Instruct students on art creation, theory, or history.
What does an Art Teacher do?
Art teachers educate their students about the creation of art. You generally focus on making art (e.g., using clay, painting pictures, etc.), but you might teach art history and theory as well. Most art teachers are practicing artists who teach out of a passion for education and/or the desire for extra income and stability.
Your duties vary according to the level of your students. If you teach at an elementary or middle school, your instruction is very basic (pinch pots!). As a high school art teacher, your projects will be more advanced, and you might spend your days correcting technique and propounding art history. If you are not overly fond of children, consider teaching at an art center where your students will be adults, and you can choose to specialize your courses instead of covering the better part of painting, pottery, drawing, and mosaics in six weeks.
If you just want to work with serious students, look at becoming an art professor. This is the academic path of art education and you will teach courses only in your area of expertise. At this position you are part artist, part art critic, and a force in shaping how future art trends develop. One of the top benefits is the financial security this position offers, so you can experiment and innovate without worrying if your work will sell.
No matter what level you teach, you are there to connect with and encourage your students.