Happy Accidents | Suzanne Makol

So far in my ALT/space posts I have written about big-picture ideas relating to my teaching artist experiences. Today I’d like to highlight a moment of joy and straight-up fun that is part of the reason I love being a teaching artist. This past spring term at Marwen, I taught and assisted two experimental darkroom […]

Photography and Sound Collaboration / Suzanne Makol

This past fall I worked with teaching artist Nick Jaffe in a Peer to Peer exchange program at Marwen, where I teach photography to middle school students after school. It was a valuable program where we visited each other’s classes, made observations, and had in-depth conversations about our particular approaches, ways to improve/innovate, and about […]

Teaching Artist Development Studio Part 3: Completing the Circle / Suzanne Makol

After everyone in TAD Cohort 1 finished teaching in their various Chicago Public Schools, each group of two teaching artists presented their work to the entire group, as well as guest art education administrators.  Alyssa and I had a good time working with the students in our two-session workshop we called “Exploring Borders Through Visual […]

Teaching Artist Development Studio Part 1: Fall 2011 | Suzanne Makol

Editor’s Note: This is the first of three posts by Suzanne Makol detailing her experience in the Teaching Artist Development Studio. TAD Studio is funded by the Fry Foundation, supported by a wide range of arts education organizations in Chicago, and run under the auspices of CCAP at Columbia College Chicago. In 2011, I made […]

Cultural Lenses

There are those wonderful opportunities in an educator’s life that are worth sharing, and this is one of those times. While teaching at Missouri State University, I have been on many diversity committees and have promoted diversity on campus. Last spring, while in a committee meeting I mentioned to Dr. Chantal Levesque-Bristol, Director of the […]