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
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
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
We encourage our teaching artists to look at and talk about artwork every day with their students. We want to provide opportunities for students to practice talking and writing about what they see and- from the moment they walk in the door - work to create a safe space for them to share opinions.
Last night at the fall pre-term meeting we talked about the goal or purpose of
Tuesday evening at the summer post term meeting our group of 8 teaching artists and assistant teaching artists discussed this question:
How do we adapt/adjust to the nature/idiosyncrasies of a class?
Overall, this became a question of student engagement. One solution was to use the first class meeting for students to find their own way to a class topic via discussion. The teacher then wraps technical instruction
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:
From a Pre-Term Professional Development Activity
Assistant teaching artists and teaching artists divided into 6 groups according to the session they were teaching. Each was presented with several topics to discuss and share strategies, solutions and cool ideas. Each group was asked to take notes. The topics they addressed were:
Icebreakers/getting to know each other
Showing artwork examples
Fast summer pace- different
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.
From a Post Term Meeting:“Big Post-It Note” Critique Activity
Peer to Peer Professional Development
In small groups assistant teaching artists and teaching artists rotated around to several large poster sized post-it notes. Each post-it had a specific time that a critique might take place.
The groups talked about strategies and then wrote their favorite on the poster. The only
Critiques are an essential part of art-making instruction at Marwen. Whether conducting a one-on-one critique or a group critique, make sure to create an environment that is respectful of all students’ work. Hold various types critiques regularly so students become more comfortable with the process. Encourage students to get into the habit of reflection. Building this internal awareness of growth helps reinforce confidence.