Getting Your Sh*t Together: A Manual for Teaching Professional Practices to Artists (PDF)


Getting Your Sh*t Together: A Manual for Teaching Professional Practices to Artists (PDF)



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Created by educator, artist, and curator Karen Atkinson, Getting Your Sh*t Together is one of the longest running professional practices classes in America and is the first professional practices class offered at CalArts.

With a time-tested record of success, GYST has helped hundreds of artists get their careers on track, with many of our graduates finding exhibition opportunities, gallery representation, grants and financial stability after taking the class.

Now you can teach GYST-Ink's 15 week Getting Your Sh*t Together class in your community or school!

With nearly 400 pages of info, the easy to follow manual comes complete with everything you need to teach the class: a course outline, syllabus, lecture notes, class discussion topics, readings, assignments, a bibliography and extensive web links. It's a pdf ready for immediate download, which saves trees AND money.

Over the course of 15 weeks students learn everything they need to know about developing business skills necessary to maintain a thriving professional practice: from keeping track of work, to writing a convincing artist statement, to putting together a strong portfolio, to networking and marketing, and everything in-between.

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Here's a peek at some of the modules covered in the book

Getting Organized
Artwork Inventory
Planning and Goal Setting
Presentation Venues
Artist Statements
Time Management
Presenting Yourself
Grant Writing
Fundraising Without Writing Grants
Checklists for Exhibitions
Galleries, Dealers and more
Legal Issues and Contracts
Getting the Word Out
Careers for Artists
Business Issues
Health and Safety
Aging and Estate Planning
Shipping and Crating
Selling Your Work
Pricing Your Work
The Web
and more...