Professional Practices — A Bootcamp for Artists

Learn the ins and outs and the dos and don’ts of being a professional artist from a seasoned pro!

 

Do you want to learn how to effectively promote yourself and your artwork, but feel overwhelmed about how to get started? 

 

Professional Practices — A Bootcamp for Artists, is a comprehensive, no-nonsense and approachable workshop that teaches you the tools you need to know to get your creative career off the ground. In this workshop, I will teach you all the things I wish I’d known when I first started out as a full-time artist.

 

 


Enrollment now closed. Sign-up for the waitlist here. 

 

I created Professional Practices — A Bootcamp for Artists to give you a jump start into building the creative career you’ve always wanted. Maybe you’re overwhelmed by social media and not sure where to start? Maybe you’re hitting a wall with your artist statement, and looking for a fresh perspective? Perhaps you’re looking for some tips on how to work with galleries and apply to grants? Or do you just want some real-world advice about how to price your work, and make money? 

 

If you’re looking to get the inside scoop on what it takes to be a working artist, Professional Practices is for you! 

 

In the Professional Practices workshop, you’ll be given a crash course in how to be a professional artist, and present yourself and your work to the world. This virtual, go-at-your-own-pace workshop covers all the fundamental skills involved in being a working artist, including: navigating social media, writing artist statements, applying for shows and grants, working with galleries, selling & pricing your work, and more! Included in this workshop is a free, live Q&A session where you can get all your questions answered, and network with other makers. 

 

In this workshop you will learn: 

  • How to navigate social media as an artist, figure out who your market is, and how you want to talk to them
  • Websites 101 
  • Setting artistic goals 
  • The professional documents every artist needs
  • Writing artist statements 
  • Photos and affordable photo equipment
  • Selling & Pricing Work
  • Time management (we’ve got to wear a LOT of hats y’all)
  • The basics of writing grants and applying for professional opportunities
  • Working with galleries, and applying to shows 
  • General professional do’s and don’ts
  • And more!

 

As a bonus, you’ll also get: 

  • Access to a live Q&A session with Naomi, where she’ll answer your specific questions, and you’ll get to workshop your artist statement.
  • Access to a resource vault full of places to find opportunities, and links to resources I’ve found helpful in my career
  • A no-holds-barred lesson on the age-old question: “To MFA, or not to MFA?”
  • Access to a candid conversation I have with a gallery owner and fellow artist, about some of the do’s and don’ts when working with a gallery

Naomi Clement
About Me

Hi, I’m Naomi Clement, I’m a ceramic artist, teacher, and creative entrepreneur. I’ve been working in clay for over 22 years, and I’ve taught workshops and exhibited my work all across Canada and the US. I have my BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, and my MFA in Ceramics from Louisiana State University.

When I graduated from art school (both times!) I had no idea how to go about actually being a professional artist and making a living. Sure, I knew how to make my work and talk about it, but navigating social media, creating websites, working with galleries, and pricing my work? I had to figure that out all on my own. So much of what I know and what I do as a full-time professional artist has been learned by trial and lots of error (LOTS of it). There were a couple of years when it felt like I was a professional applicant, I applied to so many different things! ⁠I created Professional Practices — A Bootcamp for Artists to share all my hard-won professional experience with folks, and help make things a little easier for y'all. 

This is the class that I wish I could have taken when I was first starting out!

 What students are saying about the Professional Practices Workshop: 

"Thank you for the wonderful Professional Practices Workshop today. It was a wealth of information and gave me many avenues to attack for better promoting my work and getting organized." Olena, Past Participant

 

“The biggest takeaway for me was that my desire to focus on making a living from my work is valid. This workshop felt like a spa treatment for my maker soul, reminding myself that artwork IS work ! I feel empowered to take the next steps towards my professional goals.” Past Student, July 2021

 

 

“Naomi's workshop hit it out of the park. She speaks from the heart with a sense humor and a deep knowledge of the ceramics world. She generously offers her knowledge of what it takes to be a successful potter in a fun, succinct and accessible format. She gets right down the nitty-gritty of studio life, social media, jury applications, artists statements and more. I would recommend this workshop to anyone starting a business or who is need of a refresher. It is money well-spent!” Past Student, July 2021 

Frequently Asked Questions:

When does the class start? The workshop starts as soon as you join! It is a self-paced, instant access class, so all you have to do is sign up, and you’ll get all the info on how to access the course delivered right to your inbox within about 15 min.

When is the Live Q&A Session? As part of your course fee, you will have access to a one-hour, live Q&A session. Session dates and times are listed below.

What if I can’t join the Live Q&A session? Q&A sessions will be recorded, and uploaded to the course dashboard for you to view. If you have questions that you’d like to ask, but can’t make the live sessions, there is a spot in the course dashboard where you can submit your questions in advance.

How long do I have access to this course? You’ll have access to this course for 6 months from the date of purchase. You can watch is as much as you like during that time, and on any devices you own.

How does it work? This is a virtual workshop, simply click here to purchase it. After that, check your inbox for an email from my virtual platform, Naomi’s School, with a link to login to your new account and access the course. You will get instant access to the course, and can start right away!

Refunds: Due to the digital nature of this product (you could literally watch the whole thing in a day), we don’t offer refunds.

Professional Practices

Learn the ins and outs and the dos and don’ts of being a professional artist!