Aug 24, 2023

Barnsdall Arts Center

Los Angeles, CA

Job Description:

The Barnsdall Arts Center (BAC) is seeking Darkroom photography Art Instructors to teach beginning to advanced photo development classes for adults and are able to commit to teaching for 2 sessions. The ideal candidates are not only knowledgeable in developing and printing negatives, but have experience and interest in teaching in a community setting.

Key responsibilities include but are not limited:

  • Design curriculum & lesson plans for 35mm development and printing
  • Supervise Darkroom Area which includes general upkeep of equipment
  • Keep stock & maintain all photochemistry supplies needed in Darkroom
  • Instruct adults in darkroom development & photo composition
  • Demonstrate different camera techniques
  • Teach students how to analyze work and build visual literacy skills through art critiques/discussions
  • Prepare student work for semi annual exhibitions


  • Friendly and engaging with students of all backgrounds
  • Vast knowledge and experience in Darkroom photography
  • Experience teaching adults & seniors (62+)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to enforce program and studio policies
  • Experience with 4×5 cameras is a huge plus
  • Able to maintain darkroom photo equipment like cameras and enlargers is a plus
  • Attending semi-quarterly teaching artist meetings
  • Able to lift up to 25 pounds


  • Bachelor’s degree or higher education and/or a minimum of two years of experience working as an art instructor in a classroom/group environment with adults and/or seniors
  • Able to work evenings and some weekends
  • Must have valid California Driver’s license with reliable form of transportation

Physical Requirement:

Must be able to stand for extended periods; sit for extended periods; climb up and down stairs; bend, stoop, and lift to move and retrieve materials; pull, push, and lift up to 25 pounds. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

In accordance with Los Angeles City Ordinance 187134, candidates must meet the minimum requirement of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or receive an exemption and report their vaccination status prior to being hired by DCA. The ordinance is available at

Weekly Schedule:
TBD within the schedule of Monday – Friday, 10 am – 9:30 pm, and/or Saturdays from 9 am – 4:30 pm

Total Hours per Week:
Teaching one to two classes per week plus compensation for class prep, meetings, trainings, and culminating events, rehearsals as needed

Salary: $33.25/hour

Session for 2024
● Winter / Spring Sessions : February ~ May. ( 6~ 8 weeks )
● Summer Session : July ~ August ( 4~6 weeks )
● Fall Session : September ~ November ( 10 weeks )

Qualified applicants should submit the followings information here by 5:30 PM on Monday, September 4
● Cover Letter
● Resume with 2-3 references
● Sample Lesson Plan/Syllabus8
● Art Portfolio (digital files or url links)

Final selection will be based on a review of the cover letter and resume, as well as an oral interview. Interviewers may also contact present and former supervisors, as well as review City Personnel files (if applicable) as part of a candidate’s evaluation.

Due to the volume of applications that we receive, we are unable to respond to phone calls and emails regarding the status of applications and the recruiting process.