TAB= Teaching Artistic Behavior, some call it "CHOICE" based art education. It's pretty prevalent in elementary schools, but rarer as you move up to higher grades. It often involves stations where students explore different media and themes at their own pace with many different projects happening at the same time, with the teacher as facilitator. Students clean up their own materials, record their daily work, and often end sessions by sharing their results with the class.
Though "stations" would not work in my room, I have already introduced a unit where students get 12 choices to explore, and all my projects include an element of choice, (Plus connections to core content which is another discussion...)
A discussion I posed in the Facebook Art Teacher's group, and my own previous experience with my 12 choices project, has inspired me to add a bit more choice than I already do for certain units, like portraiture.
I can easily make packets of many different ways I have approached the subject over my 25 years... blind portraits, gridded ones, traditional proportions approach, portraits with expressive color and pattern, linear ones where the hair tells a story about the person, and many more. Usually I choose one approach for all and they have to personalize it with their own choices of what to include to show off who they are, but by opening it to many approaches they can explore a bit more broadly, and I can still monitor without feeling overwhelmed.
Explore Ian Sands Apex Art Choice Program Art of Apex H.S.
Below are several portrait-based projects I have done over the years...