The Chicago High School for the Arts (ChiArts ®) develops the next generation of artistically gifted, diverse scholar artists through intensive pre-professional training in the arts, combined with a comprehensive college preparatory curriculum. The school approaches the development of students through a whole-student approach and through a continuous learning environment for all staff to continuously develop their understanding of our scholar-artists. We strive to build upon, and improve our practices to make sure we are always serving all of our students to the best of our abilities.
The Chicago High School for the Arts seeks an instructor for a junior level elective course called Photomechanics for the 2018-2019 school year in the Visual Arts department.
The Photomechanics instructor supports the mission of the school by fostering a safe, healthy, and inspiring learning community for students and teachers. Photomechanics (Junior Studio Elective Course) is a 3 hour studio class that takes place Fridays from 2pm - 5pm.
In this course students will explore optical mechanics and the nature of light to conceptualize photography as a material that exists outside of traditional photographic practices. Through experimentation with the materials of photography and discussions/readings surrounding Photographic technologies of the past and present we will gain a new understanding of how we choose to use our cameras, Photoshop, scanners, and printers as tools within a larger creative practice. Together we will expand our idea of what a photograph can be and learn how contemporary practitioners are retooling photography's place in the art world.
- Embrace and promote the ChiArts vision, mission, educational approach, goals, and core values.
- Prepare structured lessons that encourage and foster skill development, critical thinking, applications, and ethics.
- Instruct conservatory level courses, serving students with various learning styles, abilities and needs.
- Employ outstanding classroom management skills and implement the school code of conduct.
- Regularly assess student achievement, skill mastery and career development skills.
- Submit unit plans on a timely basis.
- Manage classroom administration and record keeping including: grades, attendance records, student progress and documentation of student work.
- Manage studio material inventory and equipment: ordering and upkeep.
- Manage studio setup and breakdown of equipment and furniture.
- Document student work for digital portfolio files.
- Regularly communicate with students, parents and other ChiArts staff to share artistic progress, encourage positive behavior, and resolve behavioral and artistic issues.
- Attend and participate in faculty and administrative meetings, parent conferences, open house, other school functions, and in- service professional development sessions.
- Collaborate with the staff to develop “best practices” tailored to the unique philosophy and instructional approach of ChiArts and to the needs of its student population.
- Collaborate with other ChiArts artistic and academic faculty and the larger arts community.
- Perform other duties as the needs of the school and needs of the students may demand (e.g., competitions, exhibitions etc.)
- Work with academic staff to ensure student’s overall success at ChiArts