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.

EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Art Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

$51,796 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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Median: $52K
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Art Teacher Career Path

Learn how to become an Art Teacher, what skills and education you need to succeed, and what level of pay to expect at each step on your career path.

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Leeds City CollegeLeeds City College
Art Teacher
Sep 27, 2021

“It was wonderful to work with people who really care about their job and at the same time enjoy it and have lots of fun!”

Sound ( WA)Sound ( WA)
Art Therapist
Dec 16, 2020

“I truly wanted to work there my whole career because I love the population but they make it literally impossible.”

ETS Express
Art Department
Feb 10, 2021

“There is no career growth conversations or an explanation of how to grow within the team.”

Sunny Art CentreSunny Art Centre
Art Teaching
Oct 23, 2019

“He quickly realised I am capable and 2 lessons in he went to China for a month and left me running his classes solo.”

Art Plus Studio
Art Instructor
Jul 22, 2021

“you got to have imput on the days/hours you could work and pay was decent”

Bard CollegeBard College
Dance Teacher/Choreographer
Nov 11, 2020

“Great people and a good work”

Dance Instructor
Jan 20, 2020

“There are not a lot of classes to teach (which is not uncommon in this sector).”

American United School of KuwaitAmerican United School of Kuwait
Theater Teacher
Oct 27, 2020

“Current salary reductions are really difficult.”

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Frequently asked questions about the roles and responsibilities of an art teacher

When working as an art teacher, the most common skills you will need to perform your job and for career success are Teaching Experience, English Language, First Aid, Writing, and Written Communication.

The most similar professions to art teacher are:
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  • English Teacher
  • Teacher

The most common qualifications to become an art teacher include a minimum of a Bachelor's Degree and an average of 0 - 1 years of experience not including years spent in education and/or training.