Summer 2017 On-Site Instructor-Based Courses

Each course offers fun and practical classroom enrichment from 9:00am – 2:30pm. Most of the courses will be held at Diablo Vista Middle School in Danville. Courses are open to all adults, not limited to teachers.

Please reserve your spot now by emailing us your intention to attend. Actual registration and payment will take place on the first day of instruction for each course. (Exception: The field trip courses require pre-registration and payment on or prior to June 26th)

Teachers may receive 3 graduate-level professional development semester units/credits from the University of the Pacific for their participation in each course. Cost per course: Only $279 (plus supply fees, not to exceed $55; the supply fee will be announced the first day of class). This  $279 price includes the 3 semester units/credits of graduate-level professional development credit. Non-teachers, or teachers who don’t need university credit, may choose to Audit any course for only $185 plus supply fees. If you have taken any of the courses previously and would like to take them again for credit, we have additional course titles and numbers from which you may choose. (See bottom of this email). If you are not sure of which courses you have taken in the past, email our office and we will provide you with that information.

Worried you may have to miss a class? No worries. We can arrange meaningful make-ups for you.

Below is a listing of all our on-site courses for this summer.


P EDU 9723 – Mosaics Across the Curriculum
Monday – Friday June 19 – 23, 9:00am – 2:30pm

Gina Dominguez, Instructor

Mosaics, Mosaics and More Mosaics! Don’t miss this course!!!

We are so excited to have Gina back with us this summer for another fabulous mosaics course. This course will provide new project ideas to enhance your curriculum. Gina, a mosaic artist for 20+ years, was the owner of Snapshot Mosaic in Oakland for 8 years where she sold mosaic supplies, taught mosaic classes to adults and children and created custom work for public and private parties. Now she is back in her studio focusing on public art commissions, but is excited to return to the classroom for this summer mosaics course. We are so fortunate that she has chosen Courses4Teachers once again for teaching a summer course!

Whether a first time mosaics maker or someone with experience, this class is sure to captivate you.

Using ceramic tile, stained glass, pottery, glass gems, tempered glass, mirror and vitreous glass, we will add color and shine to ordinary objects transforming them into personal works of art. Gain experience cutting materials, using various adhesives, making color choices, and selecting materials appropriate for all age groups. Mosaics are a great learning tool for shapes, counting, color spatial awareness and more.

All project materials and tools will be provided. $40 material fee to be paid to instructor.


P EDU 9036 – Art Projects And Lessons To Enhance Your Curriculum
Monday – Friday, June 26 – 30, 9am – 2:30pm
Chris Giotta, Instructor

A fabulous hands-on art course for PreK-12 teachers that incorporates art history along with creative and beautiful art projects. Learn about the lives of Chagall, Jacob Lawrence, Keith Haring, Picasso, O’Keeffe and Mayan Art plus more. Along with presentations on the lives of these masters, you will learn techniques in using watercolors, watercolor pencils, oil pastels and chalk pastels to create fabulous artworks in the spirit of those artists. The course will be fun, practical, and applicable to all grade levels. As with all our courses, teachers benefit from taking a course more than once, as new project ideas are introduced each year. Additional course numbers for this course are available (see below, or email us for more title options).


Extraordinary Field Trips For PreK-12 Teachers
Monday – Friday. July 10 – 14, 9:00am – 2:30pm (week 1)

Monday – Friday. July 24 – 28, 9:00am – 2:30pm (week 2)
Dave Harding, Instructor

Enjoy a variety of wonderful sites to see around the Bay Area! You will want to take these courses more than once since some sites change each year and you will also benefit from revisiting previous sites and learning more.

Take the course July 10 – 14 for 3 semester units/credits (P EDU 9957) and then take it again, visiting different sites, July 24- 28 (P EDU 9958) for another 3 semester units! 6 semester units/credits of fun and enrichment!

If you need prior approval, choose from any of these field trip course titles (more titles available upon request):

P EDU 9957 – Field Trips To Enhance Curriculum I
P EDU 9958 – Field Trips to Enhance Curriculum II
P EDU 9321 – Extraordinary Field Trips for PreK-12 Teachers
P EDU 9039 – Local Resources/Field Trips To Enhance Curriculum
P EDU 9223 – Educational Tours For Teachers
— Additional titles available upon request.

The amazing sites to look forward to in Week 1:

East Bay Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Tilden Park
AT&T Park Insider Tour in San Francisco
Alviso Adobe/Dairy Farm in Pleasanton AND Dublin Heritage Park complex
Travis Air Force Base Aviation Museum in Fairfield
Playland-Not-At-The Beach in El Cerrito

Some of the amazing sites to look forward to in Week 2:

East Bay Regional Parks Black Diamond Mines in the Antioch Hills
FILOLI in Palo Alto
Flying Colors in Concord
San Jose History Park
Ruth Bancroft Gardens in Walnut Creek

Since tours must be booked in advance, there will be a mandatory registration meeting on Monday, June 26th promptly at 8:00 – 9:00am. The registration meeting will be held at Diablo Vista Middle School, Room 100. You may register and pay for one or both of these courses at this meeting. If you cannot attend, it is imperative that you contact Dave Harding prior to June 26th, at to arrange an alternative time to register and pay for the course(s).


To reserve your spot in the Field Trip, Mosaics or Art courses call or email us. We will formally register you and collect payment on the first day of class for Mosaics & Art. We will need payment for the Field Trip Courses during the June 26th meeting. We accept personal checks, Visa, AMEX, MasterCard or Purchase Orders from school districts.

Location: All the above courses  (with the exception of the Field Trip courses) will be held at
Diablo Vista Middle School, Room 100
Address: 4100 Camino Tassajara, Danville, CA
Times: Each course will run from 9:00am – 2:30pm

Additional practicum will be required to satisfy the necessary 45 hours of professional work requirement. This will be practical to you and discussed the first day of class.

For more information or to simply reserve your spot in one or more of these outstanding courses, please email us:
If necessary you may call: 925-837-3817

Note: These Graduate-Level Professional Development Semester courses are designed for professional growth and advancement on the salary scale. They may not be applied towards an advanced degree with University of the Pacific.