(Portland, OR) Dual Teaching Intern: Art Education


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It's flexible! We'll work with your schedule.


1819 NW Everett StPortland, OR 97209


( Applications welcome anytime for future sessions)


Portland Child Art Studio & Doodles Academy have partnered to create a unique internship opportunity for educators & students interested in teaching art to elementary students. This internship trains educators to provides an art education to students that enhances children’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Doodles Academy and the Portland Child Art Studio share a common theory: that art can give innumerable benefits to students, but that all art programs are not created equal. Both organizations provide students with art lessons that engage and enable each student to problem solve in their own way, developing the critical, flexible, or creative problem solving skills that can be gestated in a process ­oriented art room, and maximizing their perceptual development.

While the organizations share a philosophy, they approach it in different ways.

Throughout this internship, students will assist in weekly classes, alternating between the Portland Child Art Studio and Doodles Academy, and will therefore be exposed to the variety of teaching techniques and styles available to them while still maintaining an environment that supports child-centered learning. Interns will twice be responsible for teaching a class of their own design.

In addition, through readings and discussion, interns will receive a foundation in perceptual development, as well as gain an understanding of different ways art can benefit learning across all subject matters, and how best to maximize those effects when teaching.

This opportunity would be great for art students who are interested in art education, or general education students interested in learning best-practices that they can use when bringing art into their classroom.

  • Assisting with weekly classes (excepting holidays and school breaks), 12 total

  • Designing and teaching a lesson every 6 classes

  • Weekly readings and discussion

  • Regular meetings with lead teachers to receive feedback

  • Resourcefulness, creativity, adaptability, flexibility, and ability to exercise sound judgment and work calmly under pressure

  • Reliability

  • Willingness to receive feedback

  • Interest in education and learning styles

About Us:

The Portland Child Art Studio is dedicated to supporting the perceptual development of children through artistic learning, in a studio environment integral to the learning process.

PCAS honors the idea that a child’s art reflects their engagement with a natural creative process that is unique to each child. PCAS believes in the power of artistic learning, experimentation, exploration, play, and discovery as the foundation upon which children will begin to build a life-long relationship with art.

The studio provides weekly classes for kids ages 3-14, including homeschool, afterschool, and preschool age classes, as well as Girls Art Clubs for various ages. PCAS provides Open Studio times twice a week for families to use the studio space as an art educational resource and provides an art elective program for middle school students at Skyline Elementary School. PCAS also commits to curating two yearly child art exhibitions in the community in celebration of child art. http://portlandchildart.org/index.html

Doodles Academy aims to expand children's access to high-quality arts education, envisioning a world where every child receives an arts education that inspires and rewards creativity, growth and problem solving.

Doodles achieves this goal by providing an online curriculum that includes video examples, lesson plans, supply lists, and links to Common Core and Visual Art standards. Doodles Academy makes it easy for educators of all types and experience levels to bring a comprehensive and open-ended art curriculum to their students.

Doodles Academy projects allow room for every child to tell her own story. By providing lessons that scaffold skills and ideas, students are challenged to think complexly without becoming overwhelmed. Discussion and exploration is built into each project, encouraging students to find their own creative solutions. http://www.doodles-academy.org/

How To Apply Email resume and letter of intent to info@doodles-academy.org


  • Teaching / Instruction

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Requirements & Commitment

  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • 2 hours per week

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