Summer Institutes


The Summer Institutes for Art Educators are held in the summer months that correspond to public school summer vacation schedules. The Institutes provide intensive one to two week instruction in art education and related fields of study. While art education and visual studies courses meet for one week, studio courses may run for two weeks. The Institutes connect students with community resources and visiting artist/scholars. The Institutes are designed to provide in-depth experiences that are unavailable through regular coursework.

Registration begins on March 16, 2020

Registration ends one week prior to the start of the Institute. No refunds will be given after the start of class.

Workshops are for ACT 48 hours only registrations are limited. 

Online courses are three graduate credits and must be taken with the corresponding workshop.

Institute Fees

Available Courses:
Sky reflected on semi-truck

Classroom:  June 22nd - 25th

Online: June 29th - July 17th

Professor Rick Salafia

Contemporary artists possess a range of skills that allow them to be productive; logistical (planning, executing), technical (media and technique) and conceptual (aesthetic and theoretical).  The ability to combine these skills with the human desire to make meaning is best described as Creative Practice.  These are the habits of mind and process that we synthesize to allow us to make the most of ourselves through artmaking.  This course will reinvigorate your studio practice by exploring experimental invention and discovery methods from a wide range of practitioners in the arts.  Students will use drawing, collage and photography as preparation to generate a series of works in their own media.  Readings and discussions will allow for a lively exchange of ideas and critiques.

Cast In Place

ARU 546:  Cast In Place

Classroom: June 29th - July 2nd 

Optional studio day: July 3rd 

Online: July 6th - 24th

Janna Gregonis

This workshop will cover many facets of casting, from plaster, resin, pewter to bronze and sterling silver. Simple carving and mold making will be addressed. The online portion of the class will delve into the history of cast objects and the impact of mass production of objects in our world. The class will also address modifying techniques to be brought into a K-12 classroom through studio processes and facilitation by guest artists.

Dr. Hovanec at Ringing Rocks

Classroom: July 7th - 10th

Online: July 13th - August 7th

Julia L. Hovanec, PhD

In this interactive institute, discover ways to use reflective practice as a tool for professional and artistic growth in partnership with your learners. Engage in reflective and artistic encounters aimed at examining how, what and why you teach. Building from sustained reflective journaling, engaged dialog with colleagues and more, participants will explore professional practice in the 21st century. Art teachers lead very busy lives – this four-day institute provides ample opportunities to deeply engage in holistic approaches to wellness. The institute includes an inspirational field trip to Ringing Rocks Park and the Pearl S. Buck House with a few other stops along the way. David Modler, artist, researcher and professor as well as co-author of Journal Junkies and Journal Fodder 365 will engage participants in a half-day workshop on artistic journaling. Dr. Lisa Lucas, educator, instructional coach, consultant, administrator and author of Practicing Presence: Simple Self-Care Strategies for Teachers will engage participants in a  conversation filled with ideas and exercises that will enhance focus and engagement in the classroom. It will be a week of renewal and reflection. Participants will leave refreshed. The on-site workshop could be followed by the online class which builds on the work from the institute and further explores reflective practice and teaching and learning.

Standing book

Classroom: July 27th - 30th

Online: July 20th - August 7th

Amy Pfeiler-Wunder, PhD


In this workshop, participants will create a variety of traditional and non-traditional book forms to express a current social justice topic relevant to their own lived experience. Bookmaking will become a catalyst for developing lessons using book structures to provide learners opportunities to express voice and choice in making and presenting. Participants will use the online platform of the course to engage in dialogue and reflective exercises on what it means to continually grow as a culturally relevant educator. The institute will include a field trip, interactive presentations, guest book artist & and studio encounters.