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Visual Art ,
submitted by
Chris Lin

Experimental Animation instructor

Job Identification:

Title: Experimental Animation Instructor

Department: Visual Arts Conservatory

Classification: Part-time instructor

General Summary:

The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts ®) develops the next generation of artistically gifted, diverse scholar artists through intensive pre-professional training in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. The school approaches the development of students through a whole-student approach and through a continuous learning environment for all staff to continuously develop their understanding of our scholar-artists. We strive to build upon, and improve our practices to make sure we are always serving all of our students to the best of our abilities.

The Chicago High School for the Arts seeks an instructor for the Experimental Animation course for the 2021-2022 school year in the Visual Arts department.

Experimental Animation (Senior Elective Art Course): 3-hour studio class to take place every Thursday from 2pm-5pm.

The Experimental Animation course is an introduction to fundamental concepts and techniques of animation with an emphasis on experimentation and discovery. Through a series of exercises and assignments we will touch on the history, theory and practice of this dynamic medium. For the purposes of this class, animation is defined as “a method in which many still images are manipulated to appear as moving images.” Students will investigate a range of analog and digital animation techniques from traditional 2D, digital 2D, flipbooks, zoetropes, stop motion, puppetry, claymation, sand animation, cutouts, drawn-on-film, rotoscoping, motion graphics, GIFs, and 3D animation. The goal for the first semester of the course will be to experiment with as many animation techniques as possible, and the goal for our second semester will be for students to create a number of short works in their own artistic voices which experiment with non-traditional narratives and forms. Throughout the course, students are encouraged to develop their curiosity and imagination, both crucial in producing personal, experimental animations. Screenings, readings, research, visitors and field trips will provide students with a greater understanding of the history and development of experimental animation and its current role in contemporary visual culture.

Job responsibilities:

Classroom and professional duties include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Classroom and professional duties include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Embrace and promote the ChiArts vision, mission, educational approach, goals, and core values
  • Prepare structured lessons that encourage and foster skill development, critical thinking, applications, and ethics.
  • Instruct conservatory level courses, serving students with various learning styles, abilities and needs.
  • Employ outstanding classroom management skills and implement the school code of conduct.
  • Regularly assess student achievement, skill mastery and career development skills.
  • Submit unit plans and lesson plans in Atlas on a timely basis
  • Manage classroom administration and record keeping including: grades, attendance records, student progress and documentation of student work.
  • Manage studio material inventory and equipment: ordering and upkeep.
  • Manage studio set up and break down of equipment and furniture.
  • Document student work for digital portfolio files.
  • Regularly communicate with students, parents and other ChiArts staff to share artistic progress, encourage positive behavior, and resolve behavioral and artistic issues.
  • Attend and participate in faculty and administrative meetings, parent conferences, open house, other school functions, and in- service professional development sessions.
  • Collaborate with the staff to develop “best practices” tailored to the unique philosophy and instructional approach of ChiArts and to the needs of its student population.
  • Collaborate with other ChiArts artistic and academic faculty and the larger arts community.
  • Perform other duties as the needs of the school and needs of the students may demand (e.g., competitions, exhibits.)
  • Work with academic staff to ensure student’s overall success at ChiArts.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities/Attributes:

  • Minimum (7) years professional experience in the visual arts field
  • Minimum (2) years previous teaching experience at a pre-professional or professional level experience working with high school students is preferred but may not be required
  • Bachelor’s degree and Illinois State Teacher Certification is preferred, but may not be required
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Strong Drawing Portfolio including several examples of observational drawing

Working Conditions:

Job Hazards: This position requires a fingerprint and background check conducted by Chicago Public Schools.

Job Tasks: Must be able to lift up to 35 lbs.

Travel Requirements: This position does not require travel as part of the job responsibilities however travel may be required to attend professional development/conferences.

Salary and Benefits:

Part-time position.

Pay will commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process

Qualified applicants should apply online at and upload the following documents:

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume
  3. Contact Information for 3-5 Professional References; do not include letters of recommendation.

Applicants who do not follow the submission directions will not be considered. Please be aware that every item listed on a resume is subject to verification, and that any offer of employment is contingent on a successful background check.

ChiArts has a commitment to diversity, inclusion, and cultural competency. Our aim is to maintain an inclusive, respectful and equitable workplace in order to most effectively achieve our mission and secure the best possible outcomes for our students.

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Contact Info:
Whitney Bradshaw
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Chicago/Humboldt Park