Art practice connected to teaching practice

Learning To Ride The Wave

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.

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April 22nd, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Intuition / Printmaking / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

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

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

A Teacher’s Duty: Activism as Education

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’s

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January 16th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Student Driven Classroom

Cool Resource: Time Management Strategies

TIME MANAGEMENT

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, activity

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January 16th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Cool Resources / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

Cool Resource: ArtsConnection- The Creative Learning Loop

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
Repeat!

From the ArtsConnection website:

Formative Assessment in the Arts
Artistic creation in all art forms is an iterative process:  collaboration, critique and

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November 20th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Assessment / Best Practices / Cool Resources / Critique / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Using Lionel Richie to Access the Real World

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 taught

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October 28th, 2014 Art practice connected to teaching practice / Design Arts / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual

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: como funciona el cialis Individual critique with the instructors, as well as repeated exposure to each others' works in progress. Periodically, I would have the

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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

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

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

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

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