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Pop Portraits and Oscar Wilde | A. A. Sieunarine

The girl never really lived, and so she has never really died, a quote by Oscar Wilde, frames Katherine’s self-portrait, one of the many Pop Portraits that line the hallway on the fifth floor at the High School of Fashion Industries in New York City.  In The Picture of Katherine Punteil she writes, “Sylvia Plath, an American poet, once said, “I know pretty much what I like and dislike; but please don’t ask me who I am.” My self-portrait creates this illusion and mystical feel of the unknown. Its different patterns and bold contrasting colors appear messy, something one may see in a dream or hallucination. My self-portrait is simply not real; my portrait has an unreal emotion, similar to Dorian’s which was the objective of the project in Dr. Sieunarine’s studio class.” I read the preface to the novel The Picture of Dorian Gray in class where one of Wilde’s most famous lines “All art is quite useless,” is written. From Wilde’s perspective, art’s only decided feature should be … Read Full Article


ALT/space News & Commentary

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?

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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…

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 […]