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.

What responsibilities are common for Art Teacher jobs?
  • Facilitate fun, exciting, and creative art activities using a variety of techniques and media.
  • Lead a team of character artists to create stunning, high fidelity characters.
  • Implement and evaluate a course in art fundamentals.
  • Establish standards for manage how art direction and detailed feedback are given to external art vendors, and own QC of incoming assets.
  • Set the discipline's standard for artistic and technical excellence, efficiency, and performance by creating exemplary character assets that meet project goals.
  • Engage in regular conversations with artists to give performance feedback, gauge individuals' interests, and support their career aspirations/growth.
  • Directly designing and build curriculum items, including lesson, unit, and grade level materials.
  • Organize and conduct a learning situation which will enable student to acquire the development of knowledge of basic art concepts and skills, development of a performance of basic art activities through student active participation and development of an interest in art.
What are the typical qualifications for Art Teacher jobs?
  • Bachelor's Degree or higher in art, education, or computer science.
  • Advanced drawing and artistic abilities.
  • Solid leadership and critical thinking capabilities.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Suite.
EducationBachelor's Degree
Work/Life Balance
3.5 ★
Salary Range--
Career Opportunity
3.4 ★
Avg. Experience2-4 years

Art Teacher Salaries

Average Base Pay

HK$35,020 /month
Same as national average
Not including cash compensation
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HK$4K
Median: HK$35K
HK$41K
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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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Years of Experience Distribution

0 - 1
12%
2 - 4
59%
5 - 7
2%
8+
27%
Not including years spent in education and/or training

Art Teacher Insights

Read what Art Teacher professionals have to say about their job experiences and view top companies for this career.
Denver Art MuseumDenver Art Museum
Art Associate/Art Preparatory
19 Apr 2022

“Working with skilled professionals is inspiring and a great opportunity to grow my personal skillset.”

Leeds City CollegeLeeds City College
Art Teacher
27 Sept 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
16 Dec 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
10 Feb 2021

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

Denver Art MuseumDenver Art Museum
Art Associate/Art Preparatory
19 Apr 2022

“Dynamic collection and ambitious programming make working here exciting and fresh.”

The Studio Fairfield
Art Teacher
17 Feb 2022

“Everyone is nice and understanding.”

Art Plus Studio
Art Instructor
22 Jul 2021

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

University of MarylandUniversity of Maryland
Faculty Specialist
17 May 2022

“Good for balance of work and life”

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Art Teacher Interviews

Frequently asked questions about the role and responsibilities of art teachers

During the typical day of an art teacher, these professionals work with students to provide instruction in creating many types of art, like drawing, painting, photography, and ceramics. They also teach art history, manage art supplies, and come up with curricula for different grades.

Teaching art is a good career for creative individuals who enjoy working with kids. Art teachers work in a classroom setting during primary or secondary school hours. A big advantage of working as an art teacher is having summers and holidays off.

An art teacher's average salary in the U.S. is HK$35,020 per year, with a salary range of HK$4,000 to HK$41,000 per year depending on the school. As art teachers gain years of experience, they can expect their earning potential to increase.

When becoming an art teacher, keep in mind that teachers spend considerable time on their feet demonstrating, teaching, and guiding students. Additionally, they will have to spend extra time outside of school hours for grading, meetings, and parent teacher conferences.

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