Category: Professional Development

TAB Camp Northeast 2024

When: August 5 – 8, 2024
Where: Curtis Farm, Westminster MA (very close to Rt. 2)
Cost: $120.00 (VENMO @Anne-Banning) last four digits of phone 8050
What to bring: art materials of choice, optional pop-up art station or center, tent (optional), bedding, mosquito repellent, food to share, BYOB.  *Food and art supply sign-up in July
Registration is open to 20 participants. RSVP Here. RSVPs are required. 

Beautiful property includes electricity, running water, firepit, large indoor barn space for meeting and creating, refrigerator, 2 bathrooms AND a shower!, walking/hiking trails, wifi, RVs allowed

Experience the discussions, connections, camaraderie, and personal growth as a TAB / TAB-Curious practitioner through this unique UNConference-style professional development that includes rustic camping! Campfire, potlucks, art making, and large and small individual discussions will feed your TAB soul.

Sleeping Options:  Bring a tent to set up on the property OR stay at a local hotel and join us during the day/night activities (same registration fee for property rental) (barn is available for only tenters to use for sleeping IF there is a huge rainstorm)
*RV/Campers are welcome! No “hookups”, but you could use your RV as your “sleeping place”.

Monday, August 5:
AFTERNOON/EVENING – arrival, set up of tents, set up of art studio and community dinner at local restaurant. (*bonfire, weather permitting)

Tuesday, August 6:
MORNING – Light breakfast & coffee provided by participants. Discuss what the day will look like and create  UNConference agenda.
AFTERNOON: TAB Camp UNConference – Multiple sessions designed by attendees. Lunch and dinner will be food brought by attendees.
EVENING: The Night Studio. Communal art space for creating!
*If weather permits: bonfire! Discuss tomorrow’s activities

Wednesday, August 7 Options:
Day 2 of unconference style sessions; trip to local pond beach; hiking’ trip up Wachusett Mountain for picnic; all day studio/creating; or a trip to local art museum, Fitchburg Art Museum.

Thursday, August 8:  breakfast; closing session; take down tents; and pack up.

Image Courtesy the MFA, Boston

Upcoming MFA In-Person Workshops

Save the dates for two more in-person workshops at the MFA

Muslim Empires in the Age of Steam and Print

Saturday, March 2 – In partnership with Primary Source, join the MFA to explore the histories, legacies, and artistic contributions of global Muslim communities in the age of empire, steam, and print using a range of objects in the Museum’s collection. Recommended for teachers of high school students. $150 fee, and PDPs are available through Primary Source. Special pricing for public schools in Boston and Lawrence. Register and more information here

Approaches to Multimodal Engagement with Contemporary Art: Fashion and Jewelry

Thursday, May 2 – Join the MFA in person in the exhibition “Dress Up” for Approaches to Multimodal Engagement with Modern and Contemporary Art: Fashion and Jewelry. Free! Register and more information here.

All workshops are open to teachers of all grades and subjects and are free unless otherwise noted.  

Video Playlist for Educators
Screenshot of Zoom presentation depicting Mural Project mural, with inset of artist Rob Gibbs

Catch up on the MFA’s free content for educators on our MFA Educator Workshops playlist on YouTube. Find recordings of artist talks, workshops, and panel discussions relevant to your classroom.

**If you didn’t receive the MFA’s email for teachers and would like to you can sign up here.  Select K-12. This enews for teachers is typically sent out about 7 times a year. 


Later Winter/Early Spring Professional Development

MAEA is happy to share we are offering a number of different professional development offerings coming up the rest of this school year. We are offering Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) for Arts Educators February 20 – 22 online from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day. More information and the link the register can be found here. 


We are also offering monthly Hands-On Art Making sessions online. The February and March offerings have been scheduled already and will focus on stamp carving in February and working with t-shirt yarn in March. Each month the same session is scheduled for Thursday and Saturday to make it accessible for the most art educators. More information and the link to register can be found here. 

Check out our Digital Art and Media Sampler offering from March – May.  More information, including all the class dates and the link to register can be found here. 

 Check out our Art for All! which covers relevant topics for teaching special populations. More information, including all the class dates and the link to register can be found here. 

Seeking Art Teacher Facilitators for Hands-on Artmaking Workshops

The MAEA Professional Development Committee is currently seeking art teacher facilitators to lead online hands-on artmaking workshops for Spring 2024 (January – June). These 2-hour workshops are offered once to twice a month, typically one weeknight and one Saturday of the same workshop. Facilitators receive an honorarium of $60 per workshop. See the example list of topics from last spring below.

Spring 2023 Hands-On Workshop Topics:

  • Unbound Bookmaking
  • Sculpting with Model Magic
  • Dimensional Needle Felting
  • GelliArts Workshop: Explore Mono-printing with a Gelatin Plate
  • Whimsical Animal Weaving
  • Art Journals & Urban Sketching

If you are interested please email our PD Committee Chair, Margaurita Spear, at Remember, we are only as amazing as our members and we rely on your support to offer these programs.

Museum of Fine Arts Professional Development Opportunities

Art and Science: Conservation Center Open House: The MFA’s first back-in-person session for K-12 educators and college faculty is coming up next Wednesday, November 9, 4:00 pm–6:30 pm. Visit the Conservation labs to learn about the incredible work conservators do in art and science at the MFA. Visit Art and Science: Conservation Center Open House to reserve your free ticket! Online Educator Workshop – Save the Date: Wednesday January 11, 2023, 4 -5:30pm EST, in connection with the exhibition Hear Me Now: The Black Potters of Old Edgefield, South Carolina, presented through a collaboration with The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The High Museum, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. More information coming soon.

Southeastern Massachusetts PD Opportunity

Adaptive Approaches and Creative Journaling for the 21st Century Art Educator The NBAM/ArtWorks! Art educator professional development workshop is offered in collaboration with Southeastern Massachusetts Educational Collaborative.

Cost $150 Location: McCoy Recreation Center New Bedford 181 Hillman Street, New Bedford, MA, 02740 MACourse #: 2022-33 Course Info Contact: Sherri Tetrault, 508-998-5599 ex 130, Instructors: Susan Loesl, Taylor Hickey, Devin “Nived” McLaughlin

Registration deadline is October 30. Requests for withdrawals and refunds must be made prior to deadline.  All cancellations subject to a $50 administration fee.

Registration on Smart PD or email Sherri Tetrault at or call 508-9985599 ex 130.

Session I: Topic Virtual Interactive Presentation: Adaptive Art Strategies for All Learners

Art educators can be challenged to create opportunities for students with disabilities in the art room. This workshop focuses on discussing and trying adaptive tools, techniques and media as strategies to support all the learners in the artmaking process. Examples of adapted art activities will also be presented. Specific student and tweaked lesson plan questions are encouraged.

Session II: “Smash Book” Journals

Join NBAM/ArtWorks! educators Taylor Hickey and Devin ‘Nived Art’ McLaughlin as they lead you step-by-step through creating your own mixed media piano-hinge journals.This project is designed to meld the teaching styles of step by step instruction and open ended problem solving. Participants will be given all the tools to create the journal and freedom to think creatively and make a unique art piece.

This type of artful journaling captures ideas with writing, drawing, painting, or pasting memorabilia and other embellishments into your hand made book. You can use this book as a dream journal, scrapbook, poetry book, personal diary, sketch book, or lesson planner! The limit is your own imagination!

All materials will be included but please feel free to bring your own personal embellishments, clippings, or favorite art mediums to personalize your creation. Base paper stock size 9×12.

PD Survey – Deadline October 17

We want to hear from you to help determine what professional development offerings best support our members. Check your email for the survey link (  Complete the survey by October 17 and be entered to win a $25 Amazon Gift card. 

If you aren’t on our mailing list, email from your school email and we will send you the link! 

Art21 Summer PD Opportunities

Art21 has a number of virtual events coming up in August for educators. Rethinking Curriculum on August 1, ArtBreak on August 3 which includes watching Wangechi Mutu’s Art21 film & some art making, & Pay Attention on August 17. Details and direct links to register can be found below!

Art21 Virtual Teacher Workshop: Rethinking Curriculum – Aug 1

In this workshop, participants will explore the most essential elements of the courses they teach and then learn strategies to help engage students through the incorporation of big questions. Through practical examples and simple steps to try on your own, participants will learn ways to take their curriculum to the next level in an easygoing and conversational setting. Let’s break down big ideas you have for your curriculum and frame them as questions to drive student learning…. together!
In this online artmaking workshop, join us as we watch Wangechi Mutu’s Art21 film, “Between the Earth and Sky”, and consider a prompt from our new Educators’ Guide. We will then create art together during an #Art21ArtBreak. Participants are encouraged to bring whatever art materials speak to them, which can include drawing paper, pencils, markers, fabric, thread, tape, scissors, clay, paint, canvas, etc.

The act of paying attention is not casual. It’s active, intentional, and fundamental to artists and living humans alike, to anyone who seeks to experience the world, whether that means noticing sounds, sights, sensations, or even just the thoughts crossing your mind at any given moment.

In this session, two alumni of Art21 Educators will share some classroom practices to help develop the skill of noticing and paying attention in both students’ lives and in our own as artists and educators. Through detailed and challenging journaling exercises and regular image-making, we can train ourselves and others to hold on to more of our daily experiences, for the purpose of both mindfulness and mining for art. This session will incorporate strategies of list-making by Lynda Barry as well as camera-roll journaling, long-viewing exercises, and other activities in order to develop a practice of paying attention and activating our memories more regularly.

Summer Professional Development

MAEA is happy to share we will be offering two different summer professional development offerings this July and August.

The 2022 Wicked BooksmART book group will be reading: Art Making, Play, and Meaning Making by Sydney Walker. The book group will meet Wednesdays from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. from July 13 – August 17. More information and the link to register can be found here. 

We are also offering Sheltered English Instruction (SEI) for Arts Educators July 19-21 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day. More information and the link the register can be found here. 

October Watch Party Discussion

The October Watch Party Discussion theme is PD = Personal Development: Reflecting on Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion. Don’t miss this great opportunity to connect with colleagues across the state for an engaging discussion. The session will be facilitated by MAEA ED&I Director-Elect Emily Moran and MAEA Secretary Jaimee Taborda.  Find more info & register!

The MAEA Watch Party Discussion Series are ten companion discussions to the monthly NAEA webinars, facilitated by MAEA leaders, members, and selected guests who bring their unique experiences to each month’s topic. Watching the NAEA webinars is not a prerequisite, however doing so will enhance attendees’ general knowledge of the topic. For the 2021 – 2022 Watch Party series, MAEA facilitators will engage participants in open conversation, share helpful resources, and promote a supportive space for all to join in. These discussions will relate back to the theme of the NAEA webinars, but will include stand alone content so that they are not exactly the same.

The companion NAEA webinar is October 6.