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Sewing with Perseverance | Marquetta Johnson

During an afterschool program at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, I had the challenging task of passing on a few simple sewing skills to a group of elementary school students during a residency about fiber. As I am the last person in my family that sews, I feel a sense of duty to pass it on whenever I can. So when the teaching artists in the Greene Family Learning Center were asked to teach something from their own personal art form, I jumped at the chance to work with hand-sewing needles. As I formulated my plans, I decided to share more than one way to use a needle. Students would attempt string art with a needle, do some circular weaving, and I also really wanted to teach them how to sew on a button.  I knew that it would not be easy to teach a room full of kids how to use a needle, but I wanted to do it anyway. I guess that’s where my aspirations overtook my reservations. On the first day of class, I came to find out that I would only have one studio assistant and no other … Read Full Article



Making New Ideas | Jeff Redman

Our second January series here on ALT/space was inspired by an interesting confluence of December submissions from our contributors. Completely independent of each other, four of our writers sent in a … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

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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…

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?

Whose Reality?

Linda Bruning and I were in the middle of an interchange about the first draft of her recent post, The Road and its Reality.  I thought it was a great piece from start to finish, but something was bugging me, and I could not put my finger on it. “I think you make your point […]

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…

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 […]