The College of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Montana is pleased to present the 23rd annual summer Creative Pulse Arts and Education Graduate Program for educators and education administrators. The Creative Pulse has had a long and successful history since its initial offering in 1990. The program is specifically designed to develop Master Teachers in the Arts and Humanities, but is not limited to those areas.
The program consists of ten one-week, afternoon seminars, divided between two summer sessions. Morning studio apprenticeships, offered each week, compliment the more academic afternoon courses, and allow students a "hands-on" opportunity to work with practicing artists on additional areas of artistic expression.
Creative Pulse students come from varied backgrounds and places. The majority are elementary, middle and high school teachers. Some are classroom teachers; others teach visual art, music, writing, drama. We have shop teachers, Spanish, technology, interior design and costumers, even a zoo educator. The varied backgrounds and expertise our students bring contribute to a rich, diverse culture.
What Our Graduate Students Say about Their Creative Pulse Experience:
“We were taught in a real and encompassing way. The learning in this program was so down to earth and gave me real world experience.”
"The Creative Pulse pushed me to try new things. It underscored the importance of modeling the activities to the students. I now know that if the teacher engages in the activity it pushes students to go farther. I have gotten so much to bring back to my classroom.”
"As a classroom teacher, I’ve become less and less myself over the years, because I’ve been so concerned with outcomes and assessments. What I learned from this program was to connect to myself and trust my instincts and knowledge. I now have a confidence, a willingness to try something new.”
“I felt I was a good teacher, but I wanted to be a great teacher. This program has helped me take my teaching to the next level.”
“I’d kind of gotten in a rut the past few years, doing the same classroom activities that I know work. This program has led me to think outside the box and I know my teaching will improve as a result.”
“The Pulse has given me the vocabulary for my instincts as a teacher."
“I am excited to take the things I learned this summer and share them with my students and colleagues.”
“The Pulse has changed me personally as well as professionally. It literally turned my whole life around. I highly recommend it to others.”