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Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB)

Summer 2020 Institute at MassArt: July 12-18, 2020

Registration will go live February 11, 2020

Spend a week in historic Boston with TAB educators to develop and expand understandings about choice-based pedagogy in Pre K-12 art programs.

Making Artists, this summer's theme, emphasizes instruction for student-directed processes and studio practices in Pre K-12 TAB classrooms.

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.


  • 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
  • Student and teacher artwork exhibits
  • Studio center installations
  • Studio demonstrations
  • Guest speakers  

2019 Program Cost and Registration

Non-credit Tuition Cost: $890
Graduate Credit Tuition: $2,090

2020 numbers coming soon. 

Refund Policy:

  • A full refund is made when a student registers for a workshop that is canceled or full
  • A written (email) as well as a phone confirmation is required for withdrawals
  • Students who withdraw before June 1 receive a refund of all payments less the $300 deposit
  • Students who withdraw after June 1 receive no refund and are responsible for the unpaid balance.
  • Refunds are normally processed by mid September


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 Saturday nights. Linens provided; residents will bring their own toiletries. 

2019 Housing Cost

  • $330 per person, shared room

Disability Accommodation

MassArt is committed to providing reasonable accommodation 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, by interest, in a particular issue or theme. Among this summer's focus topics are: instruction and assessment, and studio practices 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

As 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).  


Participants Students' Artwork
Each year TAB Institute attendees provide an image of 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 artwork. Each image is accompanied by an artist statement and comments from the teacher explaining the context and 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 TAB classrooms are designed with distinct studio centers for various media. Studio centers typically feature materials, tools, and resources organized for easy student access. All experienced TAB teachers are encouraged to bring one studio center to the TAB Institute. These will be installed in the studios, for use by attendees. Materials and tools can be made available to those teachers who want to set up a studio center while traveling with limited space.

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.

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. Work must be complete prior to arrival on campus in July
  • Attendance: Participants must attend all sessions and a lunch meeting on Tuesday with advisors
  • TAB Student Art Exhibit: Participants must submit one student artwork, with artist statements 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 requests will be fulfilled by TAB
  • Presentation: Participants will prepare a one-hour presentation to be shared during the week at the Institute on one of the following topics: TAB curriculum, instructional strategies, assessment, teaching with special populations, contemporary artists, or studio practices
  • 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