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How To Grow As An Artist

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Grant's latest addition to his many artist "self-help" books, all published by Allworth (including An Artist's Guide: Making It in New York City), is useful and easy to read. Writing for amateur artists wishing to develop their skills further and partake in a larger art community, Grant disperses a wealth of step-by-step information, practical advice, and resources, including addresses, web sites, and phone numbers. He also discusses current real-life situations that any practicing artist might encounter. The book is divided into four main parts covering education, work space, exhibitions, and sources of inspiration. Unlike most of its competitors, this thought-provoking and inspiring resource offers a wealth of information from a personal perspective. It brings to light many issues most artists might never research independently, such as what types of people you might encounter at a workshop or the adverse effects of the various chemicals in art supplies. Recommended for all public libraries.-Jennifer Moldwin Gustafson, Detroit Inst. of Arts Lib. Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781581152449
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Part 1 The Education of an Artist 1
Chapter 1 Developing One's Skills with Others 3
Continuing Education
Art Classes
The Benefits of Taking an Art Workshop
Workshops for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Artists
Artists Workshops
Sponsors
Tour Booking Agencies
Chapter 2 Learning to Make Art Alone 27
Correspondence Art Courses
Art Instruction Books and Videocassettes
Online Art Courses
Limited Residency Programs
Resources
Chapter 3 New Beginnings, Beginning Anew 43
Returning to the Art World Later in Life
Starting at the Top
Beginning Again
Switching Professions
Going Back to Art School
Part 2 The Artist's Studio 53
Chapter 4 Studio Practices 55
The Home Studio
Selecting Art Materials
Artist-Made Supplies
Custom Art Supplies
Resources
Chapter 5 Safety in the Studio 75
Toxic Ingredients in Art Supplies
Studio Insurance
Part 3 Exhibiting and Selling Artwork 85
Chapter 6 Exhibiting One's Work 87
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
Resources
Chapter 7 Presenting Your Work Professionally to Dealers, Competitions, and Buyers 105
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 8 Selling Work Independently 113
The Private Studio Open House
Artist-Owned Galleries
Co-op Galleries
Chapter 9 The High Cost of (Non)Success 123
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 4 Seeking Inspiration, Alone, and in Groups 133
Chapter 10 Finding Inspiration, Overcoming Frustration 135
In Search of the Muse
Finding New Inspiration, Creating New Art
Dealing with Criticism and Rejection
Chapter 11 Kindred Spirits 143
Support Groups for Artists
Resources
Chapter 12 Artist Societies and Artist Communities 153
Miniature-Art Societies
Nature and Wildlife Art
Artists' Communities
Resources
Chapter 13 Artists' Membership Organizations 177
Selected Bibliography 205
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
Index 211
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