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Value, Evidence, and Insight: Utilizing Student Surveys as Reflection Tools

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 other


October 22nd, 2014 0 comments Assessment / Reflection

Please Describe the Purpose and Structure of Critiques in this Course:

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 room


October 17th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Critique / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Cool Resource: KQED Art School

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.


October 9th, 2014 0 comments Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

3Arts Awardee: Sophia Nahli Allison!

Congratulations to our very own Sophia Allison for winning the prestigious 2014 3Arts Teaching Artist Award! 

About 3Arts:


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, in


October 7th, 2014 0 comments Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

One-to-Ten: A Visual Arts Strategy for Collaboration

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 the


October 2nd, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Collaboration / Professional Development / Teaching Artistry

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. 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


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


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


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


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

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