Techniques: Watercolors

So you’re afraid of watercolors…
People assume watercolors are difficult to control. They are. But no more so than any other art material. Here are some awesome things about watercolor: they combine amazingly with other materials, the paper is also good for things like pencil and pen, they are less messy than acrylic and oil, clean up faster and easier, and won’t stain your clothes.

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August 18th, 2016 0 comments Painting / Teaching the technical

Expectations, Realities & Resolutions

We know how important it is to be flexible in the classroom, to respond and react to the students’ needs and abilities, and be prepared to change our course of action. But this flexibility can work in direct opposition to our own goals as teachers. When we create our classes we structure them around the ideal. What we hope to accomplish, what we hope the

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July 22nd, 2016 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Critique / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Painting / Peer to Peer Activities / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the technical

Resource from Marwen’s Mid Term Meeting: Assess Where You Are and Develop Strategies For The Studio

We now have mid-term professional development meetings! The primary goal of the mid-term meeting is to provide timely professional development that can be utilized within the current term; the focus of this PD is to directly improve student experience and learning. TAs are given the opportunity to reflect, share questions and challenges in the weeks prior to the mid termmeeting in order to inform the content. At the mid-term meeting we work

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March 9th, 2016 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Collaboration / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement

Critique: Sharing Ideas for Talking About Student Work

Teaching Artists have good ideas for implementing and setting up critiques. Appropriate them from these lists brainstormed at the most recent Marwen Retreat.

Topics for discussion were:

Creating a safe space for critique
Critique related to individual student goals
Critiquing with a quiet group
Critiquing with a chaotic class
Critiques with a particular focus
Mid term critiques

 

 

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January 15th, 2016 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration / Critique / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

The Value of Critique: Why Encouraging Students to Talk About Their Own Artwork is Important

At last weekend's Teaching Artist Retreat we spent time discussing the importance of providing our students with opportunities to discuss their artwork. After a conversation amongst teaching artists, we shared some student comments from the 2015 Fall Term Student Voice Survey to deepen the conversation around the value of critique and to hear first hand what students believe they gain from the experience of talking about

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December 11th, 2015 0 comments Critique / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

Cool Resource: Liz Lerman’s Critical Response

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process- a brief overview used at the Marwen Winter 2015 Teaching Artist Retreat

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process is a widely-recognized method that nurtures the development of artistic works-in-progress through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. In use for over 20 years, the Process has been embraced by art-makers, educators, and administrators at theater companies, dance departments, orchestras,

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December 10th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Cool Resources / Critique / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom / Uncategorized

Reflection at Marwen: A Few Summer 2015 Student Voice Survey Responses

What was the most interesting thing you learned in this course?

How to develop pictures the hard way.
I learn how to use the light so i can try at home or anywhere else
I really liked working with plaster, especially since you could do a lot with it. It was very dynamic.
that statues and statuettes are 2 completely different things i thought that

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October 14th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Critique / Reflection / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

The 8 Forces that Shape Group Culture

Expectations- Recognizing How Our Beliefs Shape Our Behavior

ex•pec•ta•tions |ˌekspekˈtāSHəns| noun: A set of strong beliefs surrounding future outcomes and anticipated results. As a culture shaper, expectations operate as “belief sets” or ‘action theories’ that influence our own efforts in relation to the achievement of desired goals and outcomes with respect to our teaching. In this way, expectations not only set our course, but also act

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October 9th, 2015 0 comments Best Practices / Collaboration / Cool Resources / Critique / Peer to Peer Activities / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement / Teaching Artistry

Actively Listening and Building Trust with Students

Tips To Encourage the Development of Trust 

Make communication positive, clear, and specific.
Recognize that each individual sees things from a different point of view.
Be open and honest about your feelings and accept others feelings.
Ask questions for clarification on an issue.
Learn to listen. Allow time for the student to talk without interruptions.

Active Listening Skills

Active listening is an essential skill. One

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October 2nd, 2015 0 comments Best Practices / Cool Resources / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

Seeing the Unseen (and Unexpected)

As September graciously shares with us the best of two seasons in transition, I feel the need to reflect upon my summer term at Marwen. Summer 2015 at Marwen also shared something with my favorite month, as the program was in it’s own moment of transition: The newly renovated arts campus is set to reopen its arms to our city in just one more week.

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September 23rd, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Collaboration / Intuition / Reflection / Spotlight: Marwen Course

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