Teaching Artist WIKI

Marwen's mission is to educate and inspire under-served young people through the visual arts. Please visit Marwen.org for even more information about us!

The organization's work falls into three categories: Studio Programs, College and Career Programs, and The Marwen Institute. Begun in 1987 as a handful of teens in a single studio, Marwen has grown into a nationally recognized visual art education organization providing rigorous studio-art programs for Chicago youth in grades 6-12 - completely free of charge - with total student enrollments in excess of 2,000 every year.

Created by the Teaching Artist Fellows in conjunction with Marwen staff, this WIKI is a place where Marwen teaching artists, teaching assistants and staff can share resources, information and ideas related to teaching at Marwen and beyond. There are two main types of information available to you; course guidelines and resources and information specifically related to teaching at Marwen.

The guidelines have been created by Marwen Teaching Artists and are categorized by discipline. These guidelines should be used to assist you in planning curriculum, covering terms and techniques in class, and to utilize the same terminology as other teachers at Marwen. They are meant to provide you with a blueprint for creating a syllabus, inspiration for creation of new courses, and guidance for a Marwen-specific curriculum. Resources include tools, lists, links, charts, definitions, etc -- created or authored by experts, compiled by Teaching Artists, and categorized by discipline.

The Teaching at Marwen section contains a lot of helpful information about art education, child development, and classroom management that applies to all disciplines, as well as copies of important forms, calendars and staff contact information.


This WIKI is a project of The Marwen Institute, Marwen's program arm dedicated to teaching and learning in the arts. The Marwen Institute offers arts-based professional development for Chicago schoolteachers, trains Marwen’s teaching artists and staff, and leads Marwen’s program evaluation efforts.




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