Saturday, February 01, 2014

TAB Institute: Professional Development For Holistic Integrated Thinking Through Art Education

The TAB Institute will be held at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design in Boston, Massachusetts July 13-19, 2014.

What is the TAB Institute?
This one-week Teaching for Artistic Behavior course offers intensive inquiry into the practice of choice-based art education for beginning and experienced TAB teachers. This is the only course exclusively offered by the founders of Teaching for Artistic Behavior. This course is available for graduate credit.

Where will the TAB Institute be located?
The setting is Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MCAD), located in the Fenway neighborhood. MCAD is in close proximity to two world class art museums, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts [Link:] and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum [Link:], as well as historic Fenway Park [Link:], home to the Boston Red Sox.

What are the dates?
The TAB Institute will take place from 4 p.m. Sunday, July 13 – Friday, July 18. The Institute will conclude at 2 p.m. on Friday to accommodate travel plans.

The faculty is comprised of TAB founders, including Katherine Douglas, Diane Jaquith, Nan Hathaway and Clyde Gaw.

What does the daily schedule look like? 
Daily instruction will be delivered in two tiers, Beginning (Track I) and Established (Track II). Following breakfast in the Arnheim Gallery, the two tracks will meet separately for 1-2 hours. All participants will come together mid-morning for a range of presentations by additional speakers. Each afternoon a different 3-hour activity will take place, including a collective art making experience, museum visit, studio artist visit, and an “Unconference,” where participants determine the content. Evening workshops will include studio center design, classroom overviews, and topics for instruction.

Are the evening workshops required?
Those seeking graduate credit will need to attend the entire Institute in order to earn 45 credit hours of contact time.

How will I know which Track to select?
Track I: Track I is for beginning and established teachers who are new to TAB. Participants will acquire plans, tools, and strategies to fully implement a choice-based art curriculum in their own setting. Topics include:
Setting up Studio Centers
Shifting roles from teacher-directed to learner-directed
Demo Lessons
Student Learning Objectives Curriculum Mapping Authentic AssessmentTrack II: Track II is for teachers who have implemented a modified-choice or full-choice art program for at least one year. At the end of the Institute, participants will be able to identify the diverse needs of individual students and demonstrate how student learning objectives for all learners can be met through TAB classroom practices. Topics include:
Learning Theories Special Populations Personalized Learning
Feedback and questioning strategies
Emergent Curriculum

Is the Institute differentiated by level?
There will be opportunities for participants to group by level: pre-K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 during the afternoon and evening sessions. Some of the mid-morning presentations will also focus on elementary and secondary topics.

How do I get there?
For distance travelers, Boston is best accessed through Logan Airport or Amtrak. Boston is a walking city with excellent public transportation. MCAD is located directly on the MBTA Green Line, Longwood Medical stop (E train, Heath).

What do I need to bring?
Participants should bring the required readings, laptop or tablet. Rooms will be air-conditioned so a light-weight sweater would be a good idea. Boston is a walking city so good walking shoes are recommended. Basic art materials will be provided to replicate
studio center experiences. MCAD sells artist materials in their campus bookstoreWhat are the requirements for graduate credit?
Pre-Course preparation includes readings, online forum, and Pinterest
45 hours contact during Institute
Post-Course project

Will MCAD credits be accepted by my school district?
Students registered for credit will receive letter grades. Students seeking credit for career enhancement or reimbursement are urged to contact their home institutions to arrange prior approval. Course credit is not automatically transferable; policies on transfer credit vary by 
institution and by program, so it is important to seek the approval of your advisor before 
you register. Registration for credit must occur before the class begins.

How much does the TAB Institute cost?
For three graduate credits, the fee is $1910. 
To audit the course, the fee is $675.

Two-bedroom suites have a shared bath, available Sunday through Thursday, Friday night is optional. The workshop rates for single and double rooms are:
Double: $55/night per person
Single: $75/night per person

Parking will be available for $25 for the week.

Breakfast Monday-Friday and two dinners, Sunday and Thursday nights, are provided with registration. For other meals there are many inexpensive dining options in the neighborhood, including the Dining Commons at MCAD.

How do I register?
Registration for the TAB Institute will be through Massachusetts College of Art and Design’s Professional and Continuing Education Program. [Link:]  Registrations open in February. Those interested in receiving an email announcement when registration is available can email Katherine Douglas at 

Policies on Payment
A $300 non-refundable deposit is required to register. The balance will be due on June 1. Participants who withdraw prior to July 1 will receive a refund, minus the deposit. After July 1 no refund will be provided for withdrawal from the course.