Learning To Ride The Wave

I was feeling first-day-of-school jittery. It had been about a month since my last workshop with Embarc. Embarc is a program that provides community-driven, experienced-based learning opportunities to low-income high school students to inspire and prepare them for college and career success. In fact, it had been a whole month since I’d led any workshop. I arrived at Spudnik Press  plenty early to set up.


April 22nd, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Best Practices / Intuition / Printmaking / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom

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

Just Seeds

In my work as a teaching artist, one goal that consistently informs the classes I teach is to enable students to feel a real connection to their surroundings. Why is this important?

I grew up in a small town in Michigan, and spent my youth playing in dirt on a potato farm. I moved to Chicago when I was 19 to study at the School


February 14th, 2013 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Meeting our students where they are / Printmaking / Spotlight: Artists

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