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Guest Teaching Artist – Visual Arts

Chicago Opera Theater (COT) is seeking experienced Guest Teaching Artist(s) in the digital visual arts to work in our Opera for All education program in partnership with CPS elementary, middle, and high schools.

Responsibilities would include:

  • Attend one planning session with Education Manager Veronica Chamberlain
  • Lead / Co-teach one virtual class session (via Google Meets / Zoom) with each assigned classroom
  • Create Digital Backdrops and Character Renderings for each class assigned classroom
  • Create and share files (within 1 week of the final session) for all works
  • Allow COT to OFA materials and your likeness in promotional materials

Program Background:

Opera for All (OFA) is COT’s flagship education program, serving CPS students in 2nd through 9th grade. The program spans a full school year from September through June, with class session per week (45 minutes-1 hour weekly). The mission of OFA is to expand the tradition of opera as a living art form by engaging students through music and storytelling, while immersing them in their own creative process. We abide by the Four C’s of Education at COT:

  1. Instill CREATIVITY through participation in the creative process
  2. Promote COLLABORATION among students
  3. Build CONFIDENCE through creating, producing, and performing original work
  4. Enhance COMPREHENSION and understanding of the arts and more specifically, opera

Opera for All inspires students to understand and appreciate art by providing opportunities to actively participate in the creative process, both in production and performance.

Job Overview and Requirements:

Guest Teaching Artists (visual artist) will work virtually in CPS classrooms (via Google Classroom / Google Meets) with professional COT Teaching Artists and CPS partner teachers. They will work directly with CPS students through the creative process of designing virtual backdrops and character renderings for their classroom opera to be performed at the end of the school year.

Candidates must hold a Bachelor’s degree and have at least 1 year of experience teaching art to K-12 students in a classroom or after school setting. Candidates must have expertise in creating lesson plans and teaching art projects. Candidates should also have strong organizational and classroom-management skills and be available for work during the school day. Candidates must be excellent collaborators and value the input of the student voice.

Please submit a resume and cover letter in a single Word or PDF document saved as your first and last name. Please include your daytime work availability beginning in March through May.

Start Date: March 2021

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, COT welcomes applications from all candidates and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, gender identity/expression, disability, religion age, sexual orientation, veteran status, marital status, creed, status with regard public assistance, or socioeconomic class.

Experience: Teaching art: 1 year (Required)

Education: Bachelor's (Required)

Contact Info:
Veronica Chamberlain
Job Type: Freelance/Contract/Temp
Location: Chicago