Sara Gothard’s Words of Wisdom: Working with Marwen’s Young People- Read Before Each Term!

Fall term starts next week! YEAY! It is also Sara's last week! BOO!

We are heartbroken that she will no longer be at Marwen. Congratulations and best of luck dearest SG!

Each of us has gone to Sara for guidance and advice... Below You will find important reminders, guidelines and best practices written by Sara- that all teachers at Marwen and beyond should hold close


September 22nd, 2016 0 comments Best Practices / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement / Uncategorized

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,


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

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


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

Spotlight: Marwen Course

My So-Called Still Life
Teaching Artist: Hilary Baldwin
Assistant teaching artist: Keaton Bell

In this introductory still life painting class, you will learn how to look at the world around you in new ways and use what you see to create unique and expressive paintings of everyday objects. Whether you design anime characters, carve from stone, or make movies, the generic cialis online painting


May 18th, 2015 0 comments Painting / Spotlight: Marwen Course

Cool Resource: Stages of Adolescent Development

Three stages of adolescence - early, middle, and late, are experienced by most teens, but the age at which each stage is reached varies greatly from child to child. These different rates of maturation are connected to physical development and hormone balance, neither of which the child can control. Adolescents should be treated as individuals and any guidelines should be adapted to the particular child.


May 6th, 2015 0 comments Cool Resources / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Student engagement

Spotlight: Student + Marwen Lab Exhibition Opening at Chicago Art Department

Zoe Prekop
Zoe Prekop has been a Marwen student since 2011 when she was in 8th grade. Now in her senior year of high school Zoe has just completed her third year participating in the Marwen Lab program. Marwen Lab is a capstone studio program designed for Marwen's highly motivated and dedicated young Chicago artists. Working closely with three teaching artists, Lab students work on


March 12th, 2015 0 comments Mixed media / Reflection / Sculpture / Spotlight: Marwen Course / Spotlight: Students / Teaching Artistry

Spotlight: Alumni- Victoria Martinez + ACRE Residency Scholarship

In 2014 Marwen partnered with ACRE (Artist’s Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) to create a scholarship opportunity for a Marwen alumni accepted into their residency program. ACRE not only supports emerging artists with its residency in rural Wisconsin, but also provides all its residents with exhibition opportunities in Chicago during the year. We were delighted to have alumna and teaching artist, Victoria Martinez, be the first


March 10th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Fiber Arts / Mixed media / Reflection / Spotlight: Alumni

2015 and Beyond: The New Marwen Arts Campus

In April 2015, Marwen will begin renovating our space to create an Arts Campus to to serve 30% more students. These renovations will include:

2 new studios (for a total of 8)
A Technology Suite encompassing the entire 3rd Floor
A Lighting and Special Effects Studio
A Fashion Studio
A Student and Family Lounge
A Portfolio and Documentation Center
Increased exhibition and critique


February 23rd, 2015 0 comments Events

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

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 Parajumpers women 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 parajumpersonlinestore guide the content of their work.

Some examples for


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

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