Volunteer Artist Mentor Description:
Venice Arts is always interested in finding qualified volunteers who can assist with our youth programs. Professionals and college students with
background qualifications in the following may apply: photography, film/video, animation, multimedia and/or visual arts. Many of our mentors use volunteering as a way to gain teaching experience in their field. Others simply want to inspire young people to hone their craft. Volunteers will be trained by Venice Arts staff and given artist mentor assignments, in our Venice programs, and/or at offsite partner locations.
Workshop Structure: Workshops are offered in 2 cycles per year: an intensive 4-week summer camp (July) and a 22-week course during the academic year (Sept-Apr), that includes a 6-week break over the holidays. Each course has 8-13 youth and meets once or twice a week for 2 hours per class. A team comprised of a paid Lead Artist, with background and experience in education, works cooperatively with volunteer artist mentors, to teach the workshops.
Our goal is to provide a teaching and mentoring ratio of 1:3 or 1:4. Volunteer artist mentors are asked to arrive to their assigned workshop at least 30 minutes early to work with the Lead Artist, review the lesson plan, and prepare for that day’s class. Volunteers are welcomed, and encouraged, to prepare and lead lessons, and present their own work, when appropriate. They are asked to closely mentor a designated number of youth in their assigned class. Volunteers are also asked to stay after class for 15–30 minutes to debrief.
Please email an application found on the Venice Arts website at http://www.venicearts.org or ask for an application by writing "Volunteer Artist Mentor App" in the subject line and emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.