Skill Builders in Step with Personalized Learning

High school skill builder

By Pam Ehrenreich Some of the best ideas come from when we listen to our students. It can be something as simple as where to post an essential question to completely revamping how teachers present information. I am fortunate, my entire high school Art department is made up of teachers implementing the TAB philosophy, creating a […]

An Early Childhood Model for TAB

Kinder students working on a cardboard piece

By Claire Winkeler When I took a nine year unintentional detour to become a kindergarten classroom teacher, I had no idea it would turn out to be more relevant to my practice as an art teacher than any of the art teaching I’d done in previous years. Returning to a full-time art position, I picked […]

Time to Reflect: What are you working on?

Time to reflect

Posted on July 2, 2019 by tesartdepartment  Shared with permission from Jen Rankey​What are you working on? I find myself asking this question hundreds of times a week to a wide variety of students and educators. Each time it is asked, there are subtle nuances to the question. When you teach in a TAB art program in a constructivist-based […]

Seeing the Art of Children by Jean Barnett

Child's painting of a person.

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ~Pablo Picasso This is the ultimate challenge to artists, isn’t it–to hold onto that wild abandon and curiosity when making art. As we grow up, for some reason that changes. How we make and view art as adults does […]

John Crowe: A Long Road to Choice

Digital art work of a road by Jessi Ruby

John Crowe: A Long Road to ChoiceBurnell Laboratory School  Bridgewater, MAOriginally appeared on via the Education Alliance at Brown University.​For art teacher John Crowe, the long road to choice−based art education began with teaching in elementary and high schools, then evolved to a position as professor of art education and hands−on work in schools. […]

Made in Massachusetts: Contemporary Art Education: Diane B. Jaquith

Made in Massachusetts

Cranberries. Boston baked beans. Fried clams. Dunkin’ Donuts. We associate these foods with Massachusetts and likely have enjoyed some, if not all, as Massachusetts residents. Are you also aware that Massachusetts is home to three well-known art education movements? Perhaps your art curriculum currently includes one or more of these approaches. Given the high caliber of […]

2019 TAB Summer Institute: MAKING ARTISTS

Teachers collaborating

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 […]