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A Haven for Creativity: Exploration in a Choice Studio

Exploration in a Choice Studio

Amy Sery

on 10 April 2014

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A Haven for Creativity:
What is Choice-Based Art Education or TAB?
Teaching for Artistic Behavior Inc. is a grassroots organization developed by and for art teachers, and serves to promote and support choice-based art education in public and private education settings.
Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a nationally recognized choice-based art education approach to teaching art. Developed in Massachusetts classrooms over thirty five years, and through courses and research at Massachusetts College of Art, the Teaching for Artistic Behavior concept enables students to experience the work of the artist through authentic learning opportunities and responsive teaching.
Choice-based art education regards students
as artists and offers them real choices for responding to their own ideas and interests through the making of art. Choice-based art education supports multiple modes of learning and assessment for the diverse needs of students.
Exploration in a Choice Studio
Who am I?
My First School - Powder Springs ES (K-5)
Also at - Woodson Primary & Sarah Smith Primary
The Powder Springs Elementary Art Studio
An Artist
A Student
A Researcher
In this world of Art Education...
An Art Teacher
The beginning...
Began teaching with choice in my 3rd year - 08/09 school year
While working on my Master's Degree
K-5 elementary school in Cobb County, Metro Atlanta
Title I school
Had significant behavior problems within the school
So... How does it work?
In a Choice-based/TAB art room...
The students are the artists
The students become responsible for getting out and putting away their materials
The students are given independence to discover the materials
The students are motivated because they are able to work at their own pace on ideas that are important to them
Drawing from observation in their sketchbooks
Drawing resources and books
Fiber Arts
Important visual-spatial skills
Collaborative Play - Social skills!!
Observational drawing
Math & Engineering
In the future - marble runs
Recycled materials
Papier Mache
And yes... Hot glue guns!
I'm not as strong in ceramics, so this was the hardest for me
Must be very organized
Waited till year 3 to start...
A question I always get, "How many students get to go to a studio?" - As long as a class can handle it I let as many go as can fit...
My most recent classrooms
2 primary schools, 2 rooms, 2 different populations
Small classroom
Sink in the hallway
No counter space
No sink
Sharing space
Organization is key
Some things are the same...
Some modified
Menus & Labels
Artist Statements
What does your administration say?
Meredith Kaltman, Principal, @ Sarah Smith Primary
I loved coming into your classroom. The students were so engaged in the centers they didn't even notice me when I came in! They were self directed and each center had a different focus. It was very enjoyable.
The student's were fully engaged and they were responding to your questions using the academic vocabulary of your content area. The students were working in centers or stations that were differentiated by task and modality. Good job!
Dr. Susan Crim-McClendon, Principal @ Woodson Primary
Setting up your studio centers
Students write artist statements for finished artwork
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