Intuition

The Fear of Failure

No one was allowed to see my sketchbook in junior high. To be honest, no one is allowed to see my sketchbook now. It is a collection of halting starts, experiments, some hideous failures and a few hidden gems. Even though we are professional artists and educators we still make mistakes.

The problem is our students rarely see those mistakes. We show the work we

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October 10th, 2016 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the technical

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

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

Expectations, Realities & Resolutions

We know how important it is to be flexible in the classroom, to respond and react to the students’ needs and abilities, and be prepared to change our course of action. But this flexibility can work in direct opposition to our own goals as teachers. When we create our classes we structure them around the ideal. What we hope to accomplish, what we hope the

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July 22nd, 2016 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Critique / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Painting / Peer to Peer Activities / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the technical

Critique: Sharing Ideas for Talking About Student Work

Teaching Artists have good ideas for implementing and setting up critiques. Appropriate them from these lists brainstormed at the most recent Marwen Retreat.

Topics for discussion were:

Creating a safe space for critique
Critique related to individual student goals
Critiquing with a quiet group
Critiquing with a chaotic class
Critiques with a particular focus
Mid term critiques

 

 

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January 15th, 2016 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration / Critique / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

Seeing the Unseen (and Unexpected)

As September graciously shares with us the best of two seasons in transition, I feel the need to reflect upon my summer term at Marwen. Summer 2015 at Marwen also shared something with my favorite month, as the program was in it’s own moment of transition: The newly renovated arts campus is set to reopen its arms to our city in just one more week.

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September 23rd, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Collaboration / Intuition / Reflection / Spotlight: Marwen Course

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

Why it’s okay to make your students confused

This term, I am teaching a class that class pushes students, through trying out new tools and materials, to develop their natural drawing or painting styles in new directions. We began with abstract mark making and embracing the unknown. This experimentation was thrilling, but also nerve wrecking. It was rewarding but also frustrating. These are the extremes my students experienced, and that I tried to

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March 5th, 2014 0 comments Best Practices / Intuition / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement

All I know is that I don’t know nothing.

This past academic year I worked a kaleidoscope of jobs all over the city and when offered one of these positions I am usually asked, “Are you familiar with [insert art medium here]?” and my answer is always, “Oh yeah, sure, totally, I can do that”. At which point I immediately Google said art medium.

After a year of teaching video to autistic children, explaining

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December 11th, 2013 0 comments Intuition / Teaching Artistry

The Intuition of an Assistant Teaching Artist

Although I have been teaching at Marwen for years, this spring, I was thrilled to return to the role of assistant. Before leading my own classes, I assisted a dozen different Teaching Artists over the course of a few years. Through witnessing and supporting a variety of teaching styles, I absorbed wisdom that would have taken decades to learn on my own.

This spring, I

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June 17th, 2013 0 comments Intuition / Professional Development / Spotlight: Marwen Course / Time-Based Media

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