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Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB)

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve, we have made the decision to cancel TAB Summer Institute 2020. 

Spend a week in historic Boston with experienced TAB educators to develop and expand understandings about learner-directed approaches in Pre K-12 art programs.

Courage to Create: A Safe Space, this summer's theme, highlights trauma-informed curriculum for Pre K-12 TAB classrooms to build equity and implement inclusive studio practices to support all students.

Teachers new to 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.

  • Welcome orientation dinner
  • TAB Seminars by level (elementary, middle, high school) 
  • Introductory workshops for teachers new to TAB
  • Break-out sessions by topic
  • Online pre-Institute component
  • Exhibits featuring work by students and teacher participants
  • Studio center installations
  • Studio demonstrations
  • Guest speakers  
  • Arrive Sunday, July 12, 12:00-5:00pm; group dinner at 6:00pm
  • Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm with optional studio evenings
  • The Institute concludes on Saturday, July 18 at 11:00am
Program Cost and Registration

TAB Non-credit Course Cost: $920
TAB Graduate 2 Credit Course Tuition: $1620

Refund Policy

  • Students who withdraw before June 1 receive a refund of all payments less the $300 deposit
  • A request in writing (email to to withdraw from the course is required
  • Students who withdraw after June 1 receive no refund and are responsible for the unpaid balance if the space remains unfilled
  • Refunds take 4-6 weeks to be processed

On-campus two-bedroom shared suites are available in MassArt's Tree House Residence Hall. Each suite has a shared bath and will be available Sunday through Sunday (the program concludes on Saturday). Linens are provided; residents will bring their own toiletries.

Housing Costs

  • 2020 cost: $340 per person, shared room
  • 2020 cost: $440 per person, single room in shared suite. Single housing is not available at this time. To be placed on a list for a single room please email
Disability Accommodation

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.

About the Program

The Institute comprises classroom and studio activities, exhibits, and a pre-Institute online component. During the week, there are all-attendee sessions as well as breakout sessions on site, split into grade level cohorts (elementary, middle, high school) as well as mixed groupings on particular concepts or issues. This summer's focus topics include: instruction and assessment in TAB studio learning environments, trauma-informed practices, social-emotional learning, and cultural competency to meet the diverse needs of all learners in Pre K-12 TAB art programs. Students may take the class for credit or professional development points, which carry different requirements. 

For information please contact MassArt's Office of Professional and Continuing Education at or 617.879.7200.

Online Component

In preparation for the Institute, everyone is encouraged to participate in the online component of the course during the month of June. 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 (see below). 


Participants’ Student Artworks
Each year TAB Institute attendees provide an image of a student's artwork prior to the start of the Institute. The purpose of this exhibit is to examine what quality work looks like in TAB art programs so teachers can calibrate their expectations based on a wide variety of student artworks. Each image is accompanied by an artist statement and comments from the teacher explaining the context and rationale for why the piece was selected for this exhibit. These images will be enlarged and printed for the exhibit so high-quality jpegs are appreciated. The exhibit is open throughout the week.

Studio Center Installations
Most PreK-8 TAB classrooms are designed with studio centers for various media, featuring materials, tools, and resources. Most high school TAB teachers organize art media differently for easy student access. All experienced TAB teachers are encouraged to share studio centers or media introductions at the TAB Institute. These will be installed in the studios for use by attendees.

Materials and tools will be provided to those teachers who want to set up a studio center while traveling with limited space.

TAB Teacher Participants Exhibit
On the last full day of the Institute artworks created by participants during the week will be on display. Teachers will curate and install the exhibit to be followed by an artists reception.

Credit and Professional Development Points

Massachusetts College of Art and Design offers 2 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.

Credit Requirements

  • Online work: During the month of June, a pre-Institute online component consisting of four modules, each with readings, videos and discussion prompts will be presented on MassArt's Moodle platform. Online work will be completed prior to arrival on campus in July.
  • Attendance: Participants will attend all sessions and a lunch meeting on Tuesday with advisors.
  • TAB Student Art Exhibit: Participants will submit one student artwork for exhibition, with artist statement and teacher comments.
  • Studio Center Installation: Participants with prior TAB experience will bring signage, resources, and plans to set up a functioning studio center. Material and tool requests will be fulfilled by TAB.
  • Final Project: A final project will be completed at the end of the course. Past projects have included class websites, room design plans, curriculum mapping, and advocacy brochures.