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A View from Somewhere | Kate Plows

On the first few weeks of the school year  Yesterday – Saturday – I spent four hours in the studio with a small group of students who had requested some weekend studio time to work on a project.  With the exception of a short lunch break for pizza that one of the students brought, we worked for the full four hours, throwing cups with red clay.  Conversation was minimal – and when remarks were made, they were usually directed at or around pottery.  Occasionally we would have tips or suggestions for each other, or compliments on a form that had just been created.  I was not their teacher; I was making alongside them.  I have as many questions and doubts about the project we are working on together as they do, and we are trusting each other to follow through. Just past three weeks into the school year, and I have already fired two bisque loads in our giant kiln.  My ceramics classes are running themselves, even the introductory course.  Three seniors are deep into the process of … Read Full Article


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Taking up Space | Holly Adams

I am walking down the dirt road, my headscarf up over my nose to keep from breathing quite so much dust and smog, averting my eyes and trajectory from any men, and looking for the cement stanchions on … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

“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 […]

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 […]

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?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]