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Adolescent Development: Creating Partnerships and Relationships

We recently held at our annual Summer Teaching Artist Retreat in our lovely summer term sculpture studios at UIC .

Morning presentations on adolescent youth development were led by fantastic and engaging UIC Youth Development PhD candidates, Emilia Chico and Nicole Darcangelo.
Here is their very useful PowerPoint on Adolescent Development for MARWEN.
And please utilize these helpful resources they shared with us as well:
What is Adultism?
Acknowledging Privilege


June 12th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration / Events / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

Spotlight: Marwen Course

My So-Called Still Life
Teaching Artist: Hilary Baldwin
 Assistant teaching artist: Keaton Bell

In this introductory still life painting class, you will learn how to look at the world around you in new ways and use what you see to create unique and expressive paintings of everyday objects. Whether you design anime characters, carve from stone, or make movies, the painting and drawing


May 18th, 2015 0 comments Painting / Spotlight: Marwen Course

Creating Criteria Along With Your Students

When I was in college I had an honors class professor explain that we were not honor students because we were smarter than everyone else, but because we were the kind of students who had figured out what teachers wanted of us and understood how to give them just that. Today I recognize that what made the statement true is that the majority of assessment


May 13th, 2015 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Book-making / Design Arts / Drawing / Painting / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the technical

Cool Resource: Stages of Adolescent Development

Three stages of adolescence - early, middle, and late, are experienced by most teens, but the age at which each stage is reached varies greatly from child to child. These different rates of maturation are connected to physical development and hormone balance, neither of which the child can control. Adolescents should be treated as individuals and any guidelines should be adapted to the particular child.


May 6th, 2015 0 comments Cool Resources / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Student engagement

Spotlight: Student

Lucy McDonald
Lucy has been a Marwen student since the summer following her freshman year in 2012.  On the verge of graduating this June, Lucy has received a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, which represents the top 1% of over 300,000 entries across the country in 28 categories.  Looking to continue her pursuit of art, Lucy is considering accepting admission to either UIUC, Columbia College Chicago, or Kalamazoo


April 24th, 2015 0 comments Photography / Spotlight: Students / Teaching Artistry

Learning To Ride The Wave

I was feeling first-day-of-school jittery. It had been about a month since my last workshop with Embarc. Embarc is a program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success. In fact, it had been a whole month since I’d led any workshop. I arrived at Spudnik Press  plenty early to set up.


April 22nd, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Intuition / Printmaking / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

How We Praise Our Students Is Just As Important As What We Teach Them

We all want to nurture our students when we see something unique in their creative work, but the way in which we do it can have long-term effects. Recent studies have found that praising a child as being “talented” or “smart” can actually harm their potential. Not what you expected?

Consider this: if someone thinks that you are smart or talented, and what you are


April 17th, 2015 0 comments Best Practices / Meeting our students where they are / Student Driven Classroom

Spotlight: Student + Marwen Lab Exhibition Opening at Chicago Art Department

Zoe Prekop
Zoe Prekop has been a Marwen student since 2011 when she was in 8th grade. Now in her senior year of high school Zoe has just completed her third year participating in the Marwen Lab program.  Marwen Lab is a capstone studio program designed for Marwen's highly motivated and dedicated young Chicago artists. Working closely with three teaching artists, Lab students work on independently driven projects


March 12th, 2015 0 comments Mixed media / Reflection / Sculpture / Spotlight: Marwen Course / Spotlight: Students / Teaching Artistry

Spotlight: Alumni- Victoria Martinez + ACRE Residency Scholarship

In 2014 Marwen partnered with ACRE (Artist’s Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) to create a scholarship opportunity for a Marwen alumni accepted into their residency program. ACRE not only supports emerging artists with its residency in rural Wisconsin, but also provides all its residents with exhibition opportunities in Chicago during the year. We were delighted to have alumna and teaching artist, Victoria Martinez, be the first


March 10th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Fiber Arts / Mixed media / Reflection / Spotlight: Alumni

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