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Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB)

Join us for the 2022 TAB Virtual Institute! 
Two 5-day sessions: June 20 - 24 (Session I) and July 11 - 15 (Session II).
Registration opens February 15.

2022 TAB Virtual institute

Join TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) this summer for a week-long workshop to develop, enrich and expand your practice. Together, we will learn through the lens of the theme “Healing Through Art”, taking time to process and reflect on our experiences over the past two years and explore how we can use the power of student-directed learning to meet the changing needs of both students and ourselves. Teachers of all experience levels will gain a deeper understanding of both pedagogy and classroom practice, as well as strategies for creating studio communities that empower all learners to make the art that is uniquely theirs.

Register for Session I

Register for Session II

For questions, please contact MassArt's Office of Professional and Continuing Education at

  • Content for both beginning and experienced practitioners
  • Flexible schedule 
  • Cohort groups for elementary, middle, and high school
  • Choice of additional sessions or workshops every day about topics like building Community in a TAB Studio, Media-Specific Courses and Play and Learning
  • Focus on building relationships, trust, and equity 
  • TAB instructional practices, assessment tools, and strategies
  • Studio center introductions and demonstrations
  • Teachers as makers in the art studio

  • Fully remote program
  • Two sessions (select one)
    • June 20 - 24, 2022
    • July 11 - 15, 2022
  • Late morning start to accommodate all US time zones
  • One graduate credit or non-credit
  • Participants will meet with an age level cohort as well as select from daily course offerings.
  • Tech support available


10:00 am - 3:00pm: Class time in cohort groups (elementary, middle, high school) as well as class selections from multiple options. Teachers new to the philosophy of Teaching for Artistic Behavior will acquire plans, tools, and strategies to implement a TAB curriculum in their own setting. Teachers with prior TAB experience will deepen their understanding of learner-directed practice with resources and strategies to engage all learners. Class time will include direct instruction, breakout sessions by topic, and demonstrations, as well as content tailored to our theme “Healing Through Art."

3:00pm - 5:00pm: Studio activities: Media and technique demonstrations, studio center introductions, and resource sharing will take place during these sessions. Participants will apply TAB practices to studio work, where they will engage in artmaking of their choosing with support from instructors and participants. A virtual exhibit of teachers’ artworks will take place at the end of the Institute.

program cost and registration

TAB Non-credit Course Cost: $556

TAB Graduate 1 Credit Course Tuition: $961


Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers 1 graduate credit for work completed in the TAB Virtual Institute and certificates of completion that can be used for Professional Development Points for those who take the course for non-credit.

credit requirements 2022

Those seeking one graduate credit will:

  • Those seeking one graduate credit will:
  • Attend a minimum of 15 hours combined class and studio time. 
  • Meet with one of the directors to discuss the final project. 
  • Share a media, technique, or process demonstration in the Studio Daily Demo Share. 

Complete a final project. Past projects have included class websites, room design plans, curriculum mapping, and advocacy brochures.

refund policy

Students who withdraw at least one week (7 or more days) before the start of their session will receive a refund of all payments. A request in writing (an email to to withdraw from the course is required. Students who withdraw less than one week (6 or fewer days) receive no refund. Refunds take 4-6 weeks to be processed.


MassArt is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for documented physical and learning disabilities. Requests for any accommodation should be made two months before the start of the course.