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UArts Spring Open House w/ Summer Institute Presentation

UArts Admissions Open House is Saturday, March 31 from 12:00 - 4:00 pm. Pre-College Coordinator Heather Jo Wingate will give a presentation on the 2012 Summer Institute for high school students at 2:45 pm in the Admissions Welcome Center at 320 S. Broad.

Visit our websites for the Pre-College Summer Institute or 2012 Open House. Email or call 215.717.6430 with any questions. You can also register for the Open House online.


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Spring Workshop for Teachers - Contemporary Art + Studio Practice in Education

Join us for a one-day workshop for educators on Saturday, April 14, 2012 from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm featuring Keynote Speaker Joe Fusaro, Senior Education Advisor for Art:21, with a preview of Art:21 season six.

Presented by the University of the Arts Department of Art + Design Education, and the Division of Continuing Studies, the workshop will include hands-on studio experiences with UArts Art, Media + Design faculty.

Participants select one afternoon break-out studio session, from one of the following:

• 3-D Computer Modeling • Animation • Book Arts • Hot Glass Jewelry • Plaster Printing • Design • Drawing with Light • Printing with InkAID • Wearable Art • and more options to come!

Registration includes free parking, lunch and continental breakfast.

Art:21 - Art in the 21st Century is a PBS documentary series, educational resource, archive and history of contemporary artists. It is broadcast in over 50 countries, with a new season every two years. Art:21 is the only series on U.S. television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists. A nonprofit organization, Art:21 makes contemporary art more accessible to the public and documents 21st century art and artists. Their goal is to raise the profile of major players in the world of contemporary art and to encourage creativity. Art:21 was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Artistic and Cultural Programming.

Full details available online at beginning December 1, 2011.
Registration by mail, phone or fax. Deadline: Friday April 6, 2012.

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UArts at the NAEA Convention! Booth #2327

The NAEA Convention is just around the Corner – be sure to visit with the University of the Arts at Booth # 2327 – We look forward to saying hello in NYC!

The National Art Education Association (NAEA) National Convention | March 1 – 4 in NYC

Emerging Perspectives:  Connecting Teaching, Learning and Research
Join thousands of colleagues from around the world for this exploration of visual arts education. Choose from over 1,000 opportunities for professional growth and engage in diverse and dynamic sessions exploring the shared vision of visual arts education through teaching, learning and research; and apply this knowledge in the classroom immediately. Discover new perspectives with inspiring keynotes, hands-on workshops, tours, sessions and events with visual arts education professionals.

And check out these sessions at the Convention, featuring UArts faculty, staff and graduate student presentations:

Thursday, March 1:

2:00 – 2:50 pm
Learn How to Adapt Tools, Materials and Curriculum for the Inclusive Art Classroom
Rande Blank

Friday, March 2:  

10:30 – 10:55 am
Portfolio Prep: How and Why It Should be Incorporated into the Classroom
Heather Jo Wingate + Kathleen Brown

1:00 – 1:50 pm
Designing Innovative and Engaging Yearlong Curriculums for Secondary Students
Rande Blank, Bridget Kavanagh, Margot Livingston + Sarah Strickland

2:00 – 2:50 pm
Making the Mundane Marvelous: Street Art, Eco Art, Folk Art, Environmental Art and Green Art
Barbara Suplee

Saturday March 3:  

10:00 – 10:50 am
Classroom Art Teachers and the Reality of K-12 Art Rooms: Partners in UArts’ Preservice Program
Rande Blank, Maria Lengauer, Maria Pandolfi + Barbara Suplee

Sunday March 4:

10:00 – 10:50 am
Examining Murals as Socio-Political Mechanism and Aesthetic Movement Across Two Cultures: South Africa and Philadelphia
Erin Elman, Gleny Beach + Lynn Flieger Countryman

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Free Center City Parking for PIE Fall + Spring Semesters

Students enrolled in fall 2011 or spring 2012 semester Professional Institute for Educators courses at the University of the Arts campus can park in the Symphony House LAZ garage (located at 440 South Broad Street - the corner of Broad and Pine). Participants must bring their parking ticket to the Continuing Studies office at 211 South Broad Street, Room 901, to receive a special parking voucher for parking during class sessions.

View our website for a list of PIE summer courses at the UArts campus.

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Full STEAM Ahead Workshop

Full STEAM Ahead: Teaching Art for the 21st Century

Saturday, September 24 | 8:45 am – 3:45 pm 

Presented by the University of the Arts Department of Art + Design Education, and the Division of Continuing Studies

EQUIP YOURSELF FOR THE FUTURE. In education, STEM—the teaching of science, technology, engineering and mathematics—has been receiving preferred status. Nationally, these fields are collectively considered core technological underpinnings of an advanced society. In many forums—political, governmental and academic—the strength of STEM is viewed as an indicator of a nation’s ability to sustain itself. Yet, there is a national initiative, using research in support of 21st Century Skills, advocating revising STEM to STEAM.  By inserting the letter “A” for Arts into the acronym, the Arts are brought into the core of student academic achievement and signifies the critical relationship of the Arts within education.  Find out more about arts advocacy and hands-on cross-disciplinary projects that support quality art content.


Click here for more info


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ArtsWeek Earns NAEA Co-Sponsored Academy Status

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Screen Printing Student Exhibition, Fall 09 - Spring 11

    • Screen Printing Student Exhibition

The Division of Continuing Studies presents a selection of student work from Continuing Education screen printing courses, 2009 - 2011. The work is drawn from the Continuing Studies permanent collection and features pieces by Dan Judge, William Wendt, Sheila Watts, and others. The instructors for these printmaking courses were Greg Pizzoli, Screen Printed Poster, and Marisha Simmons, Fine Art Screen Printing.

The exhibition is presented on the 9th floor of the Terra Building at 211 S. Broad, and will be on view through the summer 2011 semester. 

Image: Student work by Dan Judge, Fine Art Screen Printing

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Exciting Changes to Pre-College Summer Institute - Plus 4-week Programs Earn College Credit

Experience new curriculum, updated schedules and more choices this summer at UArts! The Art + Media program now includes a Visual Arts Commuter Workshop program for local students and new choices in concentrations, electives and workshops for residential students.  We also offer more field trips, guest artist visits and a soft-gallery opening at the conclusion of the program.  Our program is one of the only programs in the country where you can pick and choose your own schedule while earning college credit. 

The Dance program boasts a new direction and more courses for individual choreography and experimentation in new media.

Our Jazz program praises our noteworthy faculty and includes more trips to local music venues and guest performances.

The Theater programs in both Acting and Musical Theater have new and unique courses and instruction, as well as a shared core curriculum.  Both programs visit local Theater productions and meet local actors and performers while earning college credit.

Join us this summer to learn more about what college is like and to immerse yourself in an energetic community of artists!


Download PDFs of our brochures from our website, or click here to request a brochure be mailed to your home.


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Career ReDesign Fair + Open House April 6

Rekindle your creative Flame, and develop skills for your future as well as today. Take the first step and join us on campus to learn about Continuing Education’s courses and Certificate Programs on Wednesday, April 6 at 5:30 pm. Meet our instructors and get all your questions answered. Our Certificate Programs are designed to provide students with the training and skills necessary to secure a new position, transition into a new industry, or keep technical skills current to ensure you adapt to changes successfully. A broad range of competencies, skills and abilities will help you stay in demand. Come see for yourself – attend the Continuing Studies Career ReDesign Fair + Open House and discover the best program or course to meet your needs.

Attendees will be eligible to receive a 10% discount on one new summer 2011 CE course registration. (New students only. No retroactive refunds will be given.)


Wednesday, April 6 | 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm
The University of the Arts | Terra Hall | 9th Floor | 211 S. Broad Street

RSVP or 215.717.6006 by Friday, April 1, or contact us with any questions.



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Art + Design Studio Workshop for Teachers April 16

Save the date for April 16, and join us for an Art + Design Studio Workshop for secondary teachers lead by UArts Art + Design faculty.

• Meet creative colleagues
• Hear featured glass artist Judith Schaechter’s talk, “Creativity: Surviving Challenges”
• Develop new skills in hands-on studio sessions
• Enjoy lunch
• Earn six Act 48 hours
• Discover UArts

Studio Sessions include:
- 3-D Computer Modeling
- Animation
- Drawing with Light
- Glass Slumping
- Plaster Printing
- Printing with Ink Aid
- Wearable Art

Saturday, April 16 | 8:45 am - 3:45 pm

Registration Fee: $45 (includes parking, continental breakfast and lunch).
Registration by mail or fax only.

Visit us online at to download a PDF of the registration form, instructor bios and workshop descriptions.


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UArts Mourns the Passing of Elaine Evans

Founder and former Director of the Professional Institute for Educators at UArts, Elaine Evans, 87, passed away on Saturday, August 21, 2010, following a stroke.

Elaine was a remarkable woman who served the University for over 30 years, beginning in the early 1970's as Director of the New Studies Center at the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts (PCPA) prior to the merger in 1987, which then became the University of the Arts. The New Studies Center was the precursor to what is now the Professional Institute for Educators, providing coursework in and through the arts to teachers throughout the greater Philadelphia region. Elaine expanded the program into multiple regional locations and worked diligently to bring artistic experiences to others.

Prior to that, she served as Chairman for the Arts Council at the YMHA, where she helped to bring art exhibits to the public, and was the Music Director at Merion Friends School for a number of years. A UArts alumna and pianist, Elaine received a certificate through the Philadelphia Conservatory of Music and studied at the Zwecker-Hahn Music Conservatory, both of which later merged into the University of the Arts. She also attended the University of Louisville as a music major.

A member of the Cosmopolitan Club of Philadelphia, the central committee of the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the advisory board for the Settlement Music School, she was continually active in the cultural activities of the city throughout her life.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Bernard; son Eric, and daughters Norma and Deborah. She was mother-in-law to Florence and Sherman; grandmother to Louis, Kathy, Meg, Spencer, Lilli, Eva, Max and Maxwell; and great-grandmother to Chloe.

Elaine's vast spirit, enthusiasm and eminent style provided inspiration to all who knew her - to pursue with great passion a life filled with artistic adventures. Contributions in her memory may be made to the University of the Arts

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Instructor Profile: Helen Tegeler

Helen Tegeler is teaching Glass Fusing + Slumping and Glass Sampler at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts this fall. She has a BFA in Glass and Printmaking from Bowling Green State University and an MFA in Glass from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale.

Before earning her MFA, Tegler participated in advanced studies at Sheridan College, School of Crafts and Design in Oakville, Ontario. "It was in Canada that I realized how much I enjoyed the energy of the classroom and helping others learn new things," she said.

Tegeler is interested in working with glass because it is such a versatile material. "Manipulated both in a hot and cold state it can be graceful or crisp, transparent or opaque, colorful or clear," she said. Recently she started to include more mixed media which highlights the glass but explores new visual and tactile textures. Tegeler's work is inspired by natural forms and the connections between color, textures and memory. She exhibits her work nationally and has taught across the US and Canada, including a 2010 Visiting Artist residency at River City Works, Art Academy of Cincinnati.

This fall, Helen Tegeler is teaching Glass Sampler at GoggleWorks beginning Saturday, October 30. Click on the course title for more information and to register.

Photo:  "Sundews," blow/engraved glass, enamel, 2007, (tallest) 17" x 3.5"

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Featured Program: Teaching Artist Certificate

UArts Continuing Education is pleased to announce our second cohort of students in the Teaching Artist Certificate program. They are a diverse group of students representing a wide range of artistic disciplines from the visual arts, theater arts, dance and multimedia. Read about the new Teaching Artist Certificate cohort below and see why they have chosen to be a part of this novel program.

Kristin Mangam
"The Teaching Artist Certificate Program appeals to me as an artist because I do not want to be a full-time teacher but rather a resource for teachers to call on to further their own curriculum. I want to be able to continue building my own portfolio and keep up my studio practice as well as being able to reach out to schools and teachers. I sincerely want to work with teachers and communities to build up solid art programs for children in schools where the art programs are substandard or nonexistent. This program seems to be the perfect route to achieving my goals of reaching out to the community around me and teaching others that the arts are indispensible tools for learning."

Brooks Jones

"I've been dancing for 15 years on a serious level and performing non-professionally for most of that time until about 7 years ago when I began my career as a theatrical dancer. I hope to pass along what I learn to the next generations in a better manner than it was given to me. I want to help my dance theatre company reach heights of excellence. I want to create work that is both on the cutting edge and to make a mark that will last the test of time."

Jody Sweitzer
"I view myself as a mixed-media sculptor. Throughout the years, I've combined my education of various mediums and processes with my passion for found objects - man-made and/or natural - to create conceptual spaces as well as wearable art. During my MFA experience I was completely challenged and questioned, which strengthen my views as an artist. I feel that with a better understanding of student behavior and classroom practices, I can only strengthen my teaching skills and become a better teacher."

Jamie Merwin
"My main tools for creation are techniques I borrow from theatre, concert dance and literature: the physical utility is Breakin', one style of Hip Hop dance. I hesitate to say that achieving the certificate will validate my role in the classroom because that implies that the arts and artists are an afterthought. This is the mainstream reality. That is one reason why this program is progressive, once in practice, the artists who are armed with the information that the certificate achieves can be intentional about putting the arts in the foreground. For me it will allow me to be intentional about my training as an educator."

Jarrett De Stouet
"I started writing about two years ago and to date I have written nearly 400 pieces of prose. My writing is important to my development as an artist as it explores the struggles I have encountered in my life. I have a special love for performance art. I plan to expand upon my formal education by traveling to inner city high schools locally and abroad, as an artist, poet and writer, and plan on pursing my artistic abilities by performing with regional theatre companies here in Philadelphia and New York, as well as with touring companies, principally performing in theatre productions for children. I will always work in some capacity with children, as I am also a veteran behavioral health worker, excited to be returning back to work this fall to work with troubled youth. As an artist, I strive to share my joy from the inside out."

Kelsey Harro
"I have always been interested in the side of art that is outside the gallery scene-the odd corners which contain the types of images that real people connect with. This, combined with a love of painting really big, led me into theatre for a while, and then eventually to the Mural Arts Program. Along the way I discovered teaching, and it has proved to be much more rewarding and exciting than I could have imagined. My own work tends to be detailed, narrative and figurative, but when I work with kids I tend to gravitate to large scale collaborative projects, especially those that include handmade elements. I love teaching clay to kids, because it is an opportunity to illustrate that delicate balance between strength and patience that is vital to well adjusted adults."

Morris Burns
"I consider myself somewhere between a representational and a surrealist artist. My work comes from observation, people's stories, current events, my imagination, and my own real life. My current career requires me to utilize my writing and singing abilities with my students among virtually every aspect of art, and I know it is important for me to gain some further knowledge. I want to increase my artistic knowledge of crafts and to widen my abilities as an art instructor and working artist."


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Featured Course: Portfolio Preparation

Do you know a high school student who needs to get their portfolio ready for college applications? The Pre-College Saturday School's Portfolio Preparation class runs from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm for ten Saturdays beginning Oct 4. The Scholarship Deadline is Friday, Sept. 24. See the scholarship page on our website for details.

Students can find out what colleges are looking for in a portfolio while working with a variety of 2-D media to create between four to six pieces suitable for a college application portfolio. Subjects of study include the human figure (nude models), portraiture, design and still life. Students have an opportunity to review work they created in and outside of class with a UArts Admissions counselor.

This course is limited to high school juniors and seniors. Students are divided into two sections after a proficiency exercise is conducted on the first day. This fall, Portfolio Preparation's two sections will taught by Kate Brown and Denise Lewandowski-Desideriol. Click on the course title above for more information and to register.

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Instructor Profile: Alexis Granwell

Alexis Granwell is teaching Drawing and Studio Painting for CE this fall. She also teaches Drawing for the Pre-College Saturday School and Summer Institute.

As a young girl, Granwell loved making things and would spend a lot of time drawing or building dioramas. Her grandmother was a painter, and she credits studying her grandmother's mark-making and brushstrokes in the pieces her parents had around the house as one of her earliest influences. Having grown up outside Washington, D.C., Granwell said she was also lucky enough to have visited the National Gallery over and over again. "Seeing artwork has always been an inspiration for me," she said.

Graduating with a BFA in Painting from Boston University, Granwell then earned an MFA in Fine Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. Recently, Granwell has been most interested in working somewhere between painting and sculpture. She is inspired by urban decay and intrigued by the cyclical aspect of structures falling apart and being rebuilt. "I study and collect arrangements of trash and weathered objects that fill the surrounding neighborhood by my studio," she said. "These eroded items fit together to create their own language of strength and fragility."

In her 3-D work, Granwell often incorporates found objects with objects she has constructed or cast out of paper. She is interested in the boundaries between the beautiful and the abject. "The forms themselves are made from materials that can be easily broken during construction and they will degrade over time." She sees these sculptures and installations as events still occurring.

Granwell has exhibited work in group shows locally and regionally as well as nationally and internationally. Shows slated for 2010 include The Print Center in Ontario, Canada, and BMW Headquarters International Group Exhibition in Beijing, China, among others. Granwell has also had solo exhibitions in Philadelphia, Arlington, Va., and Vilnius, Lithuania. In 2009 Granwell was awarded a Professional Development Grant
from the University of the Arts Division of Continuing Studies and a Keyholder's Residency Fellowship at the Pyramid Atlantic Art Center in Silver Spring, Md.

In addition to her studio practice and teaching, Granwell has spent the past year curating shows and performing studio visits for the Philadelphia collective gallery, Tiger Strikes Asteroid. She first became interested in curating after exposure to visiting critics and artist panels while in graduate school. As a curator and member of this Philadelphia art gallery, Granwell has become more attuned to the contemporary art scenes in New York and Philadelphia. She believes this knowledge enriches her curriculum. "The concept of artist as curator is another way to prepare and educate students about the diverse global art market," she said.

Granwell is teaching Drawing on Tuesday nights beginning September 28. The course runs from 7:00 - 10:00 pm for 10 weeks and ends on November 30. She is also teaching a 10-week Studio Painting course on Thursday nights from 7:00 - 10:00 pm. Studio Painting is September 30 - December 9. Visit her website at

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Instructor Profile: Tom Palumbo

Tom Palumbo has an MEd from Temple University and is a nationally known educator, graduate instructor, author, grant writer and administrator. He has been employed by Philadelphia-area public schools for nearly 40 years. "I have been lucky to have always found creative, sharing teachers and friends that have made teaching interesting and a continual joy," he said.

Palumbo has also been a prolific writer in the field of education having written 18 books as well as professional development programs, instructional CDs, activity disks, magazine articles, teaching booklets and convention presentations.

Like his mentors Alan Barson and Bob Bernstein before him, Palumbo has the ability to take hard concepts, break them up and refashion them so all levels of learners can be excited about what they're studying. He takes this approach when teaching educators as well. "The first joy is my students," he said. "Every day they amaze you with their uniqueness, humor, learning styles, problems and views on learning."

This fall, Tom Palumbo is teaching Enriching the K-7 Language Arts Curriculum, an online class beginning Sept 20. His online course Reading + Writing Across the Curriculum begins Oct 20. At the Philadelphia Academy Charter School, Palumbo is teaching Integrating Language Arts + Math (K-7) beginning Oct 19 and Integrating Classic Children's Literature into the Classroom beginning Nov 2.

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University of the Arts to Host Career ReDesign Fair + Open House for Adult Learners Interested in Career-Enhancing Certificate Programs

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ArtsWeek Program at the University of the Arts Offers Graduate Credits to K-12 Arts Educators

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University of the Arts Continuing Studies Program Re-Designs, Re-Launches Nation's First Teaching Artist Certification Program

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ArtsWeek Program at the University of the Arts Earns 'Co-Sponsored Academy' Designation from National Art Education Association

  • ArtsWeek NAEA Co-Sponsored Academy press release
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