One of the most important roles of an Art Teacher is to teach various art styles and techniques to students from elementary through high-school age. Art Teachers assign art projects to students in different art forms and help them develop artistic skills and an appreciation for painting, drawing, creating ceramics and other types of art. Art Teachers demonstrate how to use various art supplies and techniques, such as mixing paint or clay, working with dyes or using graphics software. They also teach students about art history, art theory and the works of famous artists in painting, sculpture, photography and more. Art Teachers can work for either public or private schools.
The following skills and abilities are among the major ones that would tend to be mentioned in a typical Art Teacher cover letter:
- Knowledge of diverse art forms and techniques
- Oral and written communication abilities
- Organizational skills
- Critical thinking skills
- Ability to motivate students
Get a better idea of how these skills and qualities are discussed in an Art Teacher cover letter by studying the sample below.
Dear Mr. Eldridge:
At this time I am sending my resume in response to your vacant Art Teacher position at Zeppelin Elementary School. I feel that my academic and professional background has allowed me to develop the skills needed to become an integral part of your art department.
I am knowledgeable in many areas of visual expression, from painting and sculpture to photography and printmaking. I have taught students how to complete watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, create ceramic sculptures and sketch with charcoal pencils.
My teaching experience has been mostly at the middle school level, though I did teach art for several years at Dyson Elementary School. While there, I taught many young students to appreciate art and helped them to gain confidence in creating their own works. Two of my fifth-grade students took home top prizes in a school art competition during my second year at Dyson.
Below, I have listed my professional highlights that I feel best display my abilities and qualifications to assume the role of Art Teacher at your school:
- Assisted with the creation of an art program for disabled students at WestTech Academy
- Created and led summer camp art program for Appleton School for Visual Art, 2010-2014
- Improved student participation in school-wide art exhibition at Edgetown School District, which saw a 28% increase in submitted work during my tenure there
- Awarded Bachelor of Arts in Art Education from Colorado State University
- Colorado Art Teacher certification
I am passionate about teaching art to young students and introducing them to art forms they might not be familiar with. I bring strong organizational and motivational skills to my classroom and keep students engaged and help them build self-confidence in creating art. Several of my past students have gone on to study art history or art education at the college level.
My interest in this position is strengthened by your school's level of commitment to its art program. I look forward to discussing my qualifications in person and am available for an interview at your convenience.
Thank you for your consideration.
Stacy J. Owens