Virtual Summer Camp Art Instructor

 Job Title:

Virtual Summer Camp Art Instructor 

Hourly Wage Rate:


Start and End Dates:

June 7 – September 10 (13 weeks) and June 21, 2021 – August 27, 2021 (10 weeks) 

Number of Hours per Week:


Work schedule:

Monday – Friday 

Tasks and Responsibilities 

In 2021 the Summer Camp Art Instructors will support a team in the planning and delivery of an 8-week online, live-zoomed, summer half-day camp program. Programs are carefully researched, developed and facilitated to optimize experiential learning of artistic mediums, techniques and concepts that help to build confidence, improve visual literacy, expand skills and enhance appreciation for the arts in a safe, welcoming and creative online space. Children may virtually explore original Canadian artworks of historical and contemporary art in the permanent collection of a Class “A” gallery, providing a strong framework for looking at, understanding and appreciating fine art. 


  • The candidate for Virtual Summer Camp Art Instructor will collaborate with summer staff to research and develop detailed and flexible lesson plans for individual program delivery under the direction of the Summer Camp Program Co-ordinator. 
  • They will employ strategic and visual thinking strategies that encourage idea-based learning to deliver high quality, well organized, planned art, STEM and nature based programs, employing samples and hands-on, virtual demonstrations while being flexible and adapting the plans to accommodate diverse backgrounds, learning styles and abilities of all participants. 
  • Instructors will plan activities and create supply lists managing a budget under the direction of the Summer Camp Program Co-ordinator. 
  • Instructors must engage child participants ensuring that all understand the day’s activity, are following the activity, feel included and empowered to learn new skills virtually in a safe, fun and creative atmosphere. 
  • Instructors will be responsible for set-up and clean up duties, around each day’s live zoom, act as either teachers of or moderators/technical support for camp programs and engage in constant communication with the Summer Camp Co-ordinator for smooth operation on a daily basis. 
  • Responsibilities also include preparing weekly parent newsletters and handouts, which highlight learning outcomes and activities and which will evaluate individual programs upon completion to provide methods of improvement and feedback used for future program development. 
  • Instructors will participate in a mentorship program to assist less experienced staff, hosting sharing circles and team building exercises as possible. 
  • Instructors assess and solve many different customer service issues, camper or parent complaints in a timely and professional manner. 
  • They will complete intensive training with the Summer Camp Program Director, City and Gallery staff in order to lead engaging and interactive virtual exhibition tours, taking into account cultural and social sensitivities of participants. 


  • Educational background in a visual arts related field such as visual arts, art history, arts administration, museum studies or Education 
  • Experience with hands on teaching of arts and/or crafts 
  • Be comfortable with interactive teaching through online platforms 
  • Have a proven ability to communicate effectively in English 
  • High Five Certification 
  • Standard First Aid with CPR ‘C’ 
  • Clear and Valid Police Vulnerable Sector Check 

This position is funded in part through the Canada Summer Jobs Program 

To be eligible, candidates must: 

  • be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment; 
  • be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act; and, 
  • be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations. 

The Varley Art Gallery of Markham is committed to employment equity and building strength through diversity as per the City of Markham’s Diversity Action Plan. We welcome applications from all qualified candidates and encourage women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and Aboriginal peoples to apply. 

To apply, please submit your cover letter and resume through the City of Markham’s Employment Portal at: