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All for One and One For All | Sophie Lucido Johnson

Last spring, I watched my fourth grade student David part with his eyes. It wasn’t easy; he’d grown pretty attached to them. David had spent an entire class period with a hunk of Crayola quick-dry clay, sculpting. His eyes represented “anger” – an emotion David feels a lot, and one he’s learning how to express in words. Once David had completed his angry eyes he presented them to be added to the monster our class was working on together. This was a challenge; at first, David wanted to take his eyes home. He didn’t want to share them with the rest of the class. But after some persuasion from his classmates, he realized that he’d feel proud to have the eyes he’d sculpted on a creation that would be shared by everyone. It was a big step for David. My favorite lesson of all time is Building A Monster, a sculpture unit I bring out at the end of the school which requires a heavy dose of collaboration. Over six weeks, students in grades 2 through 4 work together to construct a full-scale … Read Full Article

 

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The Simple Things | Ardina Greco

Wrapping paper, water bottles, wood Boxes, bags, and straws Scissors and string We can take recycled things We can take pictures And turn them into creatures We can take trash And turn it into … [Read More...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

“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 […]

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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…

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 […]