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The Risk of Collaboration | Andrea Jandernoa

I am fascinated by the idea of collaborative art making and find myself building it into the classroom whenever possible. But, this is not without risk. Sometimes collaboration is met with the threat of egos and conflicts of authorship. I’ve watched students alienate each other with offhanded comments like “I don’t want to work with her” or have seen perfectly cooperative pairs disintegrate when they realize that one canvas can’t be taken home by two students. Giving a group of students the power to create, lead, cooperate, and govern the process of art making themselves is risky, but when it works it’s worth it. While students collaborate they learn to express their ideas verbally, critique their work productively, and to understand a different kind of authorship. These concepts are difficult, and taking the risk to let them wrestle with this process means that sometimes learning how to collaborate stalls the process of art making or reverts work to a lesser quality. I’ve assigned … Read Full Article

 

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Language Matters | Malke Rosenfeld

As teaching artists we write about our work for many reasons.  We write applications to arts education rosters.  We write to state granting agencies or other funding sources.  We keep blogs on our … [Read More...]

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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

“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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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…

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 […]