Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (TAB)

Engaging Learners Through Artmaking: Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (TAB)

by Katherine M. Douglas, Diane B. Jaquith


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The authors who introduced the concepts of “Teaching for Artistic Behavior” (TAB) and “choice-based art education” have completely revised and updated their original, groundbreaking bestseller that was designed to facilitate independent learning and support student choices in subject matter and media. More than ever before, teachers are held accountable for student growth and this new edition offers updated recommendations for assessments at multiple levels, the latest strategies and structures for effective instruction, and new resources and helpful tips that provide multiple perspectives and entry points for readers. The Second Edition of Engaging Learners Through Artmaking will support those who are new to choice-based authentic art education, as well as experienced teachers looking to go deeper with this curriculum. This dynamic, user-friendly resource includes sample lesson plans and demonstrations, assessment criteria, curricular mapping, room planning, photos of classroom set-ups, media exploration, and many other concrete and open-ended strategies for implementing TAB in kindergarten–grade 8.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807758915
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 03/09/2018
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 153,307
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 16.30(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Katherine M. Douglas, named Massachusetts Art Educator of the Year in 2017, and Diane B. Jaquith are co-directors of the Teaching for Artistic Behavior Summer Institute at Massachusetts College of Art and Design Graduate Institute. They are also co-founders of Teaching for Artistic Behavior, Inc., supporting teachers who practice choice-based art education.

Table of Contents

Foreword Christine Marmé Thompson xi

Acknowledgments xv

Part I Teaching for Artistic Behavior Practices

1 Defining Teaching for Artistic Behavior 3

The Three-Sentence Curriculum 4

The Spirit of Teaching for Artistic Behavior 8

2 Curriculum 9

The Three-Sentence Curriculum 10

Expanding the Three-Sentence Curriculum 12

Additional Factors for Planning Curriculum 16

Emergent Curriculum 17

What Is Your Planning Process? 18

Sidebar 2.1 How TAB Teachers Plan Curriculum 19

3 How to Structure the Class 30

Behave Like an Artist 30

Instructional Sequences 32

Sidebar 3.1 Crowe's Theory of Everything 34

Teacher Reflection 40

Sidebar 3.2 The Feedback Loop 41

4 The Learning Environment 42

Room Arrangement 42

Sidebar 4.1 Room Arrangement Considerations 43

Anatomy of a Studio Center 44

Challenges to the Learning Environment 46

Beyond the Classroom 48

Sidebar 4.2: Alternative Learning Environments 48

5 Ideas 50

Discovering Content Through Exploration 51

Demos About Ideation 52

Challenges to Ideation 54

Integration with Classroom Curricula 55

The Child Is the Artist 56

6 Quality 57

Motivation 58

Sidebar 6.1 Play/Care 59

Questions About Quality 60

The Language of Studio Thinking 63

Going Deeper with Quality 64

Sidebar 6.2 The Magical Dolphin 64

Learning About Quality Through Art Conversations 66

Sidebar 6.3 Wonderful Original Work 67

7 Assessment for TAB Art Programs 69

Purposes for Assessment 70

Sources of Assessment Information 71

Self-Assessment 75

Teacher Reflection Through Assessment 77

8 Exhibition 78

The Why and How of Exhibition 78

Further Benefits of Exhibition 81

9 Advocacy 83

Sidebar 9.1 Ten Benefits of a Choice-Based Art Program Elementary and Middle Schools 83

Advocating for TAB 84

Sidebar 9.2 Talking with Your Administrator About Choice-Based Art 85

Visibility 86

Part II Studio Centers

10 Drawing 91

The Drawing Center: Materials, Resources, and Management 92

Early Activities at the Drawing Center 93

Drawing Concepts, Conventions, and Genres 95

Going Deeper with Drawing 96

11 Painting 99

The Painting Center 99

Early Activities at the Painting Center 101

Painting Techniques 103

Going Deeper with Painting 104

12 Moving Into Three Dimensions 107

The Collage and Paper Sculpture Center 107

The 3D Design Center 109

Early Activities at the 3D Design Center 112

Sidebar 12.1 On Toilet Paper Tubes, Scotch Tape, and Strawberry Baskets 113

The Sculpture Center 116

Media for Sculpture 116

Storage and Completion of 3D Artwork 117

13 More Media Centers 118

Printmaking 118

Printmaking Centers 118

Going Deeper with Printmaking 119

Clay Center 121

Going Deeper with Clay 123

Fiber Arts Center 124

Digital Arts 127

Sidebar 13.1 Real Interactions with Media 129

14 Small and Ephemeral Centers 131

The Paper Arts Center 131

Characters 133

Architecture 135

Ephemeral Centers 135

Sidebar 14.1 Architecture Center Menu 135

15 Looking Ahead 137

Regional TAB Groups and Events 138

Appendix A Lesson Plans 141

Appendix B Assessments 151

References 159

Index 163

About the Authors 173

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