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 2023 seasons!  All submissions received will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Please be sure to fill out all forms and send all of the materials listed below.

Application Process

Instructors must submit the following forms for each class they propose:
Class Proposal Form
Materials List
– Studio Equipment Checklist
– 2-3 class sample images

A current CV must also be submitted, but only once if proposing multiple classes. All documents should be emailed to classes@kala.org with the subject line Class Proposal – Your Name.

Once all documents have been submitted, the Program Coordinator will review materials and contact instructors 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 Coordinator 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 Coordinator.

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. Pay ranges from $35-40 per hour, 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 Kala Print Studio or Community Classroom (both are located in Berkeley, CA). The instructor will work with the Program Coordinator to determine the best location, but this will ultimately be dependent on availability of spaces. 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 6 weeks). The Program Coordinator can assist in determining the best time frame.

Generally, classes can be scheduled during weeknights, from 5-9pm and weekends from 10am-8pm.


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.

Classes in the Community Classroom: All participants, including instructors and students will be required to wear masks during class sessions. Exceptions will be made for students who have a medical waiver or disability.

Classes in the Printmaking Studio: As of September 7, 2022, masks are now optional in the studio. 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. Please forward any additional questions to classes@kala.org.