Career Research Project

Necessary Job Skills:

  • Knowledge of art history and different art genres in order to teach a range of art styles.
  • Ability to communicate concrete and abstract concepts to students
  • Ability to spot and cultivate creativity

Educational Requirements

          Art teachers who instruct at a community setting may not need to have any formal education in the field and are required instead to demonstrate their understanding of various art mediums, their own talent to create and their ability to teach skills to others. Art teachers who serve at a college or university setting typically hold a graduate degree of some type, usually a Master of Fine Arts. Art teachers at public and private schools serving students from kindergarten through grade 12 usually have a bachelor's degree in art or fine arts with an emphasis in education. Professional artists may be able to substitute extensive experience for a degree, but still may be required to complete some education training that may include classes such as child psychology, teaching methods, classroom management and the foundations of education. Art teachers must hold a state license to teach at public schools. SOURCE:

Knox College

A small, 4-year, private liberal arts college. This coed college is located in a large town in a rural setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers bachelor's degrees. Knox has  a 11:1 student faculty ratio and 79% graduate within 6 years.

Words to Live By

The will to win means nothing without the will to prepare

--Juma Ikangaa

Art is the only way to run away without leaving home

--Twyla Tharp

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

--Chinese Proverb

Role Model

        One of my biggest role models in life is MY high school art teacher, Logan Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton has inspired me in almost too many ways to count. Not only has he taught me more than I could ask for, but he has fueled my passion for arts that I didn't even know existed before I met him. So far, I've only had the chance to be in two of his classes since I've been in high school; Intro to art and Ceramics. I took Ceramics on a total whim, not expecting to enjoy it much at all. I was wrong. Mr. Hamilton was always there to help if I needed and he helped me realized how much I love to work with clay. In intro as well, Mr. H. introduced me to multitudes of different techniques and types of art.

        Mr. Hamilton didn't only teach me how much I love art though. He taught me, without even knowing it, that life isn't about money and possessions. He taught me to be happy with what I have and not upset about what I don't. Life, to me, is about doing something you love and sharing that with others. So what if I don't  make much money as a high school teacher? I would rather do the same thing to others that Mr. H. did to me than have all the money in the world. Earlier this year in ceramics class, I couldn't help but notice how happy Mr. Hamilton is all the time. The reason why is because he loves what he does, not because of his paycheck. Honestly, if I could you exactly where I want to be in 10-15 years, It'd be exactly where Mr. H. is now. Every day  I realize more and more how big of a Role Model he is in my life and it's awesome how much he influences me.

Why Be An Art Teacher?

     It turns out, there are actually tons of awesome reason to be not only an art teacher, but any type of teacher in general. The article, "Benefits of Being a Teacher" by Kate Halstead describes the top ten reasons why being a teacher is such an awesome job. Among these reasons are good pay, great hours, lots of vacation, job security, synchronization of schedules with kids, and many others. Contrary to popular belief,  "public teachers are actually paid about 11 percent more than the average professional worker. Teaching careers also offer opportunities for advancement and increased pay over time. Teacher salaries are actually higher than you'd think" (Halstead, 1).

Halstead, Kate. "Benefits of a Being a Teacher." AllEducationSchools. All Star        Directories, June 2012. Web. 23 May 2014. <>.

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