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Do You Need a Degree to Teach Others to Draw?

By Yann, published on 20/11/2018 We Love Prof - IN > Tutoring > Advice for Tutors > How to Become an Art Teacher

Are you a fanatic of arts, drawing, sketching and painting? Is it your passion to teach others how to draw?

You can’t imagine your life without painting and without holding a charcoal in your hand all day long?

You wish to round off your end of the month by offering painting or drawing workshops?

To make your dream come true of passing on your artistic expertise, you can give drawing private courses and even teach plastic arts in school. For many, tutoring jobs seem attractive as alternative jobs for ex teachers.

However, do you know the necessary diplomas required to give drawing courses? Depending if you give private drawing lessons at home or you wish a position in a school, the required training might change.

SuperProf tells you everything to help you reach your goals and teach drawing to passionate students just like you.

How to Teach Art: What Qualifications do You Need?

To give private lessons in drawing, watercolour, portrait, the human figure, or still life; no degree is officially required. Your experience however is what matters! Well, that’s the theory.

If you have been fascinated by watercolours for a long time, you can give private lessons in watercolour and help your students to progress. With your personal techniques and your expertise, you will help them faster than if they were registered in a multidisciplinary group course.

Giving drawing lessons can help you pass on your knowledge and help students to master artistic techniques such as hatching, shading, rendering…drawing basic shapes, learning to draw people or more complicated techniques such as portrait drawing or still life drawing.

By showing your accomplishments, and explaining the drawing techniques or basic painting concepts to your students, you will manage to build confidence. Still, it’s necessary to have the opportunity to do it.

For example, you can offer a meeting or a first free drawing class to show them your artistic skills (oil paint, watercolour, sketch in the red chalk, artistic collage, oil pastel, etc.).

If you don’t have a diploma in drawing and you are in competition with a person who studied at an Applied Arts School, keep in mind that you still can get new students for a painting workshop!

And yes, your personality, but also your accomplishments in painting or drawing, your participation in associations or artistic projects can make weigh the balance in your favour.

Follow these tips to find students for your art lessons!

Get qualified to teach drawing and painting classes with a diploma Is it necessary to choose between a qualified art teacher or an amateur to make a painting course? Photo on VisualHunt.com

On SuperProf, every art teacher can make a detailed overview of their experience on their profile, explain the art course offered, their mastered drawing techniques, and show his artistic realizations.

To see the profiles of private art teachers that offer courses and workshops of painting, visit our website.

To speak clearly, if you give drawing courses, you should also have at least one of the following:

  • A high school diploma in literature option arts
  • To have done a Fine Arts School training
  • To have done a preparatory school for entrance to top art schools
  • To have done a two-year technical degree in visual creation
  • To have a Master’s Degree level to be an art teacher
  • To have the passion and the experience of the drawing or painting practice.

In fact, to give drawing courses, no art degree is required, only the declaration of your teaching activity, in the institution managing social security payments and funds, is necessary to work by the rules.

Keep reading this article, to discover the true roads to find out how to offer painting and drawing (comics, watercolour, collage, etc.) lessons and artistic workshops, private or in groups.

What status do you need to choose to give drawing classes?

What Courses are there to Prepare You to Teach Drawing?

To teach drawing, offer painting classes, organize workshops for drawing or watercolour; it’s better to have a well-furnished CV.

Estienne, Olivier-de-Serres, Duperré, so many big names from the art world that probably make you dream more in the Fine Arts or the Louvre.

To make it, it’s not enough to have talent, an almost military preparation is needed. To pass assessments for applied art schools or Fine arts, it’s recommended following an artistic preparatory school for entrance to the best Art Schools.

This experience can then add value to your profile within the framework of private lessons of drawing, painting, or tutoring for the preparation of the applied arts entrance examinations of art schools!

A preparatory school for entrance to the best art schools will give you all the necessary knowledge to make a success of an artistic study and get used to you to approve the tests.

What do we learn during an artistic preparation?

  • To test the motivation for art studies
  • To prepare an artistic portfolio (that’s some form of advertising)
  • To prepare for the entrance examinations of art schools with subjects of abstraction
  • The foundations of art techniques
  • The artistic expression (visual expression, sculpture, drawing, volume, computer graphics, etc.)

Here are some big names of preparatory classes of applied arts to desire:

After going through preparatory school for entrance to top schools of art, proposing private workshops of painting and drawing to individuals will be a piece of cake!

Be prepared for your drawing courses with all the competences required A set of brushes to follow a private lesson in plastic arts. Photo on VisualHunt.com

MANAA and Private Drawing Courses

In fact, what is MANAA?

It’s an upgrade in applied arts which lasts for 1 year, that allows you to create a portfolio. A big folder with a lot of personal artistic work.

On the other hand, be warned, the working rhythm is very intense with artistic projects to produce every week… Count 3 hours of daily work at the house. Yes.

The program, computer graphics, the history of art, artistic expression, sketch of intention, course of perspective, etc.

To know more about MANAA, we recommend you visiting Academic Courses website with information on the preparation courses.

Note: a MANAA is not an artistic preparation; you will not be prepared for the entrance examinations of applied art schools with a MANAA.

The advantage of the MANAA is that it gives legitimacy to the activity of giving drawing courses. Two things that you will certainly get after a MANAA:

  • Having learned the techniques of drawing and painting, you can pass on tricks to your students.
  • And by having some knowledge of art history as well as the big artistic movements and artists’ big names such as Caravaggio and David LaChapelle, you can help young people to create their files for entrance to MANAA or preparing their high school diploma.

If you adore plastic arts and you want to work on the graphics creation, the design, or to move on to an art school, it’s an excellent springboard that will value your profile of art teacher.

Have you pondered what guidelines to set your tutoring rates by?

Learn painting techniques in a private class What if you learn watercolour in a personalized painting workshop? Photo on Visual hunt

What Diplomas are Required to Become an Art Teacher in School?

Are you currently in school and you wish to teach drawing of the preparatory course the final year of high school?

You are fascinated by painting, sculpture, drawing and other techniques of plastic arts and you want to work in school?

More than a creator of small topics for class, the art professor teaches the bases of the perspective, of drawing, or still the art history.

In parallel, he also has to integrate and master the concepts of education following the example of:

  • Manage a class of young students
  • Create examinations and grading them
  • Organize a program over the year
  • To know how to prepare drawing and painting course and give one to two hours of class
  • Manage the stock of materials (drawing paper, Canson drawing paper, brushes, tubes of paint, glue and other Modeling Paste, etc.)

To get a diploma of art teacher, it’s necessary have a Master degree level and to pass the Secondary School Teacher Certificate of arts.

According to the establishment where the art teacher will give his courses, it can be necessary to have a Vocational Certificate in the Teaching Profession or the Professional Graduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) in plastic arts.

In Trivial Master you will become a crack for the cultural questions that begin with “Who painted Olympia?” or “What work marked the beginning of the Cubism?”.

If your ambitions are to teach in an art school, hang on tight! Indeed, places are expensive, it’s necessary to highlight your creativity, your profile, your artistic accomplishments (projects, exhibitions, works, etc.) and to have obtained a higher national diploma of artistic expression.

You can increase your expertise as an art teacher giving drawing and painting courses Professional painter working on a XXL painting. Photo on Visualhunt

To know all the faculties that the departments of art in different institutions have, it’s enough to do your research on Google with the diploma you need and a location that interests you.

Dying to know the answers to the artistic questions above? It relates to Edouard Manet, who made a scandal with a nude model who looks at the audience, and to the painting Les Demoiselles D’Avignon of Pablo Picasso (1907).

Now you understand, how to can give private lessons in drawing without having any diplomas in decorative arts. However, every artistic formation, MANAA, artistic preparatory school for entrance to top art schools or a diploma by the state adds values your professor drawing profile!

Simply put, every art diploma will allow you to increase your rates as a drawing teacher and to gain students in your course.

Artistically yours.

Now discover everything you need to know to teach your students how to draw!


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