While many teachers specialise in certain subjects they know well, it is not unusual to see supply teachers put to task on whatever topic is required of them; however, art teacher jobs are different, demanding at least a basic proficiency in a wide range of different artistic techniques and methods.
Job Type: Temporary
Location: Southwark, Greater London
Salary: £125 - £160
Posted: 15th January, 2018
These range from practical techniques — still life drawings, landscape paintings and so on — to the more abstract aspects of the subject like artistic expression, conveying emotion and interpreting the artworks of others.
Art teacher jobs can, therefore, be some of the most challenging at any level of education, but also some of the most rewarding, as you get to express your own creative side while also nurturing the natural talent of your more artistic students, and encouraging those who are not naturals to develop their skills through practice.
Castles Education recruit for art teacher roles at all levels – so if you’ve always wanted a job that allows you to express your creativity in your own way while sharing your passion with others, our art teacher vacancies are an excellent place to start looking.
Different roles will demand different basic skills, but there are certain proficiencies that are likely to be beneficial when applying for an art teacher position:
If you can appreciate the expression in an artwork by a pupil whose practical proficiency is not yet well developed and can nurture them to become more proficient at reproducing their vision on the page or canvas, then you are already in a good position to perform well in an art teaching role.
You might even find your subject is an outlet for students who are less academically minded, as in art the ‘correct’ answer to a large extent comes from within, and assessment can be more akin to rating a writer’s poetry than their spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Passion, patience and perception are all excellent qualities for a good art teacher to possess:
A good art teacher has a symbiotic relationship with their students: you will frequently need to demonstrate basic skills and use a variety of materials and media, but you must also give your students space to practise their own control of the various media and develop their own vision and expression.
Art teaching jobs often overlap with other areas of the curriculum – and of course, this is most apparent at primary level, where you may be solely responsible for delivering the entire curriculum, from art to maths, English, history and geography.
Beyond this, though at higher levels you might find your role extends beyond the strictest interpretation of art, for example, to include prop building and self-expression in drama, graphic design skills in computer classes, interpreting various different formats in media studies, and so on.
You may also be given administrative responsibilities, for example, control of a budget for art materials and other consumable supplies, and it is likely that your classes will get through a significantly larger amount of all of these, making it even more important to manage your budget effectively.
Again, it depends on what level you teach at – primary and early secondary level might mean teaching art to pupils with no interest or desire to learn, and an extremely broad range of natural talent and learned skills.
If you teach pupils older than this though, you will most likely be teaching young people with at least some interest in developing their emerging artistic talents further, and towards the upper end of the secondary school-age range, this might mean mentoring different pupils on the techniques and materials they like to work with the best.
Looking to slightly older students again, your role as a mentor will be slightly different, and you may be presented with students who are already fairly well developed as artists and need you to continue to nurture that while challenging them to evolve their skills in other areas.
And as with any teaching job, each new academic year will bring a new intake of students – potentially putting you in the same room as some of the most talented young artists of the upcoming generation.
Whatever level of art teacher job you are interested in, and whatever experience you already have, we welcome all enquiries and will do our best to let you know of any gaps in your CV that would preclude you from qualifying for the type of art teaching vacancy you are looking for.
Our website is, of course, an excellent place to start your search, with all of our latest art teacher vacancies listed online so you can easily see what’s available, and what seems to be a good match for your own interests and abilities.
If you want to speak to us about any of the vacancies you see listed or ask us about art teaching opportunities that might be available in the future, you can contact us by telephone, email or at our offices.