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The Professional Artist 3-week Series (Day Three)

May 16 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

No matter where you are on your journey as an artist, learning more about being a professional in today’s art world can help move your career forward. Whether you are an emerging artist, a mid-career artist or have been in the business for years, refining the way you work can help you reach the next level.

Annie Darling, a successful local Maine artist, has designed a workshop series–“The Professional Artist”–which teaches skills and techniques enabling you to work more efficiently, boost your visibility in the marketplace, improve the odds of exhibit and sales opportunities, and ultimately, give you a leg up on success.

Artists will learn:

  • How to align your life with your art
  • How to present your work in the highest quality manner
  • Easy time management tools
  • Organization and tracking methods
  • How to improve your artist bio, statement and resume
  • How to price your work for the marketplace
  • Simple ways of protecting your work through agreements and contracts
  • How to apply for grants and fellowships
  • How to find other opportunities to support your work and practice
  • How to build or improve relationships with galleries, art consultants and collectors
  • How to improve the odds of your work’s acceptance into exhibits and shows
  • Tips for marketing your work though various channels
  • Where to find information and resources for artists


The Professional Artist workshops are delivered through a combination of presentation and active learning sessions where artists will actively discuss or write about the topic at hand.

Active sessions may include:

  • Creating artwork
  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Individual and pair sharing
  • Mini writing prompts
  • Worksheet fill-in sessions
  • Class discussions
  • Skill building sessions


The three-day workshop will allow for three two-session days. Each session will have one 10 minute break and there will be a lunch period between sessions. Attend all 3 weeks for $200 (a $37 savings), or choose daily option (May 2nd; May 9th; and/or May 16th) at $79 per day.

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Day One – Wednesday, May 2nd from 9am-4pm

Committing to a creative life:  Creating work in a consistent and manageable manner

Making a commitment to be an artist means making a commitment to create. The most important part of being an artist will always be the work. In this section we will delve into ways you can commitment to creating the work you want, in the way you want.

Topics include:

  • Aligning your life around your art
  • Carving out creative time
  • Time management
  • Creating a body of work
  • Consistency: what it means and how to maintain it
  • Sharing your work with the world
  • Finishing work in line with your image
  • Becoming an organized artist:  cataloging and tracking your work

As your body of work grows, so will your confusion if you are not well organized.
In this section we will teach you simple ways to catalog and track your work.

Topics include: 

  • Top ten reasons to get organized
  • Cataloging and tracking your work
  • Creating an artwork catalog
  • Creating a numbering system for your work
  • Artwork information records
  • Organizing your digital files & images
  • File naming conventions
  • Organizing and handling your paperwork


Day Two – Wednesday, May 9th from 9am-4pm

Establishing your image:  Creating or improving your bio, artist statement and resume

There are several important tools you must have at the ready for presentation to a potential collector, gallery or exhibitor. In this section we will go over ways to begin, enhance or improve your artist bio, statement and resumé.

Topics include: 

  • Artist bio
  • Artist statement
  • Artist resume

Pricing & protecting your work: Pricing and protecting your work in the marketplace

Pricing is one of the most difficult things we have to do as artists. In this section we will go over several methods you can use to price your work for the marketplace. In addition we will introduce you to contracts you may wish to put into practice in your art business.

Topics include: 

  • Pricing your work for the marketplace
  • Net [wholesale] vs. retail
  • Consistency in pricing
  • Discounts
  • Protecting your work while on exhibit or loan
  • General contracts
  • Exhibit contract
  • Receipts


Day Three – Wednesday, May 16th from 9am-4pm

Supporting your practice:  Vehicles for artist funding and practice support

There are many ways you can support your artist practice. In this section we will discuss various types of support and discover which ones may be right for you.

Topics include: 

  • Professional development
  • Seeking out support
  • Direct income and funding: artist grants + fellowships
  • Practice Support: artist residencies | artist in residence programs
  • Calls for art
  • Exhibiting your work:  How and where to show your work


Understanding your market is key to being seen by the people that matter. Being seen is paramount to art sales. In this section we will go over the various opportunities to show and sell your work and find out which ones may work best for you.

Topics include: 

  • Physical galleries
  • Online galleries
  • Art shows + fairs
  • Local opportunities
  • Art consultants
  • Art collectors
  • Professional and personal connections

Eventbrite - The Professional Artist 3-week Series

About the instructor:

Annie Darling was born in Chicago, Illinois and studied fine art and graphic design at the University of Oregon and the University of Southern Maine where she graduated with a degree in Communication Arts. Annie has enjoyed a distinguished career as an artist, art director, and designer, receiving international acclaim for her visual design work. Her paintings can be found in public venues and private collections world-wide. Visit her website at https://www.anniedarlingart.com.



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