Best Practices

The Value of Critique: Why Encouraging Students to Talk About Their Own Artwork is Important

At last canadian pharmacy meds weekend's Teaching Artist Retreat we spent time discussing the importance of providing our students with opportunities to discuss their artwork. After a conversation amongst teaching artists, we shared some student comments from the 2015 Fall Term Student Voice Survey to deepen the conversation around the value of critique and to hear first hand what students believe they gain from the


December 11th, 2015 0 comments Critique / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

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

Reflection at Marwen: A Few Summer 2015 Student Voice Survey Responses

What was the most interesting thing you learned in this course?

How to develop pictures the hard way.
I learn how to use the light so i can try at home or anywhere else
I really liked working with plaster, especially since you could do a lot with it. It was very dynamic.
that statues and statuettes are 2 completely different things i thought that


October 14th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Critique / Reflection / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical

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

Actively Listening and Building Trust with Students

Tips To Encourage the Development of Trust 

Make communication positive, clear, and specific.
Recognize that each individual sees things from a different point of view.
Be open and honest about your feelings and accept others feelings.
Ask questions for clarification on an issue.
Learn to listen. Allow time for the student to talk without interruptions.

Active Listening Skills

Active listening is an essential skill. One


October 2nd, 2015 0 comments Best Practices / Cool Resources / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

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.


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

My Marwen Journey: 5 Years in the Making

Throughout my years at Marwen, the only regret I have had was not knowing about Marwen earlier. I became a Marwen student my freshman year of high school and was immediately hooked. For the next four years I had the life-changing opportunity of not only taking free art courses at Marwen (as if that already wasn’t cool enough), but also participating in their advanced programs, most


August 13th, 2015 0 comments Photography / Reflection / Spotlight: Alumni / Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the conceptual

Tensegrity in Collaboration

Much of the work I do is based on collaboration, and I've come to learn that the various relationships you form while collaborating can have radically different dynamics, and they're usually not what you would expect. In fact, at the end of each project, I'm often surprised by the relationships that turn out to be successful relative to the goals of the project and those


July 28th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration

Active Allies

Engaging With Youth As Active Participants and Accountable Community Allies
On June 11th, 2015, I had the pleasure of sharing my teaching practice with Marwen staff and teaching artists. I was able to discuss the people, resources, conferences, and approaches to teaching that have had the most impact on my own praxis. My biggest take away from that is that Marwen continues to be a


July 7th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Cool Resources / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection / Spotlight: Alumni / Student Driven Classroom

Adolescent Development: Creating Partnerships and Relationships

We recently held at our annual Summer Teaching Artist Retreat in our lovely summer term sculpture studios at UIC . Morning presentations on adolescent youth development were led by fantastic and engaging UIC Youth Development PhD candidates, Emilia Chico and Nicole Darcangelo.
Here is their very useful PowerPoint on Adolescent Development for MARWEN.
And please utilize these helpful resources they shared with us as


June 12th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration / Events / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom

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