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This Week on the Teaching in the Arts Podcast: Kate Chrisman

This Week on the Teaching in the Arts Podcast: Kate Chrisman

Hello everybody, back this week with a new episode of Teaching in the Arts featuring CPS elementary school art teacher, Kate Chrisman.  Teachers are supposed to treat their students equally. There are no favorites, no teachers pets, and I think the same goes for podcasters and their guests.  Every guest is my favorite- so far there is a 24 way tie for first place in the category of Teacher Man’s favorite guest.  That said, I might now have a favorite among equals, and that’s this week’s guest, Kate Chrisman.

I only met Kate moments before we got behind the mics, but we hit it off immediately.  Besides teaching in the arts in common, we both have special needs younger siblings- we talk about that on the podcast.  Mostly we discuss the hard work that goes into being an elementary school teacher in the Chicago Public School system.  The hours Kate (and all the teachers) work, and the tasks they have to do (she is technically off for the summer, but she is out buying school supplies) makes my college teaching gig a breeze by comparison.

I was happy to hear that things weren’t as bleak in the CPS arts world as I had imagined.  Kate explains.  We also talk about the Five Pillars of Hip Hop.  (Who knew there were five?) And near the end of the podcast, Kate asks me about teaching young students, and invites me to her class room.  It’s a great chat. Kate keep doing the good work, your students and school are lucky to have you.

Here are some samples of Kate at work, and her work as an artist.

This week’s podcast sponsored, again, by Wake Coffee.  Click on the link and get yourselves some coffee.  I’ve been drinking the medium roast from Papa New Guinea.  I love it.  Get 10 percent off if you use the link and add your email.

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Also, it’s podcast promo month.  A group of like minded podcasters are trading promos.  You will here a promo for The Randall Black Show about five minutes in on Teaching in the Arts.  Check out The Randall Black Show here:

What’s in Store for Cabell County Schools w/Superintendent Ryan Saxe (Part 1)

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Yankee Doodle Dandy- A Teaching in the Arts 4th of July Special

Yankee Doodle Dandy- A Teaching in the Arts 4th of July Special

Hey everybody, as you have heard or will hear on this episode of Teaching in the Arts, we are taking it easy this week, back with a new guest next week.  BUT, that said, there are a couple of things I would like you to do.

    1. Click on the link and order some Wake Coffee.  Good coffee, good people.    http://www.wakecoffee.com?rfsn=1475475.472efe
    2. Please email me some suggestions for guests.  Teachinginthearts@gmail.com
    3. Go to the Teaching in the Arts Facebook  page and like it, share it, and better still write a review. https://www.facebook.com/pg/teachinginthearts/posts/?ref=page_internal
    4. As you heard on the mini-episode, complain like hell if (when?) the President picks a dope to be our next Supreme Court justice.  Battle cry, “Remember Merrick Garland!”

In coming weeks on the podcast: a public elementary school art teacher talks about the struggles, and successes as a teacher in the arts elementary school division.  Also, a series of interviews with my southern California Teachers in the Arts.  We talk about the competitive atmosphere of the USC, UCLA, and AFI film programs.  More students- I always like talking to college students.  And something that is a work in progress…  I am doing a radio documentary, for lack of a better phrase, following a teacher about to teach his first ever class.  We have recorded part 1, before he begins.  We will record throughout his term, and then read his course evaluations live on the mics.  This should be complete right about the start of the school year, so look for it around Labor Day.

That’s it.  Stay cool.  Back next week.

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This week on Teaching in the Arts: Ava Battocchio, Entrepreneurial dressmaker, interdisciplinary artist, writer!

This week on Teaching in the Arts: Ava Battocchio, Entrepreneurial dressmaker, interdisciplinary artist, writer!

This week on the podcast my former student, Ava Battocchi.  We have a great talk about a cross-disciplinary approach to new media and balancing the responsibilities of being a Loyola student and business owner.  Ava took some time off before returning to school and started a dress making business called Timely Attire using vintage patterns and sewing machines.  I will let her share in the podcast, but check out her site. http://timelyattire.co  and Instagram account to see her work.  https://www.instagram.com/timelyattireco/

But first there is big news in the Teaching in the Arts  front- we have a sponsor!  Wake Coffee in Philadelphia.  Go to their site, get some coffee- I have been drinking the medium roast- get 10% off.  http://www.wakecoffee.com?rfsn=1475475.472efe  

Now back to the podcast.

Besides a great chat with Ava, the lesson of the day is about teaching via war stories.  Sure, it’s great to see that the instructor has been there and done that, but the “back in the day” approach is not teaching!

And I start with a story about going to Lexington, KY last week to see my 4th and 5th grade teachers, and getting to feed Kentucky Derby winner, Orb.  Close listeners to the podcast know I am working on a film about race track announcers, and love horse racing.

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Teaching in the Arts Podcast with Artist, Animator, Sculptor Chris Tedin

Teaching in the Arts Podcast with Artist, Animator, Sculptor Chris Tedin

You’ve got to see it to believe it!  This week the Teaching in the Arts Podcast guest is artist Chris Tedin. Chris tells me how he helps his students become better artists by flipping the classroom and creating videos for his students.  Chris imports the students drawings into Photoshop, and creates video tutorials using Camtasia.

Below are several examples of Camtasia, gesture drawing, and Chris’s own work.  Watch and see why Chris has twice been awarded outstanding teacher awards. There’s also a link to an article on how making pottery influences Chris as a teacher.

Below are first and last examples of a student’s attempt at gesture drawing.

Chris’s own work.

ACrafty Interview with Chris Tedin

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Eric Williams from Ohio University on this week’s Teaching in the Arts Podcast!

Eric Williams from Ohio University on this week’s Teaching in the Arts Podcast!

Grab your passport and come on a Teaching in the Arts trip around the world!

How’s that for a grabber?

Eric Williams is the Director of the MFA Program in Communication Arts at Ohio University.  He’s also made a career out of his passion for travel.  Going back to his sophomore year of college when he went on the Semester at Sea Program https://www.semesteratsea.org/ to a recent trip with his students to Ecuador, Eric has been able to combine filmmaking with travel and education.  On the podcast we cover all of this, plus his time in Kiev, his work in Virtual Reality, and the MFA in Communication Arts.  I want to be one of those lucky MFA students, and have Eric’s job.

Eric in Ukraine in 2006.

 

 

 

 

It was a great chat.  Listen here:

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On the Podcast! John Otterbacher: Teacher, Filmmaker, Curious Guy!

On the Podcast! John Otterbacher: Teacher, Filmmaker, Curious Guy!

John Otterbacher joins me on the Teaching in the Arts podcast as we discuss the journey from adjunct faculty member to full-time faculty member. Plus, talk about John’s films Riff Raff and Moving Parts, and his love of White Castle veggie burgers.

I’ve known John for more than a decade and have seen his growth as both a teacher and a filmmaker.  The conversation was a real eye opener for me- I learned a lot about what makes John tick- a curiosity about how things work.  We talk a lot about it.

The lesson of the day is what makes a good adjunct faculty member. And, I have a shameless plug for my new Allbirds shoes.

Teacher Man in action, thanks to John.

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JulieAnn Graham, dancer, movement instructor, teacher of the fundamentals!

JulieAnn Graham, dancer, movement instructor, teacher of the fundamentals!

That’s my friend JulieAnn Graham!  We talk about teaching movement courses in the Columbia College Chicago Theater program. We also discuss just how hard it is to be a freshman in college. But wait there’s more! After the interview, Juliann said, “we’re done? I wanted to talk more about that! So we fired it back up and you get some bonus material.

I have known “Jules” for a long time, but this is the first time we really got into the weeds about teaching.  She is so passionate about teaching, I wish we were filming the conversation so you all can see her in action.

I also answer an email about my influences as both a filmmaker and teacher, and the Lesson of the day is some advice for soon to be Freshman.  Short version: eat well and try to get some sleep.

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John Philbin from Grand Valley State University!

John Philbin from Grand Valley State University!

Teaching in the Arts has tenure! Actually, we have John Philbin, my first guest who is a tenured faculty member. John and I talk about the GVSU Summer Film Project, John’s journey from Oak Park, IL to New York, L.A., graduate school at Southern Illinois University, and finally tenure at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.

The Summer Film Project at GVSU will celebrate 25 years next year, and John has directed almost half of those films, and be sure to check out Lucky Jay, his award-winning web series. https://www.gvsu.edu/vma/film-and-video-summer-films-220.htm

At the end of the interview I say to John, “Let’s get lunch!.”  This is a post-lunch picture of us outside of Wishbone, fast becoming the Teaching in the Arts apre-podcast eatery.  We also had a drink- John a Bloody Mary, me a Mimosa.

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Yuri Lysoivanov from Flashpoint Chicago: A Campus of Columbia College Hollywood

Yuri Lysoivanov from Flashpoint Chicago: A Campus of Columbia College Hollywood

This is Yuri and me late last Friday night.  I was shooting a project for a client and staying at a suburban Chicago hotel.  When I recorded the podcast, I forgot to get a photo.  Lucky for me, Yuri was kind enough to find me.  This explains the yellow hotel lobby feel, and the bags under my eyes.

Great talking with Yuri- a fascinating guy, and damn good teacher.  We talk about Yuri’s journey from Belarus to the United States, about differences between the Russian and U.S. education systems, Berklee College of Music, and our own approaches to Teaching in the Arts.  And, as graduation season is upon us, the Lesson of the Day is about graduation speeches.

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Loyola University Chicago Students Marisa Dickens and Asha Lodhia

Loyola University Chicago Students Marisa Dickens and Asha Lodhia

Marisa Dickens and Asha Lodhia were in my Intro to Production class this spring at Loyola.  After grades were posted and they were no longer technically my students, I wanted to have them on to talk about being a student in the arts.

This was an interesting class for many reasons- I haven’t taught an Intro Production class in a decade, I had non-majors (Asha is a Finance major, film minor) in the class, and I had a really compressed schedule to teach camera, sound, lighting, editing, and have them produce decent projects.

We had a nice chat, and near the end they talk about the Peter Hawley Experience from the student perspective.

See the films they made in my class here:

 

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