More art students are turning to the web to build their creative skills. Why not take the opportunity to build your own career teaching art online? Plus, whether you’re skilled in manga style drawings, oil paintings, have a teaching credential or not, there’s a path and platform that’s right for you.
Get started now with this beginner’s guide on how to teach art online:
Choose Your Teaching Platform
Your first step is choosing the teaching platform. This will allow you to create a more involved, fulfilling learning experience. Online learning can be an isolating experience for students, so you need a platform that allows for engagement among the class, and you, the instructor. The more engaged students are with your class, the better your instructor ratings and course reviews.
If you don’t have a degree or a teaching credential, no worries! There are several platforms you can still leverage: this includes creating your own website, uploading monetized videos on YouTube, and selling Udemy courses. Those are a top three for any instructor just getting started with online art instruction or selling their own courses on the web.
Here are several more to consider:
- Digital Chalk
- Course Merchant
These options are great if you would rather sell courses independently.
If you have a credential, bachelor’s, or master’s, you have even more opportunities to teach art online art. With the rising popularity of online learning, more accredited institutions are offering courses that are exclusively online. That means more teaching opportunities for you.
Colleges and Universities That Hire Online Art Teachers
- The Savannah College of Design
- Southern New Hampshire University
- Full Sail City
- Academy of Art University Online
- the Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online
- Art institutes Online
- Arizona State University Online
- Savannah College of Art and Design
Keep a lookout for when these online universities are hiring new art instructors.
K through 12 education is also growing fast in the online realm. Online K through 12 institutions like Connections Academy hires art teachers from all over the country to to teach everything from the principles of design to advanced placement art history.
Communicate With Your Students
How you interact with students will impact whether or not they spread the word about your class. Plan to spend time with each student, and keep in contact throughout the class.
Take advantage of any provided discussion forums provided by your online university. If you’re going independent through Udemy, you may want to beef up your social media marketing skills by creating a discussion group, official social media accounts, and youtube teasers.
Speaking of. If you’re having trouble getting students to buy your course, offering a sample class on YouTube is a great way to generate interest. It familiarizes potential students with your unique teaching style and what they can expect to achieve from the course.
Offer the introduction and first chapter of your online art course for free and give students the option of purchasing the rest to learn more.
Check out this popular course trailer for a Udemy art course:
Certificates of Completion (for YOU and your students)
One of the biggest draws of online courses is earning a certificate. Students and job seekers use these to supplement their work experience and education.
As an online art teacher, you should also invest in your own continuing education. Additional certificates not only sharpen your current skills, but could open doors in other teaching fields as well. Consider additional education in graphic design, coding, product design, and humanities to find more opportunities to teach the subjects you love.
Finding Your Next Teaching Job
Don’t forget to stay alerted to that next available online teaching job by creating keyword alerts on Indeed and Google. You may also want to consider signing up for FlexJobs, which regularly posts exclusive online teaching openings.
Think you know how to teach art online? Prove it! Put these ideas to the test and channel your own creativity to put a new spin on online teaching. Get started on your new online career now and check back often for more tips on carving out a career in the arts.