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.


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

Balancing Skill-Building and the Formation of Ideas

Image: assume vivid astro focus, "assume vivid astro focus VII", 2003. Courtesy Deitch Projects, New York

This content originally appeared in Art21 Magazine, by Joe Fusaro in the column "Teaching With Contemporary Art"

Two questions that recently came up during the Art21 Educators panel at NAEA’s conference in NYC have got me thinking:

How do we balance exploration of process, play & idea formation with


June 2nd, 2014 0 comments Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Support for Working with Students with Disabilities

An abbreviated resource provided at Marwen's Winter 2013 Preterm Meeting taken from: Resource Guide for Teachers of Students with Disabilities - The Chicago Public School's guide to support the efforts of parajumpers online store  teachers of students with disabilities. Use this information to provide opportunities for students with disabilities to perform at high levels of expectation and to have access to the general education curriculum. The guide contains practical strategies for teaching and


May 21st, 2014 0 comments Professional Development

Student Engagement

Three Step Process for Communicating Student Expectations During an Activity or Studio Work

STEP ONE: Communicate your expectations before the activity begins…

*Give clear, concise, and explicit instructions/directions by telling and asking the students what it will look and sound like to do the activity successfully

STEP TWO: Monitor

*Circulate and visually scan the classroom during the activity

Use the Least Invasive Form of


May 16th, 2014 0 comments Professional Development / Student engagement

You Say You Want Evolution: Looking Backward and Forward with Portfolios

This content originally appeared in Art21 Magazine, by Joe Fusaro in the column "Teaching With Contemporary Art"
While I have used portfolios with students since my first year teaching, the way I use portfolios has changed. Teachers (and not just art teachers) know that they can be a valuable assessment tool, an engaging way for students to reflect on their work, and obviously a way


May 13th, 2014 0 comments Critique / Reflection / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Feedback Control

This content originally appeared in Art21 Magazine, by Joe Fusaro in the column "Teaching With Contemporary Art"

Giving good quality feedback can sometimes make the difference between students completing mediocre assignments and high quality works of art. This week I want to offer some suggestions for what to do when students are “done” but we know they aren’t. We’ve all been there at some point- a


May 5th, 2014 1 comment Critique / Meeting our students where they are / Reflection / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

A Guide to Writing Helpful Outcomes and Indicators

We ask all Marwen teaching artists to write Outcome/Indicator sets for each course in order to clarify their expectations for their students - to empower students to control their own progress and to be clear of what they can do to improve their work. Outcomes and indicators have a direct relationship to each other. Outcomes: What you want the student to Know (knowledge: concepts; ideas);


April 2nd, 2014 0 comments Assessment / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

Spotlight: Student

Luis Cardenas Describe a project you are currently working on: I'm currently working on an anatomical series of work. My artwork is about not judging people because of looks, because we are all made the same on the inside. None of us are perfect, but what makes us unique is what you cannot see; our heart, personality and our soul. It is also about the


January 28th, 2014 0 comments Spotlight: Students

Verve: Guest Artist Series on Vimeo- Favianna Rodriguez

Watch Favianna Rodriguez's fantastic artist talk on Marwen's Vimeo page! The Verve: Guest Artist Series is for students and their families, teaching artists, and the larger Chicago arts and activist community. On November 15th the my Marwen Teaching Artist Fellows welcomed our first guest artist, Favianna Rodriguez! Favianna’s artist talk was free and open to the public. All future events will be free as well- Stay tuned


December 26th, 2013 0 comments Verve: Guest Artist Series

Spotlight: Marwen Course

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.


April 22nd, 2013 0 comments Photography / Spotlight: Marwen Course

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