ALT/space 2012 Highlights: Part One

As 2012 comes to a close I want to express my gratitude and thanks to all the ALT/space contributors who have written about their work in the last year.  They have shared moments of celebration, art making and, sometimes, struggle and we have all benefited from their tales, both individually and as a profession. Although […]

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 […]