Why do some people assume that TAB means not teaching skills or technique?
I've been thinking about this all week and what I've realized is this: it's hard to visualize a type of teaching other than your own.
Traditional art classes are linear - the teacher introduces a project and helps the students move through the steps more or less together. Everyone works on the same skill or technique.
TAB classrooms aren't linear- they spiral. In my practice I teach students our Apex Design Process, then support them as they use it to create.
Students move through the steps of the design process at different paces and they use it to work on their own ideas. The key is that they work through it, always learning and growing as artists.
How could work like this, this and this be produced without the opportunity to learn and develop skills?
And why are we so quick to dismiss things that are different?
TAB is teaching, and in art that means skills and techniques are developed. Teaching doesn't have to be linear to be valid and valuable.
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.