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SPECIAL NEEDS CLASS INSTRUCTOR
Art Barn School of Art is seeking a contract arts instructor with background/experience in working with adults with developmental disabilities to provide weekly arts instruction for one of our ongoing outreach programs. Weekly 90-minute class sessions offer open-ended painting projects with guidance as needed for a group of up to 10 students in a supportive environment. All supplies provided. Successful candidates will have a background in the arts, some teaching experience (whether in a classroom or in a community arts context), experience volunteering or working with people with disabilities, and an ability to adapt to different learning styles/means of artistic expression. Daytime availability is required.
If interested, please complete and submit the Instructor Application below and select "Special Needs Class Instructor"
We partner with Opportunity Enterprises (OE), well established in the community for serving adults with disabilities. The program provides weekly art classes at Art Barn which rotate on a quarterly basis, serving a different group of 10 adults each rotation (up to 40 adults a year). A culminating exhibition is held during developmental disabilities awareness month in March.
This weekly class will focus on enabling people with a variety of disabilities to engage with acrylic painting and drawing materials by guiding their creation of works of art adapted to each student’s specific needs and strengths. Individual projects will be completed during the 13-week class session, with subject matter determined by the student. The course is focused on the art process (rather than product) as a way of putting a spotlight on each individual’s unique interests, strengths and abilities. The instructor is expected to help guide the process, give gentle feedback/input where needed, and support each student in either completing single projects each class or working on a more involved painting that may be worked on during multiple class periods. Reference materials will be provided for students who wish to work from them (a variety of magazines, calendars, and other photo references are available in the classroom).
Upon completion, each work should be labeled on the back of the canvas with the student's first name and last initial and the title of the piece. In the final class of the session, students can decide whether works will be for sale if selected for the spring Opportunity Enterprises art show at Art Barn School of Art.
CREATIVE AGING INSTRUCTOR
Art Barn School of Art is seeking a contract arts instructor with a desire to engage in professional development geared towards working with older adults. Monthly (paid) training sessions will be required for this grant-funded program, which culminates in delivery of a weekly arts education/enrichment program facilitated by Art Barn School of Art serving residents of Porter County 65 and over. Successful candidates will have a background in the arts/be a working or teaching artist, have an interest in lifelong learning, and an ability to adapt to different learning styles/means of artistic expression.
If interested, please complete and submit the Instructor Application below and select "Creative Aging Instructor"
CREATIVE AGING PROGRAM DESCRIPTION
This monthly class program (four weekly sessions per month) is designed for older adults, providing skill building in painting and drawing in a relaxed, social atmosphere. Classes will be 90 minutes in length, and combine guided and self-directed projects to facilitate both learning new arts skills and fostering creative expression.
We welcome experienced, skilled and dynamic instructors to apply to join our team. If you have experience teaching and an artistic skill that you would like to instruct at the Art Barn we would like to hear from you.