Art Teacher Job Description

Sample art teacher job description that is easy to adapt for your own use. A clearly articulated description of the

  • overall purpose
  • core tasks and duties
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  • skill requirements

for the art teacher job at both elementary and secondary school level.

This typical job description for art teachers covers both the elementary and secondary levels.


General Purpose

To provide learning activities appropriate to the age of the students in order to develop an interest in and ability for creative expression. To develop an understanding and appreciation of art in each student.

Main Job Duties and Responsibilities

Elementary School Art Teacher Job Description

  • Plan and prepare a program of study to meet the needs and interests of the students
  • establish and communicate clear learning objectives
  • develop age-appropriate instructional strategies to achieve the art curriculum goals
  • demonstrate and assist students to use different techniques and media to develop art works aligned to their artistic abilities
  • inform students about cultural and historical influences on art
  • provide instruction that encourages students to understand and appreciate art
  • encourage students to express their own personalities and thoughts through the creative process
  • assess and evaluate student's performance on a regular basis
  • prepare progress reports
  • provide feedback to relevant stakeholders about each student's progress
  • create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and is age-appropriate
  • set and maintain acceptable standards of classroom behavior to establish an orderly learning environment
  • show students how to properly use and care for materials, tools and equipment
  • monitor and maintain classroom inventory
  • plan and present art displays

High School Art Teacher Job Description

  • plan and prepare learning activities and guide students towards the achievement of curriculum and district objectives
  • develop a program to meet the needs, abilities and interests of students
  • Use a range of instructional techniques and media consistent with available resources and student needs and capabilities
  • expand the students' use of individual and collaborative strategies to generate concepts and ideas
  • incorporate new technologies and tools in the creative process
  • teach students how to identify elements and techniques used to create concepts
  • teach students to apply elements of design and modern principles of art
  • further the students' knowledge of visual arts and media through art theory and history
  • develop an aesthetic understanding and appreciation that allows students to make qualitative judgments about art
  • enable students to create a functional portfolio of their art works
  • plan, coordinate and prepare art displays and exhibitions for the school and community
  • assist students with effective display and presentation of their works
  • evaluate each student's performance on a continual basis
  • prepare progress reports
  • communicate with staff and parents on student's progress
  • develop and maintain effective working relationships both internal and external to the school district
  • select and maintain required inventory of materials, tools, instructional aids and equipment
  • instruct students in the proper use and maintenance of materials, equipment and tools
  • monitor proper use and storage of materials, tools and equipment to ensure good housekeeping
  • ensure the required standards of classroom management and student behavior are met
  • maintain accurate and complete records as required by law, district policy and administrative regulations

Education and Experience

  • Bachelors degree in Fine Arts or equivalent
  • State teaching certificate/licensure appropriate for grade level and subject area
  • solid working knowledge of the concepts, activities and techniques related to teaching art at the required level
  • strong foundation in classroom management
  • knowledge of the policies and procedures of the school district relevant to the tasks and responsibilities of the position

Key Competencies and Skills

  • analytical skills
  • initiative
  • communication skills
  • planning and organizing
  • patience and stress tolerance
  • adaptability
  • collaborative skills
  • innovative

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