Can’t Afford to Rent a Studio? Here are Some More Economical Ideas
Stop dreaming about having an art studio—make it become a reality!
Before you begin your search, ask yourself a few questions to better understand what you need to look for. It is important to consider location. Can you work from home? Do you want a space that is completely separate from your home and work life? And do you want an isolated studio or a studio that offers the company of others? Will you need a large space? Or will you be satisfied with a small space? This is dependent on personal preferences but also the size and scale of your art. Then ask yourself what you are willing to spend. Factor in rent, transportation, supplies, and time when making these calculations. If you decide that you really do not have enough money to spend on renting an art studio, don’t worry! Here are some more economical options.
What is a Giclée Print?
A giclée print is simply a high quality print made with an inkjet printer. The term was coined in 1991 to describe fine arts prints made on Iris inkjet printers. These large-format printers were invented in the late 1980s and allowed high-resolution photographic images to be printed by an inkjet. Iris prints were popular because they could reproduce the exact colors of artwork more accurately than previous printing processes.
Arts councils are nonprofit organizations dedicated to promoting the arts by raising money for public art projects, awarding grants to artists, and organizing art and education events. If you’ve decided to make your artwork a crucial part of your income, you should check out your local arts council. These organizations can be great resources for working artists in search of funding for projects, students interested in artmaking, artists looking for professional development through classes and workshops, and anyone interested in participating in local arts events.
“Tell me about yourself” is one of the most dreaded interview questions, and if you’re an artist, “Tell me about your work” can be just as headache-inducing. Many artists spend countless hours agonizing over how to phrase statements for exhibitions, class assignments or applications. Whether you’re a student artist or a working artist, at some point you’re going to have to write about your work. There’s no avoiding it. Here are five tips for getting started with that dreaded artist statement:
Artist residencies and artist grants are great opportunities for creative growth. Grants help by giving you the economic power to accomplish projects that might be impossible for you to complete on your own because of cost and scale. Residencies are wonderful opportunities to create art and interact with other artists in a creative community. Residencies also offer refuge from daily distractions so you can generate new ideas and develop your craft in a dedicated space.
You're finally at a point where you’re ready to start selling your art, but you have no idea where to begin. Or maybe you’ve been selling your art for a while now, but you’re worried you’re not asking enough for your work and are failing to make sales. The art world can be a strange and difficult place: tastes are fickle, dealers are dismissive and the economy is down. Sometimes marketing yourself and handling money feels uncomfortable because those aren’t the reasons you became an artist in the first place. Let’s take a look at some common mistakes artists make when trying to sell work, and how to fix those mistakes: