Professional Development

Show up to a dedicated space and learn how to trust an uncontrolled process.

I often bite off more than I can chew in many aspects of my life. Particularly when in comes to conceptualizing projects that need to fit within specific constraints. For the six week residency at Marwen, I proposed an ambitious large scale project revolving around the idea of transferring images to glass. I calculated hours of my availability, sketched out drafts and plans, researched techniques

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August 2nd, 2017 0 comments Professional Development / Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

Practicing What We Preach

In May we came together to intentionally "Practice What We Preach" at this seasons Marwen Teaching Artist Retreat. Thank you to all of you who created the time to reflect and learn together on this day.

With a 30-year-old mission to educate and inspire underserved young people through the visual arts, how does Marwen position itself to practice this work when young people are often unfamiliar with

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July 26th, 2017 0 comments Best Practices / Events / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student engagement / Teaching Artistry / Uncategorized

5 landscapes that Israel has named weapons after

I used my time in Marwen's studio to focus on a series of large-scale drawings in graphite on watercolor paper. In the end I made a series of paired drawings: 5 landscapes that the Israeli Military has named weapons after and 5 very small drawings of the weapons themselves. This aim of this project was to highlight the disconnect I see between the beauty of these

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July 19th, 2017 0 comments Professional Development / Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

Mother Colored Artist: on being Both And, A Manifesto

Mother Colored Artist: on being Both And,
A Manifesto
So you’re a maker, you create things, in a certain way, under certain circumstances; artist, mother and colored
A trifecta of uncertainty

On the artist residency and motherhood

There is a normalization of exclusionary practices for women parents within the western art canon. Artist residency are key elements that foster artist development providing studio time away

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June 30th, 2017 0 comments Professional Development / Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

How We Will Work to Create Inclusive and Equitable Classes

Part 2: This winter's teaching artist retreat 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 from each

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February 16th, 2017 0 comments Best Practices / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection

Race, White Privilege, Gender Pronouns: Resources, Essays and Books

Race & Racism:

But That's Just Good Teaching! The Case for Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, by Gloria Ladson-Billings

Children are not Colorblind, by Erin Winkler
Are We Raising Racists?, by Jennifer Harvey
Re-Thinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation, by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Loving Blackness as Political Resistance, by bell hooks

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race, by

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January 12th, 2017 0 comments Best Practices / Cool Resources / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection

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

Marwen’s Peer to Peer Exchange: Community, Support and Growth for Teaching Artists

Marwen’s Peer to Peer Exchange is a teaching artist lead professional development program designed to provide support and encourage our teaching artists to continually refine their teaching practices. Each term a team of teaching artists gather to observe, reflect and collaborate.

After the program each teaching artist is asked to reflect on their experience:
Did the Peer to Peer Exchange help to further develop your

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October 3rd, 2016 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Collaboration / Peer to Peer Activities / Peer to Peer Exchange / Professional Development / Reflection / Teaching Artistry

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

Resource from Marwen’s Mid Term Meeting: Assess Where You Are and Develop Strategies For The Studio

We now have mid-term professional development meetings! The primary goal of the mid-term meeting is to provide timely professional development that can be utilized within the current term; the focus of this PD is to directly improve student experience and learning. TAs are given the opportunity to reflect, share questions and challenges in the weeks prior to the mid termmeeting in order to inform the content. At the mid-term meeting we work

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March 9th, 2016 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Collaboration / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement

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