Professional Development

Thursday Night Workshop Series


The health and safety of our staff, students and visitors is of utmost importance to us. Therefore, we have decided to cancel all Thursday Night Workshops scheduled through the end of April.

It is our hope that we can resume with our offerings in May. We will post updates about the spring schedule as changes take place.

Thank you for your understanding.

What's Happening on Thursday Night?

The UCDS Institute is excited to announce a new initiative to provide affordable and engaging professional development for educators. The UCDS Thursday Night workshop series is a weekly opportunity for teachers in the region to have fun and elevate your professional practice.

The cost to attend each workshop is $40 per participant. This fee includes clock hours. Proceeds from hands-on arts workshops also provide support for the Creative Fusion arts program by paying artist salaries and providing scholarships for students to participate in this unique program.

The full catalogue of courses offers a range of topics for educators who work from early childhood through high school. Most workshops offer hands-on experiences that give participants the chance to learn by doing. The 2019-2020 line-up is open for registration now.


Experimental Weaving on Informal Looms

Thursday, May 17, 2020

Participants will construct a simple cardboard loom and enjoy weaving on it. Students will learn how to warp the loom and will weave with a combination of traditional and experimental materials using several basic stitches. Everyone will be able to keep the loom they create.

Emma Royer is a visual artist known for her work in fiber, printmaking and artist books. Her recent works use the time and labor-intensive processes of knitting, weaving and sewing as metaphors to explore the delicate, intimate and imperfect texture of our ordinary experience. Emma finds great joy in sharing her knowledge, skills and passions with both youth and adults. Royer has worked as an artist and educator for several local organizations including North Seattle College, Pratt Fine Art Center, the Frye Art Museum, the Seattle Art Museum, the Center for Wooden Boats and Islandwood.

Color Theory Redux

Thursday, May 14, 2020

How many of us know that mixing red and blue paints doesn’t really make purple, contrary to well-meaning color wheels in our classrooms? Why has the printing world happily embraced CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow Black) as its basic mixing pigments while art rooms have persisted with Red/Yellow/Blue? How can we understand the physical characteristics of paints and the role our own biology plays in order to mix colors as vibrantly or earthily as we wish? Join Gala Bent, a drawing painter and accidental illustrator, as she shares her own discoveries of color theory and leads hands-on mixing experiments in gouache.

Gala Bent is an artist, mother and educator living in Seattle, Washington. She has a BFA in Painting from Ball State University in Indiana, an MFA in Visual Art from State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo, and currently teaches full time at Cornish College of the Arts. Drawings on paper, colored with gouache, are her most prevalent medium, but she also works, when possible, with installation, animation and writing. Gala’s work has been shown locally, nationally and internationally, and she is represented by G.Gibson Gallery in Seattle. Learn more about Gala at her website: www.galabent.com

Two-Part Silicone Mold-Making

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Mold making with silicone rubber is a basic technique that can be applied to creating sculptures in resin, wax, pewter, soap, plaster, or even chocolate. We’ll discuss some of the basics of rubber molds, and walk the participants through making a simple block mold using two part silicone.

Eva Funderburgh is a Seattle-based sculptor, with a Bachelor’s of Science and Art from Carnegie Mellon University. In 2010, she was an artist in residence in Denmark at the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center. Since then, she’s expanded her work into both installation and bronze casting. In 2015, she was part of the Seattle’s Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Boot Camp, an award winning program for artist emerging into the public art field. She now teaches bronze casting part time, and is a full time sculptor working in public art, installation, ceramics, and cast bronze.