As teaching artists I believe our duty is to help the youth reshape society by providing them with the tools needed to collaboratively, confidently and artistically dismantle and confront societal problems that affect them. There is power in the youth voice and an importance and urgency for them to be heard especially now when some are facing violence, poverty and a shattering school system. HowRead More...
In April 2013 I participated in a professional development event with dancers, musicians, visual artists, elementary public school teachers and teaching artists. This event focused on collaboration to provide an interdisciplinary experience with the participants. This full day professional development offered an experience where the topic of Shape, Texture, Time and Collaboration were investigated/explored through interactive sessions with a combination of Dance, Music and VisualRead More...
A must see exhibition includes examples from the board spectrum of the artist’s practice, which encompasses sculpture, photography, video, and site-specific installations as well as his contributions to the design of the “Bird’s Nest” stadium of the 2008 Summer Olympics in China.
Ai Weiwei is known as one of China’s most provocative and vocal artists; his focus on human rights and social change eventually ledRead More...
For this installment I spoke to Martha Williams, who is the Photo Editor at Timeout Chicago and the creator of the blog bikefancy.com. Martha holds her BFA from Columbia College Chicago and has worked in the industry for 15 years. Full disclosure, she is also my wife.
1. Describe your current relationship to photography.
I am a freelance photographer and Photo Editor for Time Out Chicago.
Winter Urban Landscapes
What's a landscape?
flat line of land
gradient in the sky
squiggles of buildings
specs of plants and trees
glimmers of light
- Anastasiya Zherebna
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Teaching Artist Marta Garcia is a seasoned photographer, working as a professional photojournalist for the past 12 years. Marta has had the privilege to tell many stories with her camera. A graduateRead More...
I can't believe class is over! This has been such an amazing and... interesting... experience. Obviously it was a wonderful teaching experience - I had a ton of fun and I think my students did some FANTASTIC work. But it was also full of model-less sessions, snow-storms, and derailed plans that were rough to work around. Regardless, though, it was a great success and I've definitelyRead More...
At last week's Spring Pre-Term Meeting, Teaching Artists and Assistant Teaching Artists discussed prompts and shared strategies. Here's what they came up with!
Ways I set expectations along with my students:
Have students write down their own expectations for the class
Set clear goals for the class- set long term goals and be flexible with short term goals
Positive peer pressure (through sharing work)
Set goals and expectations
At Marwen, I teach young students, grades six through twelve. However, I also teach a wide spectrum of adults at Spudnik Press Cooperative. Previously, I taught at a long-term care facility. I have literally taught students ages 12 to 100. Research, assessment, critical thinking, and professional development opportunities regarding how, what, when, and why young people learn is a growing field. However, I have hadRead More...
Describe a project you are currently working on:
One of the projects I’m juggling at the moment is a graphic novel-in-progress known right now as Jimmy’s (R)Evolution about life of a young mutant starting with his awful childhood on the streets of a Kowloon Walled City-esque desert community, and following him through his teenage years and into adulthood. The choices he makes asRead More...
It makes me extremely uncomfortable to admit that the Darkroom -–that is the classic orange safe light, enlarger, chemical bath, vinegar smelling, black walled, light proof room-– that we grew up with (or at least witnessed on a detective show), is not the standard way we create photographs anymore. This has been the case for years now, the digital era is upon us, and digitalRead More...