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 artists/scholars. The Institutes are designed to provide in-depth experiences that are unavailable through regular coursework.

Summer Registration begins on March 16, 2020

Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic all face to face courses for Summer 2020 has been canceled.  Summer Institutes will be offered as online courses we will not be offering workshops this summer.  If you would like to register for an Institute that is still being offered you can do so through the normal registration process on MyKU. 

Summer Available Courses:

ARU 575: Building Your Creative Practice: Methods, Strategies and Tactics

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.

ARU 556: Reflective Practice: A Tool for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Hovanec at Ringing Rocks

Online: July 13th - August 7th

Julia L. Hovanec, PhD

In this interactive online class, 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 class provides ample opportunities to deeply engage in holistic approaches to wellness. The class includes virtual visits from experts in the field with a focus on renewal and reflection. Participants will complete the class feeling refreshed and armed with tools to take back to their art room.

These Institutes will be offered at a later date: 
Cast In Place

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.

Standing book

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.