Archmere Academy, a private, Catholic, Norbertine college preparatory high school in Claymont, DE invites enthusiastic and qualified applicants for a full-time opening in our nationally-recognized Art & Design Program.
The successful candidate will be a professional art educator and highly skilled artist, with demonstrated experience leading high school students in a sequenced and scaffolded course of study in the fundamentals of art and design. The ideal candidate will understand the importance of developing technical studio skills while building creative confidence and personal vision in each student, regardless of prior art experience. Classes will include foundations courses (Introduction to Drawing & Introduction to Design), Illustration, and possibly Digital Art & Design.
Preferred Skills & Demonstrated Knowledge
Fundamentals of observational painting and drawing
Adobe Photoshop, Digital Imaging/Graphic Design
Demonstrated ability to lead students through a sequenced 2D & 3D design process, from concept to completion
Demonstrated ability to inspire and motivate intellectually curious and high aptitude students
Broad knowledge of art history, artists, and art movements, including non-Western and traditionally underrepresented artists
Comprehensive visual art vocabulary and critical analysis to facilitate engaging class critiques and lead students in formal analysis of artwork
Awareness and sensitivity to adolescents and the importance of creative work, as both a serious pursuit and as an outlet
Authentic knowledge of art materials, studio art processes, and procedures
Demonstrated ability to purposefully design a thoughtfully sequenced and scaffolded course of study in art and design (curricular scope and sequence)
Additional Responsibilities and Expectations:
Annual participation in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards Programs, as well as additional exhibition opportunities beyond campus
Openness to collaboration and interdisciplinary teaching & learning, continuous refinement of curriculum, and ongoing professional development
Infusion of emerging technologies into teaching practice & pedagogy
Incorporate art history and contemporary art issues into studio courses to provide broader context and deeper learning in art and design
Development of standards-aligned rubrics and student assessments that provide clarity and specificity about evaluation of work
Hold students to high expectations in alignment with a college-preparatory program
Participation in local and national competitions and exhibition opportunities to extend visibility of student work and showcase creative accomplishments of Archmere students, while providing additional opportunities for serious visual art students to earn recognition for their artwork in preparation for the college admissions process
Adherence to all of Archmere's policies (as detailed in the Faculty/Staff Handbook) and to all Art Department policies
All full-time faculty members are also expected to contribute to the extracurricular life of the school and moderate one activity, club, or coach one sport.
Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts required
Master’s degree in Art Education preferred
Two or more years of teaching experience are strongly preferred. Ability to teach well, as demonstrated by student creative accomplishments and achievement
Technical mastery of subject matters to be taught, as evidenced in personal and student portfolio work samples and live, in-person demonstration lesson
Adobe Photoshop & digital art skills a plus
About Archmere Academy
Archmere Academy is a Roman Catholic, independent, co-educational college preparatory school inspired by the Norbertine tradition and a heritage of committed faculty, alumni, families, and friends. Archmere welcomes faculty and students of diverse religious and cultural backgrounds. Nurturing body and soul, mind and heart, Archmere focuses on the whole person through academic excellence, faith reflection, social development and service to others. Inspired by its heritage, Archmere cultivates empathetic leaders – young men and women prepared for every good work.