Art Instructor / Studio Assistant

Job Type

Part Time Contract




United States


The Art Garage is currently hiring:

  1. Educational Art Instructor- School Day Out Camps, Summer Camps and Off-site Programs and adult workshops (Hiring immediately)
  2. Studio Assistants
  3. ARK Instructor- (Artistic and Therapeutic background needed- examples include Special Education, Psychology, Counseling, Art Therapy)

*See application details below. A background check (including fingerprinting) will be required for all interested applicants.

About The Art Garage:

The Art Garage is a nonprofit located in the Park Hill neighborhood of Denver. Our mission is to provide a variety of educational opportunities including art classes and art-based community activities, while acting as a neighborhood community center that aims to bring people together through the Arts. We support cultural, social and educational diversity.

The Art Garage offers high-quality art education classes, workshops and summer camps taught by local practicing artists for kids, teens and adults. Students are able to explore creative art materials, learn and demonstrate art techniques and design original artwork. Students learn fundamental art elements, art vocabulary, artistic styles, famous artists and much more!

Our class sizes can range from 4 - 15 students. These enrollment sizes allow teachers to work individually with each student. Classes with 12+ students will have a studio assistant in the class supporting the instructor and students.

Additionally, The Art Garage has a community outreach program called Art Reaching Kids (ARK), which aims to collaborate with and serve the Denver community on a deeper level by bringing art to underserved populations. The mission of the ARK Program is to provide art programming that heals, inspires and empowers people facing adversity. We work to create a safe and non-judgmental environment which supports exploration of art materials, the discovery and strengthening of unique visual language, and opportunities to build self-esteem.

For more information find us on Facebook and Instagram; Art Garage Denver or our website

When applying please specify which position you feel would be the best fit for you; Educational Art Instructor, ARK Instructor or Studio Assistant. Please see below for more information about each position and the application process.


The Art Garage is seeking creative, passionate, reliable and self-motivated art instructors experienced with drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, recycled art and more. Our instructors work as independent contractors. The hours are part-time and flexible. We are currently hiring for early childhood educators (ages 3-5 yrs old), summer camp educators, and instructors that work with older children and/or adults for both the summer and the school year. More hours are available for those working with younger students. More information about our summer camps and teaching opportunities below. Art materials for classes are provided by The Art Garage.

The Art Garage is seeking talented, energetic artists or art educators who have-

  • Experience with children and classroom management
  • Positive energy
  • Passion for art and community work
  • Ability to be flexible
  • Ability to collaborate with others
  • Bachelor degree or higher (ideally in fine arts, art education, art therapy, special education)
  • Experience in a classroom or large group settings
  • Ability to maintain a high level of professionalism

Summer Educational Art Instructor and Early Childhood Education (Contracting 5)

The Art Garage is seeking creative, passionate, reliable and self-motivated art instructors experienced with drawing, painting, ceramics, sculpture, recycled art and more for our summer programming. Summer classes run Monday through Friday either morning (9-12pm) or afternoon (1-4pm) June through August for age groups 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Teachers are responsible for developing age-appropriate curriculum/lesson plans within specific themes with the support of Executive and Associate Directors. Summer classes explore both process and product based art with an emphasis on exploratory processes for younger artists and artistic skill development for older artists. Teachers must be able to teach the entire week once they have committed.

Summer instructors must be professional, positive, energetic, have excellent classroom management, be adaptable, and able to work well with other teachers and assistants within a shared studio space all while upholding the overall mission of The Art Garage. Instructors are also expected to attend a informational summer meeting prior to the start of summer programs. All final applicants must teach a class which will be observed before being scheduled further. Applicants must be available to teach for their observation March 26th, 27th, 28th, 29th,30th or April 2nd. There may be other opportunities in May to schedule a date for an applicant's teacher observation.

School Year Educational Art Instructor (Contracting 5)

School Day Out Camps are offered to students when school is not in session. Parents can sign their children up for classes at The Art Garage to give them an engaging, high-quality art educational experience. Classes are typically three hours. The schedule is based around the local school year calendar. A theme is given to work with, and the teacher will develop the curriculum/lesson plan around the theme. This position does require teachers to work over holiday breaks. We ask that teachers commit to working at least one holiday week. We are not open on the actual holiday, but we are open the days before and after. Teachers collaborate with studio assistants in the classroom.

School Day Out and Summer Camp teachers teach kids ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9-12. 

The Art Garage also offers off-site, after school enrichment classes at local schools and after school clubs at The Art Garage. Teachers applying for this position will be eligible for these other teaching opportunities.

Studio Assistants (Hiring 3 part time year round or full time seasonal):

Our studio assistants support teachers in the classroom, as well as ensure general studio maintenance. Studio assistant’s work includes -

  • assist prepping materials at the beginning of classes
  • prepare snacks for students
  • assist teachers in classroom clean up
  • assist students in classes
  • lead students in games, or provide story time to students while on break
  • cleaning and organizing art supplies and overall garage including restroom, sinks, mopping, etc.
  • administrative tasks

Studio Assistants must be willing to work as a team, follow directions, work with customers and be positive role models for our students. We are looking for studio assistants that have completed or are working towards a BFA, non-profit management or an education degree. This is a part time position, though ¾ or full time may be an option as well depending on availability. Pay varies based on experience. We are looking for studio assistants that:

  • Available on the weekends and weekday evenings
  • Genuine enjoyment for and enthusiasm about working with children
  • Positive work ethic
  • Excellent organization and communication skills
  • Have an understanding of art mediums and use of materials. 
  • Previous work experience with children
  • Bachelor degree or higher (or workings towards a bachelor degree)
  • Have the ability to be flexible
  • Have the ability to collaborate with others
  • Maintain a high level of professionalism
  • Doesn’t mind cleaning, heavy lifting and organizing

ARK Instructors (Contracting 2-4, part time):

ARK is the primary community outreach program of The Art Garage. We invite groups from various organizations to participate in 6 weeks of art classes. At the conclusion of the program The Art Garage hosts an art show and reception for the artists. We are looking for teachers who have both an artistic and therapeutic background. This is not an art therapy program and we do not provide art therapy supervision.

However, we do believe in the healing power of art and are looking for teachers who can bring a therapeutic approach to this program. This includes a non-judgmental attitude, the ability to create a safe and non-threatening environment, experience with diverse populations, and an understanding of the creative process and its therapeutic nature. Teachers will work within a predetermined curriculum, but will have flexibility within that structure where instructors ideas and collaboration are always welcomed. Teachers will be expected to collaborate with the Associate and Executive Directors in organizing and carrying out the final show and reception.

Examples of populations that have participated in ARK include at-risk teens, adults in recovery and children with autism. Flexibility is a requirement of this position, as well as, experience working with diverse populations in a therapeutic setting. Candidates are required to have a B.A. or higher.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Interested applicants please send:

  1. An e-mail with your name and position of interest included in the subject field.
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Please attach to the e-mail:
  4. Resume (PDF)
  5. Portfolio of your artwork and/or your student’s artwork.
  6. Document that describes your teaching philosophy (Instructor applicants only) (PDF)
  7. Art lesson plan (Instructor applicants only) (PDF)

You will not be considered if your application is missing items.

If selected through the interview process a mandatory teaching session will be observed before hiring. (Instructor applicants only)

All materials should be e-mailed to: