Immersive Environments | Ardina Greco

In addition to being a teaching artist I am a doctoral candidate at Teachers College.  For my dissertation research I’ve been observing museum education programs that bring artists who have work on view in the museum together with young people.  I’m interested in programs like this because the work I do occurs in museums however […]

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 sculptures What is that? What is that? WHAT IS THAT? This prose, the collaboratively generated mantra of Jukebox Radio’s week long […]

Light, Shapes and Shadows | Ardina Greco

During the summer months I co-teach with my husband Mark in different environments. My next few posts will give a sense of our collaborations.  In June, although not technically summer, our work routine shifts.  Our regular gigs end and the programs we teach often occur in new and beautiful places.  This is summer to me!  […]

Letter to Mark: Vantage Points / Ardina Greco

Dear Mark, Thank you for the kind words in your last letter.  I was really moved by what you said.  From my vantage point, the last couple weeks with Learning Through Art have felt like a momentous blur.  I am glad that from the outside the chaos was inspiring.  Even though I did think through […]

Reply to Mark: 3rd Graders Make Plans for Outdoor Sculpture | Ardina Greco

Dear Mark, I always enjoy reading your updates and seeing the progress of the students I spent time with last year.  It’s amazing that they are venturing into an exploration of aesthetics! My students and I were eager to return after the holiday break to check in on the sculpture installations that we placed in […]

Reply to Mark: 3rd Graders & Site Specific Installation | Ardina Greco

Editor’s Note: This post is in response to Letter to Ardina: 4th Graders and Re-Contextualization Dear Mark, Teaching artist work is full of challenges and I empathize with your choice to keep the Cattelan piece as your key artwork.  I also felt that Cattelan’s work made connection to the project my students would be doing.  […]

Ardina’s Reply: November 2011

Mark’s letter to Ardina, November 2011 Mark, I’ve met with the 3rd graders at PS 48 twice now and I feel that we are already off and running. As you mentioned, getting to know the students is one of the first important tasks you and I have as LTA teaching artists so I dedicated the […]