Social Engagement: High
What’s What: Schools all over the country are looking for community art school teachers. Art teachers spur students to unlock their creativity and express their thoughts, feelings and opinions through artistic means. Art teachers can instruct students of all age groups or education levels. What grades you want to teach will dictate how much education you’ll be expected to bring to the classroom.
Amava Take: What better way to share your knowledge and love of artistic creation than by passing along some tools and tips of the trade? If you’re a natural when it comes to instructing others and art is your thing, consider a job as a community art school teacher. Whether it’s acrylic on canvas or charcoal on linen, a community art teacher guides budding finger paint artists and future Van Gogh post impressionists alike.
From the Front Lines:
What kinds of candidates are you looking for to fill these jobs?
People who love kids and art and also are passionate about the field of community art education.
Any tips for first-timers to make it a productive and fulfilling experience?
Have a genuine love for what your students accomplish and be mindful that art can be deeply personal.
What’s a typical daily schedule like?
Every school is different but most art classes are 45 minutes long.
From the Trenches:
What’s the most satisfying part of the job?
Discovering that a quiet student with low self-esteem had a fabulous drawing talent. It turned around his year.
How would you describe the hard parts?
Doing without some of the latest and the greatest equipment due to insufficient funding.
What’s the best thing a student ever said to you?
“I wish it could be art class all day long.” That’s a future art teacher in the making!
Special Requirements: All art teachers must hold, at a minimum, a bachelor’s degree in a related field; graduate degrees are required to teach at the postsecondary level. Some toddler and recreation level classes may be certificate-only combined with appropriate experience.
Finding a Position: The National Guild For Community Arts Education is devoted to developing leaders, strengthening organizations, and advocating for community arts education. The National Art Education Association is a professional membership organization exclusively for visual arts educators. Depending on your education level, check your town’s department of education website for job listings. Teacher.org offers a basic overview of becoming an art teacher and compares salaries state-by-state. Art Teacher also offers some tips and resources.