Teaching Adult Classes at Kala

If you are interested in teaching adult classes at Kala, please read the following guidelines and considerations. Please forward any additional questions to classes@kala.org.

We are accepting class proposals for the July – December 2024 season!  Interested teaching artists should complete this preliminary Google form by March 8, 2024.

Application Process

Interested teaching artists (including those returning) should complete this Google form. We will review completed forms and follow up with submissions that we are interested in offering this upcoming season. We will then ask teaching artists to complete and submit the following:
– Class Proposal Form
Materials List
– Studio Equipment Checklist
– A current CV/Resume 

– 2-3 class sample images

Once all documents have been submitted, the Program Manager will review materials and contact teaching artists with any follow up questions, or if they decide to proceed with the proposed class(es) . If your proposal is accepted, you will work with the Program Manager to set preferred class dates, time and duration, as well as review and finalize the class information before it is added to our website.

Requirements & Expectations of Instructors

Once the class proposal is accepted, the instructor may be asked to submit a more detailed class syllabus to help Kala staff get a better sense of the class and answer participant questions.  A contract, Covid Waiver/Agreement, proof of vaccination, and a signed W9 form will be required two weeks prior to the start of the instructor’s first class. Instructors will be required to complete an in-person orientation of facilities with the Program Manager

Kala will promote classes on the website, social media, and newsletters. Instructors will also be expected to promote and share class details on their own social media, newsletters, and networks.


Instructors at Kala are paid hourly, with all new instructors starting at $35/hr. Pay increases with continuous engagement with Kala (i.e. if you continue teaching classes at Kala over the years) and/or if the class(es) have high enrollment and demand.

Instructors are paid 1 hour of prep/cleanup for the first class session, and 30 min of prep/clean up for every session thereafter. Instructors are encouraged to have students assist in the cleanup process.

Instructors will also receive a 25% discount on a Kala adult class of their choosing.


Classes may be hosted in-person at the Heinz Printmaking Studio or San Pablo Community Classroom (both are located in the same building in Berkeley, CA). The location will be assigned by the Program Manager based on facility and equipment needs. An orientation will be required 2-4 weeks prior to the start of the first class session.

Duration of Classes

Class duration can vary depending on the class content. Classes can be proposed as one-day workshops (1-6hrs), weekend intensives (2-6hrs per day), or multi-week sessions (2-3hrs per session, for a maximum of 8 weeks). The Program Manager can assist in determining the best time frame.

Generally, classes can be scheduled during weeknights, from 6-9pm and weekends from 10am-4pm.


Instructors are responsible for procuring all consumable materials ahead of the first day of class. They are also responsible for calculating the Materials Fee per participant (typically in the range of $10-40.) It is the instructor’s responsibility to collect the Materials Fee from each participant on the first day of class. Kala may be able to provide some tools, depending on availability.

Covid Safety Guidelines

Instructors and students will be required to present proof of vaccination to Kala to teach in-person classes. Participants are also required to present proof of vaccination. Photos of vaccination cards should be sent via email (classes@kala.org) or uploaded via your ActiveNet account.

As of February 14, 2023, masks are now optional but recommended in all Kala spaces. However, it is at the discretion of the instructor. Please bring and wear a mask inside the studio until the instructor says otherwise.

Kala has created a detailed list of safety guidelines for all Education Program, Adult Classes participants. You can read them on our Safety Guidelines page.