Artist Toolbox Series
We are pleased to be presenting our learning series as a part of our annual Arlington Open Studios event, the Artist Toolbox Series. This selection of professional development workshops for artists are open to the public and are intended to build community and mutual support among local artists working at all levels while offering practical tools for building confidence, resilience, and sustainable business practices. Learn more about our instructors and their workshops below!
Tuition Information: All workshops are available for $10 each, or you can participate in all 3 for $20. Online sessions will not be recorded so attendance will be required to receive class content. Financial assistance is available through our Scholarship Program.
w/ Anna Koon
Saturday, September 17, 10am-12:30pm
The age-old question: how do I sell my art? In this interactive workshop you will learn how to engage, confidently present your artwork, and build a lasting impression on your customers. There will be time dedicated to discussion and exercises. By the end of the workshop you will have a strategy to sell your work both in person or online.
w/ Al Hiltz
Thursday, September 29, 7-9pm
The best way to inform an online audience of the quality of your work is to have high-quality photos of your visual art portfolio. Whether you are applying for shows, residencies, establishing an online portfolio, or creating an online shop, this workshop is imperative to your ability to communicate the value of your work.
This workshop will show you how to photograph your artwork using the equipment that you have available. We will kick off this workshop with a presentation, review setting up your photo station, and conclude with a question-and-answer period. The seminar will cover such things as setting up the shooting space, lighting, and the details of how you photograph your work. Copies of the materials presented will be provided to all seminar participants. Leave with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to effectively display images of your work.
w/ Lisa Goren
Sunday, October 6 & October 13, 7-8:30pm
Artists can be less than enthusiastic when writing about their work. It may seem irrelevant, or unnecessary. And, of course, it’s often something they’re not as comfortable with – “My work speaks for itself!”
In this workshop, we’ll first go over why an artist may need to write about their work, who the audience might be, and how developing your communication skills around non-literary media can help your practice. Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure will be covered on the first day as well. In the second session, artists will come to class with their own statements, bios, and websites. We will explore methods for effectively writing and editing these specific texts. By the end of the second session, you will have new tools, perspectives, confidence, and edited personal materials you can use in your artistic career.