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

How Might You Use Inquiry Questions?

Many teachers and students find it helpful to frame or guide a course with questions.
Here's a list of questions, assembled from several websites, to get you thinking of some possibilities- how you use them is up to you and your students! You might also create questions with your students to help them guide the content of their work.

Some examples for beginning inquiry questions:

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July 2nd, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Reflection / Teaching the conceptual

Classroom Strategies and Cool Ideas From Marwen Teaching Artists

From a Pre-Term Professional Development Activity

Assistant teaching artists and teaching artists divided into 6 groups according to the session they were teaching. Each was presented with several topics to discuss and share strategies, solutions and cool ideas. Each group was asked to take notes. The topics they addressed were:

Icebreakers/getting to know each other
Demos
Showing artwork examples
Field trips
Fast summer pace- different

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June 20th, 2014 0 comments Best Practices / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement

Ice Breakers and Energizers

The following ice breakers offer an array of ways for your students to get to know each other (and you) during your course. To be most successful, ice breakers should be designed to relate to your course content in some way. Many Marwen teaching artists use ice breaker activities to establish an atmosphere of participation and set a comfortable tone from the start of term.

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June 11th, 2014 0 comments Peer to Peer Activities / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement

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