There is an inner artist within all of us. This premise forms the foundation of our curriculum. We allow the students to make real choices about the shape their learning takes and by tapping into their individual interests, we help them to cultivate their personal voice. Our students learn to be strong visual communicators and find a real passion for making art.
Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a nationally recognized approach to art education that gives students the opportunity to work more authentically as artists, making choices about their work in collaboration with teachers who are responsive to their ideas. This approach gives students the freedom to make choices about what they want to create, what they want to talk about in their work, and what medium to use—all with the goal of taking ownership of their learning. After successfully piloting this approach at Cannon School in 2015-2016, all visual arts classes in all divisions are choice-based as of the 2016-2017 school year. "The shift in our visual arts curriculum to a TAB-model has been a huge sucess," said Mr. Nate Rogers, Director of Visual Art. "We have seen student engagement skyrocket as the students are being asked to develop projects and create works of their own devising."
For additional information about how TAB is being used in Cannon's Visul Arts classes, please refer to the article Teaching for Artistic Behavior