Part-time Visual Arts Instructor

The Chicago Academy for the Arts, Illinois’ premier visual and performing arts high school, seeks a part-time visual arts instructor for the 2019-2020 school year. 

The Academy’s educational model is “co-curricular”: students engage in rigorous, college-preparatory academic classes for five hours each day before immersing themselves in 3-5 hours of daily professional-level training in Dance, Media Arts, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, or Visual Arts. (Note: The Chicago Academy for the Arts is a different school than “ChiArts,” a CPS school.)

Students at The Academy are characterized by an extraordinary sense of purpose and community. Most continue with the arts after high school: alums include hit songwriters, Grammy Award winners, Broadway stars, and award-winning and critically acclaimed dancers, filmmakers, actors, visual artists, and writers. Students also pursue degrees and careers outside of the arts: many alums are working in the fields of science, mathematics, technology, business, and law.

Applicants should have a range of artistic experience and expertise to teach foundation to advanced techniques in drawing, sculpture, printmaking, and digital mediums. Applicants should also demonstrate a collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to art making and curriculum development, and incorporate traditional and contemporary practices in their teaching. This course meets nine hours a week (1:30-4:30 pm 3 times per week). 

Successful teachers at The Academy are passionate about their subject area and its pedagogy committed to ongoing communication with parents, and believers in the ethos of independent schools. 

Instructor responsibilities include: 

  • Commitment and dedication to The Academy’s mission

  • Advisement of all students and participation in student reviews, department critiques, special events and exhibitions

  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work with and maintain communication with fellow teachers, administration, and parents/guardians

  • Performing related duties as assigned 

Ideal applicants will have an MFA degree, and at least several years of teaching experience (including experience teaching at the high school level).

Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume via email to Margy Stover, Chair of the Visual Arts Department at employment@chicagoartsacademy.org. The Academy is an equal opportunity employer committed to building a culturally diverse faculty, and all qualified applicants — regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law — are strongly encouraged to apply.

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