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Visual Art Program Instructor: Children's Programs

Terms of Employment: Part-time | Teach 1-3 classes per week April – June 

Must be available: 4:00-6:15 pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and 10:00-12:00 am or 1:00-3:00 pm Saturdays

Compensation: Competitive wage based on education, skills and experience

 Job Description: 

  •  Teach art lessons to groups of 5 to 10 children in classes made up of Junior/Senior Kindergarten, Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5 or Grades 6-8 students. 1 - 2 classes per week after school and on Saturdays during our 10 week Spring Term
  • Plan age appropriate and engaging lessons and projects with the assistance of a Senior Instructor
  • Ensure student safety and well-being at all times 
  • Create or prepare materials for examples and demonstrations to be used in classes
  • Give demonstrations of specific techniques in a range of art media, eg. watercolour and acrylic painting, printmaking, clay work
  • Foster a positive and supportive class environment by supporting student learning
  • Adapt lessons to needs of specific students
  • Carefully plan pacing of lessons and allow sufficient working time 
  • Prepare studio with all necessary materials before class starts and ensure studio is clean after class ends
  • Greet and communicate with parents or caregivers dropping off students
  • Keep all in-progress student work organized in designated area



The Visual Art Program Instructor will plan and deliver media specific classes to children in grades in Junior and Senior Kindergarten and 1 through 8 at our location. The instructor will be responsible for preparing lesson plans, sourcing examples and organizing supplies before the class start time as well as maintaining studio organization during and after the class. Instructors will also communicate with parents periodically throughout the classes. For more information on the school programs the Visual Art Program Instructor will be teaching, please see our website. We are particularly interested in applicants with experience teaching early years and primary grades.


Experience, Skills & Attributes:

  • Preferred, though not necessary: Certification from the Ontario College of Teachers (or equivalent) and be a member in 'good standing' or be registered and a member in 'good standing' with the College of ‪Early ‪Childhood Educators OR
  • Currently enrolled in a university program working towards one of the above certifications
  • The ideal candidate will have experience teaching Early Years and Primary Grades
  •  An educational background in and demonstrable skills in 2 or more areas of visual arts (i.e. drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture or mixed media)
  • A love of working with children
  • Energetic, highly creative with a passion for learning and finding new ways of doing things
  • Able to provide a unique learning experience for students with differentiated needs
  • Excellent problem-solving skills and results-oriented decision making
  • Strong interpersonal, organizational, time-management and communication skills
  • Standard First Aid and CPR-Level C certification (may be obtained once offered the position)



Freehand School of Art is located at 3315 Yonge Street in Toronto. We were founded in 2010 by a mother-daughter team of artist-teachers with a passion for high quality programming. Our focused and informed approach to art instruction allows students to discover the expressive possibilities of new materials and techniques.

Our mission is to engage our students with the world around them using eye, mind and hand. In our technologically-driven society it is increasingly important to pause and reconnect with the material world and we believe there is a fundamental drive in all of us to create. Young children naturally express what they see, think and feel though their artwork. Often, this natural process becomes inhibited as they grow up. At Freehand, we are committed to nurturing creativity in young children and re-igniting it in everyone else.

We deliver adult, teen and children’s programs in a range of visual art media during our weekly classes, school break camps and in-school workshops throughout the city of Toronto. Our positive and inclusive studio environment is the result of the care and passion demonstrated by our teaching staff and administration and has resulted in the award-winning programs we are known for.


 Application Details:

If you are interested in applying for this position, please forward a cover letter along with your resume and detailed availability to: Julia Ramdeholl, Please no phone calls or unscheduled visits.

Only those persons selected for an interview will be contacted. All employees must be able to provide a Vulnerable Sector Screening Report or proof of one being processed.

Job Type: Part-time


Volunteer Opportunities

Dear Volunteer Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with Freehand! We recognize the tremendous contribution that volunteers bring our school and endeavour to provide meaningful experiences for our volunteers. We invite applications from high school students looking to complete their community service hours as well as other individuals looking to gain experience in visual art education.

We value the diverse skills and abilities of our volunteers and are particularly interested in those with artistic skills they can share with our students. 

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist with the following programs:

  • March Break Art Camps during the week of March 13-17, 2017
  • Summer Art Camps from July 4 - September 1, 2017
  • Spring Term Classes on Saturdays, 10:00-12:00 and 1:00-3:00 from April 1- June 7

Please fill out the application form below as carefully as possible We regret to say that we cannot place all volunteers, and we can only contact applicants selected for an interview.

Thank you once again for your interest in Freehand!


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