Elementary School: Arts in Action Program

 Position Title:  Art Instructor

 Status: Part-time; 2 hour session after-school, one day per week for 12 weeks

Start Date: End of January

 Stipend: $1,000


 Experience teaching art to youth, preferably elementary school age; prepared, age-appropriate curriculum in-line with OP Art Program Standards (see below); experience in low-income communities a plus.

 About Operation Progress:

 The mission of Operation Progress is to empower underserved youth to become educated, capable, ethical and productive people who will in turn lead, mentor and contribute to society at large. To do this, we guarantee our commitment to supporting students from kindergarten with the help of high school and beyond through our comprehensive program called Ten Pillars of Success. 



 Art teacher will lead weekly art classes for Operation Progress youth participants in elementary school. To fortify their education, field trips will be organized to art museums where scholars can see firsthand the impact that art can have. 


Curriculum should:

·      Expose scholars to art techniques, methods, and creating art as a form of self-expression.

·      Teach students new motor skills when drawing, painting, and using their hands to create art.

·      Teach students a new set of vocabulary, as well as draw on their current vocabulary when learning about different colors, shapes, and images.

·      Teach students to identify various art forms and techniques, and describe their differences. The students will follow directions, and will have the platform to invent using their art tools.

Outcome: Students are given the opportunity to express themselves in a positive, creative way.


OP Elementary School Art Program Standards


Elementary Content Standards:

·      Emphasize lines, color, shape/form. Texture, and space.

·      Demonstrate beginning skill in the use of basic tools and art-making processes. Such as printing, crayon rubbings, collage and stencils.

·      Demonstrate beginning skill n the use of art media, such as oil pastels, watercolors, and tempera.

·      Depict the illusion of depth (space) in a work of art, using overlapping shapes, relative size, and placement within the picture.

·      Create a painting or drawing, using warm or cool colors expressively.

·      Use bilateral or radial symmetry to create visual balance.

·      Compare ideas expressed through their own works of art with ideas expressed in the work of others.

·      Use the vocabulary of art to talk about what they wanted to do in their own works of art and how they succeeded.

·      Use appropriate vocabulary of art to describe the successful use of an element of art in a work of art.

·      Use placement, overlapping, and size differences to show opposites (e.g., up/down, in/out, over/under, together/apart, fast/slow, stop/go).

·      Describe how artists use tints and shades in painting.

·      Identify and describe elements of art in works of art, emphasizing line, color, shape/form, texture, space, and value.

·      Explore ideas for art in a personal sketchbook.

·      Paint or draw a landscape, seascape, or cityscape that shows the illusion of space.

·      Write about a work of art that reflects a student's own cultural background.

·      Describe how artists (e.g., architects, book illustrators, muralists, industrial designers) have affected people's lives.

·      Use one-point perspective to create the illusion of space.

 Please send resume and brief cover letter to:

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