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Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB)

Join us for the 2021 TAB Virtual Institute at MassArt! Two 3-day sessions: July 7-9, 2021 and July 13-15, 2021. Registration will open February 22.

2021 TAB Virtual institute at massart

Join TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) this summer for a 3-day intensive workshop to develop and expand understandings about TAB practices for PreK-12 visual art classes. Teachers new to TAB will acquire plans, tools, and strategies to implement a TAB curriculum in their own setting. Teachers with prior TAB experience will acquire classroom plans, tools, and strategies, and deepen their understanding of inclusive choice-based pedagogy.

Register for Session I 

Register for Session II

  • Introduction to the philosophy of Teaching for Artistic Behavior for those new to TAB
  • Discussion: the impact of COVID-19 on teaching and learning
  • Planning for the transition to a “new normal” school year
  • Building relationships, trust, and equity in learning communities
  • TAB instructional practices and assessment tools and strategies
  • Program advocacy
  • Studio center introductions and demonstrations
  • Breakout affinity groups on specific topics of interest
  • Teachers as makers in the art studio
  • Guided reflection

  • Fully remote program
  • Two 3-day sessions (select one)
    • July 7-9, 2021
    • July 13-15, 2021
  • Late morning start to accommodate all US time zones
  • One graduate credit or non-credit
  • Elementary, Middle, and High School groupings limited to 20 participants per section
  • Tech support available


9:00 - 10:00am: Office Hours with instructors (also by appointment)

11:00am - 2:00pm: Meet by level (elementary, middle, high school): 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.

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.

5:00pm - 6:00pm: Reflections with instructors 

7:00pm - 9:00pm: Optional continued virtual studio time with support from instructors and other participants; also an optional time for small groups to meet by choice of topic.

program cost and registration

TAB Non-credit Course Cost: $540

TAB Graduate 1 Credit Course Tuition: $940


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

Those seeking one graduate credit will:

  • Attend all sessions plus one meeting with their advisor
  • Submit one student artwork for exhibition, with artist statement and teacher comments

Complete a final project after the Institute ends. 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.

student art exhibit

One of the highlights of the TAB Institute is an exhibit featuring one student’s artwork from each participating teacher. This year, the virtual student exhibit will include work created in remote and hybrid art programs. The purpose of this exhibit is to examine the variety of work created over the past year, with examples of student resilience and innovation during remote and hybrid learning. Each image will be accompanied by an artist statement and teacher comments to provide context and rationale for the selection of the artwork. The exhibit will be available to participants after the Institute ends.

tab teachers exhibit

Teachers who create art during the studio segment of the Institute are invited to share their work, with artist statements, for a virtual exhibit. The exhibit will be available to participants after the Institute ends.

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


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.