Art Institute is awesome.

I have to say that I am very happy with my decision to pursue a teaching job at the Art Institute. I’ve taught two courses for the past two weeks. It’s going very well so far.

My coworkers are easy to get along with. The support staff is very supportive.

My students are very engaged in the lessons. A couple of them sneak in online games and texting, but even they are keeping up with everything going on in class. A few ask some really great questions and show some real promise as designers.

The school seems to provide free pizza and drinks on a regular basis. Last Wednesday there was a presentation by the president of the school and a few of the staff members. They brought in so many pizzas that there were still stacks of them when I left an hour later. The school is growing, and has all kinds of plans for events and community-building. Love it.

My experience at AI is so go that I’d jump at the chance at a full load (4) classes if they offered it next quarter. My lack of a Masters may be an obstacle. If all continues to go well, I’ll have to finish up my Masters in teaching.

Business is slow for Blue Lobster Art, but may pick up after persistent marketing and networking efforts over the next few months. Money may be tight through the end of the year, but things are looking up!

By Dawn Pedersen

Science advocate, web designer, educator, artist, and mommy.

8 replies on “Art Institute is awesome.”

Great blog, I have been enjoying reading your lesson ideas and little adventures. I often wondered about teaching college. I am entering my second year teaching Middle School (But I have taught HS computer animation and Graphic Design during the summer) Do you need a Masters period or does it have to be in what you specialize in? I’m working on my Masters in Art Education and wondered if I could use that to get a full time job teaching college in the future or if I would need a Masters in Fine Arts.

I need a butt load of experience but it’s nice to dream about!

Well, I don’t know if college teaching is ideal for every teacher, but I can think of at least a few of my former colleagues who would be so much happier at Art Institute.

Actually i don’t have idea about teaching in Art Institute but after reading your story i am feeling that i hope i can become a teacher in art school.

Hi! Dawn,
I’m a fan of your website. I look at whenever I need inspiration to plan for my high school art lessons. Thank you for sharing your ideas. I’d really like to know more about your street art course. How did it go? How many students did you get involved? I wanted to request permission to use your outline for the course for my own unit on street art. I work in 2 high schools where this kind of art would be a hit. Please let me know your thoughts. Congratulations on your Art Institute job.

Hi Dawn,
I’m a new fan of your website. My local high school added a Graphic Design program this fall and after 20+ years in the corporate world, I changed directions and accepted the teaching positions. Yikes! I didn’t know what I was getting in to! I’m loving the class, but struggling with the work to become a teacher. My latest task is to create a Professional Development/Learning Plan. While I realize this will be different for every person, I’m really hoping you can offer some suggestions of what kind of info this should include. I’m clueless about where to start. Thank you sooooo much!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.