Summer Camp Teaching Artist

DEPARTMENT: Learning and Engagement
SUPERVISOR: Manager of Youth and Family Programs

Summer Art Camp

Education is fundamental to the mission of the Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA). We seek to provide quality art learning opportunities throughout the greater Birmingham area, improving the cultural and social wellbeing of our community. Our enriching summer art camp series is a part of this mission and continues to nurture the youth in our area and encourage creativity, exploration, innovation, and imagination.

In 2024, campers will take cues from the exhibition Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume to discover sewing, sketching, sculpting, and prop making.. Museum educators will inspire campers with a tour of the exhibition, where they will learn about the artistry and craftsmanship required to produce costumes that have graced the stage and screen. Our skilled art instructors will then provide guidance for crafting fun new projects.

Artists will teach a variety of 2D and/or 3D projects that coincide with the exhibition Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume. Projects should be influenced by costumes on display in the exhibition and with the BMA’s collection.

Skills needed for BMA’s 2024 summer camps:

The ability to:

  • teach basic sewing & sketching techniques
  • provide students with styling tips
  • guide students in creating inspiration boards
  • lead students in accessory & prop making
  • instruct on make-up & prosthetics application
  • advise students on sculpting & mold making
  • and more

You may apply to teach more than one camp.

June 3-7, 2024 | Grades: 1-3

Costume Basics: The art of costuming is more than just sewing! Campers will get an introduction into costume design, learning basic sewing techniques, sketching, the art of inspiration boards, and styling, all while exploring Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume exhibition.

June 10-14, 2024 | Grades 1-3

Pattern Play: Campers will dive into the world of textiles to explore the patterns, colors, and fibers of beautiful work meant to be worn and used. They will learn about paper mache, quilting, and other fiber arts from the BMA collection and Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume  exhibition.

June 24-28, 2024 | Grades 4-6

Costume Basics: The art of costuming is more than just sewing! Campers will get an introduction into costume design, learning basic sewing techniques, sketching, the art of inspiration boards, and styling, all while exploring Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume exhibition.

July 8-12, 2024 | Grades 4-6 

Stylized Visions: What makes a character a hero or villain? Using the exhibition Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume and our collection, we will discuss basics of costume design. Campers will explore costumes, props, and accessories to show how styling costumes can bring a character to life.

July 15-19, 2024 | Grades 4-6 

Costume Culture: Costumers have long taken inspiration from both pop culture and history when creating their designs. Throughout the week, campers will explore various costumes on display in the special exhibition Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume and from fashion in the BMA collection, creating wearable art pieces through a variety of artistic techniques.

July 22-26, 2024 | Grades 7-9

Intro in Special Effects: It’s not just the costumes that make the characters. Various costumes on display in the exhibition Heroes and Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume also utilize special effects (FX) to bring the characters to life. Campers will be introduced to the world of special effects  through make-up design and application, mask making, and prop making.

 

Minimum Qualifications

  • 1-2 years experience working with children.
  • Experience in creating visual art lesson plans.
  • Experience working in an arts environment.
  • Outgoing and energetic personality.
  • Self-starter, strong at multitasking, highly organized and dependable.
  • Ability to work with basic hand tools and comfortable working with their hands.
  • Comfortable and familiar with computers, both Mac and PC, and with technical hardware (projectors, cables, monitors, remotes, etc.) or can be trained to familiarity.
  • Possess the skills to effectively and efficiently handle customer questions and concerns with the appropriate managers.
  • Bachelor’s degree in art education, studio art, education, or related field preferred. Continuing education certificates, certification, and commensurate experience will be taken into consideration.

An offer of engagement is contingent upon verifying the accuracy of the information provided by the candidate and the background check results will determine his/her suitability for assignment at the BMA. Review of applications will be ongoing until the position is filled. Professional references will only be contacted after the initial interview is conducted, and references are required for this position. Please do not submit letters of recommendation in advance of the interview or have references call on your behalf.

The Museum reserves the right to screen applicants and will complete background checks before making final decisions.

Availability

Teachers must commit to a mandatory training session to take place  at least 30 days before the start of camp.

Additional Required Documents

Please upload a cover letter, resume, and references to this form. Cover letters should include the camp(s) in which you wish to teach, as well as a description of your experience teaching and/or working with children, including the age group, and any experience you have with art education or fine arts.

  • No phone calls or emails, please.
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