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 […]

Big Projects, Subtle Changes | Kate Plows

I listened quietly to another in-service presenter talk about project-based learning.  This talk is everywhere these days at my school — the idea that learning happens best in authentic, cross-disciplinary situations designed around real-world problem solving. Education buzzwords flew by too fast for me to catch.  My mind wandered back to the studio. The ceramics […]

The Well-Told Story: Celebrating Two Years of ALT/space!

Not everyone who contributes to ALT/space is a writer by trade, nor do they need to be.  Writing about our work and the things we are thinking, focusing on, wondering about and struggling with while we teach is a valuable process, whether or not we think of ourselves as writers.  The kind of writing that […]

Making Special | Kate Plows

It is the last day of the the three-week summer arts residency for high school students, where I spent most of my energy and passion this summer. We are wrapping up the last class in a now-spotless studio, a space that had been covered floor-to-high-as-could-be-reached with student drawings just 24 hours ago.  My students are […]

Head Spinning | Kate Plows

Recently, my friend Charlotte gave me some advice.  Her pottery was selling much better than my own, and I asked about her secrets.  When she started talking, I politely interrupted her to ask if I could take notes.  She agreed. My fellow Teaching Artists, take heed of Charlotte’s sage wisdom: Context:  Charlotte is seven.  She […]