and Javascript. 
    InstructorMalcolm McAtee
  • Overview of Social Media Marketing (*First course in our new Social Media Marketing cert)
    Interactive social media tools are examined, including Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, LinkedIn, mobile apps and blogging.
    InstructorJessica Meeder
  • Experimental Photography
    You will explore four alternative photographic processes, including Cyanotype, Van dyke brown, encaustic medium over photographs, and transferring digital images on alternative surfaces.
    InstructorSandra Davis
  • Letterpress Printmaking
    Letterpress printing is ideal for creating broadsides, posters, books, cards, personalized letterhead and more. Using the University’s wide array of lead and wood type and engraved imagery, you will explore composition, typography, and color.
    InstructorMarisha Simons

Visit us here for a full list of Winter/Spring 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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Around Town

Adam Lovitz, CE Instructor

Adam Lovitz, CE Instructor






Deciding where to head on First Friday? Planning your next gallery hop? Each month, Continuing Education faculty member Adam Lovitz will curate a selection of new and current exhibitions and happenings each month.


Adam's Picks:

Fleisher/Ollman Gallery
Person, Place or Thing
Emilia Brintnall, Jonathan Lyndon Chase, Michael Ryan Handley, Morgan Hobbs, Nick Lenker, James Maurelle, Anne Minich, Lisi Raskin, Jaither West, Ashley Wick
Nov 18 - Jan 28, 2017

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910 - 1950
Up thru Jan 8, 2017

Practice Gallery
All Gems: Emily Snedden Yates
..."Motivations to amass particular objects range from monetary to memorization. The ritual of collecting may provide a sense of security or a definition of one's self..."
Dec 2 - Jan 29, 2017

Eleanna Anagnos, Joshua Bienko, Clare Britt, Catherine Haggarty, Eric Hibit, Will Hutnick, Leeza Meksin, Sarah Rushford, Zahar Vaks
Dec 2 - Jan 8, 2017

To learn more about Adam,

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In the Spotlight

Our first Continuing Education Variety Show was a smashing success!

In spite of the SEPTA strike, we had the most lovely evening for our very first Continuing Education Variety Show. On November 2 our brave Continuing Education students took to the cabaret stage with Creative Writing faculty, Ken Bingham as a masterful master of ceremonies. We were treated to readings, performance and other delights presented by our talented students, faculty and friends.


What a hoot it was!


The performances included a series of hot, hot, hot tap dance numbers, a Russian pop song from the 60s, jazz and scatting, a heartwarming story about shucking oysters; a fabulously funny reading about Philadelphia trees; a scene from play by a pair of students from Acting Lab, and more.


Thank you to everyone for making it a magical night--you are wonderful talented people. I look forward to future collaborations and performances, mark your calendar for April 26 - for our 2nd Continuing Education Variety Show!


In community,

Caitlin Perkins

Director of Continuing Education

    • Emma Hobson (center) - Reading from Aww Shucks or How to Shuck and Oyster as Told Through Memories
    • Corinne Karon and tap students
    • Andrey Pak singing
    • Carol Shepherd - Reading From Kernicterus 3
    • Jon Glynn - Reading from The Philadelphia Understory 2
    • Mary Ellen Desmond with piano accompanist Tom Lawton
    • Taneasha Ratchford with accompaniest Tom Lawton,
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The Scoop

'Another Time After' Exhibition - Leanne Grimes

'Another Time After' Exhibition - Leanne Grimes

Leanne Elizabeth Grimes, who taught our Watercolor course this fall is part of a three person exhibition, Another Time After, at NO. 4 Studio in Brooklyn, NY. A show celebrating love, friendship, and some bad ass paintings!

Another Time After
No.4 Studio

Opening Reception: Friday, December 9th 6 - 9 pm

361 Stagg Street #204
Brooklyn, NY 11206

Leanne Elizabeth Grimes

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Thanks for coming to our CE Variety Show!

Emma Hobson (center) - Reading from Aww Shucks or How to Shuck and Oyster as Told Through Memories

Emma Hobson (center) - Reading from Aww Shucks or How to Shuck and Oyster as Told Through Memories

Thank you to everyone who came out for our CE Variety Show last Wednesday! We were so thrilled to see the many talents of our incredible students.

Performances included...


Singing performances by Vocal Lab students and their instructor Mary Desmond with accompianist Tom Lawton on piano. 
Singer: Taneasha Ratchford
Accompaniest: Tom Lawton
Song: Nel cor piu non mi sento by Giovanni Paisiello
Singer: Mary Desmond
Accompanist: Tom Lawton
Song: September in the Rain
Singer: Andrey Pak 
Accompaniest: Tom Lawton
Song: Kak jal, no ty segodnya ne so mnoy
Tap performances by instructor Corinne Karon and students from Classical Tap
Performance of an act from “Extreme Mercy” written by Acting Lab students Robin Welde, Margery Wood,  who were joined by Stephanie Sheehan for the performance. 
Instructor: Rosey Hay
Readings by:
Reading by Carol Shepherd, from “Kernicterus.”
Class: Creative Writing
Instructor: Ken Bingham
Reading by Jon Glynn, from “The Philadelphia Understory”
Class: Creative Writing
Instructor: Ken Bingham
Reading by Emma Hobson, from “Aww Shucks (Or How to Shuck and Oyster as told through Memories)”
Class: Food Writing
Instructor: Andrea Calabretta
In addition guest performers included 
Performer: Caitlin Perkins
reading an Ode to the Sea Serpent
Performer: Katarina Kapetanakis
Guest Artist: Folk Guitar
Piece: “Quentin’s Song” & “Distance”
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Our 2017 CE Winter/Spring Brochures are coming!

UArts 2017 Winter/Spring CE Brochure Cover

UArts 2017 Winter/Spring CE Brochure Cover

...And they're coming fast!

Our 2017 CE Winter/Spring Brochures will be hitting mailboxes in early December, and courses will be online and open for registration by mid-November! 

Classes officially begin the first week of February 2017, and can't wait to see you there! To join our CE mailing list, visit us here.

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Around Town

Circa 1995, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery

Circa 1995, Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery






Deciding where to head on First Friday? Planning your next gallery hop? Each month, Continuing Education faculty member Adam Lovitz will curate a selection of new and current exhibitions and happenings each month.


Adam's Picks:


Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery of The University of the Arts 
Circa 1995
Tristin Lowe, Virgil Marti, Michael Macfeat,
Eileen Neff, Stuart Netsky, and Jennie Shanker
Oct 17 - Nov 16

Locks Gallery
The Space Between Lines
Sol LeWitt, Ralph Humphrey, Thomas Chimes, Warren Rohrer, Sean Scully, Lee Ufan, Pat Steir
Oct 12 - Nov 17

Vox Populi
Trim Tab
Kelsey Halliday Johnson
Nov 4 - Dec 18

Kamihira (image below)
Sinead Cahill, Mariel Capanna, Micah Danges, Adam Lovitz, John Mitchell, Thomas Pontone
Nov 6 /  Noon to Sunset  / 2527 Frankford¬if_id=1476905398711337

To learn more about Adam,

    • Kamihira Presents:
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Student Profile: Magali Roman

Magali Roman, CE Student

Magali Roman, CE Student

CE Program Director Caitlin Perkins sat down with Continuing Education student Magali Roman about her experience in our Effective Writing for Digital Content course and how she was able to transfer that into her profession as copywriter and content manager at Rikumo.

What’s your profession?

I'm a copywriter and content manager at Rikumo, a Japanese home decor and lifestyle brand based in Philadelphia.  It's a small company so we all do a lot of different things, but I work in the marketing team to develop our voice and make sure our brand's story is communicated in the best possible way. I also run our blog and help plan monthly store events.

You took the Effective Writing for Digital Content this past summer, I was lucky enough to see your student presentation walking through the project where you focused on new pages for Rikumo's Miami store. Can you elaborate on your project?

Our assignment was to create a digital campaign of any kind, choosing a client and creating an digital identity for that brand (making a website, creating social media accounts, etc.). At the time Rikumo was looking to open a second store in Miami, so I thought it'd be a good chance to kill two birds with one stone and make a digital campaign I could eventually use at the office. For my final project I created a website for our second store, wrote a bunch of copy, and developed an ad campaign to promote our store opening. Even though Rikumo chose not to move forward with that project in the end, it was great practice for promoting a future store opening!

What were your takeaways from the class?

Honestly, I learned that writing copy is, like, 25% of digital copywriting. That's a big percentage of it, of course, but it's also developing content, event-planning, and a surprising amount of psychology. It's important to understand your customer's perspective and what they want to see from your company. The internet is open to pretty much everyone (as opposed to the people who have to physically visit a store), so when you're creating digital campaigns you're essentially shaping the personality and identity of your brand, which is so exciting!

Can you describe your favorite tip you learned?

Staying super realistic, putting yourself in the mindset of a reader, and trusting your instincts are the three things that ultimately differentiate a good writer from a mediocre one. I would constantly ask myself if I, as a consumer, would be convinced by what I was writing, and try to respond as honestly as possible. Readers are really smart, and the constant slew of clickbait we read through every day on Facebook and Buzzfeed has built this kind of filter within all of us. It's left us with short attention spans for anything that's not 100% clear and understandable within the first 140 characters. I'm a pretty opinionated person, so using myself as a filter was essential. If I wasn't convinced by something I wrote, I couldn't really expect anyone else to, right?

How does writing for web differs from writing for print, based on your experience in the class?

I think you have a lot fewer chances to get someone's attention on the internet. When people read print, most of the time they're making a commitment to finish reading the paragraph. In the internet there are ten open tabs that are all vying for your attention. This means that you have to be 10 times more careful with how you fragment and craft a sentence, because everyone's too rushed to read anything too carefully. A single word can make a huge difference on intriguing or confusing a reader. Make your copy as short, clear, and un-frilly as possible. Avoid adverbs.  And avoid the temptation to write clickbait, which is cheap and just makes people angry in the long run.

What surprised you about this course content?

I was dreading the ad writing assignments, because I have a few friends who work in advertising and coming up with a brilliant ad with less than 10 words always seemed like a super stressful thing to do. But once I tried my hand at it, I ended up coming up with a lot more ideas than I thought I would. I think this class was great at unlocking potential I never knew I had, because it gave me the chance to try assignments I just hadn't had the chance to try before. I majored in English and History, so my background before my current job was mainly academic. I think it's just a matter of getting a project and seeing what you can do, and getting the feedback you need to incorporate those lessons into your day job. It's also really nice to use the classroom as a test-run for any ideas you have before suggesting them at work.

Do you have any Social Media handles that you would like us to link to, or share?

I run our Twitter account, which is @rikumojapanOur creative team runs the instagram account, which i'll sometimes contribute a few stories to: @rikumo

I feel like my LinkedIn is kind of lame but here it is!

If you would like to learn more about Rikumo or read more by Magali you can visit the Rikumo online store ( She also runs the store’s blog, Rikumo Journal ( where they talk about Japanese culture, design, craft history, anything that's inspiring us behind the scenes. You can visit Rikumo, their concept store at 1216 Walnut (between 12th and 13th st.)

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The Scoop

Photo Credit: David Kappler

Photo Credit: David Kappler

Congratulations to UArts faculty Rosey Hay for the rave reviews of REV Theatre Company's DEATH IS A CABARET OL’ CHUM: A GRAVEYARD CABARET.

Rosey teaches the Continuing Education Acting Lab course. Check out some of the great reviews from her production down below - the DC Metro named it a 'Best of the Fringe' this year!

REV Theater - YouTube video promo:

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In the Spotlight

Michael Aronovitz, Writer + Instructor

Michael Aronovitz, Writer + Instructor

In the Spotlight with Michael Aronovitz

Short stories are adventures, especially when we write them ourselves. In order to create tales that mystify, enrich, enliven, and entertain, we have constructed a village of artists that workshop ideas and techniques in a class that is interactive and ultimately engaging. As the instructor, I have been given the opportunity to showcase some of the wonderful and diverse stories that have been developed in the given five week sessions we have enjoyed here at the University of the Arts over the last year. The component of this that brings me the most pride is the polish of the given stories, achieved in such a short time span through what is an obvious love of writing and a clear classroom community focus on detail and aesthetics. In other words, we helped each other write some awesome stories!

Here are a selection of short stories submitted by my students from the Writing the Short Story course this past summer. Click the red title to open a PDF version of the story to read.

Muddy Knees by Chris Porter, 2016
A strange inside view of the homeless through a lens of biting poetic irony.

The Sisters by Rachel Brody, 2016
A potent sense of familiarity as we are brought into a familial relationship rich with deep sensitivity and razor-edged truth.

Wring by Edwin Haigh, 2016
A fierce, atmospheric and timeless sense of disequilibrium and a new definition of "monster" and "other."

Saying Yes by Samantha Andreacchi, 2016
A psychological journey through which relationships between the elderly and their caregivers are redefined. Brilliant and harsh. Raw and illuminating.

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Faculty Spotlight: Hinda Schuman

Hinda Schuman, CE Instructor

Hinda Schuman, CE Instructor

Hinda Schuman, photographer and UArts Continuing Education Faculty, is participating in the Philadelphia Open Studio Tour this weekend. She will be sharing new work including documentary story telling and still life images.

No Need to RSVP— her studio will be open from noon to 6 p.m. on both days. She looks forward to sharing what she has been working on and as an opportunity for many to see her new studio along with the great work being done by the other artists in the area.

Studio Location:

3510 Scotts Lane

Building 32 Studio #101

Philadelphia PA 19129


Free parking, studio is located on several bus routes; studio is a 15 min walk from East Falls Regional Rail Stop.

Philadelphia Open Studio Tours, a program of The Center for Emerging Visual Artists, is the largest tour of artist studios and creative workspaces in the region and one of the premier open studio tour events in the country.

2016 POST Schedule:

October 8 & 9: Studios West of Broad Street open to the public

October 22 & 23: Studios East of Broad Street open to the public

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