How to Grow as an Artist

How to Grow as an Artist

by Daniel Grant

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In this definitive guide to resources, aspiring artists and serious amateurs devoted to their art will find scores of time-tested strategies to help them set up and work safely from a home studio; learn where and how to acquire appropriate art materials; develop their abilities with others as well as create art alone; explore opportunities for education in a wide variety of forms; overcome mental blocks; mat, frame, pack, and ship works of art; and much more. Artists looking to show and sell their work will find no-fail ideas for marketing, exhibiting, and entering the world of galleries. Filled with entertaining success stories, this is one volume for the bookshelf of every artist hoping to attain satisfaction and pleasure though his or her art. Plus, dozens of well-known artists–as well as those successful on their own terms–share their own success stories and sources for artistic inspiration.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781621531227
Publisher: Allworth
Publication date: 10/01/2002
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
File size: 756 KB

About the Author

Daniel Grant is a contributing editor of American Artist magazine. A former art critic for Newsday (Long Island, New York) and The Commercial-Appeal (Memphis, Tennessee), he was editor of Art & Artists from 1978 to 1984. His articles and essays have appeared in such publications as ARTnews, Art in America, New York Times, Washington Post, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Globe, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, The Nation, New York, Art & Auction, and Art & Antiques.

Table of Contents

Part 1The Education of an Artist1
Chapter 1Developing One's Skills with Others3
Continuing Education
Art Classes
The Benefits of Taking an Art Workshop
Workshops for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Artists
Artists Workshops
Tour Booking Agencies
Chapter 2Learning to Make Art Alone27
Correspondence Art Courses
Art Instruction Books and Videocassettes
Online Art Courses
Limited Residency Programs
Chapter 3New Beginnings, Beginning Anew43
Returning to the Art World Later in Life
Starting at the Top
Beginning Again
Switching Professions
Going Back to Art School
Part 2The Artist's Studio53
Chapter 4Studio Practices55
The Home Studio
Selecting Art Materials
Artist-Made Supplies
Custom Art Supplies
Chapter 5Safety in the Studio75
Toxic Ingredients in Art Supplies
Studio Insurance
Part 3Exhibiting and Selling Artwork85
Chapter 6Exhibiting One's Work87
Where to Exhibit
A Short Course in Marketing Artwork
Open-Studio Events
Art Career Help
Marketing Work During the Periods Between Shows
Alerting the Media to One's Artwork
Chapter 7Presenting Your Work Professionally to Dealers, Competitions, and Buyers105
The Value of a Gallery Connection
Introducing Your Artwork to Galleries
To Frame or Not to Frame?
Crating and Shipping Artwork
Should an Artist Be Told What to Do?
Chapter 8Selling Work Independently113
The Private Studio Open House
Artist-Owned Galleries
Co-op Galleries
Chapter 9The High Cost of (Non)Success123
Not Every Chance to Show One's Work May Be Worth It
Fighting Back
Before You Sign ...
Buying One's Way Into an Art Magazine
Not Every Honor Bestowed Upon an Artist Is Worth It
A Pop Quiz
Part 4Seeking Inspiration, Alone, and in Groups133
Chapter 10Finding Inspiration, Overcoming Frustration135
In Search of the Muse
Finding New Inspiration, Creating New Art
Dealing with Criticism and Rejection
Chapter 11Kindred Spirits143
Support Groups for Artists
Chapter 12Artist Societies and Artist Communities153
Miniature-Art Societies
Nature and Wildlife Art
Artists' Communities
Chapter 13Artists' Membership Organizations177
Selected Bibliography205
Sources of Public and Private Grants
Other Soruces of Financial Support for Artists
Career Skills for Artists
Art and the Law
Health and Safety in the Arts and Crafts
Of Related Interest
Art Publications

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