TAB Faculty

  Katherine Douglas, co-founder of Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc., has taught in an elementary choice-based art program for over 35 years. She is co-author of Engaging Learners through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom and other articles about choice-based art education. She has presented at national conferences and provides professional development to school […]

TAB Student Art Exhibit

Each year all TAB Institute attendees provide two images of students’ artwork prior to the start of the Institute. One image should represent a work of art that the teacher considers to be of high quality. The second image represents artwork evaluated as lower quality work. The purpose is to examine what quality work looks […]

TAB Summer Institute 2017: Teaching All Students

The dates for the 2017 TAB Summer Teacher Institute are July 9-14, 2017 at Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, MA. This is a 3-credit graduate course, also available for non-credit. Registration for this course will open in February, 2017. Please stay tuned for more details coming very soon!

TAB Institute: Summer 2017

  TEACHING FOR ARTISTIC BEHAVIOR 2017 Summer Institute TEACHING ALL STUDENTS Massachusetts College of Art & Design July 9-14, 2017 Spend a week in historic Boston with TAB educators to develop and expand understandings about choice-based pedagogy in PreK-12 art programs. Teaching All Students, this summer’s focus, looks at culturally proficient teaching, special education, and […]

Southeast TAB Conference

What: This is a multi-day event which runs from June 16 – 19 Who: anyone Where: Spruce Pine, NC (Springmaid Mountain retreat) Cost: $170 + food and fun money Description: The Southeast choice-based art education (T.A.B. inspired) retreat is preparing for our annual retreat and we want YOU to join us June 16-19! We will be returning to […]

Teaching and Learning

GETTING STARTED Your instructional practice: How do you present lessons now? What works well that you can incorporate in to TAB demonstrations? Do you have good visuals, vocabulary information, and written directions that you can adapt for independent work? Where does your practice fit on the TAB Continuum of Choice?  Would you like to offer more […]


Established in 2001, the Teaching for Artistic BehaviorTM (TAB) organization is a grassroots educational movement 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 […]

Frequently Asked Questions

2017 TAB Summer Teacher Institute What is the TAB Institute? This one-week Teaching for Artistic Behavior graduate level course offers intensive inquiry into the practice of choice-based art education for beginning and experienced TAB teachers. This is the only course exclusively offered by the founders of Teaching for Artistic Behavior. This course is available for graduate credit. Where will the TAB Institute be located? The setting […]


Sunday, July 9 2-5:30 p.m.   Arrivals 6-9 p.m.        Dinner (included), introductions, gallery visit featuring artwork by students of participating teachers   Monday – Thursday 8-9 a.m.        Breakfast (many options available in the immediate area) 9-1    M-Tu Beginning TAB and grade-level cohorts W-Th Breakout sessions by topic, mixed levels 1-2 p.m.   Lunch […]

Credit Requirements

On-line work: During the month of June, a pre-course online component consisting of four modules, each with readings, videos and discussion prompts, will be presented on MassArt’s Moodle platform. Work must be complete prior to arrival on campus in TAB Student Art Exhibit: Participants must submit two examples of student artwork, with artist statements and […]