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Teaching Artist Handbook Series Introduction - Nick Jaffe

About this Volume

What This Book Is

How This Book Is Organized

Who We Are

Why We Wrote This Book

Section 1:  What Will I Teach?

What to Teach: Ideas and Context

Who are teaching artists?

You Are a Teaching Artist NOW

You Can’t “Teach Art” But You Can Help People Make Art

Curriculum Design as an Artistic Process

Speak your own language about what matters to you as an artist

Not everything is art making

What matters to you or interests you outside of your discipline?

Race, ethnicity, gender, relevance, politics and what you teach

What is essential in your art making process?

What to Teach: Concrete Steps

1. Identify what you consider essential to your work as an artist.

2. Identify what you consider essential to teach in your medium.

3. Decide what you consider essential to teach within a specific space, time or context.

4. Integrating Other Subject Areas: Think about how to connect what matters to you in your art form to subjects outside of your discipline.

5. Consider how your artistic process will inform what you teach.

6. Consider the age and experience of our students and how it might or might not affect what you teach.

7. Consider how performance and exhibition of art will inform what you teach.

Section 2:  How Will I Teach?

How to Teach: Ideas and Contexts

Teaching Artist Work is Very Simple

Teaching Artist Work Can be Very Complex

We Should Be Helping Students to Become Better Artists

How to Teach: Creative Tensions in Teaching Artist Work

You Want Me to Teach What?!? A Short, Highly Critical Vocabulary of Edu-speak Jargon

The Problem with Planning

“Big Idea” or Generative Idea?

Process and Product are Inseparable

A “Disciplined Mind” is Not Always the Right Tool

Art Making is Always Integrative

Free Expression and Censorship

Collaborate with Classroom Teachers; Don’t Be a Classroom Teacher

“Best Practices” are for Phlebotomists

Making a Space that is About the Work

How to Teach: Concrete Steps

14 Ideas About “Classroom Management”


“Do I Have to Do This?”

8 Scenarios for Improvising When/While You Teach

The Art of Exemplars

What If My Students’ Work is Terrible? Or How to Remember It’s Not About You

11 Ways to Critique Work with Students

Ranges in Teaching

Working the Range 1:  Structured Practice vs. Free Application

Work the Range 2: Creative Constraints vs. Open-ended Art Making

Working the Range 3:  Fragmentary vs. Finished Work

Inventing, Planning and Revising Teaching Artist Curriculum

Exercise 1: Extreme Curriculum Invention

Exercise 2: Art Making as a Curriculum Lab

An Example Structure for Curriculum/Project Planning and Writing

A Framework for Teaching Artist Curriculum and Project Proposals

22 Ways to Get or Make a Teaching Artist Gig

10 Answers to the Question “What Should I Get Paid?”

6 Ways to Shake up Your Teaching Artist Work

Section 3:  Is My Teaching Working?

Assessment On Your Terms

10 General Ideas About Assessing Teaching Artist Work

Does my Teaching Work For Students?

Assessment as a Support to Art Making or as an Obstacle?

Assessment as a Means of Learning Things

Assessment Structures and Tools

Does my Teaching Work for the Teacher/School/Organization?

Does It Work for the Teacher?

Does my Teaching Work for the School or Organization?

Don’t Be Afraid of the Standards

Does your Teaching Work for You?

Does your Teaching Work for the Field?

A Brand New Teaching Artist can Innovate and Advance Practice

Does your teaching work for your medium or discipline?

Who, What, How, Why and Where (do we go from here?): The Teaching Artist in Context - Barbara Hackett Cox

Who Makes Art?  Why Make Art?  When, Where and How Does Art Making Happen?

My Background as a Learner in the Arts

“Which one’s the President?”

The Question of Definitions: Arts Education; Arts in Education; Arts Integration; Arts Infused; Learning In and Through the Arts; Arts Learning; Interdisciplinary Arts Education…

Who Are Teaching Artists?

What Do Teaching Artists Teach?

How Do Teaching Artist’s Teach

Where Do Teaching Artists Teach?

School-based programs

Community-based programs

Studio programs

Why Do Teaching Artists Teach?

A List of More Reasons Why Artists Teach

Building a Network of Practice for Teaching Artists:  Artist to Artist as One Model

Building Your Own Community of Practice

A Brief, Broad History of the Teaching Artist - G. James Daichendt

Introduction:  Teaching Artist as Innovator

The Arts in the Classical Model of Education

Medieval Growth and Expertise

The Renaissance and the Birth of the Teaching Artist

The Enlightenment and the Impact of Science on the Arts

George Wallis: Designing a New Way to Teach

William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement

Walter Gropius and the Bauhaus

Vkhutemas and The Modern Teaching Artist

The Highs and Lows of Primary and Secondary Art Education in the U.S.

The Radical Notion of the Teaching Artist

The Settlement House Movement and New Deal initiatives

The Teaching Artist in Higher Education

Emergence of the Modern Teaching Artist

The 70’s and CETA: A limited revival of public arts

The 80’s to the Present: Is Art Making Still at the Center?

The Future of the Teaching Artist