How to Start Learning Contemporary Art

Where do you start to learn about contemporary art? This video provides concrete ways you can get a better sense of what’s happening in the art world today. Resources like contemporary artist documentaries, online publications, arts writers, apps, contemporary art museum exhibitions, biennials, art fairs, and more are all terrific ways to get a comprehensive […]

How to Get Your Art into a Gallery

Getting your art into a gallery can be challenging, how do your submit your artwork to a gallery, how do you get to the point where they ask you to exhibit with them? This video provides concrete tips using personal experiences with galleries to illustrate several strategies you can take. Discussion led by Art Prof […]

Top 5 Copyright Mistakes Artists Make

Lawyer Greg Kanaan speaks about the top 5 mistakes he sees artists make regarding copyright and business. This video covers copyright, intellectual property, trademark, fair use, and more. Greg discusses with Art Prof Clara Lieu what types of legal actions are necessary in certain situations that artists might encounter while working professionally. Video Walkthrough Mistake […]

Taxes for Artists

Taxes for artists (in the US) are often confusing, this video reviews the nuts and bolts of how to file as a self-employed artist with a Schedule C, whether forming an LLC (limited liability company) is worth it, what you can claim as a deduction and how to organize invoices, receipts, and more. Discussion led […]

Overrated & Underrated Artists 5

Why are some artists overrated, while others are underrated? This video provides 3 examples of overrated and 3 examples of underrated artists. We explain the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe & Cat Huang. Video Walkthrough Why […]

Ageism in the Art World

Ageism is prominent in all parts of the art world: in the gallery scene, in academia, on social media, and more. This video explores the ageism that occurs, referring to experiences shared by many artists in the field. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch and Deepti Menon. Video Walkthrough […]

How Do I Find My Art Style?

Do you feel pressure to find your art style, but don’t know how? TGet concrete tips for what you can do to find your own artistic voice in a genuine and effective manner that won’t stifle opportunities. Having a distinct art style is what artists are known for, and yet finding your style can feel […]

Racism in the Art World

Racism exists in all areas of the art world, it is experienced in museums, in art history, art school, art education, professional art industries and more. This video is a discussion which recognizes racism in visual arts and offers some ways how we as artists can work towards a more equitable field. Stories from their […]

Building a Career as an Arts Writer

Learn the nuts and bolts of a career as an arts writer. Arts writers write about many topics: they review contemporary art exhibitions, current events in the art world, and more. Many arts writers write for several publications, find out about what arts writers are looking for in their articles and what their experiences are […]

How to Shoot Photos for Instagram

Get concrete tips for how to photograph your artwork for better performance on Instagram. Find out how to create a stronger engagement with your audience by shooting photos that represent your creative process as an artist in a manner that is visually stimulating and also informative. Specifics such as how to set up your process, […]

Art Internships

Internships for artists can be valuable experiences, but they can also be experiences that are grunt work that have very little value. Internships in art can be helpful, but they are not required to have a career in the arts, and often do not have as much value as is placed on them . Learn […]

How to Start Learning Art History

Get concrete tips on how to get started learning art history in an accessible manner that is fun and easily done at your own pace. With so many centuries of artworks from cultures across the globe, how do you even know where to begin? This video provides strategies for how to tailor your learning experience […]

Overrated & Underrated Artists 4

Why are some artists overrated, while others are underrated? This video provides 3 examples of overrated artists, and 3 examples of underrated artists. We explain the specific reasons why these artists receive more, or less attention over time. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe & Cat Huang. Video Walkthrough […]

Artist Business Premium Track

The Artist Business Premium Track will give you a solid foundation of content, presented in a professional manner to help launch your career as an artist. Whether you want to sell, network, or engage with an audience. this track will get you to form a strategy for how to approach promoting your art practice. The curriculum we use is […]

How to Create an Artist Website

Learn the nuts and bolts of how to build and organize an effective artist website. Creating a clean, easy to navigate artist website is surprisingly difficult with a whole host of challenges. Get practical advice for simple actions you can take to clean up and reorganize your artist website so it can better serve your […]

Social Media for Artists

This video provides the basics of how artists can use social media to promote their artwork. Find out which social media platform is best suited to your needs as a visual artist, and learn concrete strategies which will help you use social media effectively. Learn about the social media platforms available, and get practical, straightforward […]

Artist Business TRACK

The Artist Business Track will give you a solid foundation of content, presented in a professional manner to help launch your career as an artist. Whether you want to sell, network, or engage with an audience this track will get you to form a strategy for how to approach promoting your art practice. See our […]

How to Write an Artist CV & Resume

Writing an effective artist CV and resume is hugely important to pursue job and career opportunities as an artist. This video explains in great detail what should or should not be included in an artist CV. Tips on how to format a CV differently depending on where you are sending your CV for review. Discussion […]

Artist Guilt

Many artists feel guilt about so many things: not being productive enough, not making the artwork they “should” be making, not achieving their goals quickly enough as an artist, even just for using expensive art supplies! This video explores the many layers of guilt experienced by artists. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and […]

How to Deal with Artist Burnout

Artist burnout happens to all artists, so what do you do when it happens? This video provides pre-emptive measures you can take to prevent artist burnout from happening Coping strategies are explained, which you can initiate when despite all your best efforts, you get burned out. Discussion by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artist […]

Creative Merch Ideas

This video provides ideas for creating merch that goes beyond the typical T-shirt or mug. Items like wrapping paper, textiles, pins, tattoos, and more can create unusual items that are more distinctive. Learn about how to match specific artworks to different merch formats so you maximize the visual impact of both merch and artwork. Discussion […]

I Hate My Art, What Do I Do?

Do you look at what you create as an artist and just hate everything about it? This is a really common reaction to our own artwork, we are our own toughest critics. This video explains coping strategies for how to shift your mindset when you experience this frustrating situation as an artist. Discussion led by […]

Is Instagram Over for Artists?

Instagram is changing, prioritizing video over photos. Is Instagram over for artists who rely on the platform to promote their artwork? With social media changes, it can be really challenging for artists to know what to do. Do you seek out other social media platforms to promote your work? Do you try to translate your […]

Hunter Biden’s Art Sale: Ethics & Politics

With the announcement that Hunter Biden is selling his artwork through New York City gallerist Georges Bergès, ethics concerns are being raised by both the art world and in politics. Each of Hunter Biden’s artworks will be priced between $75,000 and $500,000. Is his artwork any good? Should it be commanding these prices? Discussion led […]

Illustration Careers: How to Start!

How does an illustration career begin? That one art class at a local art center, fan art, reading comics can all be where it starts. Art Prof Clara Lieu talks to Jarrett J. Krosoczka, a the New York Times-bestselling author/illustrator about his artistic experiences as a child and his career to date. Get tips on […]

Failure & Fear as an Artist

This video discusses the importance of failure, risk taking, and fear as an artist. So many of us are afraid to fail as artists, and yet failure is actually a crucial part of an artist’s development and progression. Taking a creative risk can be intimidating, and make us fearful because of the lack of predictability, […]

What is the Future of NFTs?

This video discusses the recent sale of Beeple’s NFT (Non-fungible token) at Christie’s for $69 million dollars. This sale was Christies’ first for an entirely digital artwork, and the first time Christie’s accepted payment in the cryptocurrency Ether. How does this event impact the art world today, and the future in terms of NFTs? Discussion […]

How Artists Avoid Cultural Appropriation

This video addresses how artists use cultural appropriation, and explores ownership of stories represented by visual artists. Topics covered include what the difference is between representation and appropriation, the power of personal narratives, showing classic stories, and more. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Deepti Menon and Cat Huang. Video Walkthrough […]

Business Curriculum

The complete Business Curriculum for Self-taught Artists is a series of 2 videos. The Curriculum’s document is a complementary resource for both videos. We have a Business Basics Track which is a sequence of structured video lessons and assignments that you can do at your own pace. Our Business Basics Premium Track provides guidance and support through […]

Digital Illustration Portfolio Critique

This video critiques a digital illustration portfolio by Bryan Voell, providing an overview of the body of work, followed by critiques for each individual artwork. Topics explored in this video include achieving a broader range of textures in digital media, how to push the full potential of what a background can offer, artwork titles, and […]

Budget Framing Options for Artists

Explore options for framing and hanging your artwork in an exhibition on a budget! This video provides many cheap options for installing artwork other than custom framing: formats like plexiglass + L pins, push pins and clips can all be used for a clean, professional presentation. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching […]

Copyright Law for Artists with a Lawyer

Artists need to know how to protect their artwork, but copyright info online is often confusing and not specific enough to an artist’s needs. This video explains: what to do if someone steals your art, if you can copyright a style or idea, whether Instagram owns your artwork, whether fan art is copyright infringement, defining […]