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Creative Pulse

Join us for Summer 2015, June 15-July 10

“Art on the Edge”

 The theme for Summer 2015 seminars presents the vitality of art at the edges of society. We’ll explore how creativity at the margins often transforms social norms, breaks down conformity, and energizes the mainstream. Karen Kaufmann’s Moving in Classrooms: The Body and its Role in Learning seminar will explore the vital role of the body in the learning environment in spite being undervalued and under-utilized. Jillian Campana explores drama and performance practices that take place in non-traditional settings and off-stage locations in her Applied Theater. In Rafael Chacón’s Art & Insanity, students will analyze art’s intersection with psychology and the socially-constructed character of the artist, focusing on clinical definitions of madness and depression, the behavior of artists, and other forms of marginalization. Lori Gray oversees the team-taught Social/Emotional Intelligences in the Classroom which investigates how inter-personal and intra-personal intelligences impact the classroom experience. The class will investigate topics including race, gender, class, sexuality, culture, and emotional competence in literature, film, and other art forms.

The College of Visual and Performing Arts at The University of Montana is pleased to present the annual summer Creative Pulse: Master's Degree in Integrated Arts and Education 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 eight one-week seminars divided between two summer sessions, and a field project and online component between the first and second summers. Studio apprenticeships allow students a "hands-on" opportunity to work with practicing artists on additional areas of artistic expression. The Master of Art degree culminates with a final creative project following the second summer.

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:

"The Creative Pulse provides a viscerally open & innovative environment that allows its students to collaborate, create, reflect and practice."

“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.”