Primary tabs

Seeking Summer Camp Art Teachers

Portside Arts Center

Do you want to influence children’s lives in positive, creative ways?  Portside Arts Center is seeking experienced visual art teachers to join our team this summer.  Portside is a 501c3 non-profit community art center located in the Fishtown / Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia.  Portside provides a creative and nurturing environment that empowers the artists of tomorrow and creates lifelong patrons of the arts. Through dynamic visual arts programming, we encourage students to be globally-minded citizens and fearless artists.

If you want to make a difference, have fun and do what your love, be a part of our Summer Arts Camp. Portside is seeking art teachers to work with our minnows classroom, ages 4-6, and sharks classroom, ages 7-13.  Portside’s Summer Arts Camp introduces young minds to hands-on visual arts experiences keeping them growing and learning during their break from school. Our kids are fun, creative, thoughtful and excited to be at our center.  

We are seeking teachers to work part-time between the dates of June 21st and August 20th, 2019. Hours vary between M-F 8:00am - 6:00 pm and schedules are to be determined. 

All applicants applying to instruct our minnows classroom must have experience teaching 4-6 year olds.

All applications applying to instruct our sharks & pirates classroom must have experience teaching 7-13 year olds.


Our ideal candidates will:

    •    have a love for art & teaching children

    •    be organized & responsible

    •    have a happy, easygoing attitude

    •    be great at multi-tasking

    •    have excellent classroom management skills

    •    experience creating visual arts curriculum

    •    be a team player

    •    be professional

    •    build and maintain positive relationships with parents



    •    Must have K-12 Arts Certification or at least 2 years of teaching art in a classroom setting of 20 or more students.

    •    Must provide two recent references

    •    Must have or obtain a criminal background check and a child abuse clearance


Curriculum Information:

Teachers are responsible for creating their own visual art curriculum. Some projects must include the following:

    •    21st-century skills

    •    exploration

    •    processed based learning

    •    artist exemplar/art history


Teachers will be asked to create a curriculum that allows students to experience many different art forms such as; drawing, painting, printmaking, clay sculpture, mosaic, fiber arts, puppetry, found object sculpture and more. We encourage teachers to show examples of artists work allowing students to develop an appreciation for artists, art history and other cultures.


Camp Teacher Responsibilities:

    •    Leading children in 1 or 2  (45 minutes) art project each day

    •    Creating your own curriculum

    •    Providing parents with updates on their child’s progress through the Class Dojo App

    •    Walking the children to a local playground every day

    •    Setting up and cleaning up classroom

    •    Prep classroom for the following day

    •    Arriving on time and leaving on time

    •    Directing assistant teacher, interns, and jr. counselors.

    •    Providing feedback for assistant teachers


Pay: $17/hr

Education Level: 
High School
To Apply

To Apply:

Please send your resume and a cover letter to Sarah Damiano at

Please visit our website to read more about our mission and history.  visit