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Arts & Crafts Jobs

Are you?

Creative, Imaginative, Inventive, Responsible

Bonus Qualifications

Completed 1st year of Arts degree/foundation course

Why should I teach arts and crafts at camp?

Teaching children arts and crafts is a special kind of summer, watching their confidence grow through artistic projects and seeing where their minds take them is something extraordinary.

You should show your skill level and ability using different mediums; from acrylic, oil, watercolour and charcoal sketching to bolder projects such as working with clay, wire and papier-mâché - camp directors want to hear about your versatility and creative flare. Adding a portfolio to your application is a great way to give insight to you and your style.

If you are the arty type and are looking for something different, then look no further.

What does a general arts and crafts instructor do?

Paint, glitter and PVA glue. Arts and crafts at camp is all about getting creative, messy and stuck in. Children all ages love arts and crafts as it’s the chance get artistic, whether it be an inventive decoration for their cabin or a wacky gift to give Mom/Dad after camp - campers love to show off their creations.

As the instructor you’ll find yourself forming weekly projects, from frame making to puppet building - the projects are designed to be fun and simple. You’ll run arts and crafts activities typically in the mornings and afternoons. There may be times where you work on camp wide projects - from colour war banners, group murals or even the theatre department with props and costumes.

You should bring ideas. Being imaginative is so important when teaching arts and crafts at summer camp.

I loved all things glitter, glue, cardboard, pipe cleaners and paper. (I’m kidding everyone hates glitter) Making things out of random supplies is my superpower. Pinterest is also my best friend.

I would teach for 6 to 7 activity periods a day, with one hour off and a lunch and dinner break. As a general arts and crafts activity specialty I would also be asked to help out with the camp play, some evening programs and any decorations for any special events we had on camp, this would usually be done in my evenings and hours off.

Imo Connett
JCC Camp Chi

Frequently asked questions

How do I become a ceramics and pottery teacher at camp?

When you begin your application you’ll be asked to select your top skills. Make sure you choose ceramics. Go into detail about what you’re going to bring to the role, your skill level and if you’re already qualified. A camp director will then be able to assess if you’re a good fit and invite you to their camp.

How can I make my ceramics application stronger?

The more experience working with children you can gain before the summer, the better your application. Look to schools and local art projects to volunteer with and build up your own portfolio through self motivated work or classes.

How many children should I expect to teach in one lesson?

Campers will come down to the session as a division (age group). Divisions can range from 10-30 campers. You’ll have the assistance of counselors but it will be up to you to instruct a small group.

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