Art Courses

Monday Evening in the Gallery

To grow as a professional artist, you must develop not only the practical, hands-on skills necessary to create beautiful pieces of art, but you must also develop a know-how regarding the business side of the arts industry. 

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Monday Evening in the Gallery is a new series of seminars offered to artists that is geared to learning about the business side of the arts, lead by individuals who have valuable information to share.  Sessions will focus on a wide range of topics and vary in structure and format, but all will take place on Monday evenings in the Federation Gallery.  Of course, not every detail can be taught in one evening session, but the hope is that guests walk away with a greater sense of understanding, less fear of something they may not be familiar with, and new tools they can put to use to help build their career as an artist. 

 

 

Upcoming Monday Evening in the Galley Seminars:

 

The Art of Preparing Your Best Portfolio

With the deadline for Signature Status applications fast approaching, Standards Chair Gaye Adams will be discussing the practical aspects of preparing your portfolio.  Her talk will be based on her many years of experience sitting on the BOG jury, and should give you a more solid idea about how to get ready for the BOG jury process.  Feel free to bring your questions.  This will not be a critique session, but rather an information session.

  • Instructor: Gaye Adams, SFCA (FCA Standards Chair)
  • Date: February 5 2018, 6-8pm
  • Location: Federation Gallery
  • Cost: $15 Members

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Your Artist Website: The Foundations

Your online presence is imperative for your professional image as an artist. But it can be daunting and expensive. This seminar will explore the how-to's for building your own artist website...even for free! Your website will be up and running within a week – easily.

 

Breaking the session down into two parts, the first will instruct you how to use an absolutely free method to build your own website.

The second half will show you how to purchase a domain name and elevate your professionalism to the next level. Don’t know what a domain name is? We will go over it! Don’t know what ‘hosting’ is – we got you covered!

 

You can sit back and take in all the information, as the entire presentation will be record for your review at home. After you attend the workshop, you will be sent a recording of the seminar that you can access anytime, from any computer. Feel free to take notes, and know that you can rewatch this demonstration while you take your time designing your site over the next couple of days. This will be relaxing – not stressful. Website design should be fun and creative!

  • Instructor: Tarin Mead, FCA Gallery Coordinator
  • Date: February 26 2018, 6-8pm
  • Location: Federation Gallery
  • Cost: $15 Members / $20 Non-Members

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The Basics of Bookkeeping & Taxation for Artists

This 2-day seminar may be not the most exciting part of the business world, but surely one of the most crucial for your success. Canada Revenue Agency requirements are not always the most business-friendly, and sometimes business owners feel overwhelmed trying to comply with numerous laws, rules and instructions. Artists need to have more time to create! How to survive and keep the balance between meeting your tax obligations and growing your business is the main feature of this seminar.

During the first part of the seminar, we will discuss advantages and disadvantages of being incorporated, introduce CRA requirements for business record-keeping and reporting your business income and expenses, and discuss eligible business expenses and special situations (e.g. business use of home and vehicle, meals and entertainment). The second part of the seminar is dedicated to Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Provincial Sales Tax (PST).

 

Our seminar is focused on specific issues and tips that are common for visual artists' practice.

  • Instructor: Olga Kolosova, Head of Accounting at Westridge Management Corporation
  • Date: March 5 & March 8 2018, 6-8pm
  • Location: Federation Gallery
  • Cost: $30 Members / $40 Non-Members

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Building Your Online Presence

Your website is ready but no one is there.  You have lots of “Friends” but are they Collectors?  Selling online is about making connections and turning them into collectors.   Stories, pictures and posts must be entertaining, educational, informing or inspiring.  They bring traffic to your website and bodies to your shows. But what do they look like for you?  Wendy will present tips and techniques on how to write your stories and frame your pictures so they create a strong, compelling profile for your Collectors. 

 

 

Wendy Mould, AFCA, CDM is a wildlife artist, working primarily in ink, graphite and watercolour.  She is a teacher, presenter and blogger on Painting, Drawing and Marketing for Artists. For examples of Wendy's work: www.artbywendy.com and for Art Techniques and Art Business Tips see her blog: www.artbywendysblog.blogspot.ca

  • Instructor: Wendy Mould, AFCA, CDM
  • Date: April 9 2018, 6-8pm
  • Location: Federation Gallery
  • Cost: $15 Members

 

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