The Importance of Creativity

Creativity can begin in the art room, yet it also leads students to success in all subjects. It leads students to
become successful citizens even after they leave school. Art leads students to find their own
creative voice through imaginative ideas, self-expression, and autonomy.

As their art teacher, I realized when I gave them a teacher-designed art
problem, they were creating using my ideas and my creativity, instead of
their own. I knew this needed to change in order to foster creativity in
my classroom. This led me to discover Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB).

Teaching for Artistic Behavior

This is a style of choice-based art education that focuses on the students, their interests, and their ideas. Students are viewed as authentic artists, and groups of materials are madeavailable and introduced to the students one by one (Douglas &Jaquith, 2009). As their TAB educator, I act as a guide and mentor to students as they problem-solve and explore. I challenge students to add more meaning to their work, and incorporate personal experiences. I also serve as their resident artist and specialist by determining the appropriate standards and content to introduce next. This helps students determine the most effective materials or methods to make their ideas come to life.

The typical outline for a TAB class period looks what is below, yet it varies depending on the grade level and time we have:

1. Beginning: 5-10 minute teacher demonstration.Can cover: art history connections, new materials/techniques, studio habits, etc. This builds on what the students experienced last class and is informed by what I observe students need.

2. Studio time: The majority of class is work time for the students to develop personal interests and ideas into art form. I challenge them to think like artists through miniconferences and one-on-one lessons during this time.

3. Closing Reflection: The last 5 minutes of class. Students share and discuss their work and what they have learned as
a whole group, in small groups, or individually. We also stop periodically thoughout class to share as we find this to be a beneficial practice for developing upon our existing work.

How can you support your child's creativity?

TAB at every level guides children to think like artists. They becoming critical thinkers by implementing and
working through their own ideas. When you look at their artwork with them, help them think about their process and
reflect on the meaning behind their work. Ask them to explain how their artwork connects to them, their interests,
an experience, or an idea they wanted to express.

You may ask:
⇒ What was your idea? or What did you envision?
⇒ What did you want your artwork to show or express?
⇒ What was hard about this for you?
⇒ What did you like best about this process?

References

Donley, S. K. (1987). Drawing development in children. Retrieved from
http://www.learningdesign.com/Portfolio/DrawDev/kiddrawing.html
Douglas, K. M. & Jaquith, D. B. (2009). Engaging learners through artmaking: Choice-based
art education in the classroom. New York, NY: Teachers College Press.
Hetland, L, Winner, E., Veenema, S. & Sheridan, K. (2007). Studio thinking: the real benefits
of visual arts education. New York: Teachers College Press.
Teaching for Artistic Behavior. (2016). Home. Retrieved from
http://teachingforartisticbehavior.org/

Check out
teachingforartisticbehavior.org
or contact Mrs. Fernandez at jfernandez@mtoliveboe.org for
more info or with any questions!



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