Drawing & Printmaking Instructor

Faculty / Full-Time

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

Walnut Hill School for the Arts seeks an experienced and adaptable Drawing and Printmaking Instructor to join the Visual Art department in the 2024-2025 academic year starting in mid-August 2024.

The Drawing and Printmaking instructor will foster an innovative curriculum that informs and enhances technical skill development and maximizes creative potential in each student. The ideal candidate will blend traditional knowledge with contemporary practices, demonstrating expertise in both drawing and printmaking, and incorporate digital and other modern processes to reflect contemporary art practices. Committed to inclusivity, the successful candidate will foster a learning environment that promotes critical thinking and artistic expression within a global context.

This is a part-time (.8 FTE), benefits eligible 10-month faculty position during the academic year reporting to the Director of Visual Art.

About the Visual Art Department

The Visual Arts program at Walnut Hill is a portfolio driven, foundation style art program that offers a medium-diverse approach to art-making, emphasizing both technical skills, conceptual development, and personal growth. Students take four, three and a half long studio classes each semester that each meet weekly. Students choose from a wide range of artistic disciplines including but not limited to drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, digital media, photography, apparel design, and 2D/mixed media.

Through rigorous studio practice, our students learn to create impactful expressive content that enriches their sense of self, informs their relationship to the world, and empowers their journey of self-discovery. Students go on from the Visual Art Department (VA) to attend the top art universities and colleges in the world. The VA department is dedicated to creating a diverse and inclusive learning environment and we welcome applications from those who will contribute to our mission.

Teaching and Department Responsibilities

  • Teach four 3.5 hour long studio courses for students at various skill levels, from introductory to advanced, covering fundamental drawing principles (line, form, composition, perspective, and shading) and fundamental principles of printmaking techniques (relief printing, intaglio, lithography, and screen printing);
  • Develop curricula that encourage experimentation and exploration of diverse artistic methods, fostering creativity, growth and experimentation beyond the aforementioned fundamentals;
  • Maintain, organize and keep clean the drawing and printmaking studios and all related equipment and supplies to create and sustain an environment for artistic exploration and learning;
  • Engage students with historical and multicultural art approaches, broadening perspectives beyond Western-centric narratives;
  • Facilitate dynamic class discussions, critiques, and provide individualized feedback, aiding students in developing their artistic vision and skills;
  • Maintain regular on-campus hours for student accessibility outside the classroom for mentoring and counseling, supporting students academically and in their adolescent development;
  • Commit to professional development in printmaking and drawing, staying current with advancements and emerging practices; display willingness and ability to grow, learn, explore new approaches, and practice self-reflection;
  • Utilize the learning management system (LMS) to facilitate communication across the school community; take and record attendance, and maintain Class Pages for each academic class; maintain grades, comments, and progress reports as required and as needed; and
  • Keep records of correspondence with parents, progress of advisees, records of teaching practice and student work and utilize the LMS appropriately to communicate student issues.

Collaboration & Community Engagement

  • Support the Student Life program including serving as a student advisor, club advisor, chaperoning school events, weekend duty (4 x per year), and/or participating in other opportunities for community involvement that arise throughout the School year;
  • Participate in the School’s restorative practices; actively learn about and practice anti-racist work;
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues across all departments to foster a positive working and educational environment that supports the School’s mission, vision, and core values;
  • Attend and participate in all department meetings, assemblies, Professional Development days, training and orientation programs, benefit meetings, mandatory seminars, team-building exercises, and safety trainings;
  • Attend and/or engage in student arts productions, shows, exhibitions, and performances.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Fine Arts or equivalent experience, specializing in Drawing, Printmaking, or a related field;
  • Previous teaching experience in printmaking and drawing at the high school or college level preferred; formal experience with lesson planning, grading rubrics, and narrative assessment of student work;
  • Excellent communication and cultural competency, with the ability to effectively engage and motivate adolescents from diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural, ability, and ethnic backgrounds;
  • Extensive experience as a practicing artist with demonstrated proficiency in various techniques; Openness and familiarity to emerging technologies that impact student artmaking (Artificial Intelligence, Virtual and Augmented Reality, 3D printing, design fabrication, etc.);
  • Proven track record of innovative curriculum design and a pedagogical approach that includes global perspectives and digital processes;
  • Familiarity with collegiate art school programs and career paths that require a strong foundation in visual arts;
  • Organizational skills and attention to detail to manage classroom activities, assignments, and critiques;
  • Ability to thrive in a team-oriented, collaborative educational setting with creative problem solving and the ability to adapt quickly to changing needs;
  • Comfort with technology and willingness to adopt new technologies as needed; strong computer skills and proficiency with Google platform and Microsoft Office Suite; and
  • Share an educational and artistic vision that aligns with the core principles of Walnut Hill.

About Us

Walnut Hill School for the Arts, located in Natick, Massachusetts and 20 minutes from Boston, is an independent boarding and day high school offering a transformational educational experience designed for student artists in grades 9–post graduate. Walnut Hill combines a comprehensive college-preparatory academic curriculum with intensive, pre-professional artistic training in theater, dance, music, visual art, and writing, film & media arts. Walnut Hill is committed to creating and enhancing an inclusive environment, and welcoming and celebrating a wide range of cultural, artistic, and educational backgrounds that compliments and supports our diverse community.

Commitment to the School’s Core Values, of Community, Growth, Excellence, Creativity, and Respect are imperative to the success of all Walnut Hill faculty, staff, and administration members. All Walnut Hill faculty/staff are active and engaged members of the school community who are committed to collaborating and growing in their field, participating in school events, supporting students in their arts, supporting other faculty/staff members, and who have the ability to self-reflect on their own practice. 

Physical Demands

Physical demands include dexterity for tools, equipment, and office machine and supply operation including but not limited to writing, typing, using electronic devices, computer, phone, calculator, copy/fax machine, and printers. Stooping, bending, traveling to/from locations on campus, ascending/descending stairs, reaching, and sitting or standing for extended periods of time are common.  Ability to lift up to 25 lbs required.

Salary: Faculty salaries are based on the School’s salary scale, education, and experience.

To Apply: Interested candidates should submit the following materials in PDF format through the Walnut Hill online Career Center:

  • A detailed resume or CV.
  • A cover letter explaining alignment with the position’s responsibilities and qualifications. The cover letter should also articulate your teaching philosophy and approach to creating an inclusive educational environment.
  • A portfolio with 10-15 images of personal artwork, including a brief artist’s statement.
  • A PDF with 10-15 images of student work from printmaking and/or drawing courses, detailed with media and techniques used.

Priority application deadline is May 31. Applications received after May 31 will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  

Note: All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of state and federal background checks. Walnut Hill does not provide visa sponsorship.

Walnut Hill School for the Arts

Natick, MA
High School, Post Graduate
Boarding, Day
All Gender