Exquisite Corps(e) | Laura Reeder

Creating a corpse to work as a corps. Doing arts-based professional development in lots of different places has presented one consistent, universal challenge: How can we explore complex, pedagogical ideas when our art-making materials must be simple enough to pass through airport security? While this is not a deeply critical concern, it does mean that […]

Math Journal Graffiti | David Rufo

In the 1940s photographer Helen Levitt went to Spanish Harlem to document children’s street drawings made of chalk on asphalt, concrete, and stone. In his essay “Children as Visionaries,” Robert Coles described the children as feeling “impelled to make their various marks” on a world “whose children still had some visual independence” [1]. I thought […]

On Teaching Intimacy | Holly Adams

I recently taught a workshop on Dramatic Improvisation for a Comedy Festival focused on Improvisation and Stand-Up comedy for adults. Mine was the first workshop of the day (a Saturday), and I had anticipated a small turnout of people, mostly men, who might resist all but the hilarious and shallow. Why? Because Dramatic Improvisation only […]

When Checking Out Is Checking In | David Rufo

Serendipitous opportunities are part of the working repertoire for artists. In a documentary about Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, John explained how he “stumbled upon” the opening chord progression for the title track [1]. The album sold more than 31 million copies and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, yet the music […]

Working with Children on the Asperger-Autism Spectrum | Holly Adams

I am a performer, playwright and Teaching Artist with a long history and much training in working with people whose perceptual/interactive experience of the world is on the fringe of typical association. In 2012, I was hired by 3 Tier Consulting to do theater workshops with children on the Asperger-Autism spectrum in Watertown and Fort […]

Technique Schmechnique: Why Kids Don’t Need to be Taught How to Use a Paintbrush | David Rufo

On an online education forum an art teacher asked: “Can students be taught to use paintbrushes so that the bristles aren’t ruined?” I replied with a variety of suggestions: students could experiment with paintbrushes or employ alternate methods of paint application via fingers, sticks, paper towels, or squeegees. The responses from other educators endorsed traditional […]