Creative Workshop instructors are hired to teach in a variety of art media and at a wide range of skill levels. Classes are scheduled during daytimes, evenings or weekends in quarterly sessions.
Instructors are expected to match the material they teach to the audience they are teaching, allowing for growth in each student's technical skills, confidence as an artist or craftsperson, and ability to make objects they are proud of. Instructors facilitate and manage engaging and safe age-appropriate learning activities for the acquisition of creative and technical skills.
As classes start at the beginning level and lead sequentially to other classes, teachers are expected to fit their instruction with other classes in the curriculum understanding that students often learn from more than one teacher. Instructors use the resources of the Memorial Art Gallery (most notably access to permanent and travelling exhibitions) to engage, inspire and keep students learning.
May supervise teaching assistants and/or volunteers during classes. May teach and oversee children ages 2.5 – 18, at all skill levels. Must be able to handle classroom management concerns as needed.
Successful candidates are working artists with previous art teaching experience, ideally in museum based art programs. MA or MFA preferred, BA or BFA in art or education expected. Instructors demonstrate effective leadership, show responsibility, clear communication skills, technical and creative knowledge. Instructors must be able to communicate effectively with students, fellow teachers and program administrators. Instructors should be able to give and take clear direction, and work well with a diverse community. Instructors should have the capacity to design, describe accurately and work with the Curriculm Director to adapt their classes into the larger curriculum. Instructors should have thorough knowledge of the processes and materials used in the classes they teach.
Must have a thorough understanding of effective and creative teaching methods appropriate for the age group. High technical mastery of the media they teach, successful record of their own professional development (showing, teaching), patience and professionalism. Must undergo a background check. Tasks:
Planning course curriculum:
Works with Curriculum Director to design course materials to fit the pace, goals, and skill level of class as described in the course brochure and matching instructor's own style and strengths.
Sets a schedule of instruction with goals consistent to the class as planned to fit into curriculum (design to fit with other classes offered, museum exhibitions, and other factors.)
Prepares in advance any materials students or office will need (i.e. material lists, handouts, audiovisual presentations.)
Helps students to articulate their goal in taking the course. Supports students in meeting those goals by achieving increasing levels of demonstrated skill and individual creativity among students.
Maintains safe contemporary practices within accordance of University regulations.
All teachers know emergency policies and procedures.
Jewelry teachers will operate kilns and equipment to safely finish student work.
Inspiring and exciting students through demonstrations, constructive individual and group critiques, encouraging students to participate in student exhibitions.
Supporting students in their own learning process, including but not limited to helping students overcome obstacles.
Keeps accurate attendance.
Participate in faculty shows and marketing efforts when possible as a model to students.
Exposes students to the technical processes and language they may need to progress in any further study.
Adhere to the schedule of the workshop by starting and finishing classes on time.
Teachers are evaluated based on observation, assessment of student evaluations, and enrollment data. All work is per session.
Teachers at the Creative Workshop have access to the University's library system, get a substantial discount at the University's health services, and enjoy other discounts where available.
Teachers at the Creative Workshop can take one class in the sessions they are teaching, free of charge. If there is something you want to take and space is available, you can take one free class in the session in which your class is running. Additional classes can be taken at half price in a session you are teaching, pending availability. Faculty discounts are available for spouses and children as well, generally these discounts are 50%. Some restrictions apply.
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