Our Studio is a Choice-based Art Class

What is Choice-based Art?
“Teaching Artistic Behavior” (also known as TAB, or Choice-based) method of teaching is nationally recognized and research-backed. 

The idea is simple: students are artists, and the classroom is their studio. Children are offered real choices for responding to their own ideas and interests through the making of art. This concept supports multiple modes of learning to meet the diverse needs of all students. 

The classroom is organized into smaller “studios” where students find materials, tools and resources. Students are taught how to set up their work space, generate and explore their own ideas based on their experiences, interests and passions. Students work at their own pace independently or with peers.  New concepts, content, media and techniques are delivered in short demonstrations or discussions at the start of each class. Art history and contemporary topics in the arts are woven into work sessions as appropriate and relevant to the ongoing work of the students. Small groups or individuals can work directly with the instructor when mastering new techniques or solving difficult problems. Students who are offered the chance to explore their own ideas find greater meaning and relevance in their work.

To learn more visit the TAB website.  I recommend reading;

Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom by Katherine M. Douglas and Diane B. Jaquith.


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