Schools in the USA
Back to Career Search     

Craft Instructor


Crafts. When you think of them, you probably have visions of painted pinecones, woven bracelets, and a finger painting or clay pinch pot. Well, crafts go far beyond those simple stereotypes.

Craft instructors teach people things like candle making, soap making, weaving, pottery, carving, silk-screening, photography, wood working, sewing, and glass blowing, among others. These instructors are often artisans themselves, experts in a craft that they long to share with others.

Craft instructors teach ongoing classes to groups of regular students. They teach weekend workshops, host drop-in crafting sessions, and give one-to-one instruction in students' homes. They teach beginners the fundamentals of the craft, as well as skilled artisans looking to brush up on skills and advance themselves as artists.

Not only are craft instructors educators, but they are also historians, who have a thorough background in the cultural traditions in which their craft developed. They are also business people, who often manage instruction as an entrepreneurial endeavor.

Craft instructors are important to us, as they bring art and creativity to the public. They help even the most unskilled artist create beauty and power through artistic endeavors.
         Related Careers
arrow Acting Teacher
arrow Actor
arrow Aerial Photographer
arrow [ view all related careers ]

Program Spotlight
Matching School Ad
Grand Canyon University
There's still time to apply to Grand Canyon University and pursue your education. Learn more today!
Programs Offered:
  • M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • M.A. in Gifted Education
  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • And more...



  Interests and Skills  
Craft instructors must be patient, kind and understanding of others' abilities and talents. They should have a sound knowledge of many aspects of crafting, and be extremely skilled in the area they teach. They should have leadership skills as well as very good communication skills. Craft instructors must be open to many types of people, cultures and backgrounds, and should be able to treat everyone equally. They should be fair, kind and enjoy people. If they choose to go into business for themselves, they should have some knowledge about business practices.

  Typical Tasks  
  • Meet regularly with students
  • Plan lessons
  • Organize advertising for classes
  • Arrange to purchase supplies for students
  • Supervise student progress
  • A typical day for a craft instructor will involve a lot of preparation. There will be pricing of materials, planning each lesson and contacting suppliers. Each day that involves teaching will be spent analyzing student progress, advising them on ways to improve their techniques, and looking for innovative ways to teach skills, concepts, and the tricks of the trade. There is a lot of interpersonal interaction. Craft instructors who don't teach out of their own homes will travel throughout the community to recreation centers, students' homes and studios, as well as internationally, to fairs, festivals, and workshops to learn new skills and techniques from other cultures and traditions.

  Workplaces, Employers and Industries  
  • Craft instructors teach out of their homes, in their students' homes or out of a studio they have alone or share with other artists and instructors. They may be in business for themselves, work for an instructor franchise or craft school, or work with government agencies such as recreation and community centers, municipal day camps, prisons, hospitals or group homes, or they may be employed in the private sector at overnight camps, nursing homes or with craft stores.

  Long Term Career Potential  
Craft instructors can work with crafting organizations, or can branch out and become independent instructors. They may choose to open their own craft business, and instruct out of a studio or classroom. They can also teach many types of crafts, as well as open up a shop to sell artisans' creations. Some may choose to become full-time artisans themselves, while others may choose to go to teacher's college and teach in public or private schools.

  Educational Paths  
There is no specified path to take if you want to be a craft instructor. Many craft instructors take courses in the area that most interests them, and after years of practicing that art, they choose to share that knowledge with others. They may a course in craft instruction, offered by community colleges, or by a crafting company--there are some franchised crafting organizations that certify instructors and have them teach according to company plans.

Crafting instructors can also be trained teachers, graduates of recreation programs at a college or university, or have completed years of study in fine arts, woodworking, and textile creation and design.

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition, http://www.bls.gov/ooh/
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics, 2002, http://www.bls.gov/oes/2002/oes_nat.htm

Featured Schools

Matching School Ads
Grand Canyon University
Why earn your degree at Grand Canyon University? GCU is a regionally accredited university offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in Business, Nursing, Psychology, Education & more. Apply today!
Programs Offered:
  • M.A. in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • M.A. in Gifted Education
  • M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction
  • And more...

Ashford University
You've found Ashford University, where school comes to you. Earn your bachelor's or master's degree online.
Programs Offered:
  • BA/Education Studies
  • MA/Education - No Specialization
  • BA/Library Science and Media
  • And more...

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) recently received state approval to enroll students with little to no prior college experience. To help ensure student success, the university has created a program especially for these students who plan on starting their college experience for the first time with us.

Programs Offered:
  • MS - Teaching and Learning

Northcentral University

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

Programs Offered:
  • General Education - Doctor of Education
  • E-Learning - EdS
  • International Education - EdS
  • And more...

Concordia University - Portland

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

Programs Offered:
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies
  • M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education
  • M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)
  • And more...

USC Rossier School of Education
Advance your teaching career with an online master's degree from University of Southern California Rossier School of Education.
Programs Offered:
  • Master of Arts in Teaching

Full Sail University - Online
Learning at Full Sail University has always centered around interaction and the exchange of ideas. Our online curriculum fully embraces this philosophy.
Programs Offered:
  • Instructional Design & Technology

Liberty University

Liberty University provides a world-class education with a solid Christian foundation, equipping men and women with the values, knowledge, and skills essential for success in every aspect of life.

Programs Offered:
  • Doctor of Education: Curriculum and Instruction
  • Education Specialist: Curriculum and Instruction/Elementary Education
  • Graduate Certificate: Gifted Education
  • And more...

California University of Pennsylvania

Study online with California University of Pennsylvania.

Programs Offered:
  • Technology Education (Master of Education) - Online
  • Early Childhood Education (Certificate Only) - Online
  • Early Childhood Education (MEd plus Certification) - Online
  • And more...

Baker College Online

Baker College is proud to be the largest independent college in Michigan with the most focused approach to education and training available. With one of the highest graduate employment rates in the country, our mission is to help our students find meaningful employment.

Programs Offered:
  • Secondary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement - Certificate
  • Elementary Mathematics - Additional Endorsement - Certificate

Matching School Ads
  Universities and Colleges
Clarkson UniversityColorado School of MinesDalhousie University
Oral Roberts UniversityPenn State HarrisburgTemple University
The University of HoustonThompson Rivers UniversityUNB Saint John
University of AlabamaUniversity of ArkansasUniversity of British Columbia
University of IowaUniversity of New BrunswickUniversity of Oregon
University of OttawaYork University
Agriculture and Bio-resources | Allied Health and Health Sciences | Applied Business Technology | Architecture
Business Administration | Computer Science | Cosmetology and Esthetics | Culinary, Travel &Hospitality | Dance 
Engineering Technology & Applied Technology |Engineering | Film | Fine Arts and Design | Humanities and Liberal ArtsJustice and Security
| Natural and Applied Sciences | Naturopathic and Holistic MedicineNursingPublic Administration & PolicyReligious and Theological Studies
Sport Sciences and Physical Education | Teacher Education | Theatre
Articles | College News | Videos | Feedback | Career Search
Home | About Us | Contact Us | Faq | Terms of Use | Policy Statement | Site Map | Cities Site Map

Copyright 2003- 2017 QuinStreet, Inc. All Rights Reserved.