Are you mad for art of any type? Do you spend your days drawing, sketching and painting? Or are you more of a hands-on artist: molding and shaping materials to create appealing yet functional works of art?

Is it your greatest desire to communicate your passion for art by teaching other aspiring artists on how to draw, paint or sculpt?

If you simply can't imagine your life without painting or holding charcoal in your hand all day long, you might have already toyed with the idea of offering painting or drawing workshops.

Especially in these lean times, you may have thought of making your education in art pay for itself by giving lessons.

There are, of course, many ways to do so.

You may seek out an art teaching post in a school - primary, secondary or higher might be your choice. You might also give private lessons, independent of any institution.

Some artists earn their livelihood through a combination of both situations: teaching art during the day and tutoring in the discipline evenings and weekends.

The times are hard after all, and the whole starving artist stereotype is decidedly unattractive to most.

Even after retirement from teaching, dedicated art teachers have a hard time letting go of the brush: for many, tutoring jobs make for satisfying alternative jobs for ex teachers.

If your thoughts have revolved around how to make your particular brand of art profitable, have we got some news for you!

Take a look at this table; it shows the required qualifications for teaching art at all levels, including independently, as a tutor. You might be pleasantly surprised to find that not all teaching situations require high degrees!

Qualifications for: Tutor Primary school Teacher Secondary School Teacher Beyond Secondary Level
DBS advised necessary necessary ---
Teaching Experience advised necessary necessary necessary
Portfolio advised advised advised advised
Bachelor Degree optional necessary necessary ---
Master's Degree optional optional necessary ---
Doctorate optional optional optional necessary

From that overview, your SuperProf now goes in depth about everything you need to teach students who share your passion and desire to create works of art.

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How To Teach Art: What Qualifications Do You Need?

That being said, there are a few caveats:

  • You should have at least some academic knowledge of your subject matter, as well as practical experience
  • The general rule of thumb is that the tutor should be at least one year more advanced in skill and learning than their pupil.

To give private lessons in drawing, watercolor, portraiture, life drawings or still life with no degree is one thing. Your experience, however... your ability to render a subject: that is what matters!

In the film Billy Elliott, the dance teacher taught her classes with a lit cigarette in hand. Didn't that make you wonder about her ability to leap, pirouette and execute vigorous dance steps?

Perhaps because the village was impoverished and there were few enrichment activities available, that dance teacher was able to maintain her credibility. Besides, it was a different era!

These days, you would have a difficult time earning the trust of your students if you could not wield a paintbrush with any skill.

You may think that lining your studio walls with artwork you created would be sufficient to establish your artistic credentials but some people might believe those renderings had been painted by someone else... especially if, in class, you never pick up a pencil or brush! 

That is why, although you are not required to have formal education in creating art, it is best to earn your credentials.

You don't have to wear a beret to be an art teachrer!
There are few requirements to tutoring in art; even the beret is optional! Source: Pixabay Credit: mnievesmc

What Can You Teach?

Billing yourself as an art teacher does not compel you to know everything about every branch of art. For example, if your medium is photography, no one would want you to teach them how to sculpt.

However, there are some shady areas between the media and nothing wrong with exploiting them.

Let's say your medium is watercolors. You could give private lessons in watercolor painting to help your students to progress, even if their medium is oils, acrylics, or gouache.

Selecting the right brush is critical to painting with watercolors and the longer bristles make painting a challenge. Student painters could learn brush control, selection and maintenance from you, as well as mixing colors.

Giving drawing lessons can help you pass on your knowledge and help students to master artistic techniques such as hatching, shading, rendering...drawing basic shapes, learning to draw people or more complicated techniques such as portrait drawing or still life drawing.

By demonstrating through your accomplishments and explaining drawing techniques or basic painting concepts to your students, you will find and impart confidence, in yourself and to your students.

All of that sounds great, but you have to have the opportunity to do it!

You may entice students to lessons, in your home or theirs, by offering a free introductory session - in oil painting, watercolors, sketching, collage, oil pastels, whatever your medium is.

Superprof has a battery of tips to help you find students for your art lessons!

Besides your artistic talent and gift for imparting knowledge, your personality and teaching style are sure to win your students over!

Your participation in associations or artistic projects wouldn't hurt, either.

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Becoming An Art Tutor With Superprof

Every Superprof art teacher (or tutor of any other subject!) is provided a page where they create a detailed overview of their education and experience, explain what they have to offer and even show artistic realizations.

Admittedly, the best tutors have some demonstrable type of formal education in artistic disciplines; at least one of the following:

  • A high school diploma in literature with an option arts
  • A Fine Arts School training
  • A preparatory school certificate denoting entrance to top art schools
  • A two-year technical degree in visual creation
  • A Master's Degree in Art
  • Some may even have a teaching certificate!
  • Passion and the experience of drawing or painting practice.

To reiterate: no art degree is required to give independent art courses or tutor in art. However, you should have some declaration of your teaching ability and activity.

Also, most important: you shouldn't forget to register as an independent teacher with HMRC!

It's true: even independent teachers have to follow the rules.

In the next section, we'll discuss ways to earn those credentials that could make your tutoring business so very lucrative!

What status do you need to choose to give drawing classes?

What Courses Are There To Prepare You To Teach Drawing?

To teach drawing, offer painting classes, organize workshops for drawing or watercolor; it's better to have a well-furnished CV.

Rembrandt, Kahlo, Gentileschi... all great names in the art world who were apprenticed to prominent artists of their time but never had any formal education in art as a field of study.

That was then; this is now.

To make it as an artist or art teacher today, it's not enough to have talent. An almost military preparation is needed to withstand the rigorous entrance examinations administered by every reputable art school.

To pass assessments and gain entrance to these art schools, it's recommended you follow an artistic program.

This experience alone can add value to the profile you establish to advertise private lessons in drawing and painting, artistic techniques, or even tutoring other art school hopefuls for their preparation of applied arts entrance examinations!

Furthermore, such a preparatory school will give you all the necessary knowledge to land you a place in an artistic study program and help get your portfolio ready for your entrance interview to whichever art school you apply to.

These programmes are very structured and specifically target entrance criteria.

What can you expect from such an artistic preparation program, and what will you learn?

  • You motivation to study art will be challenged and your artistic aptitude will be tested.
  • You will be given assistance in preparing your artistic portfolio that demonstrates your versatility as an artist
  • Through their curriculum, you will prepare for the entrance examinations by drilling in select aspects of art.
  • You will lay the foundation for broader studies in art theory and techniques
  • You will gain basic understanding of artistic expression (visual expression, sculpture, drawing, volume, computer graphics, etc.)

After going through preparatory school for entrance to top schools of art, hosting private workshops and teaching painting and drawing to individuals will be a piece of cake!

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MANAA And Private Drawing Courses

You might ask yourself: what is MANAA?

MANAA is a designation of readiness for higher studies in art in France. MANAA programs prepare art school candidates for university studies in applied arts; a course of study whose curriculum covers an entire year.

By the end of an intensive 12 months of work, you will have amassed a stunning portfolio packed full of diverse examples of your artistic ability.

We're not joking when we say this course is intensive: you will be required to produce at least one work per week. Such a stringent requirement would call for you to spend at least three hours per day working independently.

This foundation course's curriculum is the very epitome of artistic diversity: you would study computer graphics, the history of art, artistic expression, sketching, outlining, learn perspective and more!

Wait a minute, this school is in France! Why taunt US art students with such an enticing program only for it to be out of their reach?

Foundation Art Courses in France

Who wouldn't want to study art in France?

This country is home to some of the most renowned fine art museums in the world: the Louvre, Musée d'Orsay, Gallerie Nationale, Musée Picasso... these names represent just a few establishments you could visit to see masterworks!

What about Montmartre? Paris' famed 18th District enjoys a long and rich artistic history. Painters such as Marie Cassatt, Pablo Picasso, and Vincent van Gogh sojourned there; Renoir even painted his famous Bal au Moulin de la Galette there, using that famous windmill as inspiration!

Were you to study art in France; sign up for MANAA's foundation course or preparatory class in Paris, you would have occasion to walk those famous streets and idle time in those museums - provided your work is done for the day.

Of course, Paris isn't the only city with schools that host MANAA courses...

However, you should know that MANAA itself is not an artistic preparation programme; you will be better prepared for the entrance examinations of applied art schools with a MANAA credential on your CV, but you will still have to audition/interview.

The MANAA acronym stands for 'mise a niveau aux arts appliqués', French for 'put at the level of applied arts'... a roundabout way of saying that, once you've completed your course, you will be at the right level to tackle any art school entrance interview or audition.

Even if you don't take your art education any further, the advantage of MANAA training is that it gives legitimacy to your endeavor of giving drawing courses. Two things that you will certainly gain through the MANAA program:

  • Having learned the techniques of drawing and painting, you can pass on tricks to your students.
  • And by having some knowledge of art history and the big artistic movements and artists' big names such as Caravaggio and David LaChapelle, you can help young people create their files for entrance to MANAA or prepare for their GCSE or A-Level ordeal.

If you love immersing yourself in an artistic environment, no matter what your medium - be it plastic arts or graphics creation; fashion design, or to move on to a school of fine art, a MANAA foundation course or preparatory class an excellent springboard that will boost your value as a teacher of art.

Where Can You Find These Classes?

In fact, they are held all over France: in Lyon and Bordeaux, Nancy and Nice and, of course, in Paris.

Both schools offer MANAA foundation courses as well as preparatory courses and, best of all, they welcome international students!

Have you pondered what guidelines to set your tutoring rates by?

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What Diplomas Are Required To Become An Art Teacher In A School?

Are you currently studying art in school and planning to teach the preparatory course in art for students in their final year of high school?

Does your fascination of painting, sculpture, drawing and other techniques of the plastic arts compel you teach in a formal institution?

Your devotion to teaching art comes not a moment too soon!

Add that to the fact that there is already a desperate teacher shortage across the Us in all subjects; the end result is a generation of students who have trouble conceptualizing; students whose global perspective is unintentionally narrow... a situation that, in just a few years, will severely impact our economy.

Can you see from this why you are so desperately needed in the classroom, no matter where in the country you live?

More than a creator of insignificant projects room after classroom of kids, art teachers afford their students a cognitive bounty.

In conjunction with these lofty yet ponderous facets, such teachers also have to integrate and master pragmatic educational concerns, such as:

  • Managing a class of young students
  • Creating and grading examinations, classwork, and homework
  • Creating a syllabus; organize an art teaching program to last an entire school year
  • This would entail merging the original curriculum with the school provided (or mandated) teaching modules
  • Maintaining a lively, engaging, encouraging atmosphere for the duration of the class and for every student group you teach
  • Manage your stock of art supplies (drawing paper and/or canvases, brushes, tubes of paint, glue, clay, and other materials)

If, after all of this, you are more committed than ever to lead a classroom and open young minds, you must need to know the steps to becoming a certified teacher!

To teach art in a public or independent school, obviously you must have an education in art yourself.

Private school teacher requirements are a bit different than public schools; some private schools are happy to engage a talented teacher who does not (yet) have a teaching certificate. 

For a teaching post at the primary level, a Bachelor degree would be sufficient. However, should you aspire to teach in a secondary school, most likely you would be required to hold a postgraduate certificate?

Logically, to teach art in a college or university, you would probably be called on to furnish a doctoral degree.

In addition to your personal development - your successful completion of one or more art degree programs, you will be required to earn a teaching certificate

Along the way, you should gain some teaching experience - a facet of this endeavor that begs the question: how can you get experience if you are not yet certified to teach? Good question!

While still in school, you might ask your teachers or lecturers if you may lead a session or two. You may also consider tutoring, as this is a good example of teaching experience!

Please note that you must document your tutoring experience. In this case, the best proof of your ability as a tutor/teacher would be student testimonials... and Superprof's tutoring platform provides a utility for students to legitimately and publicly praise their teachers!

If your ambitions are to teach in an art school, don't despair!

Indeed, becoming a certified teacher of art is challenging. First you must ensure your own development as an artist - and that education doesn't come cheap.

And then, you have to promote yourself: highlight your creativity, cultivate an engaging your profile, show off your artistic accomplishments (projects, exhibitions, works, etc.) and demonstrate that you have experience teaching your subject matter.

You can increase your expertise as an art teacher giving drawing and painting courses
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And then, it is simply a matter of finding the right teaching position.

You may already have a few schools in mind or your graduate teacher may have recommended one or two. Perhaps s/he may even give you a letter of recommendation!

Being uniquely qualified to pose such questions, you may challenge your students to discover why Manet's Olympia caused such a furor or how Cubism got its start!

Of course, you know the answers to those artistic trivia questions.

Edouard Manet's canvas caused a scandal; its nude model brashly looking out to her audience. The second question, the start of Cubism as an art movement, came with Les Demoiselles D'Avignon, rendered by Pablo Picasso in 1907.

Wouldn't these topics make for interesting starts to your lessons - with appropriate audiences, of course! 

Are you relieved to know you can give private lessons in drawing and art without having any diplomas in decorative arts?

Hopefully, you now also realize that every step of artistic development you undergo, including MANAA if you so choose, adds value to your professional artist profile!

Simply put, every art diploma will allow you to increase your rates as a drawing teacher and to gain more students in your courses.

Artistically yours.

Now discover everything you need to know to teach your students how to draw!

Art surrounds us everywhere we go; in nature, in our homes, our offices. Art is all around us in different forms, and every person has an innate ability to appreciate it in their way.

Expressive forms such as fine art allow us to express ourselves through artistic means and create influential art pieces.

However, not all of us are blessed with artistic ability or the mastery over our hands to create awe-inspiring designs.

Even if you count yourself among the blessed few who excel at art, you would know how much effort it took you to hone your skills and make a name for yourself in the art world.

That is why those with an eye for design take the easy way out and veer towards teaching art classes instead of becoming artists.

Art classes allow them to make an income while also tending to their creative instincts. If you're one of those considering making a career out of teaching art, here are a few tips and techniques to help you:

Make Sure You Are Well-Versed In Art

An art teacher needs to be well-versed in the specifics of their discipline and know it well. The expectations on them are similar to those on any other teacher!

But unlike other subjects taught in schools, art is demonstrative, and you will have to showcase your skills. Hence, tutors need to know all the techniques, strokes, and historical styles for their art teaching programs.

If you want to make a name for yourself as an art instructor, you need to constantly reinvent yourself, improve your techniques, and update your knowledge of the art scene.

Art is a dynamic field where new styles and techniques keep making appearances; therefore, constant innovation is one of the stand-out requirements to become an art teacher.

To stay on top of your game, learn to find the balance between adopting new techniques and using your classic, time-tested methods.

And keep in mind that not all fads work well; sometimes, traditional styles are the safer and classier option.

Hone Your Teaching Skills

While we may consider ourselves experts in a field, not all of us are equally good at transmitting those skills to others. Some of us are born to be artists; some of us are born to be teachers.

No one wants to hear their art teacher go on and on about obscure art styles without demonstrating any strokes and techniques.

Art is an exciting and creative field, and if taught with a monotonous style, you will suck all the fun out of it. Doing so will be considered counter-productive.

As a teacher, you must be a conduit for transferring your knowledge to your students and helping them realize their potential.

The focus should never be on art theory alone but instead on fostering creative growth among your students.

You may be the best artist, but if you're unable to pass on your skills to your students, you're no good as a teacher.

That is why it is essential to develop a good repertoire with your students when teaching private art lessons.

Each year, researchers make new forays into teaching techniques and how our minds absorb knowledge.

As a teacher, you must keep up with these new advancements and adapt your teaching style accordingly.

Incorporate a variety of techniques into your program to make the learning process easier for your students.

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Art is a form of expression. While some art teaching programs focus on classical art, others emphasize contemporary art forms like graffiti and pop art. Choosing either depends on how you perceive your brand of creativity (Source: Pixabay)
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Understand Your Audience

Teaching is not just about displaying impeccable communication skills. You also need to be able to judge your students' abilities and pick up on their cues.

A skilled tutor should get to know their students while also being aware of how you can act as a catalyst to their creativity.

However, most teachers seem to struggle with this task, especially when faced with a new batch of students.

Now you're probably wondering how to start teaching art classes without knowing your audience? There is no one way to do this; you must start somewhere, even when dealing with a fresh batch.

One way is to make educated guesses about the kind of students that will be signing up for your class. For example, is the course made up of children or adults? How to teach art to children? How to teach art classes to adults?

Make sure to address and answer all these questions before moving forward with your lesson plans. Besides that, you can research a bit about the kind of people that usually sign up for art classes in your locality and make predictive profiles.

Find out their motivations for signing up. Also, you can hold meet and greet sessions and ask them to fill up a survey about their expectations of your class and reasons for signing up with you.

Set Up Your Working Space

The unique thing about art is that you can find it virtually anywhere. Even a simple household item can serve as an inspiration for your next piece.

However, the working space you set out for yourself and your students must reinforce your creative elements instead of stifling them.

You can convert your living room into an art studio, or you can conduct your classes in a conventional classroom. Choosing a venue for your art class should not be an issue as long as it suits your creative element.

But it would help if you consider your students' convenience before selecting a venue. For example, you would not want pre-school kids learning art in a traditional classroom setting with a desk and a chair.

The setting should cater to the artistic needs of the students. If you have older students, the class should be comfortable and liberating while allowing space for intimate personal reflection.

Set your classroom seating arrangement and ambiance in a way that encourages learning and creativity in your students.

You can also offer them several different options:

  • Painting on the floor
  • Painting while standing up
  • Shifting the class to the roof
  • Playing music

Ensure You Have The Right Supplies

Stock up on the right supplies for your art lessons. Without the proper supplies, you and your students will find barriers to creativity.

Besides the basic supplies like a canvas and paints, you'll be needing things like:

  • Brushes
  • Palettes
  • Paints
  • Pencils
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Having adequate and professional art equipment is one of the most vital requirements to become an art teacher. When starting with your lessons, you will have to invest in some essential painting and drawing tools (Source: Unsplash)

Inculcate A Relaxing Learning Atmosphere

If you're too stiff with your teaching style, you're going to ruin the learning experience for your students.

The goal should be to motivate your participants rather than stifling their creative processes. Hence, it is crucial to foster a calm atmosphere for your art class.

The first step should be to break the ice with your students in your initial lessons and foster an encouraging environment in the classroom while teaching.

Your students should not hesitate to ask you any questions and be direct with you, no matter how irrelevant they may think their questions are.

Also, tell your students that it's okay to make mistakes and encourage them to own their flaws to create truly meaningful work.

Common Problems During Art Lessons

As we all know, art is a subjective discipline, and teachers may have difficulties with their students following one stream of art.

To avoid any blocks, teachers should encourage students to explore their favorite works and mix things up using various styles.

Students associate with works that pique their interest; hence, try to pick styles that you feel have relevance to your students in their message, background, or artist's history.

Perhaps the most common issue students face is the lack of discernable learning outcomes to the activities in their art classes.

This may make you ask yourself: How to teach art classes when your students suffer from a lack of structure and definition to their creative process?

To get over this block, teachers can adopt language-led learning in their classes. This can include discussions about the meanings of certain art pieces, combined with a group brainstorming session about the themes and motifs of different art movements.

Such activities can also help students visualize and conceptualize their creative process in a more streamlined manner.

Bringing Innovation to Art Classes

There are several exercises art teachers can refer to when attempting to foster creativity and innovation in their art classes.

Most of these exercises involve students responding to different works of art and incorporating them into their work:

  • You can ask students to choose a famous work of art, draft their own story around it, and come up with a revamped version of the same piece
  • To stimulate artistic thinking among your students, you can ask them to compare two works of art and develop a dissertation that breaks down the similarities and differences
  • For a more interactive session, ask students to bring their photographs and have other students draw up backstories about the picture
  • You can also ask them to bring in a work of art from their childhood that they created and repeat the same process
  • Encourage peer-based learning in your class and assign students into different groups, tasking each group with creating a work of art, using commonly available household supplies like boxes and strings.

To switch things up, hold a visualization session where students group up as partners. Have one student imagine a picture and then ask them to describe it to their partner as they try to draw it.

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Teaching art can be an enriching experience, both for the student and the teacher. Students will learn to perfect new art techniques; in contrast, teachers can learn about people, their creative habits, motivations, and expressive processes.

Art is a way of expressing our inner thoughts and feelings, and the best art class always encourages free unbridled expression.

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Art teaching programs cater to all age groups, from pre-school children to senior citizens. The teachers also have to mindful enough to create lesson plans following the age group of the class (Source: Unsplash)
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