When Product Meets Process | Annie Harrison Elliot

When teaching, I often feel caught between my love of the creative process and the desire for a polished end product. Both are important, but limited time frames to work with students is always challenging. I generally only have 45 minutes to an hour once or twice a week to work with a group of […]

What Young Children Can Do | Annie Harrison Elliot

This is the third post in our January series around how perceptions of who can and can’t make art affect their teaching practice. Enjoy! —Malke Rosenfeld, ALT/space Editor ……………………………………….. I teach young kids, but at some point I realized my assumptions were getting in the way. The reason I teach very young children in the first […]

Finding Common Ground: The Perfect Fit | Allison Upshaw

Approximately 2:30 am Monday, Driving from Atlanta to Louisville Approximately 8:40 am, Arrive at Kentucky Juvenile Facility and begin unloading car 1st Young Man: Morning Ms. Allison! Me: Morning Guys! 2nd Young Man: Can we help you with the equipment? Me: Sure sweetie. I’ll bring the things in from the car and I’ll need you […]

Rise | Marquetta Johnson

During the summer of 2012, the High Museum of Art, Atlanta hosted an exhibition of Hale Woodruff’s Murals from Talladega College, selected paintings, and prints. The Summer Camp Workshops at the Museum presented an art experience inspired by the linoleum block prints of Mr. Woodruff that were included in the exhibition.

Try and Try to Try Again: What Good Writing Teachers Do | Emma Bolden

When I studied at a fine arts high school, our creative writing teacher, Mrs. Trimm, burst into the classroom one Monday, triumphant: she had knocked down the barrier which kept her from finishing her novel.  That Saturday, she woke to the usual stream of what ifs and false starts, of doubts and disagreements, of urges […]

Five Ws and an H: An Exercise to Help Students Explore Their Identities as Writers | Emma Bolden

WHAT: The journalist’s six cornerstone questions.  An idea I had one day: what if those questions were flipped inward and then outward?  What if I had my students ask themselves how those six questions relate to their lives as writers?  An exercise.  An inquiry.  A way for students to explore who they are as artists.  […]

Burning the Box: A Teacher Does Her Homework I Emma Bolden

Where are you going, where have you been: though they’re widely known as the title of a harrowing short story by Joyce Carol Oates, those eight words describe exactly what I want my students to think about in their last assignment for my class, the self-reflection: where they have been as writers and where they […]

The Teacher’s Nightmare, Or How Modeling Can Make a Class a Dream

I stood in front of the classroom, my hand and the marker inside of it half-raised towards the whiteboard, and suddenly realized I’d been staring at a circle with the word “Spring” inside of it for a long time.  It was like that actor’s nightmare you always hear about, the dream of being on-stage naked […]