What Do Art Teachers Do?
The most important art profession of all is teaching. It’s art teachers who discover and nurture the hidden talent of the future artist, designer, or architect. Equally important, Art Teachers train the art public – building an audience for art by training people to understand and enjoy what the artist creates. What subjects you teach will depend upon where you teach. In a primary or secondary school you’ll probably be expected to teach a wide variety of subjects. Particularly if you’re the only art teacher in your school. You could teach drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, fabric design, stage design, fashion illustration, and perhaps even more.
This is not an 8 to 5 job and will require a true passion for the arts and teaching the arts. Your additional roles as an art educator is advocating for the arts and your program, by promoting and bringing awareness of the value of art in the schools to school board, the district and the community. Getting involved in the community and local organizations to build a network will pay off when you need to do fundraising for special art projects and field trips.
In Michigan, to qualify for a teaching certificate for K-12, you must earn a bachelors degree from a four-year college, student teach and pass a state licensure exam. To teach in higher education a masters degree is required. Each state has it’s own Department of Education and requirements. Each state will have a Department of Education. Visit the appropriate state’s DOE agency.
Occupations for Art Educators
- Art Teacher (Elementary /Secondary)
- College and Art School Professor
- Museum Art Education Programs
- Art Advocacy
- Art Historian
- Art Supervisor or Administrator
- Community Arts Program Director
- Slide Librarian
- Art Therapist
Michigan Salary Information
Salaries for Michigan Teachers : About 50% of Teachers in Michigan are making between $42,000 and $61,000
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