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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

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

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