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The Secret Grading Procedures of a Teaching Artist | Roger Whiting

One of the perks of changing my career as a public school art teacher to that of a teaching artist was that I no longer had the daily task of grading my students' artworks. With this new occupation I felt freer to allow them to develop their creative voices without giving constant subjective criticisms of their work. Three years into this new career, in spring 2013, I was invited to work with the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) of the University of Utah at Glendale Middle School. This program follows a group of youth from middle school through high school to help them become leaders in their community. We needed to come up with source material for a large mosaic mural representing positive steps and negative pitfalls on the road to a successful adulthood. During the first session we brainstormed which ideas to include in our mosaic mural. We then converted those ideas into visual symbols by having a "sketch battle", a timed white-board drawing competition. The sketches were … Read Full Article

 

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

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…

“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 […]

Harvard Recap | Malke Rosenfeld

In early August I attended a three day institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education (HGSE) called The Arts and Passion-Driven Learning and led by Steve Seidel and members of Yo-Yo Ma’s Silk Road Ensemble.  I signed up after receiving a very generous invitation-only grant award that encouraged me to attend one of HGSE’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]