One thing I love about Marwen is that, at the end of each session, all of the students take a survey, assessing their current course. Not only does this practice at Marwen honor each student’s voice, but it also gives us, as Teaching Artists, an opportunity that we don’t often have: to reflect on our own teaching with an immediacy that is lacking in otherRead More...
After each course Marwen's teaching artists complete a reflection survey. The awesome range of uses and formats for critique are evident in the summer term responses to the prompt- Please describe the structure and purpose of critique in this course:
Individual critique with the instructors, as well as repeated exposure to each others' works in progress. Periodically, I would have the students walk around the roomRead More...
My new favorite website- KQED Art School. Ok- it's not new- but new to me! Check it out and let me know what you think. Here's just three of many super cool videos:
Elements of Art: Line
App Art with Franky Aguilar
Printmaking with Favianna Rodriguez
KQED Art School: Art School is a video series for people who want to learn about art.Read More...
Congratulations to our very own Sophia Allison for winning the prestigious 2014 3Arts Teaching Artist Award!
“DEDICATED TO ARTISTS
Nothing of significance can be accomplished without imagination, without stretching and flexing our minds, without dreaming.
We consider it our civic duty and a privilege to champion local artists and invest in the essential creative process that drives their art forth and touches all of us, inRead More...
To really see, you need to allow yourself to be seen.
-Lida Winfield, dancer and educator
One of the greatest gifts that teaching artists can give each other is to share our favorite exercises that consistently bring us rewarding results. I have had the pleasure to learn from teaching artists in many different contexts, and I love to collect, adapt, and share some of theRead More...
We encourage our teaching artists to look at and talk about artwork every day with their students. We want to 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
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 everRead More...
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
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 lastRead More...