Employment Opportunities

We take pride in our Tinker Family and offer a variety of benefits to our employees. We support professional development and growth through regular staff development days and opportunities, hold Tinker Community Nights to come together as a staff over food, music, or other fun events around town, as well as offer artistic opportunities with discounted tuition for our children's and adult classes. Thanks for your interest in being a part of our lively studio! 

We are currently accepting applications for:

  • Art Instructor - Adult Classes
  • Art Instructor - Children's & Teen Classes
  • Assistant Teacher & Studio Assistant
  • Substitute Assistant Teacher - Children's Classes & Parties

All interested candidates should possess the following qualifications:

  • Excellent people skills, enjoyment for being around people and for being a part of a team
  • Genuine enjoyment for and enthusiasm about working with people
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently and with a positive work ethic
  • Exude genuine warmth, patience, and an understanding of child development phases (children's positions)
  • Excellent organization and communication skills

Please thoroughly review our website prior to applying in order to understand who we are, what we do, and to make sure we are a good fit for you.

To apply, please adhere to the following:

  • Please email application materials to: employment@tinkerartstudio.com, in one email which includes:
    1. the title of the position you’re applying for in the subject line of the email
    2. 1-2 paragraphs describing your interest and qualifications in the body of the email. Please answer the following questions: How does your previous work experience qualify you for this position? Why do you want to work at Tinker Art Studio and/or why do you feel that you are a good fit for our team? {Optional, but encouraged: a short (<1 min) video of yourself answering the above questions in lieu of the written response.}
    3. your resume attached as a PDF 

Thanks for your interest in being a part of Tinker!


Art Instructor - Children's & Teen Classes

Tinker Art Studio seeks to hire an energetic, positive and highly qualified Art Teacher to join our team this fall. The Lead Teacher will teach our upper elementary, middle, and high school aged classes at Tinker--approximately 4 classes per week--in addition to Private Lessons when they are booked (typically one to three 1-hour Private Lessons per week). This position will handle a high volume of communication with customers and interactions with children. Therefore, investment in the success of the business, understanding our philosophy and values, understanding child and teen development phases, and maintaining patience and a positive work ethic is of the utmost importance. 

Classes will include teaching realistic drawing, acrylic painting, and theme based classes, private lessons, and more to students ages 9 - 16. Therefore, the applicant should have thorough knowledge of a variety of mediums and teaching techniques within these mediums.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree, teaching license, AND prior experience teaching middle and high school aged students art in a classroom setting is required; If you feel strongly that you have comparable certifications and experience though do not hold a teaching license, we still encourage you to apply
  • Experience with painting, drawing, mixed media, and other art mediums
  • A thorough understanding of the lesson planning process, including Backwards Design lesson planning, implementation, and reflection
  • The ability to create original and engaging art lesson plans for a variety of ages and learners, and across a variety of mediums
  • The ability to plan an 8-9 week cohesive class session under one medium or theme
  • Genuine enjoyment for and enthusiasm about working with children and teens
  • Excellent people skills and enjoyment for being around people
  • Ability to multi-task efficiently and with a positive work ethic
  • Experience with arts-integration is preferred

Hours & Details:

  • Approximately 5 teaching hours per week (4 classes of 1.25 hours each) + additional Private Lessons when scheduled. 
  • Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, 3:30-4:45pm and 5:00-6:15pm (class hours) with additional prep time, set up, and clean up time as needed. 
  • Private Lessons have typically been held in the morning or early afternoon hours on Mondays and Tuesdays, but can be scheduled around the instructor's availability. Some availability for Private Lessons is required, however. 
  • Additional Plan Time Compensation: Tinker compensates lead teachers for an additional .2 hours plan time per every teaching hour. Therefore, if teaching 5 hours per week, you are compensated for 6 hours // teaching 7 hours per week, you are compensated for 8.4 hours. Compensation is not based on time in the studio, but on class teaching hours x.2 additional plan time compensation.
  • This position shifts in nature during our Summer Camp season from June through August. More information RE the summer season class hours shift TBD.
  • Position begins in August with our new Fall Session Classes.
  • We are asking for a minimum 1 year commitment to our community. If you are not able to offer at least 1 year with us, we kindly ask you to refrain from applying.

Compensation and Training:

  • We offer a competitive hourly wage based on education and experience starting at $20-$26 per hour. 
  • Required orientation and training meetings are compensated at $12 per hour. This typically runs 3-4 hours. 

Assistant Teacher & Studio Assistant 

This is a very fun position directly working with children and families in an open ended creative environment (Tinker Time) and during our fun and fast-paced Birthday pARTies. In addition to supporting the lead teacher during Tinker Time and Birthday Parties, this position also preps all materials for Tinker Time and Birthday Parties as well as supports other work around the studio. 

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • BA in progress; degrees in or interest in pursuing elementary education and/or art preferred.
  • Understanding of art mediums, techniques and use of materials--Previous experience working with children, especially young children
  • Previous experience in customer service preferred

The successful candidate will: have stamina, be responsible and creative; have a positive attitude and work ethic; be a team player; understand child development stages and the specific needs of children; maintain a high level of professionalism; be successful at identifying and relating to the feelings and perspectives of others; have awareness of and attentiveness to individual needs of children.

Hours and Compensation:

  • $12/hr
  • Fridays, 10:00am - 4:00pm (Studio Assistant: materials prep and studio support work. Hours include a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.)
  • Saturdays, 9:30am - 5:00pm (Assistant Art Teacher for Tinker Time: 9:30am - 12:15pm and Birthday Parties: 12:45pm - 5:00pm when parties are scheduled, which is typically every weekend. 12:15-12:45pm is a 30 minute unpaid lunch break.)
  • Required observation day: Saturday, August 12th
  • Position begins: Friday, August 18th
  • 2 hours of training to be held at a mutually agreeable time before the observation day

Additional Information: 

Please visit our Birthday pARTies and Tinker Time pages to learn more about these programs prior to applying.


Art Instructor for Adult Classes in Acrylics & Life Drawing

This is a very fun position teaching adult classes in Acrylic Painting and Life Drawing three evenings a week. Please visit www.tinkerartstudio.com to learn more about our studio and program offerings.

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Minimum of a bachelor's degree required. 
  • A degree in studio art preferred with a focus on painting is preferred. 
  • Proficiency in acrylic painting. 
  • Proficiency in life drawing and experience managing, working with, and directing a live nude model. 
  • Ability to create, and previous experience creating, your own unique lesson plans in painting and drawing, including experience and the ability to successfully plan and implement an 8-9 week course. 
  • Previous experience working with and teaching adults art required.

The successful candidate will: have stamina, be responsible and creative; have a positive attitude and work ethic; be a team player; maintain a high level of professionalism; be successful at identifying and relating to the feelings and perspectives of others; have awareness of and attentiveness to individual needs of students.

Hours and Compensation:

  • Classes begin the week of August 21st, 2017 and run for 8-9 week sessions
  • Tuesdays - Thursdays, 6:30pm - 8:30pm (class time)
    • Tuesdays: Life Drawing
    • Wednesdays: Intro to Acrylics
    • Thursdays: Acrylics II & Open Access
  • Training to occur over the summer with our current Adult Class Instructor—exact time TBD, but must be able to sit in on some summer classes for observation. 
  • Pay: $20-$26, DOE

Substitute Assistant Teacher

We're looking to build up a small list of wonderful substitutes to support our Saturday Tinker Time class and Birthday Parties when our Assistant Teacher is absent. Subbing at Tinker is a great way to become involved in our studio and we often share open positions with our substitutes before posting publicly. 

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Previous experience working with children, especially young children, required.

The successful candidate will: have stamina, be responsible and creative; have a positive attitude and work ethic; be a team player; maintain a high level of professionalism; be successful at identifying and relating to the feelings and perspectives of others; have awareness of and attentiveness to individual needs of students.

Hours and Compensation:

  • 1.5 hour Orientation Required 
  • Sub hours available on an as-needed basis
  • Saturday sub work hours are typically 9:30am - 5:00pm with a 30 minute lunch break
  • Pay: $12/hr