Last week I posted this question on the Art Biz Coach Facebook page:
Some people were glib:
- “An exorcism”
- “An application for a job”
But most of my fans took the question seriously.
Several offered advice in lieu of a gift. They said the recent high-school graduate needs encouragement and support. They stressed, “Don’t get influenced by the party crowd. There will be enough time for that later on.”
Other fans said the best gift would be mentoring.
MANY people said the kid needed businesses classes and a copy of my book (thank you!).
I question this. Does a kid straight out of high school really need business classes when he should be focusing on developing a studio discipline?
I’m still not sure, although I wouldn’t mind the topic being introduced in year 2 of school. Too many schools offer business classes during the final semester only, which seems far too late for anything to stick.
The Top 6 Gifts for Artists
The graduation gifts for budding artists that seemed to attract the most votes were, in no particular order:
- Art supplies
- Books, especially Art and Fear by David Bayles and Ted Orland
- Gift certificate for art supplies and restaurants
- URL/Domain name
- Museum membership
One person observed that most of these would make good gifts for any artist.
What are your favorite gifts to give and receive?