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VAST (Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching)

Summer Seminar for Teachers
A Dolfinger-McMahon and Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Teacher Education Program

Driving Creativity: Developing Original Ideas

July 10-14, 2017
9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

30 Act 48 or NJ professional development hours
or 2 graduate credits (for additional tuition paid to the University of the Arts)

When two worlds intersect, the meeting and merging of different ideas can lead to new insights and creations. By drawing inspiration from points-of-view other than our own, it can push us past our own boundaries. Art is the convergence of many of these intersections and perspectives and it can also inspire our minds to think divergently.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art invites K-12 teachers to use art as the spark to break us out of our everyday thought patterns, connect the unexpected, and explore myriad points-of-view. By practicing these skills, we can train our minds to develop original ideas.

  • Creative warm-up activities
  • Presentations by museum staff and invited scholars
  • Gallery sessions with museum educators
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Off-site field trips
  • Sharing ideas with colleagues

How to Participate
  1. Submit an application by April 24, 2017.
  2. Find out if you are accepted by May 1, 2017. Public and charter school teachers in the School District of Philadelphia will be automatically considered for a scholarship when they apply and will be notified about funding on the same date.
  3. Register by May 15, 2017. Registration is $260 ($210 for museum members).
  4. If you would like to take the seminar for graduate credit, you must also register for the course through the University of the Arts. The fee is $500 (discounts available). There will be two one-hour meetings and a final assignment for those getting graduate credit.

VAST Application

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 Do you teach in a public or charter school in the School District of Philadelphia?

 Which of the following best describes you?

If you selected 'other,' please provide more details.

 Approximately how many students do you expect to teach next year?

 Please describe how you hope your participation in VAST will benefit your students. (250 word max)

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .

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