I don't run a TAB art room. However, this summer I read up about teaching for artistic behavior and found that I really like the mentality of the program and agree with many components of the model. I'm still working through the information and formulating thoughts on how TAB might work into my curriculum and program but in my quest for knowledge I joined the 'Midwest TAB-Choice Art Teachers' facebook group. I've stumbled upon many an interesting discussion and learned a lot about TAB through posts on the Facebook group page but one discussion in particular really inspired me to do things a little differently this year.
Teachers were discussing, among other things, the art process and the difference between the visual representation of the process and the visual representation of what some people would call "final" product. This lead to discussions on how teachers demonstrate the difference between the projects that end mid-process (unfinished, some would say) versus a project that was developed through to a final, exhibition ready stage (usually referred to as a WOW piece).
Smartly, teachers also shared that they use the visual of a toolbox to remind students that we are learning and collecting these skills (painting, drawing, sculpting) so we can later tap into them and use them to better express our ideas and view points as artists.
I really liked the analogy of the toolbox as well as having a map of the artistic process so I made graphics of both to refer to this year. I'm still working out how they will be used exactly, but I'm thinking of having a small area where we keep adding the skills we learn to our visual toolbox as well as a large poster of the art process so students can point out to me where they are and where they choose to stop in the process.
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Click on the files below to download the images of the artist toolbox.
Click on the image below to be taken to the download link for the art process