The Arts

Program Philosophy


Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) is a choice-based approach to art education that enables students to develop artistic habits through authentic learning experiences and responsive teaching. Choice-based art education regards students as artists and offers them real choices for responding to their own ideas and interests through the making of art. The PCS art program is heavily influenced by the TAB approach because the model supports multiple modes of learning and assessment for the diverse needs of students.


The Studio Habits of Artists

A choice-based art education focuses on process over product to make space for experimentation, innovation, and the development of a true appreciation for art making. While students are engaged in choice-based art making, they are simultaneously learning how to adopt the “Eight Studio Habits of Artists”, or the dispositions that students must practice to develop an artistic mind: Develop Craft, Engage & Persist, Envision, Express, Observe, Reflect, Stretch & Explore, and Understanding Art Worlds.