• Young artist creating

    To see the most current work please visit the
    L.A. Nelson Art Room facebook page.
    I am super excited to be piloting a new concept in art instruction. For part of the year our 2-5 grade students will be practitioners in the philosophy of Teaching for Artistic Behaviors. They will be the ARTISTS and I will facilitate their exploration.

    What do artists do? What are artistic behaviors?

    • seek inspiration in their daily lives
    • are observant and open to new ideas
    • practice skills and techniques for artmaking
    • experiment and explore a variety of media
    • PLAY – with ideas, materials, tools, conventions
    • stretch and explore
    • discover new ways to work and develop their own creative process
    • are interested in other artists and the art world
    • reflect on their own work and the work of other artists

    Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a concept for providing learners with personally meaningful, authentic art education. By asking (and answering) the question “what do artists do?” students explore art and the art world through the eyes, hands, hearts and minds of artists.


    In our studio-classroom, students are introduced to the tools, materials, techniques  and styles of artists, through brief, whole-group lessons. Later, lessons are targeted to the observed needs and interests of students and provide differentiated learning opportunities for our diverse student body. Lessons are kept short to maximize studio-time and allow students to delve deeply into their artwork. Time is set aside for evaluation and assessment through a variety of formats including; group sharing times, written artist statements, self and peer evaluation, and the selection and preparation of artwork for display.


    Working as do artists in a community studio, students assume the role of artists, exploring their own ideas, interests and passions. Creative play, discovery-learning, whole group, small group and individual instruction, research, and practice are valued methods used by artists in the making of art and by learners in a TAB studio-classroom.


    Standards-based and media-rich, TAB classrooms are student-directed, constructivist learning environments providing rich, authentic art experiences for learners at all levels and abilities. This practice capitalizes on emergent curriculum  - instruction initiated by students’ knowledge , interests or questions, providing “just in time, rather than just in case” learning opportunities, prescribed for 21st Century Learners (Partnership for 21st Century Skills: http://www.p21.org/).


Last Modified on October 12, 2017