Artist Instructor
(multiple positions available)

Join an established community of visual artists committed to teaching!
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis and must be received by July 10, 2017.

Studio in a School seeks practicing visual artists, preferably with experience teaching young people, for part-time contractual teaching positions in public schools, early education centers (such as Head Start), and community centers throughout New York City. Artist Instructors will join a team of over 100 dedicated professionals responsible for providing high quality, sequential visual arts instruction in drawing, painting, collage, printmaking, digital media and sculpture. Artist Instructors develop unit plans, implement existing curriculum, and collaborate with classroom teachers to lead art lessons at sites throughout New York City. Artists may work in multiple programs, for a total of one to four days per week, throughout the academic school year. Artist Instructors report to the respective program’s manager. Goals, responsibilities, and duration of teaching assignments vary by program.

Approximately 85% of an Artist Instructor’s time will be spent onsite leading instruction with students and partner teachers, planning with teachers and school staff, conducting teacher-training workshops, and displaying artwork. Approximately 15% will be dedicated to writing curriculum, record keeping, documenting, reporting, assessing student and program results, communications, and ordering supplies.

New Artist Instructors are required to attend new Artist training for two to three weeks, beginning in mid-September, as well as ongoing training throughout the school year. All artists are expected to attend orientation and sharing meetings throughout the year.

Requirements for Employment as an Artist Instructor:

  • College degree in visual arts or related discipline, B.F.A. or M.F.A. preferred
  • Active professional art practice with an exhibition history
  • Interest in teaching a full range of fine arts media: painting, drawing, sculpture, collage, printmaking, 2-D graphic design, and digital media
  • Foundational skills in painting, drawing, and sculpture required
  • Demonstrated ability to teach children and/or teenagers in a school or community setting
  • Experience teaching visual arts preferred
  • Interest in inquiry-based teaching
  • Ability to collaborate and work with teachers, administrators, and parents
  • Strong interpersonal and organizational skills
  • Capacity to plan and write clear, sequenced instructional plans and reports
  • Interest in participating in additional training in pedagogy and Studio’s methodology
  • Availability to work at least two days per week—either during the school day or after school
  • Willingness to travel to sites throughout the 5 boroughs of New York City
  • Experience with early childhood, middle-school, or special needs a plus
  • Comfort integrating technology into instruction, such as facilitating class use of iPads, a plus
  • Prior to the first day of teaching, background check and fingerprinting with the New York City Department of Education will be required

To Apply: 

Please send a resume indicating your education, teaching experience, and your exhibition history. Include a cover letter telling us why you would like to work in an arts partnership program, in collaboration with teachers, serving young people in the New York City public schools. Please mention any special qualities and/or talents you have that would support your success. Please do not send images. If you are invited for a second interview, you will be asked to bring images of your work and examples of your student work.

Please email resume and letter to with “Artist Instructor” in the subject. No calls please.

Due to the very high volume of inquiries and applications, we ask that you do not call or email us after you have sent in your application. If your qualifications match our needs, we will contact you for an interview. If you are qualified but we have no opening, we will keep your resume on file for one year and will notify you if a suitable position becomes available during that time.

About Studio in a School

For 40 years, Studio in a School has collaborated with the New York City Department of Education, early childhood education centers, and other community-based organizations to bring high quality visual arts experiences to students and teachers. Studio is a not-for-profit arts organization that places professional visual artists at partner schools and sites to engage and instruct children, teenagers, classroom teachers, and families in collage, painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, 2-D graphic design and digital media. Through the Studio Institute, we offer programs for high school and college students seeking art careers, provide professional development, conduct arts education research, and share strategies with other cities. Through the New York City Schools Program and the Studio Institute, we support our mission to make the visual arts a vital part of students’ daily educational experiences.

Studio in a School seeks to hire staff reflecting the diversity of the communities we serve. All positions at Studio in a School are filled without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, HIV/AIDS status, veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law. All are encouraged to apply.