Featured Stories

Letter to Ardina: November 2011 | Mark Dzula

Ardina, It feels like we’re finally getting back into the swing of things; the dynamics of our residencies are coming into focus as we settle into the new year with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art program. We are both continuing our work at PS 48 in Staten Island (you in 3rd grade and me in 4th) and it is always a pleasure to “inherit” your former students. Certain students clearly display the traits I believe that you help to cultivate in anyone you work with: critical curiosity, a certain thoughtfulness, and tempered excitement. Admittedly, some students’ excitement is less tempered than others; so many 4th graders crave to be seen and to be known. I have also witnessed this craving in the new LTA residency that I’m starting in the Bronx. One aspect that I love about our program is that you get 20 sessions to work with the students and teachers in the classroom; you really do get to know them, which is a rarity in our work as freelance educators. Too often … Read Full Article

 

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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...]

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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

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…

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 […]

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 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 […]

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 […]

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 […]