Special Education Art Instructor

Mid Santa Barbara County
Santa Barbara
Part Time, Temporary
Momentum WORK, Inc.

Salary: $24.00 Hourly

Job Type: Temporary Part Time


Under the supervision of the Studio Manger at Santa Barbara Art Works studio-gallery, the Special Education Art Instructor’s responsibilities include developing art curriculums, preparing lesson plans, organizing art supplies, providing developmentally appropriate instruction of art techniques, and ensuring that learners interact and participate in a supportive and respectful manner while working with a wide range of students with varying special needs, as well as working collaboratively with other school educators and support staff as needed.


  • Preparing unique curriculums and appropriate art supplies to transport to special education classrooms at Santa Barbara and Goleta schools.
  • Developing drawing, coloring, and painting techniques using the foundation principles and elements of art and adapting lessons in a way that students with special needs can understand.
  • Providing instruction on the use of media such as graphite and charcoal pencils, as well as mixed media, acrylic, and watercolor paint.
  • Monitoring inventory, sourcing art supplies, and keeping supplies stocked, as needed.
  • Working collaboratively with other Momentum WORK, Inc. Staff, educators, and para educators.
  • Working independently, managing all scheduling of school site visits, and arriving at school sites with adequate time to set up.
  • Adaptability to work with students with varying age and skill levels.
  • Ability to maintain a flexible schedule and drive to school sites.


  • Ability to stand and sit for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to go up and down stairs.
  • Ability to speak, read, hear, and understand technical written material.
  • The employee is frequently required to climb, stoop, twist, or bend and lift to fifty (50) pounds, using proper body mechanics to minimize injuries to self and people served.
  • Full awareness of environmental stimuli.
  • Ability to implement Crisis Management, Safety & Pro Act techniques (training included).

Note: ADA accommodations are available.


  • Bachelor’s degree or associate degree or some formal education and understanding of the foundations of art and education with an emphasis in the areas of education, art, psychology, social services, or related field (work experience may be substituted for education).
  • Two (2) years’ experience working with persons with developmental and/or other disabilities in individual and/or group settings preferred.
  • Experience working with children and teenagers.
  • Capacity to plan art lessons and create curriculums.
  • Plan and implement lesson plans with limited supervision.
  • Communicate and adapt to working with a variety of instructors, para educators. administration staff, and students of varying ages and backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated ability to maintain the highest standards of confidentiality regarding persons served and other related information.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively with all levels of staff within the organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Compassion and respect for persons with disabilities.
  • Ability to demonstrate patience and understanding because people served may have intellectual, emotional, or behavioral challenges, in addition to physical limitations.
  • Will need to be available during any disasters, per disaster plan.
  • Valid CA. Driver’s License: Must have an acceptable driving record as determined by criteria established by the Agency’s insurance carrier and by Agency policy.
  • Valid certification in CPR/First Aid (training included).
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