Employment with Community Education

The Watkins Community Education program hires exceptional practicing artists to teach courses that encourage creative thinking through instruction in a variety of visual arts media. Teaching artists guide students through a process of skill development (principles, basic concepts, specific vocabulary, and latest working techniques of the medium) and individual discovery marked by inquiry and exploration. Teaching artists create a rigorous but supportive learning environment where students can take risks and engage in creative challenges that deepen their practice and further their professional development. Community Education classes typically include demonstrations, critical reflection, references to the work of both historical and contemporary artists, and hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art studios. Individual attention and small class sizes (5-15 students) encourage participation and dialogue. If you feel this description fits who you are as a teaching artist, we would love to add you to our team.

Approximately four to five months before the start of a term (spring, summer, or fall), we will post a call for course proposals and corresponding course proposal forms to be completed by interested instructors. Only those who complete the appropriate forms and submit requested supplementary materials by the marked deadline will be considered to teach courses. If you have questions about the forms, please contact the Director of Community Education at community@watkins.edu.

The following materials are necessary to be considered:

  • Professional resume.
  • Images — three to five examples of your work as an artist and/or images of class projects.
  • References — required only of new teaching artists.
  • Syllabus – your proposed course and its plan of study.
  • Supply lists — This should include supplies you would like us to provide and the supplies students should collect in advance.
  • Handouts — If you already know what documents you’d like to give to students, send them to us. If you and your course are selected for our Community Education program, we will have them printed for your classes.