What does an Art Therapist 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 Therapist Salaries

Average Base Pay

$52,141 /yr
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
See More Insights
Median: $52K
See More Insights
Glassdoor Estimated Salary

Art Therapist Career Path

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

Art Teacher
See Career Path

Art Therapist Insights

Read what Art Therapist professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
The Richardson SchoolThe Richardson School
Art Therapist
Aug 1, 2019

“Sometimes the work load was drastic in comparison to other case loads in the art therapy career path.”

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”

American United School of Kuwait
Theater Teacher
Oct 27, 2020

“Current salary reductions are really difficult.”

Art Teacher
Aug 20, 2020

“Proactive at finding work and creating opportunities.”

See More

Art Therapist Interviews

Related Careers

Language Teacher
25% skills overlap
Esl Teacher
13% skills overlap
English Teacher
25% skills overlap
50% skills overlap

Art Therapist Jobs