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Nika Gorini

Advanced Drawing Instructor for Middle School Programs @ SAIC Continuing Studies

Advanced Drawing Instructor for Continuing Studies Middle School Programs

SAIC: Office of Continuing Studies

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The mission of Continuing Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago is to provide an education that harnesses the transformative power of a leading art and design school, a world-renowned museum, and a vibrant city to support the development of critical thinking, rigorous investigation, and playful creativity. Serving students ages four to adult, we believe having confidence in one’s creative abilities plays a critical role in successfully meeting the unique challenges of today’s world.

ABOUT THE POSITION: SAIC’s Middle School Program (MSP) courses are designed by faculty to inspire emerging artists to explore their creative passions, develop new ideas, experiment with abandon, and build new skill sets. Each MSP course is centered around a specialized area of study, allowing students to focus their technique and concept development in one direction. At SAIC, middle school students find that they are taken seriously by their faculty members as artists and makers. The environment builds confidence and self efficacy as students work with support from their mentors to find creative inspiration, bring their ideas to life, and collaborate with a community of artistic peers.

  • Course Title: Advanced Drawing Studio: Ages 10-13
  • Format: In Person
  • Course Dates: 2/4-4/22, no class 3/11 + 4/8
  • Weekly Schedule: Saturday, 9:00-12:00
  • Teaching hours: 30
  • Course Cap: 16 students
  • Course Description: This advanced course is for students who have taken the Middle School Program Drawing Studio class or have previous drawing experience and want to explore a wide range of materials and processes to expand their work in new directions. While continuing to build on technical skills, students will focus on drawing as a tool for organizing thoughts, feelings, and sharing their ideas. Students will work with a wide range of materials including pencil, charcoal, pastel, ink, and mixed media. Digital drawing using Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator and tablets may also be used. Students visit the Art Institute of Chicago to observe and sketch from a vast collection of paintings, sculptures, and objects that are used as inspiration for studio work.


An Instructor is contracted to teach a Continuing Studies course and is responsible for the following:

  • Develops course outline and student supply list
  • Sets tone for the class, establishes guidelines and protocols for behavior and classroom activity, and provides instruction that meets the needs of all learners
  • Submits all requested materials to the appropriate administrative offices as directed, including new hire paperwork and/or contracts, course outline, student/class supply list, grades, student and course evaluations, etc.
  • Attends a Continuing Studies instructor meeting
  • Adheres to all policies outlined in the Continuing Studies Instructor Handbook
  • Provides documentation of finished and in-progress student work
  • Responds to all departmental communication in a timely fashion

Note: All Instructors are required to complete a background check. All Instructors teaching in youth programs are required to complete mandated reporter training.


  • Regular written and spoken communication with youth, classroom assistant and CS administration.*
  • Oversight over a large group of youth both in the classroom and during trips to the Art Institute of Chicago.*
  • Moving throughout the classroom in order to manage students and supplies.*
  • Maintaining classrooms and supply closets, which may include infrequent moving of furniture and heavy supplies or equipment.*


  • BFA or MFA in Painting or Drawing or a related field is highly preferred
  • At least one year of experience teaching Middle School Youth
  • Experience writing curriculum and supply lists
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience working with a teaching/classroom assistant is preferred


  • Email Nika Gorini at ASAP but no later than Friday, November 18th, with a resume/CS and images of past student work. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Contact Info:
Nika Gorini
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago, Loop