I was feeling first-day-of-school jittery. It had been about a month since my last workshop with Embarc. Embarc is a program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success. In fact, it had been a whole month since I’d led any workshop. I arrived at Spudnik Press plenty early to set up.Read More...
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 firstRead More...
This essay, written by Silvia Gonzalez (a Marwen alum, photographer, teaching artist, and activist), was originally published on Just Us Seeking Justice, a blog written by the teachers and administrators at Village Leadership Academy in Chicago. You can view the original post here.
On Tuesday, November 25th, teachers at Village Leadership Academy decided it would make sense to take some of our young leaders to Chicago’sRead More...
At last week's Winter Pre Term Meeting, teaching artists practiced a strategy called "think- pair- square" and shared techniques and ideas regarding time management in the studio. Here is a resource that was shared and discussed:
Helpful ideas for planning pace and progression of the day and the term:
Explain to the students the exact learning intentions (outcomes) of the day, demo, exercise, activityRead More...
This great resource comes from ArtsConnection in NYC.
The Creative Learning Loop
Check out these links! They include a simple yet brilliant articulation of artistic process in the classroom- The Creative Learning Loop
Establish Clear Criteria
Facilitate Peer Feedback
Provide Opportunities for Revision
From the ArtsConnection website:
Formative Assessment in the Arts
Artistic creation in all art forms is an iterative process: collaboration, critique and
This piece originally appeared in Composite Arts Magazine by Amaris Ketcham in the issue EDUCATORS
To my students, the “real world” sits just beyond the classroom. It is a space in flux, moving and changing much more quickly than academia. In education, there is a creative tension between an established body of knowledge and the real world; this tension can help fuel teaching.
For the past two years, I have taughtRead 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: como funciona el cialis Individual critique with the instructors, as well as repeated exposure to each others' works in progress. Periodically, I would have theRead 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...
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 attitudesRead More...
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:
Here's some more feedback from our brilliant participants: