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Ceramics Instructor

EAM Teaching Artist

The Elmhurst Art Museum seeks a teaching artist or art educator 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 Ceramics curriculum geared towards youth and/or adults.

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
  • Ability to teach hand-building and wheel-throwing
  • Ability to safely and effectively operate an electric kiln (bisque and glaze firing)
  • Knowledge of content-specific techniques and general studio practices
  • A prompt and professional manner
  • Comfortable working with classrooms of youth and/or adults
  • CPR and First Aid Certification
  • Class availability begins as early as September 16, 2024


  • Provides instruction and prepares lesson plans that align with the Education Department’s curriculum initiatives.
  • Collaborate with the Manager of Education to propose age-appropriate curriculum and submit supply orders aligned with EAM education standards.
  • Facilitate hands-on instruction which engages participants with fun and creative projects
  • Prepare and organize art materials
  • Complete firing student projects in a timely manner
  • 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 outlined 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 rate: $22/hour

To Apply:

To apply, please email the following to All materials listed below are required for consideration:

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 lesson plans in jpeg or pdf format

4) At least two professional references that can attest to your work as an artist and educator

Contact Info:
Karly Vance
630-834-0202 x11
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Compensation: $22/hr
Location: Elmhurst