Amazing work done by students in Beth Beverly's Taxidermy as Wearable Art course.
Like what you see? We're offering another taxidermy course this Spring! Click here for more information.
Contemporary Theater instructor Kathryn MacMillan is the Producing Artistic Director of the Philadelphia theater company Tiny Dynamite. Their upcoming show, The Art of Swimming, tells the story of 26 year old Mercedes Gleitz successfully crossing the English Channel. The performance is one of Tiny Dynamite's A Play, A Pie, and A Pint, so admission gets you much more than an amazing show!
The Art of Swimming runs December 6-17th, Wednesdays-Sundays 6:30pm, with a "dessert show" Saturdays at 9:30pm
Building Character: Sculpting for Animators, Comic Books + Toy Concepting
Create small sculptures for use in projects.
Techniques for writing in italic hand.
Create original works of fiction + non-fiction using a sequential format.
Painting from Observation
Intro to painting including color theory, design + still life.
The wait is almost over! In the coming weeks, you'll see our Spring brochure and course information online (or in your mailbox). We have some exciting new courses and faculty as well as favorite courses returning for another semester.
You may have seen the lead up to Monument Lab by Mural Arts. A conversation about public memorials is taking place across our city in the coming months presented by Mural Arts. On October 11, UArts is hosting a panel discussion with Mel Chin and Tyree Guyton, moderated by Ken Lum.
Monumental Exchange Lectures
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2017, 6 – 8 P.M. EDT
UArts Continuing Education faculty member Gina Kernan’s poster is featured in DesignPhiladelphia exhibition of posters by 26 designers. Hers features the letter N.Type is developed through a series of repeated forms, distinguishing one character from the next. TYPE TILES demonstrates each letter of the alphabet as subject, becoming object, variable in style and repeating in arrangement. AIGA Philadelphia, together built an abstracted alphabet of typographic patterns. This special exhibit, showcasing its diverse membership, will open with a DesignPhiladelphia Happy Hour on Monday, October 9th, from 5:30-7pm, and is open to the public through the end of November.
Swing drumming maestro Bruce Klauber, the Monday Blues/Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Jerry Zucker, and special guests Mary Ellen Desmond and The All-Star Jazz Trio will star in "A Big Band Salute to the Legends of Jazz Drumming," an extraordinary concert performance that will take place at Philadelphia's World Cafe' Live Upstairs on Sunday afternoon, October 15 at 3:00 p.m.
We put out a challenge this summer to write 100 poems. This generative workshop gave participants guided writing exercises + feedback and the chance to work with a series of guest poets. The brave participants of Steven Kleinman’s Poetry Challenge: 100 Poems in 10 Weeks even performed their work at the Variety Show.
Here is the work of two students, Dot Vile and Coby Mangum:
The flood and the nicest thing ever said
by Coby Mangum, 2017
by Dot Vile, 2017
by Dot Vile, 2017
Steven will be teaching a new course in Poetry this fall for Continuing Education, CE 1916 Poetry. --Explore and expand your creativity and poetic voice while sharing your writing in a workshop format.
Art suggestions from Caitlin Perkins, UArts Continuing Education Program Director
I have tried to be outside as much as possible this summer, including any cultural events. I’ve walked along the Highline using my field guide by Mark Dion from Printed Matter; experienced River Charette #3 by Martha McDonald and David Brick at the Andalusia Foundation along the Delaware, and enjoying the Alexander Calder sculpture on the roof deck of the new Whitney.
I plan on continuing my outdoor cultural visits this fall. Here are some things I’m looking forward to:
The Quiet Circus: River Charrettes will be starting again in September
Performative Dialogues curated by Headlong & Philadelphia Contemporary
The project, taking place over nine weeks between September 16 and November 19, invites people to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.
Big Bling Martin Puryear along Kelly Drive between Fountain Green Drive and the Connecting Railway and Girard Avenue Bridges, viewable through November 2017.
Planning some walks in Philadelphia using this guide to take in the public sculpture.
Taking us inside I’m looking forward to the opening of Julianna Foster’s exhibition, Call and Response
An Exploration of Photography and Writing with Julianna Foster
Exhibition of selected work from the project along with the book: Call and Response
August 25th - September 22nd, 2017
Reception Thursday, September 7 from 4-6 p.m.
University of the Arts, 211 S. Broad St. 15th floor, Sol Mednick Gallery
And, if you are coming to the Continuing Studies offices in the next few weeks you can catch an exhibition of original posters produced for the Works Progress Administration curated by Social Impact Studios - Posters for the People: the Art of the WPA.
Jordan Baumgarten, a member of the UArts Photography faculty has been working on a project over the past 5 years called Slow Blink Open Mouth to be published as a book by GOST this fall.
From the artist:
Slow Blink Open Mouth is a glimpse into the rampant chaos and lawlessness present in a place with no oversight. With that apparent lawlessness, chaos is inevitable; that chaos is now evident, with the city of Philadelphia in the grip of the opioid crisis. In this world, private moments are public, animals and humans roam free, fueled by id, and always, somewhere, there is a fire burning. My neighborhood, Kensington, happens to be the nexus for those in and around Philadelphia seeking heroin, and all that it entails.
The title Slow Blink Open Mouth comes from the pictograph illustrating “severe pain” in hospital universal pain assessment tools. I discovered this while in the hospital after someone stuck me with a used heroin needle during my work on this project. The title is also meant to convey being stoned or astonished, as well as the feelings of bliss and ecstasy. At its core, the project is about the opioid epidemic and its supporting addiction-based economy. While all the photographs were made in Philadelphia, the project is not about that specific place. Rather, the city serves as a microcosm to discuss issues tearing apart the fabric of our social landscape.
We are excited to let you know that GOST will be publishing a book based on his project, Slow Blink Open Mouth. Images are available through the artist’s website to support the project publication.
One of the amazing things about working here at a university that focuses on the arts is that the staff is so talented! Something that has been making me smile, Tran Nguyen who is the Student Employment Coordinator for the University, has been working on an All Ages productions on some web shorts. Tran has also been taking our Continuing Education Taxidermy courses has been working on some amazing film projects featuring...cats!
Continuing Education held the Summer Variety Show on August 9. Thank you to everyone who made this such a great night including Continuing Studies staff Sarah Pater, Melanie Pulley, Melissa DiGiacomo and from the College of Performing Arts Meghan Walsh, Jennifer Jaynes and Lisle Hummerston who helped us take over a bigger theater, which we needed with more than 100 people in attendance!
Photos by Sarah Naji
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:
Award for Excellence in Photography
Hey photographers! Dotphotozine is seeking submissions for the 2017 Dotphotozine Award for Excellence in Photography. The winning entry receives a $1,000 cash prize and a four-page spread in the analog and digital editions to be released in September 2017.
Click here for more info.
Rev Theatre Company
Midsummer Night's Dream
REV Theatre Company
Photo by Sam Nagel
It’s time to get outside for some adventuretime cultural activities! One of my favorite summer pastimes is outdoor Shakespeare -- and this month Philadelphia is bursting with the bard. From UARTS own Rosey Hay’s REV Theater Company’s production of Hamlet in...a cemetery to Coriolanus in Clark Park.
REV’s Hamlet production will take place amongst the tombstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery, and picnics are encouraged with performances Friday, July 7; Saturday, July 8; Friday, July 14 and Saturday, July 15 at 8:00pm. This week you can catch The Word Players Theatre Co and their production of Midsummer Night’s Dream at Liberty Lands Park.
A skull, a poisoned sword, a villainous uncle/King, a funeral (or a wedding?), a devoted friend, a drowned girl, and - “To be or not to be,” of course. And when a ghost appears, our iconic hero Hamlet is faced with a dreadful quandary in Shakespeare’s most famous play of love, loss and revenge.
Presented by New York-based REV Theatre Company, this contemporary, opulent production will be ‘revved up’ emphasizing the fusion of Shakespeare’s language and REV’s dynamic physicality, reflecting the intense emotional life of the play. Another of REV Theatre’s trademarks is the active involvement of the audiences in their outdoor productions (just as it was in Elizabethan playhouses) as witnesses to and participants in the events giving the play’s action great immediacy and excitement.
4-6pm. No RSVP required.
200 S. Broad St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
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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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