240Re: [art_education] New to the group
- Dec 8 5:22 PMWayong,
The last several years, Nevada has been desperate for
teachers. I don't know if they still are since they've
had less move-ins since 9-11.
--- Wayong@... wrote:
> hi- I'm originally from NYC. FYI, every state has__________________________________________________
> different rules & regulations. If you want to remain
> in NY, you are very lucky. Prior to moving out of
> state, I was not aware of any of my
> friends/colleagues having a full time position. A
> full time art teacher position is very rare in NYC
> (and elsewhere). You are more likely to get a
> position like that upstate. However, there are more
> opportunities for part time & contract positions.
> But if you want to slowly get into the field, this
> is a good way to go. NY, along w/NJ, Pennsylvania,
> Conneticut & much of the east coast, it is not
> required to have a degree in education nor initially
> have a certification. Board of Ed will hire you in
> lieu of you completing cert. requirements if they
> are in need. Many other private org. won't require a
> cert. or license.
> Your strong portfolio & people skills will
> definately be an asset. However, your lack of
> experience will work against you. There are many
> very qualified people vying for contract positions
> at Studio in the School, Marquis Studios, etc.
> Your options are to either volunteer doing the work
> you ideally want to do professionally, or take less
> than ideal jobs to get started. Hospital Audience
> Inc. - HAI, will sometimes hire artists with no
> prior teaching experience. However, the commute
> tends to be long to get to your contract positions,
> & most likely will be placed with adults/elderly
> until you 'prove yourself' for several years.
> Before applying for a graduate program in art ed, I
> strongly recommend getting field experience, reading
> books (although most of the art ed books, in my
> opinion are subpar technically & often suffer from
> lack of imagination), going to conferances (art ed,
> ed, special ed, creative arts therapy), and talking
> to people in the field.
> It's nice to be idealistic & all, but you may not be
> able to
> avoid 'corporation hassles' - there is a lot of
> beauocracy, red tape, internal politics, paperwork
> ESPECIALLY if you get a full time job.
> Also, working with kids and/or special needs
> populations can be very stressful & wearing. I love
> working with 'difficult' kids, but it's not for
> everybody. If you are too gentle & green or easily
> irritated, kids can pinpoint you as a target.
> With all of that, you do have a lot of options. Shop
> There are several organisations that have volunteer
> artists working with homeless kids & community
> settings. While that place may not have a paying
> position, getting yourself out there & making
> yourself known is important. Personally, I'm very
> against established professionals volunteering
> (don't ever suggest that to me, it wouldn't help my
> situation) because people assume you are not worth a
> paycheck & not professional. But for artists who are
> trying to break in, it's a different situation.
> Also, check out Earth Celebrations... they can use
> artists & teachers to develop puppets, masks,
> With any of these org, set boundaries & don't end up
> getting abused.
> Now, if you want to look for work in the Wild West,
> don't even bother. I tried 2 yrs in Colorado & I'm
> happily moving to Boston...
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