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Planning for Successful Visual Invention | Andrea Jandernoa

People often assume creativity is a natural gift – you either have it or you don’t – when in fact it is a process one learns over years of practice. After years and years of training even the most experienced visual artist can find herself stumped by a blank canvas.  Give a room full of new artists that same canvas and they are bound to struggle. As a result, I’ve wondered how I could help students approach a blank canvas with purpose, not confusion. In attempting to resolve this challenge, I designed a lesson plan based on F.T. Marinetti’s Futurist Cookbook.  During this project students (ages 5-9) illustrated and wrote their own futurist recipes.  Once finished, these recipes were not only unique, but also playful, engaging, and free of any reliance on popular student tropes. Step 1: Show something unexpected The beginning of my lesson served two purposes: expose students to the bizarre recipes of the Futurist Cookbook and show students that anything goes.  We looked at several … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

The Other Half

One thing that impresses me about the writing on ALT/space is the sheer scope of the stories collected here.  Even in what are still the early months of occupying our online habitat, a widely drawn picture is emerging from multiple personal narratives about teaching artist work and realities. On the one hand, there is Spoon […]

Even Better Together

Every three months I have the privilege of pulling posts from ALT/space online to create our associated print section in the Teaching Artist Journal.  I’m almost done with putting together our section for Volume 11(1), due in mailboxes by the end of January 2013. This will be the fifth section I have constructed and I […]

Happy Half-Birthday, ALT/space!

ALT/space online is six months old!  During this time we have been diligently producing monthly posts and, here at the half-year mark, I am noticing an interesting shift.  All along I knew we were working hard, but still I am surprised how quickly we have moved into new, interesting, thought provoking and generative terrain.  What’s exciting […]

Who is Art Really For? | Debora Broderick

In encouraging my students to embrace an arts integrated pedagogy in their future classrooms, I’ve been forced to recognize and acknowledge their anxiety about making art and facilitating arts-based lessons. This has left me pondering a question that kept surfacing throughout the year: Do you have to be an “artist” to make art?

On Having A Split Personality -or- Being A Teaching Artist | Chio Flores

Going back and forth between these two roles of artist and art teacher, oftentimes in the same day seems like having a split personality; I am not thinking of the obsolete medical term but rather of my dual practice which involves inhabiting two worlds that fight constantly within me…

Deep, Rich, Wide & Timeless [2013 ALT/space Retrospective]

ALT/space is about the work of artists who teach in schools, communities and prisons. ALT/space contributors advance the teaching artist field by writing specific, concrete, and powerfully personal stories about what they do and how they do it. 2013 on ALT/space gave us a deep, rich, wide, and timeless swath of stories about teaching artist […]