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The Indianapolis Art Center is looking for a multidisciplinary artist to become an instructor in their glass studio. They have comprehensive class offerings, and the ideal candidate would have experience with offhand glassblowing and flame working. Knowledge of fusing and stained glass is a plus. They are looking for someone who is a team player, steward of a productive studio, and motivated to be part of a creative community.
The Indianapolis Art Center promotes life-long learning through hands-on art classes and activities. These programs serve a wide variety of ages, audiences and skill levels of students. An Instructor teaches various educational programs offered by the Art Center, on- and/or off-site from the Art Center. Instructors promote and nurture the education of students by planning and tailoring courses of study; providing a safe, supportive, and positive environment conducive to learning; and keeping students informed about various Art Center efforts and other opportunities. Instructors must be friendly and enthusiastic ambassadors of the Indianapolis Art Center’s mission and provide exemplary customer service to our students and patrons.
Essential Job Functions:
Prepare course material within specified timelines and budget
Develop class lesson plans that focus on art making, art history, aesthetics, and criticism
Research information about the art, artists, and cultures to be presented in class as necessary
Prepare art examples as necessary
Tailor courses of study by developing modifications for special needs, various levels of ability, and prior student experience
Use time efficiently
Teach students utilizing best practices from both the Art Center and artistic judgement
Implement lessons through a variety of techniques including, but not limited to, discussions, projects, exhibits, visual aids, and critiques
Maintain a safe, secure and healthy educational environment by establishing classroom behavior expectations with consistent enforcement, communicating safety information and procedures to students, and following all Art Center policies and procedures
Ensure accurate documentation of class outcomes by taking attendance, facilitating student surveying, and completing requested documentation.
For youth and teen programming, maintain positive interactions with parents and guardians of students, including communicating with them about their child’s achievements or struggles
Manage materials in an effective and sustainable manner
Ensure adequate and appropriate materials, supplies, tools and equipment expectations to encourage students’ full participation
Clean equipment and studio space, and store all materials at the end of each class session
Instructors teaching off-site are required to transport art materials, tools, equipment, and/or student artwork to and from the Art Center and program location(s)
Collect and prepare artwork for exhibition as necessary
Be an Engaged Team member to promote personal growth and development of best practices in the Education Department
Attend meetings, trainings and key program events as determined by program staff
Respond to emails and requests in a timely manner
For off-site programs, maintain positive interactions and relationships with partner agency staff
Maintain positive interactions in promotion and retention of Art Center programs and activities
Actively engage in regular classroom observation and annual review processes
Competency Requirements (Knowledge, Skills and Abilities):
Possesses the proficiency (either through education and/or experience) to engage students of all abilities, teach concepts for the specific courses taught, and inspire students’ growth and creativity
Time management, organizational and planning skills
Flexibility, resourcefulness, and problem-solving skills as related to effective instruction
Education and Experience:
A combination of education, training and experience equivalent to an undergraduate degree in art or art education
Experience working with diverse and underserved audiences desired; required for Outreach instructors
Classroom/behavior management experience desired; required for all Outreach, youth and art camp instructors
Experience working with youth is required for all Outreach, youth, and art camp instructors
CPR certification is required for all Outreach, youth and art camp instructors prior to teaching first class session. Note, in some cases the Art Center may be able to provide and/or reimburse for certification training.
Art professional experience. A personal art portfolio may be requested.
Physical Requirements and Working Conditions:
Instructors are required to travel to and from the Art Center campus and/or various locations in the city.
Occasionally required to lift heavy objects up to 50 lbs.
Perform physical tasks related to the medium being taught.
Instructors must pass a criminal background check prior to employment.
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