This post is long overdue! The summer has been full of adventures—trips to Oregon and New Mexico to visit my children, and the third TAB Summer Teacher Institute in Boston, with 60 incredible educators from all over the US and beyond! This is a hybrid online/low residency graduate course, with a week spent in Boston during July. We are fortunate to have distinguished TAB faculty, including Nan Hathaway, from Vermont; Julie Toole, from Illinois; and Ian Sands, from North Carolina.
Our terrific hosts at Massachusetts College of Art & Design provided us with state-of-the-art facilities in the brand-new Design Media Center, including a beautiful gallery space where we exhibited student artwork from participants in the course. Our keynote speaker, Nathalie Miebach, shared her artworks and background to a rapt audience.
This year we changed the format a bit. Instead of dividing the group into experienced and new-to-TAB teachers, we designed cohorts by level. Ian worked with middle and high school teachers, Nan with middle school, and Julie with elementary. Kathy Douglas and I filled in here and there and kept everything running smoothly, along with the help of our assistant, Christine Phillips.
Unfortunately, Clyde Gaw was unable to join us due to a last-minute injury and Annie Banning kindly stepped in to run the TAB studio. We certainly had many veteran teachers in the mix, who generously shared their expertise in choice-based teaching and learning. Hot topics included artistic behaviors, quality work, curriculum planning, assessment, SLOs, studio habits, and exhibition. Plans for 2017’s TAB Summer Teacher Institute are in the works, so stay tuned!
Now we are nearing the end of September and I am enjoying retirement from K-12 teaching, and a transition to higher education. I am thrilled to be working with future art educators at Massachusetts College of Art & Design! As an instructor in the Department of Art Education, I will be co-teaching Prepracticum2 with Laura Reeder. Our intelligent, creative, and enthusiastic students are about to embark on (for many) their first experiences as teachers. They bring knowledge and compassion to the studio settings where they will teach grades 3-12 students in studio classes through MassArt’s traditional Saturday Studios program. This program is 75 years old and a cornerstone of the Art Education Department. In fact, I was a student teacher in this program over 25 years ago and remember the feelings of anticipation and excitement each Saturday when children arrived in the studios. I know this fall’s participants will have a super studio experience at Saturday Studios!