Mobile Arts Program

Art for Everyone!

Mobile Arts Program

For over 25 years, one of the major community contributions of the SSA has been its “Mobile Arts Program.”  Supported by generous donors, we recruit and then mobilize art teachers to go out into the community to teach; we supply them with materials they need; and we pay them.

Especially during times like the present, when most public schools have cut back in art education, this program offers hands-on learning and demonstrations by practicing artists. The high-quality educational programs we organize complement classroom curriculum and last year provided more than 3000 teaching (“contact”) hours in local San Antonio classrooms.

Each year, we teach serious art — including color theory, composition, form and more — to over 4000 students in San Antonio schools, in media such as book arts, drawing and painting, clay, sculpture, weaving, design and architecture.

For instance, the Architecture in Schools program we developed in concert with practicing architects is a 10-week curriculum for 3rd and 5th grade students that has received statewide acclaim. Students practice skills in observation, applied math, measurement, language and construction, with a focus on scale, balance, structure and forces, all in the context of neighborhood, community and sustainability. There’s lots of visual presentations, drawing, model building, and journaling, as well as neighborhood walks and a field trip to an architect’s office.

Teachers and administrators should contact Patricia Morales, Young Artist Programs Director, at 210.224.1848for a complete program description.

The Mobile Arts Program is always interested in recruiting new talent to teach students. If you are interested in becoming an on-call adjunct instructor, see the full job decription and how to apply below:

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR

The Southwest School of Art is hiring on-call teaching artist (visual) to teach and manage the operational details of education programs, workshops and classes. We currently have opportunities for teaching artists to work with diverse students at school sites and community centers. A majority of our teaching opportunities are held on a campus and after school between the hours of 3:30 – 6:00 p.m. We have strong support and partnership with school site managers, teachers, counselors and principals who are eager to meet our teaching artists! At each site, you will represent the SSA and share not only your knowledge about the visual arts but also knowledge about opportunities we offer such as our scholarship programs, Saturday Morning Discovery and Summer Art Studios. The operational details teachers will be responsible for include: setting up the classroom/space you will be working, cleaning up after class, preparing and organizing supplies needed for your class as well as documenting and evaluating how your class was successful. The MAPs our teachers participate in are meant to be engaging, interactive and at times, a learning opportunity for students who may not have ever had an arts learning experience before. There are many opportunities to participate in other education programs that represent the SSA throughout the year as well.

Required Qualifications:

  • Available weekday afternoons (M-F) between the hours of 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
  • Degree in Art, Art History or Education is preferred (we may consider experience and/or students who are pursuing these degrees and have a strong visual arts background)
  • Flexibility to work with multiple sites and for varying degrees of time (some of our campuses have three to six month contracts, some can only afford programs for a month)
  • Personable, outgoing and enthusiastic
  • Reliable, responsible, organized and desire to learn and be a team player
  • Must be able to stand on his/her feet for extended periods of time and to lift 25 pounds
  • Loves kids and loves teaching (experience with Elementary, Middle school a plus!)
  • Ability to pass a background check


The teaching schedule will begin in September. We are interviewing and hiring NOW! We accept applications for these positions on a rolling basis throughout the year.   If you are interested in applying for a MAP teaching artist position please send your cover letter, resume and sample lesson plan to:

Patricia Morales, Director of Young Artist Programs, at pmorales [at] swschool.org.