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PIE + MEd Graduate Course Catalogue

A complete listing of courses + course descriptions for all programs offered through the Professional Institute for Educators + MEd Programs.

Summer 2017
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Professional Institute for Educators Courses

Courses listed below are for non-matriculated students ONLY.  
Please refer to the COURSE NOTES section for in-person meeting dates for Hybrid courses.

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Visual and Digital Literacy in the Secondary Classroom
LITY 517NM 01
Luke Bilger
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

How is literacy changing as a result of emerging visual and digital media and technologies? We will explore the implications of the constant cultural and technological shift for teaching and learning in the secondary classroom. How does what you do in the classroom impact your students' visual literacy- the ability to interpret, analyze, and evaluate visual images and underlying messages that images are attempting to convey? This course is designed for educators who are interested in conducting project-based inquiry using a variety of digital texts, tools and technologies. We will dive into current research to inform strategies to design and build challenging and engaging visual and digital learning opportunities for you and your students.

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Drawing + Painting, Advanced I
VPAS 543NM 01
Adam Lovitz
  • Fall 2017
  • Oct 07 to Oct 21
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UArts

Expand drawing and painting skills at a more advanced level. Working from direct observation, including some figure models, participants improve perception and technical skills, working both in drawing media and in paint. Create a range of timed pieces in basic drawing media such as charcoal, pencil, ink and conte crayon, then move on to more advanced work using acrylic paints. This course considers color theory, composition, painting technique and the overall process and includes in-depth critiques. Prerequisite: (VPAS 542) Visual Arts for the Classroom: Drawing + Painting, Introductory

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Drawing + Painting, Introductory
VPAS 542NM 01
Adam Lovitz
  • Fall 2017
  • Oct 07 to Oct 21
  • Sat, Sun 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
UArts

Drawing and painting are foundational skills for visual literacy and for developing an understanding of form, composition, light and color. Working from direct observation, including some figure models, participants improve perception and technical skills, working both in drawing media and in paint. Create a range of timed pieces in basic drawing media such as charcoal, pencil, ink and conte crayon, then move on to more advanced work using acrylic paints. This course considers color theory, composition, painting technique and the overall process.

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Landscape Painting, Advanced I
VPAS 547NM 01
Joseph Sweeney
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

Explore landscape painting at a more advanced level. Working in the field, participants discuss themes inherent in this subject matter, evaluate the effects of light and color, and refine specific techniques. As weather permits, work outdoors in the Bucks County landscape with expansive vistas to consider. This course takes into account the immediacy of changing conditions while working en plein air. Participants work from direct observation and consider techniques that achieve desired results. Choice of media may be oil, acrylic or pastel. Topics include mediums and techniques for the efficient use of time, analyzing composition, color studies, reading weather and light conditions, and basic color mixing. Course content and critiques applicable to art classroom instruction.

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Landscape Painting, Advanced II
VPAS 572NM 01
Joseph Sweeney
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

Continue to refine advanced techniques with an emphasis on an in-the-field approach to landscape as subject matter. In addition to producing finished paintings, discuss this genre and the themes in it, including the concept of place, scale, the nature of light, and the balance of man and nature. Work outdoors in the local area, including Daniel Boone?s Homestead, to address the process of working with the immediacy of changing conditions. Participants may choose oil, acrylic or pastel for their medium and present a series of thematic pieces.

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Landscape Painting, Introductory
VPAS 546NM 01
Joseph Sweeney
  • Summer 2017
  • Aug 07 to Aug 11
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
UArts

Emphasis will be on an 'in the field' approach to landscape as subject matter. In addition to producing finished paintings, participants will discuss this genre and the themes often illustrated in it, including the concept of place, scale, the nature of light, and the balance of man and nature. As weather permits, participants will work outdoors to address the process of working with the immediacy of changing conditions. Participants will work from direct observation and cover concepts in landscape composition that will help them achieve their desired results. Choice of media may be oil, acrylic or pastel. Topics include: proper grounds (surfaces) for oil paint, materials, mediums, and techniques for the efficient use of the time, how to use a loose drawing to form a strong composition; and making color studies. Participants will also discuss choosing a location, reading the weather, reading the light, and color mixing for landscape. This course is intended for educators with previous experience in basic drawing and painting. All course content will be directly applicable to classroom instruction and curriculum for art educators. Instructor provides locations and information for inclement weather plans.

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Visual Arts for the Classroom: Portraiture
VPAS 574NM 01
Veronica Cianfrano
  • Summer 2017
  • Jun 26 to Jun 30
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wayne Art Center

From Ancient Egypt to the selfie, portraits have served as a humanist expression of identity, class, and culture. This class will examine and discuss the meaning and implications of portraiture in its various forms. This course is tailored for K-12 educators to draw and paint the head using charcoal, pencil, and watercolor, and to take these techniques back to the classroom. By manipulating lighting, context, medium, and composition, K-12 educators will create meaningful portraits.

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Wearable Technology and Its Application to Learning
ETEC 534NM 01
Joseph Bires
  • Summer 2017
  • Jul 17 to Jul 28
  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
Philadelphia Academy

What is "wearable technology" and how does it apply to your classroom? Wearable technology, or wearables, wearable devices, even tech togs- consists of clothing and accessories that incorporate advanced technologies that have practical functions and features. This course is designed for educators looking to integrate wearables such as the AppleWatch into the classroom for hands-on learning. Educators will leave this course with the ability to identify and use wearables for various learning activities, design lesson plans that integrate learning activities that involve wearables, explore the history of wearables and learning, and understand privacy implications with wearables.

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Web Based Lessons + Resources for Teachers
ETEC 507NM 01
Maria Geiger
  • Summer 2017
  • Jun 19 to Jul 17
CS Online Course

Learn how and where to find the most effective educational resources on the web: web 2.0 tools, model education sites, and more. This course enables novices and advanced users to explore web-based active learning and consider methods to incorporate skills into lessons. Create web pages and learn presentation techniques using multi-media tools, slide shows and concept mapping.

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