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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

An Aerial View: The Language of a Line

My name is Silvia Gonzalez and I am a teaching artist and photographer. I currently work at Village Leadership Academy Upper Campus and attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a graduate student in the Masters in Art Education program.

I got interested in art at an early age because it was a language for me. When I was in grade school,


February 26th, 2015 0 comments Collaboration / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the conceptual

2015 and Beyond: The New Marwen Arts Campus

In April 2015, Marwen will begin renovating our space to create an Arts Campus to to serve 30% more students.  These renovations will include:

2 new studios (for a total of 8)
A Technology Suite encompassing the entire 3rd Floor
A Lighting and Special Effects Studio
A Fashion Studio
A Student and Family Lounge
A Portfolio and Documentation Center
Increased exhibition and


February 23rd, 2015 0 comments Events

Cool Resource: 96 Acres Education Initiative- P is for Power Toolkits

96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that address the impact of the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side. We aim to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power, and to present creative projects that reflect the community’s vision of transformation.
96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice


February 12th, 2015 0 comments Collaboration / Cool Resources / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

A Teacher’s Duty: Activism as Education

This essay, written by Silvia Gonzalez (a Marwen alum, photographer, teaching artist, and activist), was originally published on Just Us Seeking Justice, a blog written by the teachers and administrators at Village Leadership Academy in Chicago. You can view the original post here. 

On Tuesday, November 25th, teachers at Village Leadership Academy decided it would make sense to take some of our young leaders to Chicago’s City Hall


January 16th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Student Driven Classroom

Resource: Time Management Strategies


At last week's Winter Pre Term Meeting, teaching artists practiced a strategy called "think- pair- square" and shared techniques and ideas regarding time management in the studio. Here is a resource that was shared and discussed:

Helpful ideas for planning pace and progression of the day and the term:

Explain to the students exactly what the learning intentions of the day, demo, exercise, activity


January 16th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

Marwen’s Teaching Artist Fellows- Thank you!

After an influential and inspiring 6 year run- the "final" Marwen Teaching Artist Fellows meeting was held in 2014.

Since 2009 the impressive team of Marwen teaching artist consultants- called the Fellows- has rotated to include Regin Igloria,  Justin Schmitz,  Ann Worthing,  Joe Meredith,  Kelly Kaminski,  Melissa Porter,  Meredith Zielke,  Barlow,  Angee Lennard,  Jesse Avina,  Jeremy Bolen, Sophia Nahli Allison and Marta Garcia! Thank you


January 6th, 2015 0 comments Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

Cool Resource: ArtsConnection- The Creative Learning Loop

This great resource comes from ArtsConnection in NYC.

The Creative Learning Loop
Check out these links! They include a simple yet brilliant articulation of artistic process in the classroom- The Creative Learning Loop

Establish Clear Criteria
Facilitate Peer Feedback
Provide Opportunities for Revision

From the ArtsConnection website:

Formative Assessment in the Arts
Artistic creation in all art forms is an iterative process:  collaboration, critique and


November 20th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Assessment / Best Practices / Cool Resources / Critique / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

Using Lionel Richie to Access the Real World

This piece originally appeared in Composite Arts Magazine by Amaris Ketcham in the issue EDUCATORS

To my students, the “real world” sits just beyond the classroom. It is a space in flux, moving and changing much more quickly than academia. In education, there is a creative tension between an established body of knowledge and the real world; this tension can help fuel teaching.

For the past two years, I have taught


October 28th, 2014 Art practice connected to teaching practice / Design Arts / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual

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