Become an Instructor

Interested in teaching an art class at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond?

At VisArts, we offer more than 800 tuition-based art classes a year along with many community partnership program classes, which means we’re always open to hearing from professional artists and arts educators who would like to become instructors.

Instructors are contract employees who are paid based on an hourly rate for the time they spend in the classroom. They receive free enrollment in one VisArts class per session, provided they’ve taught a class in the current session or the previous one, and they are eligible to submit work to our annual faculty exhibition, [work]. We offer professional development programs each year and throw a big instructors-only bash each August.

We don’t require instructors to have master’s degrees or teaching certifications. Plenty of our instructors do have those credentials, and many have been teaching for decades, but VisArts also has a long history of providing practicing artists with their first teaching gig, which is pretty cool, too.

This is a place where it’s okay to experiment—with different media, different artistic techniques and different teaching methodologies. If you’re an artist who’s passionate about creating new work, we think your enthusiasm will rub off your students.

We offer four sessions per year—spring, summer, fall and winter. Some instructors teach one class a session, some teach several a session, and still others teach a class and then take several sessions off before teaching another. Within each session, we offer multiple class formats. Our shortest classes require just a one-day commitment, and our longest classes run for 10 weeks.

If you think you’d enjoy being an instructor at VisArts, you can submit an instructor application form below. This lets us learn more about you, your practice, and asks for a simple course proposal. The most successful course proposals are those that complement but don’t compete with what’s already in our curriculum. We don’t always have the room to bring on new instructors, but we always enjoy reading a great course proposal, and at the very least, we’ll keep it on file. You can expect to hear back from us about your proposal within 2 weeks, often sooner.

We look forward to seeing what you come up with, and hope you’ll enjoy inspiring creativity at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond.

Please note that although we accept instructor applications on a rolling basis, we review these every 1-2 months as we prepare to create our next catalog of class offerings.

Apply to be an Instructor