We love teaching children new art skills; helping them gain in confidence and take the amazing results of their efforts back home and to school that changes people’s impression of them, and their own self image. We believe art matters because it teaches children to compare and contrast, to see differences in shading, pattern or colour quickly, leaving more time for creativity and expression. The art-K clubs recently passed a symbolic milestone of 1000 children per week (although any one child is equally important), and we’re entering a phase of opening more and more clubs to reach 1000s more children hungry for art.
There is now a network of around 20 art-K studios across England where children and adults are taught key artistic and visual skills. We create fun, warm environments that help students engage with painting and exploring the differences in using acrylics, pastels, inks, oils etc to create different expression.
art-K is a family-owned and run, start-up business. There are over 10 franchised art leaders and a growing number of direct employees. The art leaders are happiest when preparing for and immersed in teaching art to children. The company is in its 3rd year, and is still growing rapidly the number of clubs, and expanding its direct work force steadily over time.
Background to role
Ashtead was and is the crucible for the art-K programme and initially you’ll be leading the club with the support of the Creative Director eventually leading to a part-time autonomous position.
To teach art to children following the tried and tested art-K development program (full curriculum training provided).
Manage 3 art assistants who are your art-technicians who (for instance) teach the children under your direction, mix paints , provide materials, tidy up, organise drinks break etc.
Each session consists of:
- 2 hours before the class starts, review each child’s current progress and sketch book, and plan their activities for the upcoming session. Layout books and materials; organise seating plans if needed.
- 30 minutes before the session, the art assistants will arrive and you will disseminate the children’s lesson plan to them so they understand what you’re looking for them to encourage the children to do, and provide materials as and when needed.
- Tidying up at the end with the help of the art assistants.
Full training in the programme is provided before starting. On-going coaching and training is provided as new projects are started.
10-£15 per hour according to experience.Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday sessions 2pm-6pm.
Job Types: Part-time, Contract
We are looking for a bright and enthusiastic fine art graduate who is passionate about art, and children’s development. A creative/design eye is key.
To be successful, you need to be proactive, to be one step ahead of your team and children, keen to learn new technical skills and well organised. Previous experience with children is essential.
Please submit a CV and cover letter to Kathryn@art-k.co.uk to apply.