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Nika Gorini

Instructor for SAIC Continuing Studies Children’s Workshop Program


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 is seeking teachers to co-run our Children’s Multi-Arts Camps. Combining creativity with fun, SAIC's Multi-Arts Camps offer exciting projects and include daily visits to the Art Institute of Chicago museum. Kids learn to discover, explore, and imagine in their own unique ways, experimenting with a variety of art materials and methods that encourage the development of creative thinking and problem-solving skills.

Camps are split into 4 & 5 year-olds, 6 & 7 year-olds and 8 & 9 year-olds. All camps are co-taught. We are currently hiring for all age groups and all sessions.


  • Session 1: 6/27-7/1 (30 teaching hours)
  • Session 2: 7/11-7/15 (30 teaching hours)
  • Session 3: 7/18-7/29 (60 teaching hours)
  • Session 4: 8/1-8/12 (60 teaching hours)

Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00-4:00 with a one-hour lunch break at 12:00.

Course Descriptions:

Children’s Multi-Arts Camp: Ages 4-5

Children’s Multi-Arts Camp: Ages 6-7

Children’s Multi-Arts Camp: Ages 8-9

*You do not need to be available for all sessions. If you are only available for one of two sessions, please do not hesitate to apply.


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

Develops course outline and student supply list along with a co-teacher

Sets tone for the class, establishes guidelines and protocols for behavior and classroom activity, and provides instruction that meets the needs of all learners

Submits 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 meeting

Adheres to all policies outlined in the Continuing Studies Instructor Handbook

Provides documentation of finished and in-progress student work

Responds 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.


At least one year of experience teaching elementary or preschool-aged youth

BFA or MFA in an arts-related field is highly preferred

Experience writing curriculum and supply lists

Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

Experience working with a teaching/classroom assistant is preferred


Email Nika Gorini at ASAP but no later than Monday, April 11th, 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, SAIC