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All for One and One For All | Sophie Lucido Johnson

Last spring, I watched my fourth grade student David part with his eyes. It wasn’t easy; he’d grown pretty attached to them. David had spent an entire class period with a hunk of Crayola quick-dry clay, sculpting. His eyes represented “anger” – an emotion David feels a lot, and one he’s learning how to express in words. Once David had completed his angry eyes he presented them to be added to the monster our class was working on together. This was a challenge; at first, David wanted to take his eyes home. He didn’t want to share them with the rest of the class. But after some persuasion from his classmates, he realized that he’d feel proud to have the eyes he’d sculpted on a creation that would be shared by everyone. It was a big step for David. My favorite lesson of all time is Building A Monster, a sculpture unit I bring out at the end of the school which requires a heavy dose of collaboration. Over six weeks, students in grades 2 through 4 work together to construct a full-scale … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

The Well-Told Story: Celebrating Two Years of ALT/space!

Not everyone who contributes to ALT/space is a writer by trade, nor do they need to be.  Writing about our work and the things we are thinking, focusing on, wondering about and struggling with while we teach is a valuable process, whether or not we think of ourselves as writers.  The kind of writing that […]

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 […]

Places We Work

ALT/space has now been online for a year and a half!  It’s incredible to realize that in this short time thirty-one teaching artists have contributed 171 diverse stories about all aspects of their teaching practice.  As we grow over time, we hope the stories collected here will represent as wide and detailed a picture as […]

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 […]

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 […]

An Opinion & Some Questions | Nick Jaffe

Art making and art learning should be in all schools because all students should have the right to learn to make their art, and make it better, and because one can learn and teach many things in depth through art making. This is the same reason that dynamic, interesting and in-depth work in math, science, history, literature, and athletic and shop and auto mechanics classes should be in schools…