Myths of TAB: students aren't challenged.
Fact........... Wait, why is this even a myth?
The truth is that teaching varies from person to person, so one can't really make sweeping generalizations about other's teaching styles, but I'm going to anyway.
The work of any art experience is in the planning, the research, the making choices.If you are doing this work for your students, how rigorous can your teaching be?
In my Art 2 class, the final challenge consisted of this:
3 weeks to select a theme, created 3 high quality works of art and an artist statement - all to be displayed at our first annual Portfolio Day.
I love art shows, but I wanted an event for kids that was attended by their peers and teachers during the school day.
So we made food and sent out invitations.
People came for the food and stayed for the art! It was a motivating, positive, community-building event. Everyone had work to display and everyone showed huge growth. The public accountability of this event provided an extra push that we all needed. I'm so proud of this class! *tears*
I'm an high school art teacher who's really interested in student choice and creating opportunities for self expression. I'm also a writer for The Art of Education and co-author of The Open Art Room.