So, you want to go TAB? First of all, that’s awesome. I’m a huge proponent of TAB because I feel like it revolutionized and revitalized my teaching practice. It stayed with me, with some major changes, when I made the jump from a high-needs elementary school to a high-performing high school. It’s that flexible and it works wonderfully in both those diverse settings, as well as the space in between. However, it’s very different than many teaching methods, which brings me to why I’m writing today.
There is no lesson plan for TAB, although this is a good way to write one. TAB is first and foremost a paradigm shift. Let me explain. So much of art education is product based. It’s the way I was taught - you start with what the kids are making, or at least the supplies they’re using, and build from there. You are literally teaching them to make a product, step by step.
TAB is different. Yes, there is a product and also teaching and planning. It’s just that the product is not the starting point.
The concept is the starting point.
TAB, or Teaching for Artistic Behavior, is all about making artists, not about making products. The concept might be a theme or an Artistic Behavior or a Studio Habit. That is where your planning starts - with what you want them to know, not what they will physically do. There is more that one way to do this - see here, here and here. To decide how TAB will best work for your students read and study but most of all think about what they need to know to be artists.
Have a great school year!!!!
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.