Upper School Visual Art Teacher

  • Madison-Ridgeland Academy
  • Madison, MS, USA
  • May 23, 2023
Full time Teacher

Job Description

General Description

Mission:  Madison-Ridgeland Academy is a college-preparatory Christian school committed to educating each student’s mind, body, and spirit.

Vision:  Madison-Ridgeland Academy is committed to excellence in teaching the mind, reaching the heart, and inspiring servant leaders who will impact the world for Jesus Christ.

Job Summary: 

The Art Teacher will be responsible for developing in each student an interest in and the ability for creative expression in visual terms, using skills and techniques of artistic expression consistent with school guidelines; to develop aesthetic understandings and appreciations; to discover and develop talents of students in the field of art.

Hired by: 

Associate Head of School

Responsible to: 

High School Principal 

Evaluated: An annual written evaluation is provided by the Secondary School Administration, which includes the High School Principal and the Director of Instruction.

Type of position: This is a contracted, exempt employee that is paid on a salaried basis.

Employee Profile:

Spiritually, the employee shall possess characteristics that reflect: A strong, clear Christian testimony

  • A mature, godly spirit

  • A person of faith and prayer

Personally, the employee’s life shall reflect the following:

  • A lifestyle of biblical integrity

  • A spirit of dedication, commitment, flexibility, and responsiveness

  • The ability to listen and respond to counsel

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Teach knowledge and skills in art, including drawing, painting, photography, and art history.

  • Demonstrate techniques in activities such as drawing, painting, and photography.

  • Understand the versatility of acrylic paints; dry brushing, staining, layering, underpainting, mono printing.

  • Understand a variety of “master” techniques

  • Knows and can apply elements of design and modern principles of art

  • Knows the fundamentals and different approaches to drawing media technique

  • Provide individual and small-group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of students with varying intellectual and artistic abilities and to accommodate a variety of instructional activities

  • Instruct students in the proper care and use of tools and equipment

  • Organize storage areas and control the use of materials, equipment, and tools to prevent loss or abuse and minimize the time required for distribution and collection

  • Evaluate each student’s performance and growth in knowledge and aesthetic understanding, and prepare progress reports

  • Select and requisition books, instructional materials, tools, and instructional aids, and maintain required inventory records

  • Plan and present art displays and exhibitions designed to exhibit students’ work for the school and the community

  • Maintain professional competence through professional development activities provided by the school and/or in self-selected professional growth activities

  • Communicate with parents and school counselors on pupil progress

  • Participate in curriculum and other developmental programs, such as the National Art Honor Society and various art clubs

  • Contribute to the school system’s effectiveness by identifying short-term and long-range issues that must be addressed; providing information and commentary pertinent to deliberations; recommending options and courses of action; implementing directives

  • Establish and adjust course outlines and objectives by following curriculum guidelines and school goals; modifying plans on the basis of student diagnostic and assessment procedures

  • Convey information to students by using language concepts, examples, demonstrations, and teaching aids through such best practices utilizing the integration of technology with subject matter

  • Complete educational requirements by scheduling and assigning instructional activities; following up on results

  • Assess student learning by preparing, administering, and scoring tests; reviewing and correcting assignments; eliciting student questions and responses; evaluating the application of learning to classroom project results

  • Maintain student-learning results by providing instructional feedback; coaching; counseling and disciplining students; planning, monitoring, and appraising learning results

  • Maintain records by documenting learning accomplishments, attendance, and behavior

  • Guide students’ personal and social development by establishing rules and procedures for administrative matters, student verbal participation, and student movement within the classroom, between classrooms, and within the school building

  • Help parents by providing academic information; suggesting available educational and social resources; addressing parents’ concerns; answering questions and requests.

  • Maintain professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops, reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; participating in professional societies.

  • Maintain a safe and clean working environment by complying with procedures, rules, and regulations.

  • Conserve resources by using equipment and supplies as needed to accomplish educational results.

  • Other duties as assigned by the Principal



  • Two years of work experience as an Art Teacher

  • Mississippi Association of Independent Schools issued Teacher’s Certification in the area of assignment.

  • Bachelor’s degree in education and/or equivalent required subject hours

  • Master’s degree in Fine Arts preferred

Physical, Environmental, and Mental Requirements

  • Regularly standing and walking around the classroom, lecturing and monitoring students.

  • Regularly sitting at the computer requires repetitive finger motion and manual dexterity.

  • Close visual acuity is required for viewing a computer monitor, preparing and analyzing data and figures, transcribing and reading.

  • Hearing – the ability to perceive sounds at normal speaking levels with or without correction

  • Talking – expressing ideas by means of the spoken word to convey instructions to students, parents, and other workers

  • Ability to communicate effectively, even in stressful situations

  • Primarily inside a classroom environment

  • Occasional lifting of 5 to 20 pounds

  • Subject to frequent interruptions and frequent deadlines