They image students standing at easels wearing white smocks covered in flecks and splatters of paint when most people think about the class. It is not the only one while painting is one of the mediums of artistic expression students learn. Students learn drawing, sculpting and many other ways of creating art. Art teachers help students recognize their own artistic talent and encourage these young artists to develop their skills. Art teachers instruct students at all grade levels in creating works of art.  The sophistication with which they create art increases as students progress through their educational careers. Kindergarteners finger paint nature scenes and glue macaroni to construction paper. High schoolers create real-to-life charcoal drawings and abstract oil paintings with complex meaning behind them. Art teachers are there instructing, guiding, constructively criticizing and challenging students all along the way. Art teachers need a bachelor’s degree to teach in public schools. Many art teachers have degrees in education. College coursework not only teaches individuals how to teach; it also helps them fulfill state licensing requirements. Those who earn other degrees can still be teachers. They just have to go through an alternative certification program.

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Individuals learn classroom management skills and prove they have mastered the subjects they intend to teach in these programs. Art teachers do not need experience, but it certainly helps in the hiring process. Individuals with teaching experience are more likely to find teaching jobs than those without such experience. Art teachers instruct classes for students of all grade levels.  Art teachers take into account the intellectual maturity and manual dexterity of their pupils as they develop curriculum for each grade level. . A second grader cannot work a pottery wheel, and a high school senior gets bored with finger paints pretty quickly. Art teacher discuss art history with their students in addition to teaching students how to express themselves through the various mediums. Students gain an understanding of what can be accomplished through art by studying past artists. Students are graded on mastery of technical knowledge and completion of art projects. Teachers use the projects to determine whether students can apply the techniques taught in class. Art teachers organize exhibitions for students’ artwork. Such exhibitions take place at art contests, on the school grounds, in other public buildings and in art galleries. Elementary students are happy to see their work displayed in their classrooms or in school hallways. Art teachers must address discipline problems that arise in their classrooms like all other teachers. Students behaving in unacceptable manners must be corrected. It is unfair to other students to allow one student to compromise the learning environment for everyone else. Teachers may be forced to send the student to the principal’s office for escalated behavior modification techniques after repeated attempts to modify a disruptive student’s behavior. Teachers earn a median salary of $53,230 according to 2010 data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Art teachers earn the same salary as other teachers with like tenure and degrees.