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Art Instructor

General Art Instructor

The Elmhurst Art Museum seeks teaching artists or art educators for part-time instruction in our exciting youth and adult studio classes. This is a terrific opportunity for dynamic, high-energy applicants who are experienced in art education, visual art, or museum education. This position is contract-based with an hourly rate commensurate with experience. We currently have openings for Drawing, Pottery, Painting, Cartooning, and Printmaking with both kids/teens/adults. In your application, please specify which course you would be interested in teaching and/or provide us with details of your content area.

About EAM:
The Elmhurst Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer. Located 25 minutes from downtown Chicago by car or train, the Elmhurst Art Museum features rotating contemporary art exhibitions, a rare single-family home designed by Mies van der Rohe, and frequent educational programs. It is a destination for school groups, families, and others interested in enriching their lives through art and design.


  • Bachelor's degree in visual arts, art education, museum education, or related field
  • Prior experience working with children/teens/adults in formal or informal educational settings
  • Class availability Fall 2022: August 22-October 16, 2022
    • Each session offered this fall is 8 weeks.
  • Winter camp availability: December 26-30, 2022
    • Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm
  • Knowledge of multiple two-dimensional and three-dimensional art mediums and general studio practices
  • Knowledge of content-specific techniques and general studio practices
  • A prompt and professional manner
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Hired instructors are subject to background checks prior to the start of a session


  • Provides instruction and prepares lesson plans that align with the Education Department’s curriculum initiatives.
  • Develop age-appropriate visual arts curriculum
  • Facilitate hands-on instruction which engages participants with fun and creative projects from a variety of mediums
  • Prepare and organize art materials
  • Display a positive and respectful attitude while acting as a role model
  • Interact with students and staff in a professional and courteous manner
  • Communicate effectively and show integrity as a museum representative
  • Follow procedures and expectations as outlines by the Manager of Education and EAM Staff
  • Maintaining a positive and safe environment
  • Other duties as assigned


This position is contract-based with an hourly rate commensurate with experience. Average range: $18-$25/hour.


To apply, please email the following to by 08/05/2022:

1). A brief cover letter - specifying your content area + preferred age group (kids, teens, adults)

2). Resume/CV

3). 2 to 3 examples of relevant artwork and/or lesson plans in jpeg or pdf format

Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Elmhurst, IL