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Business Basics for Artists

Learn to build a professional reputation, exhibit and market your artwork, and maintain a professional studio practice. We’ll also dive into little talked about aspects of being an artist (contracts, taxes, etc).

Instructor: Laureen Marchand
Fine Art Painters, Photographers, Fiber Artists, Sculptors
For Stage(s): Emerging, Accomplished/ Professional
Medium: Any

Not sure what stage you are? Visit our How It Works page for details.

Starts on Saturday, March 18, 2023
Mar. 18 | Mar. 25 | Apr. 1 | Apr. 8
4 sessions, 2 hrs each, every week
9:30am – 11:30am MT


Note: Price in $USD

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Course Description

A successful art career is about more than just being a good artist. It’s about finding your artwork’s audience, protecting the work and your interest in it, and maintaining the practices and relationships that let you go on making your art. You have to be your own supporter and promoter, coach, business manager, market analyst, salesperson, luck maker, and best friend.

In Business Basics for Artists, offered through Mastrius, you can learn to do all this.

During four weeks of Saturday morning classes, two hours at a time, we’ll explore different kinds of exhibition venues and the proposals required for each, including writing artists’ statements, bios, and CVs, and how varying types of galleries require varying information. We’ll look into the development and maintenance of artist/gallery relationships. We’ll also talk about maintaining professional studio business practices, including keeping inventory and financial records (so you can do your art business taxes correctly), using contracts, understanding copyright, and what kinds of insurance you might need. And because in addition to making and exhibiting the artwork and running your studio, the artist also has to look after getting the art to its destination and letting people know how to see it, we’ll look at packing and shipping artwork, promoting your exhibition, and what to think about as you develop your artist’s website and social media.

Throughout these weeks, you’ll be building your own individual materials for future uses, adding information that will always support you to your fund of knowledge, finding a new support group, and having fun. And all the classes will have time for the concerns that matter most to you.

Supply List

Bring writing materials (pencil and paper or electronic) and a list of your art accomplishments.

Being able to articulate what you’d like to learn or achieve from this class is a plus!

Instructor Bio

Laureen Marchand has exhibited regionally, nationally, and internationally in more than 30 solo and two-person exhibitions as well as over 50 group shows.

Her paintings have been recognized by the Saskatchewan Arts Board and the Canada Council and are held in many public and private collections. Laureen Marchand is represented by galleries in Canada and Ireland, with work in public and private collections in Canada and internationally, and has been artist in residence at the Leighton Artist Studios/Banff Centre for the Arts, the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Ireland, and the Ragdale Foundation in Illinois, among others. She is the recipient of numerous grants and other honours.

Laureen operates Saskatchewan’s only entirely online commercial
professional art gallery, Grasslands Gallery Online.

Artwork by Grahame Booth
Artwork by Grahame Booth
Artwork by Grahame Booth
Artwork by Grahame Booth
Artwork by Grahame Booth
Artwork by Grahame Booth