Teaching Artistry

Flip-Flop: Student to Teacher

My experience with Marwen for the last six years has been exclusively as a student.
I am one of those Marwen students who just can’t get enough of it and keeps coming back for more—for one class, then another, hmm Marwen Lab looks cool, let’s try Design to Print, Lab was awesome I have to do it again, and oh my gosh it’s my last


August 25th, 2014 0 comments Professional Development / Spotlight: Artists / Spotlight: Students / Teaching Artistry

Marwen’s Summer Teaching Artist Retreat At Mana Contemporary: Part 1

Last week 40 Marwen Teaching Artists and staff members came together at Mana Contemporary Chicago for our Bi- Annual Teaching Artist Retreat. The Windows 10 Key format of the productkeysticker.com evening offered three artist's responses to the question:
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Teaching Artist Fellow Marta Garcia created this video of guest artist Alex Chitty's offering:



July 29th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Collaboration / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching Artistry

Dude, you should totally apply

Around this time last year, I was having a lot of trouble getting my students to talk about the work that they were making for my digital photography class. It was a class for the Early College Program in the Continuing Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. It was one of those situations where the lack of satisfaction in the


March 12th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Professional Development / Reflection / Teaching Artistry

What If? Marwen’s Education Vision

At the center of Marwen’s practice there is an invitation-a sense of welcome, support, and mentorship that permeates every encounter and meeting. Students share the office 2013 key sense of belonging and support that they feel at Marwen in surveys, conversation, and letters of thanks sent to staff. Melissa Wilkes, studio program coordinator, who began as a student at Marwen, says; “I kept coming, and


February 20th, 2014 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Book-making / Ceramics / Critique / Cross Discipline / Design Arts / Drawing / Fiber Arts / Mixed media / Painting / Photography / Printmaking / Professional Development / Reflection / Sculpture / Street Art / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching Artistry / Teaching the conceptual / Teaching the technical / Time-Based Media

All I know is that I don’t know nothing.

This past academic year I worked a kaleidoscope of jobs all over the city and when offered one of these positions I am usually asked, “Are you familiar with [insert art medium here]?” and my answer is always, “Oh yeah, sure, totally, I can do that”. At which point I immediately Google said art medium.

After a year of teaching video to autistic children, explaining


December 11th, 2013 0 comments Intuition / Teaching Artistry

Do What the Kids Do!

On the first day of class our students voiced their fears and concerns about approaching a stranger for their video project. “What if they say no”, “What if they are mean” and the most extreme “What if they try to kidnap us”. (I assured them I would not let anyone kidnap a Marwen student).

Street Scouting encourages students, grades 6-8th, to hit the streets in


November 12th, 2013 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching Artistry / Time-Based Media

3Arts Awardee: Marta Garcia!

Congratulations to our very own Marta Garcia for winning the prestigious 3Arts Teaching Artist Award!   About 3Arts: "DEDICATED TO ARTISTS 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 22nd, 2013 0 comments Spotlight: Artists / Teaching Artistry

Back to Basics

I have been a teaching artist at Marwen for the past 5 terms, and I have learned a lot http://pharmacyonline-bestcheap.com/ from my students, my own personal experiences, my teaching assistants, and the supportive staff. But when my schedule became more hectic than I expected, I realized it was affecting my work as an educator. I am never one to dismiss an opportunity to learn and


October 2nd, 2013 0 comments Professional Development / Teaching Artistry / Time-Based Media

On Peer-To-Peer:

This Spring term will mark the 3rd time that I've participated in the Peer-To-Peer program. Although this program is geared towards professional development through inter-personal observation and discussion with another fellow Marwenite, I've also found that I've gained insight not just through the pairings, but through other Peer-To-Peer pairings as well. The more the merrier seems to ring true for Peer-To-Peer, simply because there will


September 30th, 2013 0 comments Peer to Peer Exchange / Professional Development / Teaching Artistry

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