Emerging Artist: Ceramic Arts Instructor
City of Markham
Markham, ON
Applications are now being accepted for the temporary part-time position of Emerging Artist: Ceramic Arts Instructor at the Markham Museum in the Community and Fire Services Commission. To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume online by June 19, 2019.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for preparing, organizing and leading specialized ceramic art programs for students, children and families in a broad spectrum of ceramic arts, the intent of which is to provide both hands on and technical experience.

The incumbent is typically a new artist who has is in a post secondary arts program or has recently completed their arts or arts education studies.

Drawing on their growing specialized skills as an emerging artist, this position brings knowledge of specialized techniques in teaching ceramic programming. As an emerging artist, the position’s area of specialization is typically showcased at group exhibitions and or the artist may freelance for special projects or commissions.

Some of the specialized skilled areas include:
a) Throwing: the process from the time the clay touches the wheel to the time the wheel is stopped. In this more general (and most commonly used) sense, throwing is the entire activity of shaping the clay on the potter's wheel.

b) Handbuilding: An ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools. The most common handbuilding techniques are pinch pottery, coil building, and slab building.

  • Please note that classes are predominantly evenings and weekends.
Job Duties

Facilitates and instructs a specialized ceramic arts program and/or assists students with creation by providing instruction on techniques they are required to demonstrate. Ensures that the core of topical areas are covered in area of specialization e.g. hand building; pinching, coiling, slab building, throwing and topical areas of proportion, design, scale.
Prepares and organizes specialized ceramic program equipment, materials and supplies.
Follows lesson plans that are structured to ensure that required elements are covered.
Helps to develop activities and contribute to museum programming for special events, exhibits, outreach and fundraising initiatives.
Prepares instructional and programme materials as needed. Maintains an inventory of core supplies, reporting to the Program Coordinator of any specialized items or those requiring replacement.
Directly supervises volunteers as needed.
Advises Program Coordinator of any customer service issues, complaints or inquiries. Recommends programming enhancements based on feedback from participants.
Completes all program related forms as required (ie. Accident reports, occurrence reports, etc.).
Works within established budget for the program.
May unlock and lock up and alarm facilities depending on the timing and offerings of specialized art programme.
Set up and clean up of all equipment and supplies often with the assistance of volunteers.
Ensures the classroom, equipment and supplies are appropriate to the activity and environment to reduce and minimize risk to other staff and participants.

Minimum Post-Secondary Senior student (3rd / 4th year of study) or degree in Fine Arts, Craft & Design, Art History or Education or equivalent.
At least 2 years of previous experience teaching and leading children and adults in a culture setting in the specialty program. Previous experience developing and showcasing ceramic style or technique.
Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’.
Certification and/or demonstrated expertise in a specialized art technique skill area as indicated by Museum guidelines.
Good verbal/written communication skills, customer service skills and sensitivity to interact with a diversity of participants and staff in a courteous and effective manner.
Strong leadership, program planning, instructing and organizational skills.
Art portfolio must be of a high standard/calibre as related to the program being taught.
Demonstrated evidence that career in arts being pursued ie. Continuing studies/ participation in arts community events and associations.
May be required to work evenings or weekends depending on the programme design and duration.
Responsible for transportation to and from program/workshop location.
Service Excellence: Meets or exceeds service standards when interacting with customers in the community and in the organization.
Change & Innovation: Responds positively and professionally to change and helps others through change.
Teamwork & Relationship Building: Interacts with others in an inclusive, collaborative and respectful way that creates effective working relationships.
Communication: Communicates in a clear, professional and respectful way; demonstrates active listening.
Accountable & Results Oriented: Demonstrates ethical behaviour and accountability, aligns with City values, and abides by relevant policies and legislation.
Management & Leadership: Demonstrates self-management, professionalism and engagement; leads by example.
The City of Markham is committed to providing accommodations for people with disabilities. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.We thank all those applicants who have applied however only those applications selected for an interview will be contacted.

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