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How to grow as an artist
Grant, Daniel.
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Publication Information:
New York : Allworth Press, [2002]

Physical Description:
viii, 214 pages ; 23 cm
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N8350 .G743 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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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#150;as well as those successful on their own terms#150;share their own success stories and sources for artistic inspiration.

Author Notes

Daniel Grant is a contributing editor of American Artist magazine. He has also given course and lectures on career issues for visual artists at numerous colleges and public arts agencies in the United States.

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Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. vii
Part 1 The Education of an Artistp. 1
Chapter 1 Developing One's Skills with Othersp. 3
Continuing Education
Art Classes
The Benefits of Taking an Art Workshop
Workshops for Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Artists
Artists Workshops
Tour Booking Agencies
Chapter 2 Learning to Make Art Alonep. 27
Correspondence Art Courses
Art Instruction Books and Videocassettes
Online Art Courses
Limited Residency Programs
Chapter 3 New Beginnings, Beginning Anewp. 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 Studiop. 53
Chapter 4 Studio Practicesp. 55
The Home Studio
Selecting Art Materials
Artist-Made Supplies
Custom Art Supplies
Chapter 5 Safety in the Studiop. 75
Toxic Ingredients in Art Supplies
Studio Insurance
Part 3 Exhibiting and Selling Artworkp. 85
Chapter 6 Exhibiting One's Workp. 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
Chapter 7 Presenting Your Work Professionally to Dealers, Competitions, and Buyersp. 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 Independentlyp. 113
The Private Studio Open House
Artist-Owned Galleries
Co-op Galleries
Chapter 9 The High Cost of (Non)Successp. 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 Groupsp. 133
Chapter 10 Finding Inspiration, Overcoming Frustrationp. 135
In Search of the Muse
Finding New Inspiration, Creating New Art
Dealing with Criticism and Rejection
Chapter 11 Kindred Spiritsp. 143
Support Groups for Artists
Chapter 12 Artist Societies and Artist Communitiesp. 153
Miniature-Art Societies
Nature and Wildlife Art
Artists' Communities
Chapter 13 Artists' Membership Organizationsp. 177
Selected Bibliographyp. 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
Indexp. 211