Elementary Art Teacher

Job category: Professional
Exemption Status/Test: Exempt
Reports to: Principal/Visual and Performing Arts Director
Date Revised: February 20, 2015
Dept./School: Assigned Campus

Primary purpose

Provide students with appropriate learning activities and experiences in the visual arts, designed to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, artistic and social growth. To enable students to develop skills and competencies to reach their intellectual, creative and artistic potential.



Bachelor’s degree in Art Education of Studio Art

Valid Texas teaching certification with required endorsements for art and grade level assigned

Demonstrate competency in elementary art instruction

ESL Certification preferred


Successful completion of student teaching on the elementary level, with professional recommendations  

Special knowledge/skills

General knowledge of curriculum, elementary art instructional strategies and state art standards

Knowledge of interdisciplinary teaching strategies integrating art with other subject areas and other fine art disciplines

Experience in local, regional and state professional art organizations preferred

Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Visual art skills in drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics and digital media as appropriate for assignment

Work closely with school administration to ensure that the arts are a valued and viable part of the curriculum

Demonstrate willingness to improve competency and teaching effectiveness by participation in professional

growth opportunities and professional learning communities

Major responsibilities and duties

Classroom Management

  • Create classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students
  • Manage student behavior and administer discipline according to GISD board policies, administration regulations, and IEP
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities


  •  Assist in selection of consumables, instructional materials and art equipment


  • Establish and maintain open lines of communication with parents, students, principals, and teachers
  • Maintain professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members
  • Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly

Professional Responsibilities

  • Promote professional improvement through reading, research, college courses, membership in professional organizations and staff development
  • Demonstrate behavior that is professional, ethical, responsible, and supportive of GISD mission
  • Compile, maintain, and fill all reports, records, and other documents required
  • Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required
  • Comply with district policies as well as state and federal laws and regulations
  • Adhere to the district’s safety policies and procedures
  • Maintain confidentiality in the conduct of district business
  • Demonstrate regular attendance in accordance with GISD policy
  • Other duties as assigned by administration
  • Prepares and exhibits student pieces in campus and district art show events
  • Works cooperatively with grade level teachers to support the development appropriate primary level art skills
  • Work closely with  community, educational, art, and business organizations to promote the arts in the local community
  • Work closely with specials team members to coordinate campus events and activities
  • Integrates technologies into the teaching/learning process

Mental demands/physical demands/environmental factors

Tools/Equipment Used: 
Art materials and equipment appropriate for the assignment
Employee is frequently required to stand for long periods of time
Use of hand to demonstrate, handle tools, objects and controls; bending standing, stooping, kneeling, pushing and pulling
Ability to lift and carry up to 50lbs
Exposure to dust, fumes and heat and moderate noise levels
Mental Demands: 
Ability to communicate effectively (verbal and written) coordinate campus/district functions, maintain control under stress

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.