Marwen's teaching artist retreat on January 7th was a time for us to engage in dialogue and develop strategies to better serve the students we work with. Creating an inclusive classroom space begins with understanding the students that we serve, building new paradigms, strategies and practices. We sought to make this workshop interactive, a safe space for asking questions, and a space for learning fromRead More...
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,Read More...
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 actRead More...
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. OneRead More...
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
Three stages of adolescence - early, middle, and late, are experienced by most teens, but the age at which each stage is reached varies greatly from child to child. These different rates of maturation are connected to physical development and hormone balance, neither of which the child can control. Adolescents should be treated as individuals and any guidelines should be adapted to the particular child.Read More...
96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that address the impact of the Cook County Jail on Chicago’s West Side. We aim to generate alternative narratives reflecting on power, and to present creative projects that reflect the community’s vision of transformation.
96 Acres is a series of community-engaged, site-responsive art projects that involve community stakeholders’ ideas about social and restorative justice
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
My new favorite website- KQED Art School. Ok- it's not new- but new to me! Check it out and let me know what you think. Here's just three of many super cool videos: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDePyEFT1gQ Elements of Art: Line https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJBl23no0Qg#t=59 App Art with Franky Aguilar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m23otH5cFsY Printmaking with Favianna Rodriguez KQED Art School: Art School is a video series for people who want to learn aboutRead More...