All courses are taught by Joy Suarez, Materials for the Arts Master Educator in Creative Reuse in the Classroom.

Professional Development Courses for teachers are through ASPDP (After School Professional Development Program). “P” In-Service courses offer pedagogues’ high-quality, convenient, low-cost alternatives to college courses that may be applied to salary differential requirements and to the NYS 175 hour professional development requirement to maintain Professional Certification. Courses are designed to impact student achievement through the professional development of teachers.

“MFTA workshops showed me how to use math, science, and social studies in my classroom.”       -Ms. Nodaros, 2nd Grade Teacher

Get to know Master Educator Joy Suarez

P-Credit Courses for Teachers

Materials for the Arts occupies a unique position in the NYC Professional Development community. For over 15 years we have focused on hands-on learning, while at the same time, providing free creative maker materials year-round to all NYC teachers at our warehouse.

Our P- credit courses provide a six-day immersion in which teachers learn Creative Reuse fundamentals to bring project-based learning to their classrooms in all subject areas.

Teachers will utilize prior knowledge, journaling, and research as they learn creative ways to bring creative thinking into their classrooms. They will also share best practices for group work and create oral presentations designed for a wide scope of learners, various subject areas, learning styles, and ability levels relevant to their own instructional setting. Emphasis will be placed on creating sustainable artwork: that which leaves no negative impact on the environment. Participants will receive a course pack of documents outlining pertinent vocabulary and how-to instructions for the art techniques learned.

Registration for P Credit Courses:

Creative Infusion: Art & Reuse in the Classroom
Saturdays 9:30am – 5pm
2/10, 3/3, 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 4/14
Course cost: $240
Course registration

New Accessory Stories: Wearable Art Inspired by the Past
Saturday 4/21 at New York Historical Society
Saturday 4/28 at Materials for the Arts
Course cost: $150
Course registration


New Paper Maker: Teaching STE(A)M with Paper
Saturdays 9:30am – 5pm
5/05, 5/12, 5/19, 5/26, 6/02, 6/09
Course cost: $240
Course registration

To complete registration you must also register on the ASPDP website
All classes held at the Education Center at the Materials for the Arts Warehouse, 33-00 Northern Blvd. Long Island City, NY