Lead Camp Instructor

Come spend your summer sharing your love of creative play in our newly formatted camps at the Newport Art Museum! This summer will feature camps with 7 unique themes, all informed by our special exhibitions at the Museum, and other inspirational sources found in Newport. We have two positions open for Lead Educator, one for ages 7-10, and one for ages 11-13.

Camps run 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Mon – Fri from July 1 – August 16. See newportartmuseum.org for details.


  • Attend planning meetings with the Director of Education to prepare the content of our camps, drawing from our Museum for inspiration.
  • Test, prepare, and set up materials for all activities and request supply orders.
  • Supervise and lead a camp of up to 12 participants with the support of a Teacher’s Assistant. Activities will vary from team-building games, to studio activities, to off-site walking field trips.
  • Cultivate a culture of respect amongst our program participants and managing behavior challenges with the support of the Education staff.
  • Facilitate the cleanup of the studios at the end of each activity and day.
  • Share ongoing feedback about activities, student behavior, and student achievements.


  • Must have experience developing art and/or design-based curriculum for the age of the group you are applying to work with (7-10 or 11-13)
  • Experience or interest in museum-based arts education or community-based arts education.
  • Availability for up to 10 hours of planning time in advance of camp, and one debrief meeting after camps end. Dates will be determined based on the availability of the hired educators; attendance is mandatory.
  • Preference given to those who are available for all 7 weeks. Hired educators must be available for all dates in the camps they are working.
  • All final candidates are subject to a background check.


$25 per hour

Dates of Employment

July 1 – August 16, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. M-F. Includes a 30 minute paid lunch break
Plus up to 10 hours of planning time and one debrief meeting (dates TBD)


Please include a cover letter, current résumé, and three references. No phone calls please. All requests should be emailed to: jobs@newportartmuseum.org, with “Lead Camp Instructor” in the subject line. The Newport Art Museum is an equal opportunity employer.

The Newport Art Museum & Art Association, established in 1912, educates and inspires a diverse audience by collecting, preserving, exhibiting and interpreting historic and contemporary visual arts of the highest quality with an emphasis on the rich heritage of the Newport region, and integrates appreciation for the arts and art-making into all its programs. The Museum is fully accredited by the American Association of Museums.


Newport Art Museum seeks new instructors for its newly renovated studio school, specifically in fibers arts, clay, printmaking, design, and master-level courses in new and traditional media including painting and drawing. We have four seasonal terms, each broken into two-five week sessions with classes typically running from 9:30am – 12:30pm, 1pm – 4pm, and 6pm – 9pm. Workshops and weeklong intensives are scheduled according to the availability of the instructor.


  • Propose and instruct five-week courses, single or multi-day workshops, or weeklong intensives in your medium of expertise
  • Set up any required equipment and materials before each class
  • Provide a course description, sample images, a syllabus, and supply lists for each offering
  • Be available for all dates that you are teaching, and teach a make-up class in case of cancellations due to illness or inclimate weather
  • Help maintain tidy and clean studios and facilitate cleanup at the end of each class
  • Contribute to an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for all
  • Attend an annual instructors meeting
  • If available, participate in occasional events such as an open house


  • Previous teaching experience or proven excellence in communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for teaching
  • Active studio practice with proven expertise in your medium
  • Familiarity with the use and care of equipment related to your medium
  • Experience developing art and/or design workshops and curricula for adult and/or teen audiences
  • Competency and responsiveness with online communications including email and forms
  • Willingness to share ongoing feedback about our spaces and classes
  • Familiarity with health and safety procedures relating to your medium

Preferred Qualifications

  • Social media savvy and willing to share information about their course offerings via their social networks
  • (For clay instructor) Availability to open the School on select evenings, and to offer night courses from 6pm – 9pm as well as daytime classes

Compensation + Benefits

  • Contracted instructors are typically paid after the last day of class
  • Instructors who teach a minimum of two classes within a year are eligible for one free workshop or 5-week class; restrictions apply
  • Opportunity to teach private lessons through our School
  • Eligibility for free studio time
  • Educator bio included in your course listings and mentions in our social media

How to Apply

Send your resume, cover letter, samples of your work or a link to your portfolio, and a sample lesson plan or syllabus to jobs@newportartmuseum.org with the subject line “Applicant – Instructor”

About the Museum

The Art Association of Newport, now the Newport Art Museum, was founded in 1912 on the belief that arts and culture have the power to bring diverse groups of individuals together, which ultimately promotes civic engagement and strengthens the social fabric of our communities. This core idea continues to inform our Museum’s direction today. To support these values, the Education department provides programming for all ages, including a year-round tuition based school, summer camps for children, extensive outreach offerings, a career prep program for high school students (MuSE), homeschool programs, public programs, school tours, and events.