Program for arts integration for new teachers (p.a.i.n.t.)


Arts Integration Menomonie (A.I.M.) accepts applications from
pre-service teachers to participate in P.A.I.N.T.

- “Program for Arts Integration for New Teachers” -

p.a.i.n.t. represents a partnership among
Uw-Stout and community organizations in which pre-service teachers are hired into paid internships as a means of introducing them to the role of teacher.

DEFINED: A PRE-SERVICE TEACHER is someone who is in the process of becoming a teacher.

about the P.A.I.N.T. program

P.A.I.N.T. is a teaching internship program based at the University of Wisconsin-Stout which partners with local organizations to offer arts programming led by university students who are studying to become teachers. Through hands-on teaching internships, pre-service teachers (UW-Stout students in teacher education programs and/or Menomonie High School students who are considering a career in teaching) are hired teach arts-based classes in the community. P.A.I.N.T. internships provide pre-service teachers with an opportunity to experience the challenges and rewards of assuming the instructional responsibilities of a teacher. The P.A.I.N.T. pre-service teacher intern grows their competence and confidence in teaching through practice and reflection, and by connecting with other pre-service teachers and professionals in education. The P.A.I.N.T. intern begins as a participant-observer and assumes greater responsibility through additional internships, ultimately completing their degree program and entering the profession as a competent and confident teacher.

Through the P.A.I.N.T. program, the pre-service teacher (pursuing a teaching career) will:

  • Gain early and ongoing hands-on teaching practice in educational settings with children.

  • Collaborate with other pre-service teachers and career teachers to plan lessons and share teaching responsibilities.

  • Learn and develop arts-based skills and lessons to incorporate into future teaching.

  • Reflect on their growth as an emerging teacher.


increase pre-service teachers’ competence, confidence, and happiness in teaching through authentic arts-integrated teaching experiences (and retain pre-service teachers in the teaching career)


Hands-on teaching experiences have a significant impact on the professional growth of an emerging teacher. These experiences are deepened when teachers and students come together in artful collaboration and creation.
In the P.A.I.N.T. program,

  • Student interns are employed in career-related teaching internships that prepare them for their future as a teacher.

  • Pre-service teacher interns experience significant growth in their teaching abilities, including instructional methods, student engagement, classroom management, lesson planning, formative assessment, and arts integration.

  • Pre-service teacher interns experience increased comfort, confidence, and joy (and resilience) in teaching.

  • Pre-service teacher interns expand their teaching “tool kit” through arts-integrated skill development and instructional practice.

  • Pre-service teacher interns realize the importance of self-expression and creativity in a child’s education, and they develop a teaching philosophy that embraces aesthetic literacy.

  • Pre-service teacher interns value feedback from teaching professionals on their teaching and are reflective about the practice of teaching.

  • Pre-service teacher interns build relationships and lasting support networks with each other and with teaching mentors.

  • Pre-service teacher interns become more secure in their career choice, and following graduation from their degree program, they enter the teaching profession feeling thoroughly prepared.

WHY should you apply for a P.A.I.N.T. internship?

  • You want to be a teacher “when you grow up.”

  • You want a paid teaching gig before your “official” teaching job; you want to work in a job that actually relates to and prepares you for your future career as a teacher.

  • You want work hours that are compatible with your course schedules.

  • You want to earn a competitive wage (nearly double the rate of a university work study student).

  • It will look great on a resume! You will gain professional references for future teaching positions.

  • You want to improve your teaching abilities.

  • You want to improve your skills in using the arts.

  • You want to develop lessons that you can incorporate into your future teaching curriculum.

  • You want to feel more comfortable and confident in front of students, and you want to have fun at your job.

  • You want to experience what it is like to be a teacher to make sure it is a good fit for your future career.


hear it from our interns!

Marko Pechnik, Art Education


P.A.I.N.T. internships have allowed me to go out into the field and experience what it is like to move out of the comfort of the classroom and teach students in schools or provide lessons for students through special programs, such as the P.A.I.N.T. international program. Being a P.A.I.N.T. intern allows me to see my strengths and weaknesses through these hands-on experiences. When I am better able to understand my difficulties in teaching I can narrow my focus in specific subject I am learning in school. Overall, this experience has brought nothing but positivity in my life. I feel proud of myself for being able to take over a classroom of 15-20 children, and I am excited to be able to showcase the beautiful creations my students make on our BLOG. It has only made me more confident in my ability to be a better educator.
                                 - Marko Pechnik, Art Education program, UW-Stout

(Fall 2016) P.A.I.N.T. Saturdays/P.A.I.N.T. International
(Fall 2016/Spring 2017) Wakanda Elementary School - Mosaic Mural project
(Fall 2017) Knapp Elementary School - Mosaic Mural Project   
(Spring 2018) UW-Stout Library - Mosaic Mural Project


Sami Cromer, Early Childhood Education

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I absolutely loved being a PAINT intern! It was the first time a majority of us (the interns) get a chance to lead a class in art lessons. We have the ability to decide what we are going to do each day and the experience helped a lot with developing classroom management skills as well. After being a PAINT intern, I am very confident in my decision to become a teacher! It is a very reassuring feeling, almost like the semester of being a PAINT intern was a little sneak peak into what our future looks like. I was so grateful that this opportunity was offered to ECE students, like myself, and not just Art Education students. It gave me the opportunity to explore a variety of art projects that I could possibly do in my future classrooms because I think it is so important to incorporate the arts in the early childhood classrooms. I loved bringing new projects to the class everyday and seeing how simple it is to connect a history or language concept to the project. I had a wonderful experience and hope to be an intern again next year!
                         - Samantha Cromer, Early Childhood Education

(2016) Art Around the World, Rocky’s K-2 Afterschool Program
(Fall 2017) Making Stories Come Alive, Boys and Girls Club


Sarah Bennett,
Art Education


As an art education major, and a lover of teaching, I am constantly searching for opportunities to gain experience in my field. The P.A.I.N.T. program provided me with a remarkable opportunity by hiring me to co-teach an art class for the Boys and Girls Club of Menomonie. I cannot even describe the full extent to which this internship impacted me and my capacity to teach children. The class was run entirely by my partner and I, with a supervisor from the club to assist us if necessary. We were able to arrange our own projects for the class, which was very exciting for the two of us—it was just like writing our own curriculum. The students were fantastic to work with. They would scurry into the room every day, eager to hear what our next project was. The passion that children have for making art is what inspired me to become an art teacher in the first place, and this class has reaffirmed that.
The internship was an incredible learning experience as well. As with any class, there were a few children that misbehaved. It was helpful to have a supervisor, but my partner and I tried as much as possible to manage the classroom by ourselves. It was certainly challenging, but it is something we must practice because one day we will have to maintain our own classrooms. In addition to classroom management, my experience with the P.A.I.N.T. internship also provided me with practice in lesson planning, instruction, and working in a professional setting. Teaching this class has made me significantly more confident in my teaching abilities. Every time I have the opportunity to teach children, I become more and more enthusiastic about my future as an art teacher.       
- Sarah Bennett, Art Education

(Fall 2015) Beginning Drawing, Boys and Girls Club
(Summer 2016) Beading, Tie Dye, and Henna, Oh My!, Boys and Girls Club