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Contract Teaching Artist: Art Rewards The Student, A.R.T.S. Program (seasonal, part-time)
Reports to: Director of Education and Public Programs
A.R.T.S. Teaching Artists are responsible for developing lesson plans and providing instruction in 5-8 Sonoma elementary school classrooms at the 4th- and 5th-grade levels. Teaching artists also attend meetings with Museum staff, participate in and occasionally lead professional development workshops, and assist with the installation of the annual A.R.T.S. exhibition at S.V.M.A.
- Participate in all A.R.T.S. planning meetings (2-3) and training workshops (1-2)
- Develop lesson plans for each classroom project that conform to the California State Visual Art Content Standards
- Submits lesson plans in writing to the Museum’s education department.
- Provide 4-8 hours of art instruction in each of your assigned 4th- and 5th-grade classrooms. Teaching artists can have anywhere from 1-4 assignments, totaling 8 to 24 hours of classroom time.
- Participate in your assigned classrooms’ Museum visits, often by conducting an art lesson in the Museum’s studio classroom.
- Complete written evaluation for each assigned classroom
- Assist with installation and de-installation of A.R.T.S. exhibition at SVMA, in April 2014.
- Posses at least 3 years teaching art in an elementary classroom setting; comfortable working with 30+ students at one time.
- Proficient with a variety of art media and techniques that are appropriate for 4th- and 5th-grade students. Basic knowledge of (western) art history a plus.
- Must enjoy working with children (experience with ages 9-12 desired) and adults
- Attention to detail and meeting deadlines. Excellent organizational skills/personable communication (+ phone and email) with classroom teachers, school principals, museum staff and fellow teaching artists.
- Ability to be flexible and patient, especially with scheduling classroom time.
- On occasion, assist fellow teaching artists when needed.
- Bilingual in English and Spanish a huge plus, but not required.
- Teaching artists are paid an honorarium of $450–$600 per classroom assignment, which presumes a total of 6–8 hours of class instruction, an estimated 10-12 hours of additional time developing lesson plans, class prep and clean-up; and 8-10 hours throughout the school year participating in meetings and professional development workshops, completing evaluations, and assisting with the installation and take down of the student exhibition.
- Each classroom has a materials budget of $200.
Duration and Key A.R.T.S. Program Dates:
- October–November, 2013: Planning and scheduling for A.R.T.S. participation
- Mid December: Class and Museum Visit schedules submitted to SVMA
- January, 2014–April, 2014: A.R.T.S. runs in elementary schools in Sonoma Valley
- Jan–April 2014: School visits to the Museum in conjunction with A.R.T.S.
- Mid April 2014: Install A.R.T.S. exhibition and opening reception for exhibition
- Late April 2014: Take down exhibition.
Initiated in 2000, A.R.T.S. is the Museum's longest-running education program that places teaching artists in 4th- and 5th-grade classrooms throughout Sonoma Valley at no cost to the schools, serving approximately 750-800 students. Art lessons and current SVMA exhibition themes are integrated with the California visual arts content standards and offer tie-ins to classroom curriculum. In addition to the work in their classrooms, students also make visits to the Museum, engaging in highly interactive gallery tours as well as work on their art projects in the studio classroom. In the spring, SVMA presents a major exhibition of student work.
A.R.T.S. 2014 Theme: SENSE OF PLACE
Related exhibition: The California Architecture of Aidlin Darling Architects: From Abstraction to Reality
Architecture intervenes with and engages our senses, connects us to place, evokes memory and opens us up to new possibilities. This exhibition explores that potential through the work of San Francisco-based firm, Aidlin Darling Design and will illustrate the firms’ processes and show many of the steps towards the end results, as well as photographs and models of the projects.
A.R.T.S. concepts in development include: mapping, space planning, 2-d vs. 3-d, visualization, perspective, proportion & scale, design in response to specific people/places/uses, real & imagined.
Email a resume and cover letter to Margie Maynard, Director of Education and Public Programs, at email@example.com No phone calls, please.