Should You Go to Art School?

Whether to go to art school is a tough decision, there so many factors to be considered. This video discusses whether art school is the right fit for you, and what are the most important considerations. Explained are the primary advantages are of attending art school, as well as the many challenges that come with […]

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, and also what coping strategies 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. Business Part 1 Do I want to combine business with my art? Business skills aren’t art skills A business takes time to grow Who is your audience? What do you want to sell? What […]

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 […]

Should I Get an MFA?

How do you decide if you should get an MFA program in studio art? A lot of the decision is based on a number of factors, is enrolling in an MFA program worth the time and cost? This video addresses the many reasons why people attend MFA programs and weighs the pros and cons. Do […]

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 […]

How To Become an Animator

What does it take to become an animator in the animation industry? This video explains all the skills that are necessary to work as an animator, as well as tips for how to connect with other professionals working in the field. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu, who interviews animator & storyboard artist Janice […]

Starting Freelance Illustration Career

Learn the nuts and bolts of how to start a career as a freelancer in editorial illustration. This video explains specific, concrete initiatives you can take to get your career freelance illustration jump started, as well as the challenges that come with a career in this field. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu, who […]

How to Sell Your Art Online

There is now a multitude of options for selling your art, many more than existed a few decades ago thanks to the Internet. You have to troubleshoot which venue is most appropriate for you and your work, as different venues will provide different results. My suggestion would be to experiment with different venues and see […]

How Do I Know My Artwork is FInished?

How do you know your artwork is finished??? In every artwork, it’s never clear when an artwork is done! This video provides tips for signals in your creative process that you can look for. What are visual cues in your artwork that you can look for to determine whether your artwork is finished or not? […]

5 Tips for a Home Art Studio

Here are 5 tips for setting up an effective art studio at home, explaining methods for creating an alert, productive mindset in place for the home studio as well as practical aspects such as keeping your space clean and functional. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Lauryn Welch & Alex Rowe. […]

Artists & Imposter Syndrome

Imposter syndrome is an ongoing concern for many artists. All artists experience imposter syndrome at some point, no matter how accomplished or experienced you are! This video explores several solutions than can get you to shift away from toxic thinking patterns. Discussion led by Art Prof Clara Lieu and Teaching Artists Alex Rowe and Eloise […]

How to Prepare an MFA Art Portfolio

The process of preparing a portfolio for an MFA studio art requires a level of maturity and engagement with critical thinking. At the MFA level, the concerns shift from technical skills to developing a unique artistic vision. This video explores the challenges and strategies that come with preparing an MFA portfolio. Discussion led by Art […]

Art Major in College vs. Art School

What is it like being an art major at a university vs. attending art school? This video weighs the pros and cons of being at an art major at a university, how it affects how to approach the college admissions process, how to figure out whether studying art at a college is a better fit […]

Self Promotion Mistakes Artists Should Avoid

How do you promote yourself as an artist without being too pushy? This video explains what practices to avoid when promoting your artwork online. Factors such as appropriate online etiquette, fostering a professional relationship first before asking for help, will let you avoid the risk of coming across as pushy and self absorbed. Discussion led […]

Preparing an Art School Portfolio

What do I need to know to start preparing my art school portfolio for college? Preparing an art school portfolio for college admission is not a casual undertaking, it’s very common for high school students to underestimate how much time and labor is involved.  Creating the artworks for an art school portfolio is not simply […]

Staff Art Book Picks

A mix of inspirational, educational and just fun books to nurture your developing artist. Prof Lieu’s Top Picks Jordan’s Top Picks Lauryn’s Top Picks Prof Lieu & Jordan’s Pick Prof Lieu’s Top Picks Jordan’s Top Picks Lauryn’s Top Picks

Artist Grants

Overview More details Sculpture Student Elizabeth GreenshieldsCollege Art AssociationPaul & Daisy SorosWorldstudio AIGA  Comics Cornish CCS Residency Fellowship Film LEF Foundation Photography Aaron Siskand Foundation Professional GuggenheimPollock-Krasner FoundationPuffin FoundationFulbright ProgramWilliam H. Johnson PrizeArtist ReliefAwesome FoundationAdolph & Esther Gottlieb FoundationSustainable Arts FoundationBarbara Deming Memorial FundCreative CapitalHarpo FoundationElizabeth GreenshieldsRuth & Harold ChenvenFoundation for Contemporary Arts Painting Lillian […]

Artist Residencies

Overview More details Printmaking Ceramics New York State Sharpe-Walentas Studio ProgramArts Letters & NumbersYaddoBlue Mountain CenterMillay ColonyOmi International Arts Center New England Truro Center for the ArtsProvincetown Fine Arts Work CenterRadcliffe InstituteSkowhegan SchoolVermont Studio CenterMacDowell ColonyNXTHVN Studio/CuratorialCanterbury Shaker Village USA Anderson Ranch ArtsBemis CenterBernheim ArboretumElsewhere StudiosJentel Artist ResidencyMFA Houston, Core ProgramOx-Bow School of ArtRaIR FoundationUcross […]