Why, Teaching for Artistic Behavior?
What is Teaching for Artistic Behavior?   
  • Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a choice-based curriculum style with a central goal of providing authentic art experiences for students that foster creative habits of artistic behavior, specifically the 8 studio habits of mind. (Studio Thinking, Hetland, Winner, et al, Teachers College Press 2007)  

  • Visit teachingforartisticbehavior.org for more detailed information, testimonials, and resources. 

How is it different than what I’m used to?  

  • In a TAB Art Studio (formerly known as the classroom), artists (formerly known as students) create works of art (formerly known as projects).  

  • The teacher does not assign specific art projects, instead artists use their own art ideas to create works of art.  In short, a TAB art studio focuses more on the process of making than on the end product.  

 If the teacher isn’t assigning projects, what is her job?  

  • The teacher’s job is still to teach Minnesota State Standards-based content within this choice-based environment. 

  • The teacher will provide new opportunities for inspiration, new technique demonstrations, and a variety of resources that are accessible to artists during class.

  • The art teacher’s job is to create a program that fosters creative independence, innovative curiosity, and authentic expression in each young artist at JCC.  

So, what will we be doing during class?  

  • During class time artists will learn the basics of the supplies and resources available in the art studio.  Once students know the ropes of the studio, artists will have time to use the materials they’re interested in, bring their own creative ideas to class, and explore their own unique artistic process.  

  • Throughout the year, as artists learn more and more about the materials available, classes will go deeper into more difficult techniques, meaning, and challenging invention.  

Why are we making this change?  

  • A TAB art studio naturally personalizes learning so that students who need more support get it, and students who are ready for more challenges can go for it.  

  • Students feel empowered when given the opportunity to find and use their own art ideas.  The independence and habits learned in a TAB art studio can transfer into other academic areas and even into the personal lives of students.  

8 Studio Habits of Mind

(Studio Thinking, Hetland, Winner, et al, Teachers College Press 2007)

Our JCC Choice Art Studio will focus on developing these habits in each artist (they are not in hierarchal order).

  • Develop Craft: Learning to use tools, materials, artistic conventions, and learning to care for tools, materials, and space.

  • Engage & Persist: Learning to embrace problems of relevance within the art world and/or of personal importance, to develop focus conducive to working and persevering at tasks.

  • Envision: Learning to picture mentally what cannot be directly observed and imagine possible next steps in making a piece.

  • Express: Learning to create works that convey an idea, a feeling, or a personal meaning.  

  • Observe: Learning to attend to visual contexts more closely than ordinary “looking” requires, and thereby to see things that otherwise might not be seen.  

  • Reflect: Learning to think and talk with others about an aspect of one’s work or working process, and learning to judge one’s own work and working process and the work of others.  

  • Stretch & Explore: Learning to reach beyond one’s capacities, to explore playfully without a preconceived plan, and to embrace the opportunity to learn from mistakes.  

  • Understand Arts Community: Learning to interact as an artist with other artists i.e. in classrooms in local arts organizations, and across the art field and within the broader society.

Studio Centers: There are 5 centers currently open.  As students gain independence and mastery in each center, more centers will be open, and more media and resources will be added to each center.  

  • Drawing

  • Painting

  • Collage

  • Fiber Arts

  • Architecture (or Building)

THESE CENTERS ARE ALWAYS OPEN: Resource Library & Clean Up!

Other centers will open throughout the year, and some will only be available, to each grade level, for limited time:

  • Ceramics

  • Sculpture

  • Printmaking

  • Bookmaking