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Teachers Summer Institute


Moore’s Teachers Summer Institute is designed for high school art teachers to enhance the culture of teaching and empower learning in visual art. This professionally directed program of studio-based workshops offers art educators the opportunity to recharge batteries, deepen personal direction, hone skills, expand concept development, and discover new applications for educational practice.

Update as of April 2020: 

Due to the evolving circumstances around the COVID-19 public health epidemic, Moore College of Art & Design staff and faculty have monitored the situation closely with regards to all summer academic programs. This includes the 2020 Teachers Summer Institute (TSI), our annual professional development retreat for high-school art educators. Each year, TSI welcomes dozens of art educators from across the nation to Moore’s Philadelphia campus, to collaborate with studio facilitators, participate in talks with leaders in the field of art education and to interact directly with Philadelphia cultural leaders and destinations. 

Given the uncertain and variant models around the timing of a return to daily life and to college campuses around the country, we will continue to prioritize the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff above all else. For the time being, this means reassessing the safety of our regularly scheduled summer programming, especially residential programs, until future guidelines dictate otherwise. 

As a result, we have made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 TSI program, originally scheduled for June 21–27, 2020. We have already reached out to previously registered 2020 participants, who will receive a full refund and preferred registration for next year’s program, scheduled for June 20–26, 2021

We encourage all art educators looking for an exciting and rigorous way to earn their ACT 48 credits to register for TSI next year, or to consider an upcoming online Adult Continuing Education class, which can also be used toward ACT 48 credits. Registration is still open for our just-commenced Spring Continuing Education session (happening now through June 25), and for our Summer session (July 13 through September 17). Registration for TSI 2021 will begin in February. Please contact Moore’s Continuing Education office for more information about these opportunities at or 215.965.4030. 

Follow our social media channels @moorecollegeart for continued updates and thank you for your interest in Moore and TSI! 

Save the Dates: June 20 – June 26
Tuition: $810
Registration for TSI 2021 coming in early 2021

  • Register for non-credit course
  • Register for graduate-level credit course (3 credits)

Commuter & non-residential program options for TSI are also available.

Participants are registered for Growth Mindset for Art and Design Education (EVTI609) and may take it for noncredit or for three graduate-level credits. High school teachers are encouraged to enroll. PA certified teachers receive Act 48 hours and out-of-state teachers receive documentation of professional continuing education hours. For additional information on TSI, please contact 215.965.4030 or


  • Make art in an exciting studio setting
  • Learn new skills and techniques
  • Network with colleagues
  • Learn about Moore’s BFA and Graduate programs
  • Explore issues in contemporary art
  • Earn professional continuing education hours


  • Invigorate individual practice
  • Strengthen the teaching experience
  • Expand resources for curricular design


Participating high school art teachers receive a $5,000 per year scholarship
to award a graduating senior toward attending Moore’s BFA Program in fall 2021. The Educators Scholarship for Excellence in the Arts celebrates Moore’s mission to advance women artists in achieving their goals and to honor the mentoring role of high school art teachers, and is awarded n the individual teacher’s name at the time of the student’s acceptance to Moore.


2D & 3D Studios
Studios are facilitated by professional art faculty. Participants focus on personal direction, experimentation and individual point of view. Options include drawing, painting or mixed media.

Contemporary Art & Lunch
Guest speakers address issues in contemporary art and relate them to topics relevant to high school students and conversations happening in the classroom. Luncheon and discussion are included.

Museum & Gallery Visits
Moore is located in the heart of Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, steps away from the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art, and other outstanding cultural institutions. An open day provides opportunity for touring nearby attractions and soaking up inspiration.

Optional Evening Sessions
Choices include: Extended Studio Time, Computer Lab, Life Drawing Studio or Printmaking Studio.

Special Session for Pennsylvania Art Teachers

An elective session for Pennsylvania art teachers links content to Academic Standards for Arts and Humanities. PA Act 48 and professional development available.