Looking and Talking About Art- Every Day at Marwen

We encourage our teaching artists to look at and talk about artwork every day with their students. Provide opportunities for students to practice talking and writing about what they see and- from the moment they walk in the door - work to create a safe space for them to share opinions.
Last night at the fall pre-term meeting we talked about the goal or purpose of critiques in Marwen's

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September 17th, 2014 0 comments Best Practices / Critique / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Assessment in the Studio Classroom

For the last year and a half I have been participating in Marwen’s efforts in understanding what assessment looks like at our organization. It has been a very enlightening experience - One that has taken me from cringing at the thought of ‘grading’ our students and their work, to finding that I have learned so much more about the value of assessment than I ever

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September 10th, 2014 0 comments Assessment / Critique / Drawing / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

The Changing Shape of Teamwork

This content originally appeared in Art21 Magazine, by Joe Fusaro in the column "Teaching With Contemporary Art"
Back in October, 2009 I wrote a post called Teamwork which focused on the fact that, as educators, we often have to work creatively with others in order to construct meaningful, age-appropriate and fun lessons. The best lessons and units of study are often the product of people working together, including educators, community members, parents, and

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September 5th, 2014 0 comments Collaboration / Student Driven Classroom

Flip-Flop: Student to Teacher

My experience with Marwen for the last six years has been exclusively as a student. I am one of those Marwen students who just can’t get enough of it and keeps coming back for more—for one class, then another, hmm Marwen Lab looks cool, let’s try Design to Print, Lab was awesome I have to do it again, and oh my gosh it’s my last

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August 25th, 2014 0 comments Professional Development / Spotlight: Artists / Spotlight: Students / Teaching Artistry

Obstacles as Tools

Consider the metaphor, "The world is your oyster." Is it referring to the shell, muscle, or a potential pearl inside? I see it referring to the whole thing - the world as a hard, crusty, slimy place, yet with the potential for hidden beauty within it. And would I be wrong? As adults we are surrounded by limitations, restrictions, and general have-to's, and our attitudes

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August 22nd, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Sculpture / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the technical

Adapting to the Individual Nature of Classes

Tuesday evening at the summer post term meeting our group of 8 teaching artists and assistant teaching artists discussed this question:
How do we adapt/adjust to the nature/idiosyncrasies of a class?
Overall, this became a question of student engagement. One solution was to use the first class meeting for students to find their own way to a class topic via discussion. The teacher then wraps technical instruction

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August 13th, 2014 0 comments Best Practices / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement

Marwen’s Summer Teaching Artist Retreat At Mana Contemporary: Part 2

Last week 40 Marwen Teaching Artists and staff members came together at Mana Contemporary Chicago for our Bi- Annual Teaching Artist Retreat. The format of the evening offered three artist's responses to the question:
How do you insure everyone has a voice?
Here's another response to the question. Teaching Artist Fellow Marta Garcia created this video of guest artist avery r young's offering:

http://vimeo.com/101735878
Here's some more feedback from our brilliant participants:

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August 1st, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Collaboration / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development

Marwen’s Summer Teaching Artist Retreat At Mana Contemporary: Part 1

Last week 40 Marwen Teaching Artists and staff members came together at Mana Contemporary Chicago for our Bi- Annual Teaching Artist Retreat. The format of the evening offered three artist's responses to the question:
How do you insure everyone has a voice?
Teaching Artist Fellow Marta Garcia created this video of guest artist Alex Chitty's offering:

http://vimeo.com/101755783
Here's some feedback from our brilliant participants:

I think using

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July 29th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Collaboration / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching Artistry

Balancing Skills & Techniques with Content   

Color photography students at certain art schools hate to learn Adobe Photoshop. Clicking and dragging on graphs in Photoshop does not hold the allure of a vintage film camera or the sleek qualities of $4000 digital optics. It’s just a program on their laptop, the device they use to watch videos while they eat ramen for dinner.

So in order to teach them a little

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July 16th, 2014 0 comments Meeting our students where they are / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

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