Courses - Summer 2022

June 20-July 15, 2022

We will be back in-person for four weeks in Summer 2022. The program runs June 20-July 15. Classes are not held on Federal Holidays, or Saturdays and Sundays.

Non-degree-seeking, postbaccalaureate, and students from other graduate programs seeking elective and professional development coursework are welcome to join our Seminars and Studio Apprenticeships. Practicum and Writing Apprenticeships are restricted to only students accepted to the Creative Pulse Graduate Program.


CP 582 - Creative Improvisation
CRN: 50200

Tuesday, June 21-Friday, June 24, 12-5 p.m.

Instructor: Michael Musick

First and Second Year Students. Students will explore the potential "creative improvisation" holds for pedagogy and creative practice. Issues of mindfulness, communication, beginnings and endings, form, conflict and resolution, deep listening, and awareness will be explored through hands-on practice, lecture, and discussion. Students will primarily approach this practice through a sonic lens. However, there will also be opportunities for exploration and practice using the most comfortable medium for each individual (i.e. music, sound, spoken word, movement, drama, real-time visuals/drawing/painting/sculpting, creative writing, etc.). The course will conclude with a group performance during class and a short discussion paper exploring a topic of the student’s interest as it relates to their pedagogy or individual practice.

CP 583 - Moving in Classrooms: The Body and its Role in Learning
CRN: 50201

Monday, June 27-Friday, July 1,1:15-5:15 p.m.

Instructor: Faith Morrison

First and Second Year Students. The body has a vital role in the learning environment, yet it is often undervalued and underutilized. This course addresses the bodily-kinesthetic intelligence in the schools and helps educators more effectively lead a community of active learners. Through examining the links between movement and academics, students will use artistic processes (creating, performing, responding) and integrated thinking skills (creative thinking, critical thinking, collaborating, communication) to energize, organize, build community and connect to content areas. Discussion and body-centered activities will address the role of the body in the learning process, and help to better understand the connection between body and mind.

CP 584 - Art and Insanity
CRN - 50202

Tuesday, July 5 - Monday, July 11, 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

Instructor: Rafael Chacon

First and Second Year Students. This course explores the nature of human creativity and the artistic impulse, their intersection with the field of psychology, and the social perception of the artist. We concern ourselves with the overarching questions: “Why do artists do what they do?” and “How has society constructed the persona of the artist and defined artistic temperament?” Acknowledging the difficulty of answering such enigmatic questions, we nevertheless explore some of history’s possible answers. In particular, we analyze various historical topoi, archetypes ranging from the genius to the lunatic, used to describe the character of the artist from ancient Greece to the 21st century. Focusing on the eccentric, abnormal, and sometimes aberrant behavior of some artists, we also try to understand current clinical definitions of madness and depression and their intersection with creativity, as well as other forms of socially constructed marginalization.

CP 585 - Theatre of the Oppressed: Foundations and Strategies
CRN - 50203

Tuesday, July 12 - Thursday, July 14, 12:15-5:30 p.m. and Friday, July 15, 9:15  a.m. -1:30 p.m. 

Instructor: Jillian Campana

First and Second Year Students. This seminar will connect Theatre to discrete academic subjects and social issues by exploring the tradition and practices of the Theatre of the Oppressed (TO) movement. TO, developed by Brazilian Theatre practitioner and scholar Augusto Boal, is a form of popular, community-based education that helps participants explore ideas and promote change through dramatic processes. This graduate course will focus on the history and theories of these practices and on the process of developing applications for classroom use.


CP 587 - My Story Matters - Personal Storytelling for Performance
CRN 50204

Tuesday, June 21-Friday, June 24 and Tuesday, July 12-Friday, July 14, 9:15-11:30 a.m.


Instructor: Marc Moss

First and Second Year Students. This course investigates the personal narrative as an art form and practices the art of storytelling. Participants will meet 2 hours a day over 10 days. (The 2nd week is weighted towards instruction.) Drawing on personal experiences, they will learn and practice the skills of effective storytelling. In the process, they will learn about story structure and storytelling techniques; how to mine personal stories for rich material; and how to utilize storytelling as a powerful tool in the classroom. Participants will have one day of practice and peer feedback before presenting their final storytelling performance on the final day.


CP 588 - Apprenticeship 1: Movement and Mindfulness Practices
CRN 50205

Monday, June 27 - Thursday, July 14, Monday-Friday, 8-9 a.m.

No Class July 5

Instructors: Lulu Delphine, Brooklyn Draper, Faith Morrison

First and Second Year Students. This apprenticeship explores three weeks of movement and mindfulness practices focusing on personal expression and creativity. Participants are invited to use movement and mindfulness to deepen their kinesthetic sensibilities, cultivate individuality, and develop a holistic connection between mind and body. Through regular studio participation, this course will focus on building an inclusive community while developing body connectivity in practice and performance settings. New perspectives will be offered each week with a rotating set of instructors.

CP 588 - Apprenticeship 2 (option #1): Clay: Learning through Making
CRN - 51021

Monday, July 27-Friday, July 1, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Julia Galloway

First and Second Year Students. In this five-day studio-based workshop we will work with clay, making sculpture, tiles and vessels. The projects are geared towards self-expression, skill building, concepts and ideas as well as the possibility to develop processes that teachers can bring back to their specific classroom. Addressing art curriculum, surface decoration and firing processes will also be addressed as needed. There is no prerequisite for this course, however, if students have experience with ceramics, we will modify the projects to expand their knowledge. This is a fast-paced hands-on course.


CP 588 - Apprenticeship 2 (option #2): Earth and Land Drawing 
CRN - 51203

Monday, July 27-Friday, July 1, 9:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.

Instructor: Steve Kruteck

First and Second Year Students. A drawing is often defined as an image made by making lines and marks. Using this definition as a guide, we will initially cover a fairly conventional approach to drawing using media such as graphite pencils, charcoal, pen and ink, as well as some watercolor applications. Eventually, we will look at artists who use lines and marks with and/or upon the earth/land. Of course, just as there are a myriad of artists, there are a myriad of reasons why artists incorporate earth/land into their work. We will gain an understanding of why these artists use such marks, explore landscapes together that will inspire us to make such marks, and ultimately create earth/land for an informal exhibition. The earth/land artists we will focus on are: Richard Long, Ana Mendieta, Nancy Holt, Olafur Eliasson, Patrick Dougherty, Christo and Jean-Claude, Walter De Maria, amongst others. Creative Pulse students will gain conventional knowledge of drawing through demonstration and practice before learning about less conventional approaches to drawing through the exploration of the work by the aforementioned artists. Additionally, Creative Pulse students will create work in the same vein as these artists for an informal exhibition. Ultimately, Creative Pulse students will apply their newly acquired drawing knowledge and confidence in teaching the discipline to their own classroom students.


CP 588 - Apprenticeship 3 (option #1): Finding the Funny  
CRN - 51022

Tuesday, July 5-Monday, July 11, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Teresa Waldorf

First and Second Year Students. This apprenticeship delves into the psychology of humor, the physical and mental effects of laughter, and how this can impact a classroom relationship. Course work centers on purposeful approaches to daily life, in which one assigns oneself the task of finding the funny in as many situations as possible that might otherwise be upsetting, boring, or anxiety-producing. We explore the art of exaggeration and stand-up comedy and analyze what makes something funny with regard to comedy vs. tragedy, all the while hunting down that ol' friend Comic Timing. Students will be given the opportunity to perform stand-up comedy routines, comic scenes, comic monologues, comic poetry, or comic movement pieces, both found and/or personally devised.


CP 588 - Apprenticeship 3 (option #2): Introduction to Photoshop: Self-Portrait as Metaphor
CRN - 50206

Tuesday, July 5-Monday, July 11, 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Instructor: Justin Lewis

First and Second Year Students. Exploring the metaphorical self-portrait is an intimate way to connect to a deeper version of ourselves. Rather than creating self-portraits based on how we see ourselves physically, in this apprenticeship we will allow ourselves the freedom to express what makes us unique individuals through imagery, colors, textures, and symbolic meaning. Utilizing hands-on training in Adobe Photoshop, students will gain important digital design skills using one of the leading tools used by photographers, graphic designers, and new media artists. This apprenticeship is aimed at the complete beginner and no previous experience with Adobe Photoshop is necessary.


Writing Apprenticeships

CP 588 - Awakening the Writer Within - CRN - 50304

Instructor:  Steve Kalling

Online Learning - Work continues remotely throughout the 2022-2023 Academic Year

First Year Students ONLY. This Writing Apprenticeship course parallels students’ independent work with their Field Projects. Through a series of independent and collaborative activities exploring the practices and habits of writers at work, the course allows students to develop and refine their own individual writing process skills in the context of creating a quality reflective narrative of their Field Projects. 

CP 588 - Advanced Writing Lab - CRN - 50339

Instructor:  Steve Kalling

Online Learning - Work continues remotely throughout the 2022-2023 Academic Year

Second Year Students ONLY. This Writing Apprenticeship course parallels students’ independent work with their Final Creative Project. We’ll move through drafting and revision activities (both individual and with peers) designed to keep the project moving forward in manageable increments as well as address graduate-level scholarship and formatting considerations, culminating in a clean, complete draft to bring to your committee for final revisions and edits towards a defensible draft.


Courses listed below require self-guided, independent work with oversight and mentorship provided by with the instructor.

CP 589 - Arts Education Field Project - CRN 50208

Instructor: Faith Morrison

First Year Students ONLY. The first-year independent project designed around the students’ teaching, artistic, or research interests.

CP 597 - Research I - CRN 50209

Instructor: Faith Morrison
First Year Students ONLY. Students engage in independent research,  analyzing ideas and conceptualizing their knowledge about the history, questions and understanding of their field of study.

CP 597 - Research II - CRN - 50268

Instructor: Faith Morrison

Second Year Students ONLY. Students engage in independent research,  analyzing ideas and conceptualizing their knowledge about the history, questions and understanding of their field of study.

CP 599 - Professional Paper

Final Creative Project Students ONLY. An extensive research paper that documents and evaluates the research,  literature, and conclusions of the Final Creative Project.  Connects the ideas, opinions, and questions with those of experts in the field.

Register for this course after successfully completing the Advanced Writing Lab and register for the section associated with your project chair.

Section 01S: Staff, CRN - 50210
Section 02S: Staff, CRN - 50211
Section 03S: Staff, CRN - 50269
Section 04S: Staff, CRN - 50270
Section 05S: Staff, CRN - 51791
Section 06S: Staff, CRN - 51795