This term, I am teaching a class that class pushes students, through trying out new tools and materials, to develop their natural drawing or painting styles in new directions. We began with abstract mark making and embracing the unknown. This experimentation was thrilling, but also nerve wrecking. It was rewarding but also frustrating. These are the extremes my students experienced, and that I tried toRead More...
As world events increasingly unfold on our computers, what happens to this history once it’s been clicked?
Verve: Guest Artist, Jason Lazarus shared the concept from his project- Phase 1 Live Archive with Marwen students on February 12th. This archive, he explained, features recreations of Occupy Wall Street signs documented in online coverage of the worldwide occupy movement. The growing archive is created collaboratively with the
At the center of Marwen’s practice there is an invitation-a sense of welcome, support, and mentorship that permeates every encounter and meeting. Students share the sense of belonging and support that they feel at Marwen in surveys, conversation, and letters of thanks sent to staff. Melissa Wilkes, studio program coordinator, who began as a student at Marwen, says; “I kept coming, and I wanted toRead More...
1. INT. SCHOOL HALLWAY, OUTSIDE OF FACULTY OFFICE
The first day of school at SAIC in the Columbus building. It is noon and students and staff are hustling to the lunchroom before Sonny’s famous red curry runs out. Two TEACHERS are discussing how the first day had gone so far when a third runs up to them.
Hey guys! How’s it going?
Please join us!
Jason Lazarus: Feburary 21st from 7:00-8:00pm at Marwen
833 North Orleans | Chicago, IL 60610
This event is FREE and open to the public!
Jason Lazarus will present his artwork and discuss the motivation, ideas and events that drive his work at this free Marwen event.
Verve: Guest Artist Series is a free series of lectures, presentations, and events that fosters dialogue among students, parents, educators, collectors,
Describe a project you are currently working on:
I'm currently working on an anatomical series of work. My artwork is about not judging people because of looks, because we are all made the same on the inside. None of us are perfect, but what makes us unique is what you cannot see; our heart, personality and our soul. It is also about the
Watch Favianna Rodriguez's fantastic artist talk on Marwen's Vimeo page!
The Verve: Guest Artist Series is for students and their families, teaching artists, and the larger Chicago arts and activist community. On November 15th the Marwen Teaching Artist Fellows welcomed our first guest artist, Favianna Rodriguez! Favianna’s artist talk was free and open to the public. All future events will be free as well- Stay tuned for our next eventRead More...
This summer I taught a course called “Photographing the Dreamscape” downstairs in Intermedia. The course was sculpture and photography based, and Cynthia asked if I would I consider doing a brief collaboration with the only other class in the dungeon, Melissa Porter’s ceramic course. Even though summer is a luxurious two days longer than normal term, I still felt pressed for time and wasn’t sureRead More...
This past academic year I worked a kaleidoscope of jobs all over the city and when offered one of these positions I am usually asked, “Are you familiar with [insert art medium here]?” and my answer is always, “Oh yeah, sure, totally, I can do that”. At which point I immediately Google said art medium.
After a year of teaching video to autistic children, explainingRead More...
What an interesting year of Verve posts! Thank you to all of our contributors- We hope that in 2014 all of our readers will be inspired to submit content!
Here are the current Marwen Teaching Fellow's favorite posts from their peers. They chose ones that really got them thinking about the work we do... Which is your favorite from 2012-2013? Comment below to let usRead More...