The amount of free resources available to working artists today is quite staggering. The essentials of what you need to become a professional artist in both the artistic and practical realms are available for free– you just need to take the time to find them! I’ve compiled a list of many different sources in the hopes that this will assist you in your development as an artist.
The Artists’ Legal Outreach is an amazing organization made up of volunteer lawyers and law students who provide legal support for artists working in Canada. They offer workshops, clinics, toolkits (for example, “how do I copyright my work?”), and a library database of numerous PDFs (for example, the City of Vancouver’s “Artist Studio Guidelines” and “Business Practices: How to Sell.”) Browse their content-rich website here.
If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can download the iTunes University app for free. Once you have the app, you are able to search through a myriad of audio lectures, course materials, and even full courses on an array of topics. For art, they offer many materials related to art history and art practice. Here are a few I found that look quite promising (and they’re all free!):
- MoMA, The Museum of Modern Art / What is Painting? Contemporary Art from the Collection (a set of 10 audio files)
- SVA, The School of Visual Arts New York / Lectures from the MFA Art Criticism and Writing program (a set of 37 audio files all over an hour!)
- Oxford University / History of Art (a set of 14 audio files)
- Anna Divinsky, Art 010: Introduction to Visual Studies – Art Demonstrations (a set of 12 videos on topics such as Acrylic, Watercolour, Photography, Brainstorming, Value, Shape, etc)
- The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Medieval Art (a set of 6 videos)
- Jen Kelly, Art 020: Introduction to Drawing – Art Demonstration (a collection of 27 videos)
There are many many more. I found these by searching “Art” in the iTunes University app. Please share if you have found other ones useful.
It might be an obvious one, but let me re-iterate for anyone who doesn’t know: the library is amazing! Here in Vancouver the VPL has a large selection of books related to artists, art history, art making, art marketing, as well as a vast assortment of audio books, videos, and digital resources. If you haven’t visited the library in a while, do your artistic self a favour. Even if you go in just to browse, you’ll be sure to find something interesting or useful to you.
Great Art Business Blogs
Luckily for artists, there are many established art marketing professionals who share their knowledge online. Below are a few of the websites I have come across which share pertinent and helpful art marketing information.
Free Lectures and Workshops
Opus Framing and Art Supplies hosts free demonstrations in all of their stores which show practical and technical methods for many different artistic mediums. You can check out a schedule of their upcoming demos here.
Emily Carr University of Art and Design hosts lectures from world-renowned artists, and many of them are free and open to the public. Keep an eye on this section of their website for upcoming opportunities. They also post a list of general lectures workshops here.
Weekly project: Take advantage of these resources!
Bonus weekly project: Seek out some other great resources and share them in the comments below.
Image: Carlo Lazzeri