What % of Your Day do you Spend Actually Teaching Art?

Teaching art is about a lot more than simply ‘teaching art.’

Between duties, prep periods, travel, assessments, professional development, checking emails, lunch, and other tasks assigned – teaching is a complicated profession.

My own personal art room schedule was crammed! I had 45 minute back to back sessions all day long. The one good thing about this, is my time was spent during the day (for the part) actually in art class working with students. If you have any gaps in your schedule, the ‘powers that be’ will try to fill it with something to ‘keep you busy!’

This got me wondering: How much of your art day is actually spent in art room instructional time (with students, in art class) and how much is spent with ‘everything else?’ Not staff meetings, not recess/lunch duty, not paperwork… actually in an art class working with students and teaching art.

We asked this on our Facebook page awhile ago, and the responses were actually quite surprising, coming in much lower in percentages than I thought. Take a look for yourself.

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So, tell us:  How much of your day is spent actually teaching art? 

What are some of the other ‘things’ you are asked to do? 

Jessica Balsley

Jessica Balsley is the Founder and President at AOE. She is passionate about helping art teachers enhance their lives and careers through relevant professional development.


  • Heather

    I teach high school ceramics and sculpture and spend roughly 50% of my time with classes (thats assuming an 8-9 hour day). Julie (in your facebook post) brings up a good point that there are times where students are self directed so as the teacher I will be doing other jobs in class while they work (while monitoring and helping as needed of course!). The rest of my time varies depending on what is most pressing, but it includes: studio tech jobs (making glazes, loading/unloading kilns and recycling clay are the big ones), responding to emails, grading, developing/refining lesson plans and other activities, blogging (on school/class blog), and then all the additional admin work I have as a class moderator and curriculum mapping lead… oh plus bathroom and lunch

    Wow. I haven’t ever though to look at how my day to day time was spent.