How Do I Become An Art Teacher?

Art TeacherIf you want to become an art teacher, what steps do you need to take to accomplish that goal? The path that you take to become an art teacher depends on the type of teacher that you want to be and who you plan on teaching.

The Path For Those Who Want To Teach In Public Schools

Those who wish to teach in public schools will typically need a bachelor’s degree in education as well as conform to other state certification laws. Depending on the state that you want to teach in, it may be necessary to go to graduate school and obtain an master’s degree that relates to art or art education.

What About Those Who Want to Teach Informally?

Art teachers who only want to hold public lessons at the library or at a local art studio may not need any formal education at all, according to the Concordia University. As with other creative fields, it is more important that the person teaching the lesson has an understanding of what he or she is teaching. Depending on who you are teaching or what the goal of the lesson is, it may be more important to the student that you understand the underlying theory behind what is being taught as opposed to your actual skill as an artist.

What Happens If You Want To Charge For Lessons?

Those who are interested in charging for lessons will need to be able to show what they know before acquiring clients. It may be necessary to have a portfolio of work as well as a solid educational background to convince someone to pay for a lesson or lessons. In addition, you will need an understanding of self-employment laws in your state. There is a good chance that you will have to pay self-employment taxes or register with the government if you provide lessons under an assumed name or company name.

Fire and Knife Safety Training May Be Necessary

Art teachers may need to put clay into a fire to complete the project or use a knife or other sharp object to cut clay or cut paper into smaller pieces for students to use. Therefore, it is a good idea to know and implement proper cutting techniques as well as proper fire safety techniques. If you are going to allow students to use potentially dangerous equipment on their own, make sure that they are over the age of 18, sign a waiver and are given mesh or fire retardant gloves when using the equipment.

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Those who are looking to become an art teacher may not need formal education to start teaching others. If you are thinking about a career as an art instructor, make sure that you understand art theory, have the proper certification to teach if necessary and have the necessary safety training to avoid potentially dangerous situations from occurring in your classroom.