TAB Institute: Summer 2018



2018 Summer Institute


Massachusetts College of Art & Design

July 8-14, 2018

Spend a week in historic Boston with TAB educators to develop and expand understandings about choice-based pedagogy in PreK-12 art programs. Studio Learning, this summer’s focus, examines artistic thinking and practices in TAB studio classrooms. Mornings will focus on effective educational practices in elementary, middle and high school TAB programs. Afternoons will be spent in the studios, learning new techniques and processes for ourselves and our students, making art, and developing as a community of artist teachers. Teachers new to TAB will acquire plans, tools, and strategies to implement a choice-based art curriculum in their own setting. Teachers with experience in choice-based art education will deepen understandings of learner-directed practice. This is a 3-credit graduate course available for credit or non-credit through Massachusetts College of Art & Design.


Note: Please be sure to register for the level that best matches your teaching assignment – elementary, middle, or high school. 


General Information

The TAB Institute comprises both classroom activities and an online component. During the week on-site, there will be professional development by grade level (elementary, middle, high school) as well as breakout sessions with mixed groupings, by interest, on particular issues or themes. Among this summer’s focus topics are: instruction and assessment, cultural proficiency, urban learning environments, special populations, studio center design, and advocacy for TAB art programs. Students may take the class for graduate credit or Professional Development Points, which carry different requirements.

Online Component

As preparation for the Institute, everyone is encouraged to participate in the online component before arriving on campus in July. The readings, resources, and forum discussions provide extensive information and help build community prior to our week together. The online component is required for those taking the course for credit, plus additional graduate credit requirements.

Highlights include:TAB_I_8

  • Elementary, middle and high school cohort groups
  • Introductory workshops for teachers new to TAB
  • Guest speakers
  • Break-out sessions on topics proposed by attendees
  • On-line pre-work component
  • TAB student artwork exhibit
  • Studio Center Installations
  • Welcome orientation dinner
  • Pop-up exhibit of participants’ artwork created in the studios during the week


The Institute includes an exhibit of work by participants’ students that are submitted to the Institute, as well as studio center installations showing how materials, tools, technique, and exemplars are arranged for student access.

Tuition and Registration Information

Non-credit Tuition Cost: $840

Graduate Credit Tuition Cost: 2018 rate to be confirmed in February, 2017
(2017 Graduate cost was $1,975)

On-site housing available

Credit and Professional Development Points

Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers 3 graduate credits for work completed in the Teaching for Artistic Behavior Institute and MA Professional Development Point certificates for those who choose to audit the course. Those auditing the course are encouraged to participate in all of the activities/requirements.

Disability Accommodation

MassArt is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for documented physical and learning disabilities. Requests for any accommodation should be made at least one month before the start of the course.