2019 TAB Summer Institute: MAKING ARTISTS

Massachusetts College of Art & Design, July 7-13, 2019

“Thank you for creating and facilitating this amazing week that has renewed my passion to teach and has brought the spirit and voice out of my students like no other art education.”

Spend a week in historic Boston with TAB educators to develop and expand understandings about choice-based pedagogy in PreK-12 art programs. Making Artists, this summer’s theme, places emphasis on students through a process-oriented approach to art education. Teachers new to TAB will acquire plans, tools, and strategies to implement a choice-based art curriculum. Teachers with experience in choice-based art education will deepen understandings of learner-directed practice to expand opportunities for students to explore, experiment, play, and even fail. 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. 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.

TAB Summer Institute: Teachers working together

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, 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.


  • TAB seminars by level (elementary, middle, high school)
  • Break-out sessions by topics
  • Guest speakers
  • Studio demonstrations
  • Student and teacher exhibits
  • Studio center installations
  • Welcome orientation dinner
  • On-site housing
TAB Summer Institute: Teachers working together


​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: $2090
​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.

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