Misunderstanding Indicators = Misunderstood Outcomes

Over the past 7 years of teaching youth, this past term made an impressive mark on that timeline: my classroom experienced a record-breaking low level of volume (see: noise, malarkey, jibber jabber, etc.), the most calm atmosphere I have ever experienced in the history of my life as an educator. Whoa, yeah. For real, ever.

Maybe it was the 6-8 grade level that I’m not as


April 11th, 2014 0 comments Assessment / Meeting our students where they are / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

A Guide to Writing Helpful Outcomes and Indicators

We ask all Marwen teaching artists to write Outcome/Indicator sets for each course in order to clarify their expectations for their students - to empower students to control their own progress and to be clear of what they can do to improve their work.
Outcomes and indicators have a direct relationship to each other.
Outcomes: What you want the student to Know (knowledge: concepts; ideas); Do (skills


April 2nd, 2014 0 comments Assessment / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

Winter Term at Marwen

Congratulation to all of our teaching artists and student artists on an incredible Winter 2014 term! Check out highlights from each course below:

Art of Making Comics: Teaching Artist- David Downs, Assistant Teaching Artist- David Jones

Balancing Act: Kinetic Sculpture: Teaching Artist- Gwen Terry, Assistant Teaching Artist- Julia Klein


Ceramic Jars and Vessels: Working on and off the Wheel: Teaching Artist- Tim Woodbrey, Assistant Teaching


March 19th, 2014 0 comments Spotlight: Marwen Course / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Dude, you should totally apply

Around this time last year, I was having a lot of trouble getting my students to talk about the work that they were making for my digital photography class. It was a class for the Early College Program in the Continuing Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was one of those situations where the lack of satisfaction in the


March 12th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Professional Development / Reflection / Teaching Artistry

Hip Hop Hooray

This spring I’ll be teaching a video course entitled Hip-Hop: Visualizing the Story. I don’t think I’ve been this hyped and nervous about teaching a course in a while. How do I condense the brilliance and culture of hip hop into 8 weeks? Hip-Hop: Visualizing the Story focuses on hip-hop as a tool for social change. We’ll discuss the history, culture and social significance with


March 10th, 2014 0 comments Spotlight: Marwen Course / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical / Time-Based Media

Why it’s okay to make your students confused

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 to


March 5th, 2014 0 comments Best Practices / Intuition / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement

Student Workshop: Guest Artist Jason Lazarus

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


February 26th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Events / Spotlight: Artists / Verve: Guest Artist Series

What If? Marwen’s Education Vision

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 to


February 20th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Book-making / Ceramics / Critique / Cross Discipline / Design Arts / Drawing / Fiber Arts / Mixed media / Painting / Photography / Printmaking / Professional Development / Reflection / Sculpture / Street Art / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical / Time-Based Media

Dance-Dance, Art Revolution


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?


February 17th, 2014 0 comments Best Practices / Reflection

Guest Artist Series: Jason Lazarus

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,


February 10th, 2014 0 comments Cross Discipline / Events / Photography / Spotlight: Artists / Time-Based Media / Verve: Guest Artist Series

Load More Posts