11 thoughts on “Teaching for Artistic Behavior: Art is Not Easy”

  1. Hi Amy,I need your email again. Computer lost it!! I am interested in hearing more about TAB. It sounds scary to me with 900 kids. Hope to talk to you soon. Lauralee

  2. I love this post! You know that I'm trying out TAB as well. So far I have set up a Drawing Center, Painting Center, and Collage Center. I plan to add Printmaking, Sculpture, and Weaving. In elementary, I deploy this as follows: I do a short lesson on art history, a specific artist, a technique, or how to use different media. I then put an “Idea of the Day,” on my projector screen such as, “Get a seashell from the box and draw it as accurately as you can. Repeat to make an interesting composition.” Students then have 3 choices: 1.) They can do a project based on the Idea of the Day (like the seashell drawing); 2.) They can choose from one of 75 different art starter ideas I have posted on index cards on a bulletin board in my room; or 3.) They can submit their own idea to me in writing (a few sentences).I don't have them work AT the centers either. They have a box of supplies that always stays on their table with pencils, erasers, glue, scissors, markers, and crayons. They “go shopping” at the center of choice and return to their tables to work. So far the kids are loving it! It tales a LOT of up-front work on the teacher's part to make it more of a spontaneous experience for the students, as you have said. I am getting the occasional lazy, lame piece from a student, but I am also getting some amazing, original stuff that I never got last year.

  3. Interesting to see this. My school has introduced IDE(Innovative Designs for Education). It is a PBL based program and I started using it last year in my middle school art room. It is a lot of upfront work for me but while the students are working at different stations I have time to engage with individual students. This program is being used in science and math with plans to expand it. I personally love it because students are in charge of their learning and for the most part they are engaged. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Amy, I was at a workshop at my conference where someone was discussing how she uses (and LOVES) TAB. But she teaches in a rather exclusive (pricey) private school and has the room and resources to make this work. I understand the concept but find it a little scary. I already do a lot of stuff where there's a lot of opportunity for personal decision-making, and know how your room can get piled high with the 'stuff' of it all. Plus with the focus on assessment, it could be really challenging when everyone is doing something different. But I do understand why it can be successful in increasing engagement.Anyhow, I stopped in at your blog because I got a request to follow me on twitter and I have to laugh. So far my twitter account is a 'dummy' account – I signed up, you may recall, to use it to sign up for Pinterest since I didn't want to use my facebook (more personal than prfessional) account. On twitter I do not have any followers (but yours is my 2nd request) and do not follow anyone, and have not written even one tweet and not even sure I understand the whole thing. So if I say 'yes' to you, don't be shocked that I don't really exist!!

  5. Ok so, I have just taken over a middle school art program mid semester…I was hired on Friday and started today… Monday.. I am a believer in TAB and must be totally deranged because I am trying to switch the class over to TAB methodology. I am obviously naive, but a young teacher can put up with a fair amount of awkwardness, for a while… anyhow I am having the kids and myself re organize the room into centers and then will be diving in full force. Advise? I have worked in elementary TAB programs and just don't see any other way to teach art. I have introduced the idea of an open studio and started to get them amped but I am sooo clueless as to a more than three day out plan as of right now… oh god help! anybody! my e-mail is cruiseshannon@gmail.com if you have instructional materials/ philosophy/ sage advise you can pass along… thank you oh network of genius TAB teachers… I believe!

  6. Hi Amy,I am educating myself on how to best begin TAB in my art elementary classroom which is both title 1 and a part of a dual language program with my classroom being an English environment. More than half my students are ESL learners and very low in English. Any resources or tips to help with ESL, particularly with the primary grade levels??Thanks!

  7. Sure! My answer is pictures. Lots and lots of pictures. Posters are helpful too. I try to always offer a visual explanation in addition to an oral and written explanation. I offer my kiddos packes when teaching TAB tha offer written and pictorial information. I heavily rely on these bc many of my students have reading challenges. I hope this helps!

  8. This is my first year as a TAB teacher. I have changed things weekly to perfect my system and the students are finally accepting responsibility for supplies and the system in general.My problem is that I cannot get any WOW work from them. They have great ideas, some come through with very inventive ways to solve their problems, but everyday I have the question of “can I take this home now?”. In their hand they have a a bank box, some tp rolls halfway glued to it and they want to hand it in. They won't take it to the next level.I am struggling with the answers too. What is practice? Do they take that home without an artist's statement? A piece of WOW work is finished with a statement attached, do they turn it in for a grade first, or should they be able to share that day?Any help would be appreciated. These small details are driving me crazy because I know there must be a simple way to do it. Thanks.

  9. Amy–I found your blog very belatedly. Thank you for your thoughtful writing. I like to tell people that I began teaching this way in an effort to survive with difficult working conditions–960 students per week, small room, few supplies, no time between classes and so on. It does NOT require a fancy private school to work–quite the contrary. For anyone interested in the informational support available here is a list of our resources: Internet Resources for choice-based art educationKatherine Douglas twoducks@aol.comMAIN WEBSITE:http://teachingforartisticbehavior.orgSLIDESHAREhttp://www.slideshare.net/katherinedouglas/teaching-for-artistic-behavior-tabENGAGING LEARNERS http://bit.ly/17hnjvLEARNER DIRECTED CLASSROOMhttp://store.tcpress.com/0807753629.shtmlSMOKE AND MIRRORS: Art Teacher as Magicianhttp://teachingforartisticbehavior.org/wp-content/uploads/ArtEd_May13_Hathaway.pdfWHEN IS CREATIVITY?http://teachingforartisticbehavior.org/wp-content/uploads/AE_Jan11_Jaquith.pdfWHERE’S THE REVOLUTION?http://pdkintl.org/noindex/k_v95/25pdk_95_6.pdfTAB FORUMhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/TAB-ChoiceArtEd/FACEBOOKhttp://tinyurl.com/2extz79NAN HATHAWAYhttp://studio-learning.blogspot.com/EVERGREEN ARThttp://evergreenart.birdsong.org/node/479DIANE JAQUITHhttp://selfdirectedart.wordpress.com/CLYDE GAWhttp://www.clydegaw.blogspot.com/BOOK CLUBhttp://groups.yahoo.com/group/tabbookclub/CHOICE WITHOUT CHAOSiBookhttp://itunes.apple.com/us/book/choice-without-chaos/id553083821?ls=1Adapted from the iPad version for Kindles http://www.amazon.com/Choice-Without-Chaos-ebook/dp/B009H292EM/SOUTHEAST TAB TEACHERShttps://www.facebook.com/pages/Southeast-Region-TAB-Choice-Teaching-Artists/102555879890767MIDWEST TAB TEACHERShttp://tinyurl.com/blvaoc4NORTHEAST TAB TEACHERShttps://www.facebook.com/TAB.Northeast?fref=tsWEST COAST TAB-CHOICE EDUCATORShttps://www.facebook.com/WestCoastTabChoiceEducatorsGroup?fref=tsANNE BEDRICK VIDEOShttp://vimeo.com/annebedrick/videosTWITTER @twoducksTeaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a nationally recognized choice-based art education approach to teaching art. Developed in Massachusetts classrooms over thirty five years, and through courses and research at Massachusetts College of Art, the Teaching for Artistic Behavior concept enables students to experience the work of the artist through authentic learning opportunities and responsive teaching.Choice-based art education regards students as artists and offers them real choices for responding to their own ideas and interests through the making of art. Choice-based art education supports multiple modes of learning and assessment for the diverse needs of students.Teaching for Artistic Behavior Inc. is a grassroots organization developed by and for art teachers, and serves to promote and support choice-based art education in public and private education settings.Many regards,Kathy DouglasMassachusetts

  10. Hi Amy, I am a new art teacher.. looking for inspiration, the TAB sounds great. What is on the two list you mentioned here–“I keep a projection up with the overall question/statement along with a “To-Do” list and an “Expectation” list. Both lists have less than 5 items.” Thank you so much. (hope you see this!) Brenda

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