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Art Teacher

Overview: Teaches courses in the arts including fine and applied art, such as painting and sculpture, or design and crafts.

Art teachers in secondary schools teach students the practical skills, theory and history of each the subject. For example an art techer would create learning modules which would include subjects such as painting, drawing, printmaking, photography, sculpture and ceramics.

Art teachers in secondary schools may perform the following tasks: undertake general teaching tasks (set up and/or maintain facilities such as photographic darkrooms, kilns for ceramic work, studios and store areas, order and maintain art resources and materials within the budget allowance, demonstrate the use of a variety of art materials and tools such as oils, watercolours, palettes, brushes, pallette knives, pen, pencil, dyes, clay, fabric, canvas and paper inspire students and assist them to develop their creativity and self-expression through various art forms and media, arrange for exhibitions of student work in and out of school.

Art teachers may specialise in one or more aspects of art in their tertiary studies, e.g. history and appreciation of art, ceramics, drawing, film and video, painting, pottery, printmaking, sculpture and visual communication, as well as studying the elements of design, graphics, product design and environmental studies.

Art teachers may specialize as a private art teacher who instructs students in the practice, theory and history of art. They usually specialize in one aspect of art and teach from their own home or studio

Degree(s): A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Art & Photography Concentration 
A.A./B.A. QCC/QC Dual/Joint Liberal Arts & Sciences and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Dance Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Music Concentration 
A.S. Visual and Performing Arts: Theatre Arts Concentration 
Job Outlook: Employment of art teachers is expected to grow as fast as average through 2018. Best opportunities will be in schools in the South and West and in rural and inner city schools. Art teachers in self-enrichment programs for older adults will offer opportunities.
Education Level: Typically, a Bachelor’s Degree from a 4-year college (some are 5 years) is required to be considered for this occupation.
Additional Training/Education: All states require that public school teachers be certified for one or several related subjects. All states require a bachelor's degree and completion of an approved teacher training program with a prescribed number of subject credits and supervised practice teaching. Almost all states require teachers to be enrolled in continuing education courses for renewal of the teacher's certificate. Some states require a master's degree.
Recommended Skills:
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
Recommended Values:
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.
  • Create new ideas, programs, things, or anything else not previously developed by another person.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.

* National data collected by the Department of Labor between 2008-2012.
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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.