Practicing What We Preach

In May we came together to intentionally "Practice What We Preach" at this seasons Marwen Teaching Artist Retreat. Thank you to all of you who created the time to reflect and learn together on this day.

With a 30-year-old mission to educate and inspire underserved young people through the visual arts, how does Marwen position itself to practice this work when young people are often unfamiliar with


July 26th, 2017 0 comments Best Practices / Events / Meeting our students where they are / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Reflection / Student engagement / Teaching Artistry / Uncategorized

Sara Gothard’s Words of Wisdom: Working with Marwen’s Young People- Read Before Each Term!

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 close


September 22nd, 2016 0 comments Best Practices / Intuition / Meeting our students where they are / Professional Development / Reflection / Student Driven Classroom / Student engagement / Uncategorized

Cool Resource: Liz Lerman’s Critical Response

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process- a brief overview used at the Marwen Winter 2015 Teaching Artist Retreat

Liz Lerman’s Critical Response Process is a widely-recognized method that nurtures the development of artistic works-in-progress through a four-step, facilitated dialogue between artists, peers, and audiences. In use for over 20 years, the Process has been embraced by art-makers, educators, and administrators at theater companies, dance departments, orchestras,


December 10th, 2015 0 comments Art practice connected to teaching practice / Cool Resources / Critique / Peer to Peer Activities / Professional Development / Student Driven Classroom / Uncategorized

Creating Class Expectations

I am a big fan of encouraging my students to take ownership of our classroom culture:

Facilitating an environment where students feel empowered and comfortable enough to take risks, be vulnerable with each other, and make art begins on day one. Students – especially returning Marwen students- know what they expect from each other in order to have a great class- they know how to


March 22nd, 2013 Uncategorized

Event: The Gig Poster Project

Harold Washington and Spudnik Press Cooperative proudly present:
The Gig Poster Project
January 24 – February 1, 2013
City Colleges of Chicago
Harold Washington
Room 102
Public Reception: Thursday, January 24th, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Live Printing at 4:30
Awards at 6:30

Featuring posters by students from: Chicago Talent Development High School, Farragut Career Academy, Perspectives Math and Science Academy Charter School

The Gig Poster Project is a


March 18th, 2013 Uncategorized

My North Branch Project: Where sculptural art practice intersects community life and book-making.

I am a teaching artist whose studio practice centers on sculptural work. Inspired by Regin Ingloria, the founder of the community art center North Branch Projects, I wanted to expand the reach of my otherwise insular studio practice. North Branch encourages and integrates art into the fabric of the neighborhood where few art resources exist. Free book-binding and other arts-related events engage the community in


March 16th, 2013 Uncategorized

Spotlight: Student

Crystal Bahena
Describe a project you are currently working on:

I am currently working on a fashion collection called Civil Homecoming. Basically I want to research the major Wars (World War I, WWII, Civil War, Vietnam War) and describe emotions through the garments. I want to convey the disappointed/sad feeling through the clothes in a formal way. Throughout time there has been a dance dedicated


March 14th, 2013 Uncategorized

Winter Pre-Term Meeting on January 15th 5-7pm

Winter Pre-Term Meeting Agenda                                                                              
1/15/13 5-7pm   @ Marwen                                                                            

Welcome, Announcements & Reminders- 20min

Studio Programs- Shirley Alfaro and Melissa Wilkes
Registrar- Sara and Alana


March 12th, 2013 Uncategorized

Marwen’s First Teaching Artist: Marge Kelly

This blog entry started with curiosity about Marwen's early days. I wasn't the only one curious about this topic: Marwen's Student Advisory Board beat me to the punch with 25 @ 25, which interviews a myriad of people who have worked with Marwen over the years. Nonetheless, I was excited to interview Marge Kelly, Marwen's very first studio programs Teaching Artist who has been with


March 10th, 2013 Uncategorized

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