10 Commandments of Teaching Art

Janice Tanton

Guest blogger Janice Tanton says: “I would never have learned what I have if it were not for the generosity of artists that took me under their wings and into their studios, taught me their techniques, concept, insight and ultimately how to find my own voice.”

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Go Make Art

Mira M. White, Who Wears the Hat? Mixed media on museum board

Your art career takes off in the studio. Without the hard work you do there, you are not an artist.

Are you devoting enough time to the studio?

Mira M. White, Who Wears the Hat? Mixed media on museum board.

Sure, I wrote a whole book about getting your art out of the studio, but that’s my job. With everything I write or teach, I’m trying to help you garner attention for your art.

But nothing I say will be useful unless you put artmaking first.

Without your art, you have nothing to promote. You have nothing to take out of the studio and share with the world.

Your art is your voice. It’s how you communicate with the world and find your place. It’s your raison d’être.

Don’t lose sight of that.

When you find yourself checking email

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New < Deep Thought Thursday

Do you have “New Works” on your website or blog? How long is New new?

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10 Paths to Help You Emerge from a Creative Slump

We all have creative slumps. Whether you have no interest in promoting your art or are anxious about getting back into the studio, a slump is a slump. Here are 10 things you can do to hasten your emergence from a slump.

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Art Too Big? No Such Thing!

Rebecca diDomenico, Pallucid

I often write about making art big enough to hold your dreams. Pallucid was built in Rebecca diDomenico’s large living room over the course of a year, but she didn’t think much about how she was going to get it out of her home and into the museum. She said: You find a way.

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Studio vs. Business Time

Do you find it hard transitioning between studio and business/office time? What kind of downtime do you need in between?

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What is a body of work?

The definition of a body of work varies from artist to artist. For one artist, a body of work might be defined by size. For another artist, it might be color, media, or subject matter.

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Making Art as a Battle Between Artist and Material

Bruce Nauman profile. Artist as observer and synthesizer of words and ideas. And nothing is easy. Every piece of art is a struggle. If you struggle with your work, you’re in good company.

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Correct Your Reference Photos

Most compact digital cameras have significant barrel distortion. The wider the lens, the worse the effect. So when you take a picture of someone, their nose looks bigger than it should. Guest blogger Jeremy Lee shows you how to correct for this in your reference photographs.

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Get Back in the Studio and Make Art!

Jacqui Beck, To The Cypress, acrylic and mixed media

Without your art, you have nothing to market, and there would be no need for you to read this blog.

Without your art, you wouldn’t be an artist. You’d just have an interesting hobby.

Without your art, your gifts to the world would be fewer and far less original.

Get back in the studio and make art!

Jacqui Beck, To The Cypress. Acrylic and mixed media, 10 x 20 inches. ©The Artist

Every week I give you an art marketing action to try or to tweak. What I don’t say in each issue is that your art must be your priority. I’m here to give you ideas for promoting and selling your art. It’s your job to put your art first—before the marketing.

In Linchpin, author Seth Godin defines artists broadly as people who act on their big ideas

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