Art Teacher

Job Type

Full Time


Details: Competitive wage that is commensurate with experience and skills.



Start Date


Application Deadline



2705 Kaimuki Avenue
United States


Job Announcement: Art Teacher

Job Type: Part Time

The Estria Foundation

Honolulu, Hawai`i

Posted: July 2018

We are seeking a part-time Art Teacher who will be based on O‘ahu, Hawai`i and teach our Halau Paheona (school of visual arts) Art class at Palolo Elementary School. This 2-D visual Art Teacher will be responsible for developing students’ curiosity and ability in creative expression; and to develop an understanding and appreciation of aesthetics. We invite you to apply if you are a happy person with a passion for art, have the ability to inspire students, and thrive in a creative, collaborative environment.

Mission and Vision

The Estria Foundation creates art in public spaces with artists, youth, educators, and activists in order to raise awareness and inspire action in the movement to resolve human and environmental issues, while educating and developing youth. We take a long-term, team approach to education and offer programming for all ages from elementary through high school and beyond.

Halau Paheona Program

Our in-school and after-school classes are held several times a week at Kaimuki High School (and now at Palolo Elementary School). Students are taught meditation, oli (chanting), cultural practices, drawing and painting, all with a focus on culture-based mural making. Our curriculum is grounded in the Department of Education’s HA values and National Art Standards. Our learning model is a blend of project-based, place-based and culture-based learning.

Duties and Responsibilities

These are the Art Teacher’s kuleana (responsibilities), and our team will support you on them. The responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Inspire and motivate all of our students
  • Increase students’ understanding and skills in oli, Hawaiian culture, hospitality, meditation, drawing and painting
  • Write and implement engaging lesson plans
  • Teach skills in art, including drawing, painting
  • Monitor and evaluate each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and artistic skills
  • Maintain accurate records of student attendance, homework, performance and grades for progress reports
  • Communicate with students, parents, and school counselors on pupil progress
  • Plan and present art displays and exhibitions to exhibit students’ work
  • Select and requisition supplies, books, instructional materials, tools, instructional aids, and maintain required inventory records
  • Organize storage areas and control use of materials, equipment and tools to prevent loss or abuse
  • Participate in curriculum and other developmental programs
  • Provide individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying intellectual and artistic abilities, and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities
  • Instruct students in proper care and use of tools and equipment
  • Be flexible and willing to perform any other duties as may be assigned by Administration
  • Maintaining a safe working environment
  • Operate and maintain classroom

Required Qualifications

  • Positive aloha attitude
  • Demonstrate solid professional and personal ethics: respect, honesty, dependability, integrity and aloha
  • Demonstrate a passion for art teaching and learning
  • Classroom experience (can include student teaching): 1 year minimum
  • Ability to maintain organized administrative and programmatic records
  • Strong oral, written and interpersonal communication skills
  • Highly organized, detail oriented and deadline driven
  • Ability to inspire trust and confidence, exercise patience and motivate students
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others
  • Understand a variety of drawing and painting techniques and concepts
  • Able to work with acrylic or oil paints: dry brushing, staining, layering, underpainting

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience teaching elementary school students preferred
  • Experience working with DOE system and standards
  • Experience working with Special Education Students
  • Experience with murals highly preferred
  • Leadership skills
  • Three (3) or more years experience in running educational programs
  • Ability to lead guided meditation and visualization
  • Understanding of Hawaiian history, culture, traditions and values.
  • Bachelor's Degree in the fields of Education or Art
  • Experience as an Art Teacher
  • A love for public art
  • Extensive experience using iCloud software (Google Docs, Calendars, Drop Box)
  • Willingness to learn
  • Sense of humor

The Art Teacher reports directly to TEF’s Executive Director and Operations Manager, and is responsible for the consistent achievement of Halau Paheona’s mission and objectives.

Compensation: competitive wage that is commensurate with experience and skills.

How to Apply: Email cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references to with Subject Title: Art Teacher: Last name, First name.

Submissions via email only. Please no phone calls.


Access to mural art supplies, mentorship to painting large scale murals, and Hawaiian cultural studies.

Level of Language Proficiency

English, Hawaiian is a plus.

Professional Level


Minimum Education Required


How To Apply

Email cover letter, resume, and at least 3 references to with Subject Title: Art Teacher: Last name, First name. Submissions via email only. Please no phone calls.