Teaching Artistry

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


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


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

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

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

Spotlight: Student

Lucy McDonald
Lucy has been a Marwen student since the summer following her freshman year in 2012. On the verge of graduating this June, Lucy has received a National Gold Medal in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition, which represents the top 1% of over 300,000 entries across the country in cialis for daily use for sale 28 categories. Looking to continue her pursuit of


April 24th, 2015 0 comments Photography / Spotlight: Students / Teaching Artistry

Spotlight: Student + Marwen Lab Exhibition Opening at Chicago Art Department

Zoe Prekop
Zoe Prekop has been a Marwen student since 2011 when she was in 8th grade. Now in her senior year of high school Zoe has just completed her third year participating in the Marwen Lab program. Marwen Lab is a capstone studio program designed for Marwen's highly motivated and dedicated young Chicago artists. Working closely with three teaching artists, Lab students work on


March 12th, 2015 0 comments Mixed media / Reflection / Sculpture / Spotlight: Marwen Course / Spotlight: Students / Teaching Artistry

An Aerial View: The Language of a Line

My name is Silvia Gonzalez and I am a teaching artist and photographer. I currently work at Village Leadership Academy Upper Campus and attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago as a graduate student in the Masters in Art Education program.

I got interested in art at an early age because it was a language for me. When I was in grade school,


February 26th, 2015 0 comments Collaboration / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the conceptual

Marwen’s Teaching Artist Fellows- Thank you!

After an influential and inspiring 6 year run- the "final" Marwen Teaching Artist Fellows meeting was held in 2014.

Since 2009 the impressive team of Marwen teaching artist consultants- called the Fellows- has rotated to include Regin Igloria,  Justin Schmitz,  Ann Worthing,  Joe Meredith,  Kelly Kaminski,  Melissa Porter,  Meredith Zielke,  Barlow,  Angee Lennard,  Jesse Avina,  Jeremy Bolen, Sophia Nahli Allison and Marta Garcia! Thank you


January 6th, 2015 0 comments Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

3Arts Awardee: Sophia Nahli Allison!

Congratulations to our very own Sophia Allison for winning the prestigious 2014 3Arts Teaching Artist Award!

About 3Arts:


Nothing of significance can be accomplished without imagination, without stretching and flexing our minds, without dreaming.

We consider it our civic duty and a privilege to champion local artists and invest in the essential creative process that drives their art forth and touches all


October 7th, 2014 0 comments Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

One-to-Ten: A Visual Arts Strategy for Collaboration

To really see, you need to allow yourself to be seen.
-Lida Winfield, dancer and educator

One of the greatest gifts that teaching artists can give each other is to share our favorite exercises that consistently bring us rewarding results. I have had the pleasure to learn from teaching artists in many different contexts, and I love to collect, adapt, and share some of the


October 2nd, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Collaboration / Professional Development / Teaching Artistry

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