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 theseRead More...
Mother Colored Artist: on being Both And,
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 awayRead More...
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 eachRead More...
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, byRead More...
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 weRead More...
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
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 closeRead More...
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 workRead More...
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
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 theRead More...