Summer Studios for Young Artists Instructor

Deadline: March 15, 2018

Position Summary:

Peninsula School of Art (PenArt), a non-profit visual arts education center in Fish Creek, WI, is seeking part-time (32 hours/week) instructors for summer children’s and teen visual arts workshops. Under the supervision of the Director of Education, Summer Studios for Young Artists Program instructors are responsible for leading, planning and implementing a visual arts workshop program that is creative, safe and developmentally appropriate for students ages 3½ to 17 years old. The Summer Studios for Young Artists Program runs for nine weeks from June 18 through August 17, 2018. Each week consists of four-day (Monday-Thursday) workshops – students are divided by age group – and a Friday morning, drop-in arts making experiences for children and families. Each week, workshops are dedicated to a specific media, from drawing to sculpture to printmaking to ceramics. Instructors are responsible for teaching age-appropriate workshops that encourage skill building, creative problem solving, and experimentation.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

– Organize, develop, implement, and coordinate visual arts lessons in keeping with the objectives, themes, and media specified in the Summer Studios for Young Artists catalog.
– Teach knowledge and skills in art through engaging demonstrations and hands-on activities.
– Ensure the safety of all students.
– Create a positive, fun, and inclusive atmosphere promoting collaborative and/or individual work.
– Lead specific age-appropriate lessons/activities.
– Be on time and ready to receive students as specified on your schedule.
– Be able to problem solve and adapt to the needs of students, modifying instruction on a case-by-case basis.
– Provide feedback to students throughout each lesson.
– Meet regularly with the Director of Education to discuss curriculum, classroom management, and studio needs.
– Manage studio inventory, including materials and tools.
– Set up studios in preparation for each workshop.
– Ensure that the space is returned as found at the end of each workshop, and all supply cabinets and spaces are clean and well organized.

Required Experience:

– Minimum of three years of work toward the completion of a degree in Fine Art or Art Education. Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art or Art Education preferred.
– Comprehensive knowledge of drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, and art history.
– Enthusiasm for working with youth and teens from a wide range of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.
– Able to handle classroom situations with fairness and patience.
– Committed, dependable, organized, flexible, competent, and have the ability to adapt.


Weekly stipend, plus complimentary housing within 5 minute walk of campus. Private bedroom and bathroom, shared living spaces with other PenArt faculty.