Featured Stories

Worth the Mess | Kate Plows

This morning started with a huge mess.  I was absent from school for a few days, and when I returned, my students informed me that one of our glazes had settled out.  I plugged in the electric mixer, planted my feet, flipped the switch, and the bucket went flying.  Red glaze, steeped in iron oxide, splattered everywhere - the walls, floor, glaze buckets, my pants, a few nearby students’ uniforms.  The incident felt like slow motion.  When the action stopped, we all just stood there, blinking, until one student pulled out his cell phone and snapped this picture - which sent us all into throes of laughter. Out came the mops and sponges.  On came the spare clothes.  I made the cameraman promise to send the picture to me and only me.  I’m sure he will be thrilled that it is reaching a larger audience.  A few students shied away from getting any more grime on their uniforms, but the others pulled them in, and we all worked together to clean up the mess I’d made.  We grumbled together, we … Read Full Article

 

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...]

ALT/space News & Commentary

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 […]

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…

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?

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 […]

“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 […]