The application and training process was surprisingly complex. I was a credentialed teacher with a masters in education and 11 years in the classroom, a portfolio of artwork, and excellent referrals and I still had to go through 3 interviews, a demonstration lesson, fingerprinting, and about 25 hours of training (and pass a test) before I was hired to teach an art class to a group of 15 kids.
For my demonstration lesson, I was given a lesson plan and a print of a pastel drawing about a week ahead of time, which I would teach in front of the owners as if it were a full class session. They warned me that a lot of artists have a hard time transitioning from drawing on a tabletop to drawing on an easel. Once again, my experience as a classroom teacher came in handy: I'd been writing on a vertical surface for multiple hours a day, approximately 180 days a year, for over a decade. My demo lesson went well and I was hired.
This was what I made for the demo lesson. I taught it to my first group of KidzArt students a few weeks later.
Next week I'll share the rest of the projects I made during my time as a KidzArt instructor.