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Lesson Plans

Re: Future Art Teacher in Texas

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Thu, 15 Feb 1996 12:22:02 -0500

I teach a class called "Art as A Business" at a magnet school for the arts.
The majority of the students will probably be employed in some way in art in
the future. Most have dreams of becoming animators for Disney or Warner. What
I try to emphasize to them is that planning for the future is a holistic
process that encompasses every facet of their lives. We begin with a visual
map using symbolic pictures to show where they want to go and how they are
going to get there. The rest of the course covers resume writing, portfolio
preparation, researching colleges and art schools, photographing their work,
dealing with galleries, public art projects, job searches, etc. We also cover
health and safety using artists' materials. I try to bring in video tapes of
contemporary artists and have guest speakers (such as museum education
interns, artists who do public art, gallery owners) We try to go on at least
one field trip to a place where artists are working. Last semester we went to
the computer graphics department at NBC Studios. I network a lot to get
people to open doors to us and come speak for us. I used to be in business as
an art jewelry designer and I keep in touch with people I have met in the
contemporary craft world.
Sad to say, my college professors had little interest in the world of
business and I had to find out all the things I learned on my own. I think
that even if you are teaching a mixed group of students who may never go on
to be artists, there are still young people who may be inspired to start an
art-related business. You may open a door to them that they may have never
Some books I can recommend: "Crafting as a Business" by Wendy Rosen, "The
Business of Art" by Lee Caplin.
I would be interested in any comments,
Teri Brudnak
Orange County High School of the Arts