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.

Non-credit registrations are limited.

Workshops are for ACT 48 hours only.
Online courses are three graduate credits.

Available Courses:

*All online courses must be taken with the corresponding workshop.
Information is subject to change without notice.

Cast In Place

ARU 546:  Cast In Place

June 29th-July 2nd

Optional studio day: July 3rd 

Online Dates TBD

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.

Book and an Apple

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

July 7th-10th 

Online Dates TBD

Julia L. Hovanec, PhD

In this interactive workshop, discover ways in which 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 and engaged dialog with colleagues, we 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 will include a field trip, motivational speakers, interactive presentations, workshops and studio encounters.

Sky reflected on semi-truck

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

July 20th-July 24th 

Online Dates TBD

Professor Rick Salafia

This workshop/project course is designed to help you jump start and/or reinvigorate your studio practice. Using experimental invention and discovery methods from a wide range of practitioners you’ll explore ways of making your studio your favorite place again.

Standing book

ARU 542:  Book Arts as Activism

July 27th-July 30th

Online Dates TBD

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.

Dates listed are workshop face to face portion—online portion for credit includes online work before and after workshop dates.


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