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Happy Accidents | Suzanne Makol

So far in my ALT/space posts I have written about big-picture ideas relating to my teaching artist experiences. Today I’d like to highlight a moment of joy and straight-up fun that is part of the reason I love being a teaching artist. This past spring term at Marwen, I taught and assisted two experimental darkroom photography classes for 6-8th grade students, the main difference between the two being that the class I taught was for students who already had darkroom photo experience. Throughout both classes the students were working with techniques such as pinhole photography, cyanotypes, photograms and toy cameras, all of which have a higher failure rate than more straightforward photography. Naturally, many students were frustrated with not getting a good result on the first try, like when the pinhole exposure was too dark or too light since we have to guess exposure times, when the composition is not what they expected since there is no viewfinder, or when we tried to combine … Read Full Article

 

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Power | Malke Rosenfeld

You are nine (or ten, or eleven). You have power. You think mathematically while you move. You make your own choices about how far to turn and in which direction, what kind of movement to use, … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

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 […]

ALT/space 2012 Highlights: Part One

As 2012 comes to a close I want to express my gratitude and thanks to all the ALT/space contributors who have written about their work in the last year.  They have shared moments of celebration, art making and, sometimes, struggle and we have all benefited from their tales, both individually and as a profession. Although […]

“But I’m not a writer!” | Malke Rosenfeld

This fall I’ve had two fabulous opportunities to run workshops for artists; in our sessions we’ve been working on building an understanding about what it means to write about teaching practice and how to get started.  After three years of curating and editing ALT/space online (now with a new design and eminently more searchable) the collective […]

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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…

Read, Write, Respond

It’s been nine months since ALT/space moved online, way back in August 2011.  Since then we’ve been writing regularly, weaving together our stories with reflections, observations and questions about our individual Teaching Artist practices.  We’ve also been using photos and videos to illustrate and elucidate that which words cannot. We have shared past and present […]