High School Art Teacher

Help mold future Artists.

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Salary Range
$35,000 – $83,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do High School Art Teachers do?

If you enjoy art and you have the skill of teaching others, becoming a High School Art Teacher might be the right path for you. But before you dive in, realize that first and foremost a job as a High School Art Teacher requires a passion for teaching: You can use your art skills in many places, but deciding to introduce basic techniques, principles, and history to high schoolers takes a special kind of person.

Because your students are in high school and not junior high, they are most likely a bit more serious and eager about learning some true art techniques. As a High School Art Teacher, you are there to understand where their artistic level is, and help them improve that. This requires artistic talent on your end but being specialized isn’t that important; instead, you’ll want a solid understanding of multiple kinds of art, so you can expose students to many different mediums and approaches.

Creativity and expression is important in the high school years and being a facilitator of that, giving kids a safe place to be themselves, and teaching the basics to the next Picasso or Monet is what you’re going for. Plus, with summers off, you can work freelance on your own artistic endeavors.

Should I be a High School Art Teacher?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • How to become a High School Art Teacher

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