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Nika Gorini

Architecture Instructor for SAIC Continuing Studies Middle School Programs Summer Camp

Architecture Instructor for Continuing Studies Middle School Programs Summer Camp

SAIC: Office of Continuing Studies


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.


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.

MSP summer camps run from 9am-4pm with a one hour lunch break. They are centered around a specialized area of study and include daily visits to the Art Institute of Chicago.

Course Title: Architecture Camp

Format: In Person

Course Dates: 7/17-7/28 (60 teaching hours)

Weekly Schedule: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm (including a one hour lunch break)

Classroom Assistant: One SAIC undergraduate or graduate student

Class Capacity: 14 Students

Course Description: The buildings in which you live, attend school, even the mall where you shop, have an incredible impact on your life. In this camp, students explore their surroundings and investigate how basic human needs, desires, and behaviors influence the design of architectural spaces. Emphasis is placed on the methods architects use to develop their design ideas while examining structures, materials, and technologies exemplified in historical and contemporary architecture. Using the city of Chicago and its world-renowned architecture as subject, perspective drawing, drafting, model making, and digital software programs are introduced. Visits to the Art Institute of Chicago and walking trips/on-site sketching at historic buildings by architects Louis Sullivan and Mies van der Rohe as well as contemporary structures including Frank Gehry's Jay Pritzker Pavillion and Renzo Piano's Modern Wing of the Art Institute supplement the studio experience.


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

Develops course outline and student supply listSets tone for the class, establishes guidelines and protocols for behavior and classroom activity, and provides instruction that meets the needs of all learnersSubmits 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 meetingAdheres to all policies outlined in the Continuing Studies Instructor HandbookProvides documentation of finished and in-progress student workResponds 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 Animation or a related field is highly preferredAt least one year of experience teaching Middle School Youth Experience writing curriculum and supply listsAbility to work both independently and as part of a teamExperience working with a teaching/classroom assistant is preferred


Email Nika Gorini at ASAP but no later than March 10th, 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