Design Arts

Creating Criteria Along With Your Students

When I was in college I had an honors class professor explain that we were not honor students because we were smarter than everyone else, but because we were the kind of students who had figured out what teachers wanted of us and understood how to give them just that. Today I recognize that what made the statement true is that the majority of assessment


May 13th, 2015 0 comments Assessment / Best Practices / Book-making / Design Arts / Drawing / Painting / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the technical

Using Lionel Richie to Access the Real World

This piece originally appeared in Composite Arts Magazine by Amaris Ketcham in the issue EDUCATORS

To my students, the “real world” sits just beyond the classroom. It is a space in flux, moving and changing much more quickly than academia. In education, there is a creative tension between an established body of knowledge and the real world; this tension can help fuel teaching.

For the past two years, I have taught


October 28th, 2014 Art practice connected to teaching practice / Design Arts / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Teaching the conceptual

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

Guest Artist Series: Favianna Rodriguez

Introducing Verve: Guest Artist Series!
  A free public presentation series at Marwen that focuses on the intersection of art, teaching, learning, and social practices.
The Marwen Teaching Artist Fellows are honored to welcome our first guest artist, Favianna Rodriguez on November 15 at 7pm!

This event is for students and their families, teaching artists, and the larger Chicago arts and activist community. Pass the word!


October 31st, 2013 0 comments Design Arts / Events / Printmaking / Spotlight: Artists / Street Art / Verve: Guest Artist Series

Spotlight: Marwen Course

Game On In this two-term course taught by Nick Briz and assisted by Bridget Kevin, students learned how to graphically design and code web games and also learned about system design, social/activist games, resource management, game mechanics and critical play. Students utilized Photoshop and coding with JavaScript to create playable games. This lovable, funny, creative group of high school students worked on their projects over


June 25th, 2013 0 comments Design Arts / Spotlight: Marwen Course / Teaching the technical

Spotlight: Student

Raven Nobel
Describe a project you are currently working on: 

One of the projects I’m juggling at the moment is a graphic novel-in-progress known right now as Jimmy’s (R)Evolution about life of a young mutant starting with his awful childhood on the streets of a Kowloon Walled City-esque desert community, and following him through his teenage years and into adulthood. The choices he makes as


March 18th, 2013 0 comments Design Arts / Drawing / Spotlight: Students

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