#40 What to Expect at a Destination Art Class

Art classes that you travel to, whether for a day or a week, within your town or out of the country, are a great way to learn a new technique, and concentrate on art with other artists. Many people love this opportunity to get away from their busy lives and create without interruption. I’ll tell you what to expect from these types of art classes, including the costs, the traveling, and the different classes available.

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Students taking a class at Way Art Yonder Studio (see episode 39)
Students at Way Art Yonder Studio working outside.
Stephanie Jones Rubiano teaching her students.
Students at one of Stephanie Jones Rubiano's workshops (see episode 9)
The setting for one of Beverly Ash Gilbert's workshops in Whidbey Island, Washington. (see episode 25)

In Episode #12, I’ve listed a lot of destination art classes you may find interesting. If there are any you’d like me to add to the list, let me know.

#39 Jana Freeman: Creator of Way Art Yonder Studio

Jana Freeman has created a business called Way Art Yonder Studio near San Diego, California. There she hosts art workshops for instructors and students from all over the world. Her studio space can hold up to 20 people comfortably indoors, but the bonus is she also has a large outdoor space where they can do the messier part of art making, like encaustics and eco-dying. She also offers free open studios every month so that you can join her community of artists and create art in her space away from your busy life. In this episode we talk about how Jana’s art has evolved and how she created her studio space.

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Jana Freeman

The studio set up before a class.
The archway outside where they can make art under cover.
Crystal Neubauer teaching at Way Art Yonder Studio
Students at Crystal Neubauer Workshop
Students doing mark making outiside the studio.
Student work at Roxanne Coble's Mini Book of Shadows workshop.
Students at Erin Faith Allen workshop.
Artwork by Jana Freeman
Artwork by Jana Freeman
Artwork by Jana Freeman
Artwork by Jana Freeman

Here are some of the things we discussed in this episode (click on the names to follow the links):

Visit the Way Art Yonder Studio website.

You can follow the studio on Instagram and on Facebook.

Here is the calendar of workshops for 2019:

Here are some other things we discussed in this episode:

Check out the architecture of Frank Gehry.

Jana was inspired by an early workshop by artist Lynne Perrella.

Roxanne Coble has taught at Way Art Yonder Studio.

Leslie Marsh and Richard Salley will be teaching an upcoming workshop.

So will Crystal Neubauer.

Here are some great takeaways from this episode:

  1. For some great design inspiration, check out the buildings of architect Frank Gehry.
  2. Try online classes to see if that’s a style class that works for you. You can find just about any art technique taught in one of these classes. I give a lot of information about online classes in my episode #10.
  3. See my episode #12 show notes for links to a lot of destination art classes, including Way Art Yonder Studio.
  4. If there are no classes near you, invite instructors to come to you.
  5. Remember that instructors book their classes well in advance, so you’ll need to book them 6-12 months before the class date.
  6. If you have extra room, you can start your own open studio.
  7. Inviting other artists over will help you to form your own creative tribe.
  8. As Jana says, if you want something, you can make it happen.

Be sure and check out the calendar of events on the Way Art Yonder Studio website. There are still spots left in some of the classes.

#38 Writing Articles for Magazines

Writing articles about your latest artwork or technique is a great way to make a little extra money, but it’s an even greater way to get your name known on a national scale. If you choose the right magazine, one that fits your style of art, this can be great for you too. In this episode, Suzanne Redmond gives many examples of magazines to look into, and tells you how you can submit a query letter to those magazines.

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Cloth Paper Scissors Magazine
Somerset Studio Magazine
Other Art Magazines

#37 Roben-Marie Smith: The Tech-Savvy Artist

Roben-Marie Smith is a true left brain/right brain artist. Not only is she very talented as an artist, but she uses her tech skills to help artists with their websites, video production, social media, and productivity. At the end of 2018, she’ll be launching her membership community Maker’s Tech U, where artists can find video lessons and support. We also talk about her art, particularly her 100 day project where she made beautiful paper collages. 

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Roben-Marie Smith

Made in Belgium
A Quiet Place
Roben-Marie in her studio.

Here are some of the things we discussed in this episode (click on the names to follow the links):

You can visit Roben-Marie’s website at robenmarie.com.

Be sure and visit her Instagram for her latest artwork and announcements.

Roben-Marie is in 21 Secrets! This online workshop is coming out October 29, 2018. This issue is called Paper, Glue, Scissors. Here is the link if you’d like to join.

Look back at her website at the end of 2018 for the launch of her Maker’s Tech U.

You can find all 100 of her collages in the gallery on her website. Be sure and notice the titles that she has given them!

She has had articles published in Somerset Studio magazine.

She is teaching at the Art & Soul retreat in Virginia Beach. You can visit their website here to find upcoming retreats.

Here are some great takeaways from this episode:

  1. Consider submitting an article about your artwork to a publication like Somerset Studio. They list all their submission guidelines on their website.
  2. When working with others, meet your deadlines and be reliable. It will be more likely that you’ll get asked back for a future article or project.
  3. Be active on social media, because many people search for collaborations by looking at artists’ feeds.
  4. If you’re doing a multi-day retreat, consider having an opening night reception so everyone can get to know each other before the class starts.
  5. When teaching destination classes, put together supply kits for your students so they don’t have to transport all of their supplies.
  6. If you’re trying to develop your artistic style, challenge yourself to do one small piece of art a day to see what happens.
  7. Take the time to give your artwork a title. It will be more identifiable to others that way. If you want to go further, give it a story.
  8. Give people something free; that will give them an idea of what they would get when they pay for one of your classes.

Be sure and check out my bonus Episode #38 where I’ll be talking about how you can submit articles to magazines.

#36 Art and Business Books for Artists

I’m such a book lover, that I thought I’d give you my recommendations for books that artists may like. I’ve recommended business books for artists as well as art technique books. All of these books have information that is relevant and interesting to today.

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These are my favorite jewelry books. I interviewed Stephanie Lee in Episode 11 and Beverly Ash Gilbert in Episode 25.
Both of these books by Alisa Golden are excellent. I took a book making class that utilized the first book, and the techniques are easy to read and emulate.
These are my favorite art business books.
I love abstract painting, and these are the two books I go to the most for techniques.
I talk about these two art journaling books in this episode.
And this is another art journaling book that I like.
These are two of the books that Tonia Jenny spoke about in Episode 35. These were revolutionary when they came out and are still fun to read today.
You can find lots of books similar to these for inspiration on all subjects. These are fun to look through and mark the pages of things you'd like to try.
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