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What In The World Constitutes An Art Education Career?

Art is one of the most exciting and constantly evolving industries in the world and an art education career is just as exhilarating.

The Lost ‘R’ In Education:

Education has always revolved around three areas, Reading, wRiting and aRithmetic, but now a fourth ‘r’ is coming into focus. Until recently this ‘r’ has always been around, but usually considered an elective or extra study. Let’s think about this for a moment…what is the most popular activity in America today? Watching Television!

Television entertainment is an art and working in the entertainment industry is one example of an art education career.

Art; a unique form of expression and communication:

Reading, writing, poetry, painting & sculpture, music, dance and storytelling are all forms of expression and communication. Broken down and/or combined they create a diverse array of opportunities for art, education and possible careers. Let’s look at each one individually.

  • Reading: Being able to read is essential to live in today’s society. If you’re able to read, you can teach someone else to read, therefore teaching is an art education career.
  • Writing: Some say that writers are made, not born. However, there are numerous writers and authors out there with no formal training. Writing is an art, a craft and a gift.
  • Poetry: Ah the written word; exotic, thought-provoking prose. Poetry is a well-known and much loved form of art. Poets speak in a language all their own.
  • Painting & Sculpture: Water colors, oils, marble, clay; all intricate tools of the artists who use painting or sculpture to communicate their thoughts and ideas.
  • Music: Though some don’t always consider it, music is an art form in and of itself. Writing, reading, recording and teaching music are all considered careers in art.
  • Dance: As far back as the dawn of mankind dance has been used to celebrate victories, mourn losses and tell stories. Teaching dance is also an art education career.
  • Storytelling: More than reading from a book, good story telling invokes all the senses.

Some degrees necessary to obtain an art education career:

Though you may be a professional artist, poet, writer or storyteller, it is essential for you to obtain a degree of some sort to teach the arts to others. These degrees help define your art education career.

BA in Art Education: Allows you to teach visual arts to children grades K-12.
MFA: Masters in Fine Art; necessary to teach on the college level.
PHD: The highest level of education obtainable; you can even obtain a PHD in Creative Writing!

Examples of an art education career:

  • Teacher of Visual Arts (painting, writing, sculpture, dance, script/screen writing)
  • Graphic Design
  • Landscaping
  • Architecture
  • Fashion Design
  • Illustration and Animation

Remember, any form of expression or communication is considered art and can be turned into a career.

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