We are currently recruiting Contract Art Instructors
A little about us:
The Homer Watson House and Gallery is a not-for-profit gallery located in Kitchener with the mission to celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson, the first notable Canadian landscape painter, through the appreciation, enjoyment, and practice of the arts. We do this by offering public art programs for children, youth, adults, and seniors both in our gallery and around the community.
A little about what we are looking for:
We are interested in inviting artists with a passion for facilitating art learning and exploration. We are accepting class proposals in all disciplines.
Frequently asked questions:
- How does compensation work? In-person classes are paid with an hourly rate based on experience. Virtual classes are split 50/50 in registration profit.
- How does the schedule work? The schedule is flexible at the moment. We will do our best to balance it with other programs offered at the gallery.
- What are the age groups? Children’s classes range from 6 -14 years old. Majority fall in the category between 8 – 12 years old. Adult classes range from 14 – 99 years old.
- How long are the classes? Sessions can be any where from 1 – 6 weeks. With each class 1 – 2 hours in length.
- How many projects are typically accomplished? It’s up to you. Typically, the younger the class, the more projects made.
- Course and material price? The price is determined by the gallery with your consultation. Keep in mind that participants will be purchasing all materials in addition to their registration. Also, the convenience of getting materials is an extra challenge during the pandemic. Courses will have better registration if they are not too costly. Our aim is to make art as accessible as possible.
- Who handles the logistics? Homer Watson handles the registration and customer correspondence. This includes setting up the Zoom link. The instructor is responsible for sending the gallery reference photos for virtual classes and promotion, material lists. We will also request feedback from the participants afterwards.
- Who handles the supplies? Homer Watson organizes materials kit pick up at the gallery if required. Depending on the mediums, we’ve found that most participants already own a lot of the art materials. We would need sufficient amount of time to order materials and distribute them to the participants if it’s a specialized material list.
What we need from you:
We will need a proposal form filled out completed with images:
Summer (Jul-Aug 2022): Due June 1st, 2022
Fall (Sep-Dec 2022): Due June 30th, 2022
Winter (Jan-Mar 2023): Due Oct 15th, 2022
Spring (Apr-Jun 2023): Due Jan 30th, 2023
- Once the proposal is accepted, we will send you a contract.
- Please note, we do require a background check in accordance with Ontario’s provincial laws. All staff and instructors working with the public require a criminal record check including Vulernable sector screening.
Homer Watson House and Gallery is committed to equity in all aspects of its operations. We encourage applications from indigenous people, persons with disabilities, ethnic or racial minorities, immigrants and refugees, Francophones, LGBTQI+ persons, women, and persons of all socio-economic walks of life.
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Education and Public Programs Coordinator
The Project Researcher and Digitization Officer will report directly to the Director/Curator. They will work with the HWHG team to digitize the letter archive and upload it to our collections database with public access.
About Homer Watson House & Gallery
Homer Watson House and Gallery is one of the oldest operating art galleries in Canada. Our mission is to preserve and celebrate the legacy of Homer Watson’s creative spirit by stimulating the appreciation, enjoyment and practice of the visual arts.
Homer Watson House & Gallery will fulfill its mission by engaging in a three-part program of:
- Preservation and Collection of Homer Watson’s art, his home studio and gallery and the heritage of his life, his times and that of Phoebe Watson and the Doon School of Fine Arts.
- Exhibition of Homer Watson’s body of work and regular shows of contemporary local and regional artists.
- Education and enrichment through events and instructional programs in the visual arts.
- Inspire creativity, knowledge, and ideas through art.
- Celebrate diversity and inclusivity in our activities and working practices.
- Recognize the inherent value of the natural environment.
- Improve accessibility.
- Operate in a fiscally responsible way to ensure long term sustainability of the organization.
- Develop meaningful relationships within our region and the broader arts community.
As an operating museum and art gallery we are always looking to improve access to our collections. This role will fulfill part of a large project to digitize our collections. Tasks may include but are not limited to:
- Create and implement a transcription strategy
- Work with the collections management team to transcribe our letter archive following our transcription guidelines
- Create a transcription alphabet to help with future transcriptions
- Research when necessary to help determine context of handwritten materials
- Assist with promotion for launch of letter archive on public access site
- Photograph and/or scan collections materials following our digitization strategy
- Upload transcribed materials to Past Perfect
- Coordinate translation of materials to French
The Ideal Candidate
To be fantastic in this role you:
- Are comfortable working as part of a team.
- Have experience working in arts and culture.
- Have a good understanding of HWHG and what we do.
- Have experience with Past Perfect or another similar collections management system.
- Are competent with computer systems (Microsoft Office, Adobe Suite, etc.)
- Are available to work a flexible schedule.
- Have a degree or related experience in heritage or museums
- Have a strong attention to detail.
- Have experience completing transcriptions of historical handwritten documents
- Personable, professional, and diplomatic.
- Experience in project management would be an asset
Interested applicants should submit a resume and covering letter to firstname.lastname@example.org by August 5, 2022.
Job Type: 6 month contract