Teaching 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.
Established in 2001, the Teaching for Artistic BehaviorTM (TAB) organization is entirely developed and maintained by art teachers. This concept comes directly from choice-based art education practices and action research in visual art classrooms around the United States. Our Board of Directors are charged with upholding TAB’s Mission, Vision and Professional Development offerings. Teaching for Artistic Behavior became incorporated in 2007, in order to better serve the needs of choice-based art educators.
We recognize that there are many varied ways of offering choice in
art education, and that many art educators provide full or modified
choice art education to fit their particular art programs and district
requirements. This online forum supports teachers who are developing,
have developed or plan to develop an art program with the purpose of
providing students choices in their art making experiences in the
classroom. Over recent years, the terms “Choice-based,” “Teaching for
Artistic Behavior,” “TAB,” “TAB-Choice” and “Centers approach” are