What does an Art Teacher do?

Art teachers work in primary and secondary schools providing instruction on drawing, coloring, painting, and art history. They plan lessons on art and art history per learning objectives and prepare the classroom by gathering and setting up equipment, materials, and supplies. They develop students’ drawing, coloring, and painting techniques and provide instruction using media including graphite and charcoal pencils or oil, acrylic, and watercolor paints.

Art teachers demonstrate procedures and techniques to students and teach art history instruction. Art teachers assign and grade projects and examinations and record and report on student progress. They must ensure the classroom is clean after each lesson, and they monitor inventory and source new supplies as needed. Art teachers attend faculty and parent-teacher meetings and strive to improve and enhance the department. Art teachers need a bachelor's degree in fine arts with teaching qualifications or an equivalent.

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Average Years of Experience

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
59%
5 - 7
2%
8+
27%

Common Skill Sets

Teaching Experience
English Language
First Aid
Writing
Written Communication
CPR
Enthusiasm
Willingness to LEARN

Art Teacher Seniority Levels

L2
Art Teacher
$51,008/yr
L3
Language Teacher
10% made the transition
Esl Teacher
9% made the transition
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Art Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$51,008 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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$34K
Median: $51K
$76K
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